Al Garnto Resumé

Appalachian Sculpture Project

Meeks Park, Blairsville, Georgia
2009 - 2016 Currently on Exhibit
Funding by the Grassroots Arts Program & Georgia Council for the Arts

Recommendation by
Union County Commissioner Lamar Paris


Winner Suwanee SculpTour 2012 - People's Choice Award - Al Garnto

2012 Suwanee SculpTour - An outdoor sculpture exhibit


Selected Permanent Collections:

Union County Community Center
Kinetic Sculpture - Wind Sculpture Weathervane #3

City of Suwanee
Wind Sculpture Weathervane #2

Young Harris College:
Byron Herbert Reece Series

Young Harris College:
Al Garnto 30+ designs in "Mann Collection"

John Denton - Collector: Al Garnto Collection

Alexander's Store: Mural display - 75 ft.

Charles Hill: Family Portrait Collection

Amicalola State Park: Water Fall Mural

Janice Kelley - Collector: Union County Historical Court House Collection

Owenby/Sosbee: Still life and Landscape Collection


Selected Commissions:

Union County Community Center
Kinetic Sculpture - Wind Sculpture Weathervane #3

Charles Hill: Family Portraits

Toni Smith: Portrait

Bill & Gena Frisby: Portrait

Tony & Katherine Hamby: Family Portrait

Young Harris College: Mann Collection Designs

Joele Kimsey: Portrait

Alexander's Store: Display Mural

Billy Blue: House Mural

Kevin Green: Collage Wall Sculpture

Toni Smith: House Mural

Pat Smidt: House Mural


Solo Exhibition History:

2012 Al Garnto - A Retrospective
20 Years of Al Garnto's work
Young Harris College

2006 - David's Fine Art Gallery, Murphy, N. C.
Nottely River Series and Other Selected Works

2003 -Young Harris College, Young Harris Ga.
A Retrospective: Drawings, Paintings and Constructed Assemblages


Group Exhibition History:

1994 - United Community Bank, Blairsville, Ga.
5th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition

1994 - Atlanta College of Art, Atlanta Ga.
Student Art Show

1992 - Young Harris College, Young Harris, Ga.
Student Art Show



2012 - Suwanee Sculptour - People's Choice Award

1994 - Honorable Mention
United Community Bank, Juried Exhibition

1993 - Presidential Scholarship Award
The Atlanta College of Art

1992 - Second Place: Paintings
Young Harris College Art Show

1992 - Honorable Mention, Sculpture
Young Harris College Art Show



Formal Education:

Savannah College of Art & Design Atlanta (formerly The Atlanta College of Art)
Atlanta, GA
Student status: Alumni
Degree: Professional
Major: Art & Sculpture
1993 to 1994

Young Harris College
Young Harris, GA
Student status: Alumni
Degree: Professional
Major: Art & Sculpture
Clubs: Tennis Team
1992 to 1993


Featured TV/Video Appearances:

2012 - Al Garnto - A Retrospective
20 years of Al Garnto's work
Show and Inerview at Young Harris College
Video By David Sellers

2012 - Studio Interview
Behind the scenes - rare look at Al Garnto's Blairsville Studio
Video by David Sellers

2009 - Mountain Trails Appalachian Sculpture Project interview hosted by Cindy Williams
Filmed in Meeks Park

2006 - Art in the Mountains by David Sellers
AL Garnto's Nottely River Series
Filmed at David's Fine Art Gallery in Murphy, NC

2003 - Art in the Mountains by David Sellers
The Al Garnto Retrospective Solo Art Exhibit
Filmed at the Clegg Fine Art Gallery, Young Harris College


Selected Publications & News Releases:

November 2015 - Veterans Memorial Hiawassee, Georgia
Towns County Herald and North Georgia News

September 2013 - Georgia's Kinetic Artist - Georgia Backroads Magazine
Article by Scott Thompson

June 2013 - Blue Ridge Country
Gen X and Gen Y People Making a Difference

May 2013 - North Georgia News
Al Garnto wins People's Choice Award

August 2011 - Young Harris College Spotlight
Article published by YHC

January 2011 - The North Georgia News
New Garnto sculptures at Meeks Park
Article by Janice Boling

The New Castle Record
Everyday art from the heart of two sculptors
By Gwen Johnson

May 2009 - Georgia Mountain Living Magazine
Through the Eyes of Al Garnto
Article by Scott Anna

March 28, 2006 - North Georgia News
Resident Artist Al Garnto's Nottely River Series
Interview by Janice Boling

March 30, 2006 - Union/Towns Sentinel
Al Garnto - The man behind the Art
Interview by Emily Hrabovsky

March 15, 2006 - Cherokee Scout
Al Garnto - One Man Show
Scouting Around by Gerry Silvia

2005 - Union Sentinel
Local Artist Canvases Nottely River
Interview by Justin Melick

October 23, 2002 - Union Sentinel
The Art of Al Garnto
Press Release from YHC

2002 - Spring edition of Echoes
Young Harris College Publication
Cover Art

1999 - October 28 The Union Sentinel
Interview by Delores Kilpatrick

October 15, 1998 - The Union Sentinel
Interview by Michael A. Rhodes

1992 - Corn Creek Review
Art by Al Garnto
Published by Young Harris College





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