Campus Gate Art Gallery to Host Exhibit by Emmy Award-Winning Artist

Friday, September 9, 2011

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Campus Gate Art Gallery at Young Harris College to Host Exhibit and Lecture by Emmy Award-Winning Artist Wayne White

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Campus Gate Art Gallery will host “Owner and Operator” Art 2001-2011, an exhibit by Emmy award-winning artist Wayne White. The exhibit opens Monday, Sept. 19, with a special guest lecture on Thursday, Oct. 13, at 7 p.m. in Susan B. Harris Chapel followed by a reception in the Campus Gate Art Gallery. The exhibit will be on display through Friday, Oct. 14. The guest lecture, reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

Wayne White’s masterful work channels the landscape of his native Tennessee, turning everyday objects and scraps of our culture into puppets, paintings, drawings and sculpture. He paints language on vintage framed lithographs, recalling the intelligence and incisive bite of Mark Twain. His paintings are colloquial tidbits, humorous tales of knowledge—a kind of wisdom within the shadows of human nature.

White’s lecture will cover his career as a visual artist in New York and Los Angeles, including his tenure with the Pee Wee’s Playhouse television show in the 1980s, as well as his award-winning music videos with well-known artists.

White earned his B.F.A. from Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn. During the last 25 years, he has worked as an artist, director, producer, writer, designer, cartoonist, illustrator and puppeteer. The artist and his work have been featured in many prestigious publications including The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, Village Voice and Rolling Stone.

White won the MTV Music Video Award for best art direction for “Tonight, Tonight” by the Smashing Pumpkins in 1996. He also won three Emmys for production design for Pee Wee’s Playhouse and was nominated for an additional five Emmys.

In 2009, Wayne's life and career were chronicled in a book edited by Todd Oldham titled Wayne White: Maybe Now I’ll Get the Respect I So Richly Deserve. The book features hundreds of images from Wayne's earliest work as an illustrator all the way to his most recent fine art sculptures.

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Campus Gate Art Gallery is located at 5149 College Street on the Young Harris College campus. Regular gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. For more information contact the Campus Gate Art Gallery at (706) 379-5256 or

About Young Harris College
2011 marks the 125th anniversary for Young Harris College, a private, baccalaureate degree-granting college located in the beautiful mountains of north Georgia. Founded in 1886 and historically affiliated with The United Methodist Church, Young Harris College educates, inspires and empowers students through the highest quality liberal arts education. Long known for nurturing students during the first two years of college, Young Harris College received accreditation in 2008 to grant bachelor’s degrees. The College currently has approximately 900 students across four divisions—Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences—and plans to increase enrollment to 1,200 over the next few years. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth, including recent completion of a 200-bed, LEED Silver-certified residence hall, Georgia’s first higher education facility north of Atlanta to achieve this certification, a 57,000-square-foot, LEED-certified recreation center, the second higher educational recreation facility in Georgia to achieve this certification, and a 148-bed, apartment-style residential village. Earlier this year, the College was granted candidacy for NCAA Division II athletics. For more information, visit