Georgia Museum of Art Announces Lamar Dodd Paintings and Drawings Exhibition

The Georgia Museum of Art presents Lamar Dodd: Paintings and Drawings an exhibition on view July 2 to Aug. 28..

Lamar Dodd, Study for View of Athens

Lamar Dodd was a teacher, arts administrator and the most recognized artist of his generation from the state of Georgia. A native of LaGrange, Ga., 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 will also 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.

This exhibition is generously 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. The Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art and the Lamar Dodd School of Art will hold an opening reception Friday, Aug. 19, from 5 to 8 p.m. For more information about that event, call 706.542.0437.

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