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Campus Gate Art Gallery at Young Harris College to Host Student Juried Art Exhibition

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga. – Young Harris College’s Campus Gate Art Gallery will host the Student Juried Art Exhibition featuring artwork by YHC students. The exhibit opens on Thursday, March 3, with a reception at 6 p.m. in the gallery and will be on display through Thursday, March 31. The reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

All Young Harris College students are eligible to submit artwork created while enrolled in classes at the College to be juried for awards. Student artists awarded Best of Show will receive an iPad Mini, second place will receive $100, third place will receive $75 and People’s Choice will receive $50. All awards will be presented at 6:30 p.m. during the opening reception.

“I am excited to see many of the student works in the gallery setting,” said Chair of the Art Department and Associate Professor of Art Ted Whisenhunt. “We often see the art in an informal environment with lots of distractions in the studios. It is always refreshing to see students’ work framed or on a pedestal with proper lighting in a more formal space. I think we have lots of strong work to show this year.” 

The juror for the show is YHC alumnus and post-modern painter Craig Ford, ’81. Ford sees himself as a visual storyteller. The element of “visual storytelling” is key in the artwork he creates—big, vividly colored pieces that often include seemingly unrelated segments—yet soon becomes clear that he is not experimenting. He begins with a concept, then works on the composition.

After graduating from YHC, Ford continued his education at the University of Georgia where he majored in graphic design and illustration. He later worked as a designer/illustrator and art director for several agencies before starting his own graphic design business, Design by Ford, in 1999. It wasn’t until 2005 that Ford returned to painting. Additionally, he teaches drawing and painting classes at the Roswell Visual Arts Center.

For more information about Ford’s work, visit

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. – 5 p.m. For more information, contact the Campus Gate Art Gallery at (706) 379-5256 or [email protected].

About Young Harris College
Young Harris College is 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. The College currently has more than 1,200 students across five divisions—Education, Fine Arts, Humanities, Mathematics and Science, and Social and Behavioral Sciences. The historic campus in Young Harris, Ga., is currently undergoing major campus improvements to accommodate the College’s growth. Recent LEED-certified campus improvements include the 121,000-square-foot Rollins Campus Center, new residence facilities, and a 57,000-square-foot recreation and fitness center. In 2014, the College was granted active membership in NCAA Division II and is a fierce competitor in the prestigious Peach Belt Conference. YHC is among fewer than 300 colleges and universities nationwide named to the 2015-2016 list of Colleges of Distinction. For more information, visit