Alabama Vernacular
Young Harris College’s Campus Gate Art Gallery hosed “Alabama Vernacular,” a body of work by Young Harris College Art Department Chair and Associate Professor of Art Ted Whisenhunt. The exhibit opened on Thursday, Aug. 26 and was on display through Friday, Sept. 24.

“Alabama Vernacular” explores the culture and spirituality of the Black Belt Region of Alabama. The exhibit features painted tree trunks, grave markers, shotgun houses and bottle trees as reminders of a collaboration of cultures that settled in the Black Belt Region of Alabama.

“This work celebrates the unique voice of rural Alabama. Using the rich folklore and eccentricities of this area as my inspiration, I collected images and ideas that were once commonplace and incorporated them into my work,” Whisenhunt said. “I want to remind or introduce viewers to some of these practices that are continuing and/or disappearing.”

An Alabama native, Whisenhunt earned his B.F.A. from Birmingham-Southern College in 1995. Upon graduation, he studied ornamental iron, black-smithing and metal fabrication techniques under noted Birmingham artisan Robert Lehman. Whisenhunt earned his M.F.A. from Florida State University in 1998, and studied traditional Italian oil painting at the University of Lorenzo de Medici in Florence, Italy, in 2003.

In 2008, Whisenhunt received the Alabama Humanities Foundation Grant/Alabama State Council for the Arts Grant in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institute traveling exhibition “New Harmonies.” That same year, he received The Lula and Alton Holley Award for Excellence in Classroom Teaching from Judson College in Marion, Ala.
Prior to coming to Young Harris, Whisenhunt served as the Head of the Art Department at Judson College where he taught courses in painting, sculpture, photography and design for 11 years. He resides in Hiawassee, Ga., with his wife, Eloise, and their two children, Huck and Eloise.
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