Georgia Museum of Art to exhibit 100 works by Lamar Dodd

Athens, Ga. – Lamar Dodd: Paintings and Drawings will be on view at the Georgia Museum of Art July 2 to Aug. 28.

Dodd was a teacher, arts administrator and one of the most recognized artists of his generation from the state of Georgia. A native of LaGrange, he created work that reflects a love of the American South, focusing mainly on landscapes, history, people and industry.

Dodd came to the University of Georgia in 1937, where he began to rebuild and revitalize the art department. He was eventually named head of the art department, and the Lamar Dodd School of Art is named in his memory.

The exhibition will feature 100 works by Dodd, focusing on drawings and many related watercolors and paintings. It also will include the first wide-scale display of images from Dodd’s sketchbooks, which range from the late 1920s, when he was at the Art Students League in New York, to the 1990s.

“It is important to the museum that we celebrate Lamar Dodd and his importance to art in Georgia and at the university during the Georgia Museum of Art’s reopening year,” said Paul Manoguerra, chief curator and curator of American art at GMOA.

Dodd is considered the “godfather” of the Georgia Museum of Art due to his work with museum founder Alfred Heber Holbrook, and this special exhibition celebrates his career and his lasting impact on UGA, the state of Georgia and the South.

The Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art and the Lamar Dodd School of Art will hold a reception on Aug. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information about that event, call 706/542-0437.

This exhibition is sponsored by Helen C. Griffith, Clementi L-B Holder, Dorothy Alexander Roush, the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art.

Museum Information
Partial support for the exhibitions and programs at the Georgia Museum of Art is provided by the Georgia Council for the Arts through appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. The council is a partner agency of the National Endowment for the Arts. Individuals, foundations and corporations provide additional museum support through their gifts to the Arch Foundation and the University of Georgia Foundation. The Georgia Museum of Art is located in the Performing and Visual Arts Complex on the East Campus of the University of Georgia. The address is 90 Carlton Street, University of Georgia, Athens, Ga. 30602-6719. For more information, including hours, see www.georgiamuseum.org or call 706/542-4662.