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Young Harris College Student Artwork Receives Accolades at Annual Student Juried Art Exhibition

YOUNG HARRIS, Ga.—Young Harris College students were awarded Best of Show, second, third and honorable mentions for their works of art during the annual Student Juried Art Exhibition last month at the Campus Gate Art Gallery on the YHC Campus.

All YHC students were eligible to submit artwork created while enrolled in classes at the College to be juried for awards. The student artist awarded Best of Show received an iPad Mini, while second place, third place and five honorable mention winners received cash prizes.

The juror for the show was YHC alumnus and post-modern painter Craig Ford, ’81.

Junior art major Katelyn Jett of Carlton, Ga., was awarded Best of Show for her charcoal and beeswax piece “Busy Bees.” Jett is a graduate of Oglethorpe County High School and the daughter of Dale and Sharon Jett.

“I can honestly say, without a shred of false humility, that I was very surprised when I won, not because I was not proud of the work I had done, but because there were so many good pieces in the show,” said Jett. “To have mine chosen was quite an honor to say the least. I really enjoyed making the piece, so it made me really glad to know that others enjoyed it as well.”

Junior art major Connor Pittman of Lawrenceville, Ga., was awarded second place for his wood and acrylic piece “Raindrop.” Pittman is a graduate of Collins Hill High School and the son of Spencer and Maura Pittman.

“I was inspired by a memory of sitting on the beach with my family,” said Pittman. “It started to rain. The rain never chased us off the beach, and we always went into the water. I was in the ocean with rain falling all around me, and I was fascinated with how beautiful the water ripples were when the rain hit the water.”

Junior art major Kenna Bauman of Young Harris, Ga., was awarded third place for her mixed media piece “Memento Mori.” Bauman is a graduate of Union County High School and the daughter of Jeff and Diane Bauman.

“I am thrilled to receive recognition for my work and hope to continue to develop my art through motifs used in this particular piece,” said Bauman.

Additionally, junior music major Melanie Ellis of Hawkinsville, Ga., senior art major Jake Bennett of Ellijay, Ga., junior art major Maggie Morales of Marietta, Ga., freshman creative writing major Lewis Crawford of Spring Hill, Tenn., and junior art major Taylor Brown of Savannah, Ga., received honorable mentions for their pieces.

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

Young Harris College students were awarded Best of Show, second, third and honorable mentions for their works of art during the annual Student Juried Art Exhibition. From left to right: Maggie Morales, Taylor Brown, Kenna Bauman, Katelyn Jett, Connor Pittman, Jake Bennett, Lewis Crawford, and Melanie Ellis (not pictured).