Richard “Dick” Aunspaugh, a Fulbright scholar, taught art and chaired the art department at Young Harris College for 33 years. Aunspaugh, a native of Dunedin, Florida, is a long-time resident of Young Harris. He started teaching in 1973, after receiving his Master of Arts degree at New York University in New York City in 1972. In 1990 he earned his Master of Fine Arts degree at Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, participating in the “MFA Thesis Painting Exhibit” that year.
Aunspaugh was deeply influenced by cultural experiences through his life, and his current work reflects that. For his “Ball-of-Crap” sculptures, he recycles found objects. He makes intricate drawings and paintings of the same. Some are reminiscent of barren landscapes or surreal sunsets. His media includes watercolor, drawings, mixed media, and sculpture.
The artist has had works in other Georgia exhibits, including: “Richard Aunspaugh—A Retrospective: A Lifelong Look at an Artist's Work at Reinhardt University” (2004); the “Artist in Georgia Exhibit” in Albany (1990); an exhibit at Quinlan Art Center in Gainesville (1976); and the “Gardens Art Festival Six” at Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain (1969). In 1979, Aunspaugh received the honor of a Fulbright Study Tour: “Art of the Low Countries,” Belgium and the Netherlands.