UGA search committee identifies three candidates for Lamar Dodd School of Art directorship

Athens, Ga. – Three candidates for the directorship of the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia have been selected by a university search committee.  The candidates will visit campus and present a lecture in the coming weeks.

The candidates are Lisa Reilly, an associate professor in the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia; David LaPalombara, a professor of art at Antioch College; and Marcia Isaacson, an associate dean and professor of drawing at the University of Florida. 

Reilly holds a B.A. from Vassar College, an M.A. from York University, and a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts at New York University.  Her main research interest is in the history of Norman architecture in England, France and Italy.  LaPalombara’s work focuses on art in public spaces.  He has a B.A. from Oberlin College and an MFA from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.  Isaacson holds a BFA and an MFA from UGA.  Her work has been included in more than 60 exhibitions across the country.

All lectures will be presented at 5:30 p.m. in room 114 of the visual arts building.  Reilly will lecture on Tuesday, March 21; LaPalombara on Thursday, March 30; and Isaacson on Tuesday, April 4.  The lectures are free and open to the public.

The current director of UGA’s art school is Carmon Colangelo, who has occupied the position since 1997.  Colangelo oversaw the renaming of the department of art to the Lamar Dodd School of Art, started a significant visiting artist scholar series, and supervised the groundbreaking on a new visual arts building, among many other accomplishments. Colangelo was named dean of the Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts at Washington University in St. Louis late last year.

The twelve-member search committee is chaired by Betty Jean Craige, director of UGA’s Willson Center for Humanities and the Arts and includes art faculty members R.G. Brown, Melissa Harshman, Carole Henry, Chris Hocking, Stefanie Jackson, Joe Norman, Susan Roberts, Isabelle Wallace and Shelley Zuraw; student representative C. Wayne Jones; and a member of the school’s board of visitors, Betty King.

The Lamar Dodd School of Art is a unit of UGA’s Franklin College of Arts and Sciences.  The school is one of the largest university art programs in the nation. With more than 1,000 art majors, the faculty and staff are dedicated to providing the highest level of instruction in studio art, design, art education and art history.  The Franklin College serves more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year through the teaching and research of more than 630 faculty members as well as through the resources of 30 academic departments and more than 20 centers and programs. For more information, visit www.franklin.uga.edu and www.art.uga.edu.