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Fanning Institute to dedicate Lamar Dodd painting donated by Fanning family

Athens, Ga. – A ceremony dedicating an original Lamar Dodd painting will be held Sept. 29 at 2 p.m. at the Fanning Building on the University of Georgia Campus. The painting is a gift to the J.W. Fanning Institute for Leadership Development from Sibyle Fanning Jenks in honor of her parents, J.W. Fanning and Cora Lee Fanning.

The Institute is named for J.W. Fanning, who was UGA’s first vice president for services. He made significant contributions to agriculture, the university and leadership development across the state.

Originally, the painting was a gift from Dodd to the Fannings, who were long-time friends with the artist. It hung in their Athens home.

The untitled oil on canvas painted in 1956 depicts a Venice canal scene. Dodd was one of Georgia’s most recognized artists, an advocate for the arts, and teacher and administrator at the University of Georgia.

Attendees at the event will include Sibyle Fanning Jenks and other family members along with friends of the Fanning family.