UGA alumna Susan Sherman graduated from the Grady College of Journalism at The University of Georgia in 1982. In recent years, she has enhanced learning at the Lamar Dodd School of Art with an innovative and personal model of philanthropy.
Michael Kemling (Ph.D Art History '13) organized three panels at University of North Georgia (UNG) campuses around the recent controversy over Confederate monuments. The first was held in Gainesville on October 2, 2017, with more than 100 in attendance. The second was held in Watkinsville on October 9, 2017, and the third will be at Dahlonega on October 16, 2017.
MFA Alum Phillip Scarpone will be exhibiting sculpture and photographic work at The Cluster Gallery, Brooklyn, NY in Fact or Fiction: The Hand in Photography and Information, curated by Matthew Garrison. The exhibition will be on view October 7 through October 29, 2017.
School of Art alumna Ansley West Rivers will exhibit current work from her Seven Rivers series in three gallery shows in Atlanta, GA this fall. Rivers was selected to participate in the group exhibitions Landscapes & Interventions at Hathaway Contemporary, which opens on September 23 as well as Exhibition: Airport Show opening September 22, 2017. Images from the same body of work are featured in a solo exhibition at Arnall Golden Gregory, on view through January 4, 2018.
On the evening of Saturday, August 26, 2017, a group of art and wrestling enthusiasts gathered in an Athens field for a night of open-air wrestling organized by School of Art MFA Candidate Kaleena Stasiak. sumHER Slam, a performative evening of women’s wrestling, featured several graduate students from the School as well as a diverse local community of artists and supporters.
Dodd Alumna Meghan Moser (MFA '07 Fabric Design) is featured in Starbucks Newsroom article for creating a sleeve design which honors veterans, including her Navy SEAL father. The design is a hand block printed coffee bean in a camouflage pattern, which recognizes the 10,000 Veterans and military spouses who have been hired by Starbucks.
Growing up in a traveling military family, creating and designing was stability for Moser. She tells Starbucks:
Flagpole Magazine’s Art Notes column highlights the painting practices of incoming MFA student Christina Foard and alumna Erin McIntosh as well as local artist Paul Collins in a recent article. The three artists are featured in Gallery@HotelIndigo’s Spotlight 2017 exhibition, which offers a focused glimpse into bodies of work by the three artists and is on view through September.
Congratulations to alumnus Greg Shelnutt, who joined the University of Delaware faculty as chair of the Department of Art and Design on August 1, 2017. Shelnutt graduated with his MFA from the University of Georgia’s Lamar Dodd School of Art in 1988. While at the UGA, Shelnutt’s area of focus was sculpture. He subsequently taught through the UGA Cortona study abroad program.
Alumnus Philip Juras recently opened an exhibition of paintings, Landscapes of Chingaza, that celebrate the 40th anniversary of Chingaza National Park, Colombia. Landscapes of Chingaza is on view at the Biblioteca Virgilio Barco in Bogotá, Colombia until September 2017. Juras attended the opening of the exhibition and toured it with President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos.
ABOVE IMAGE: President of Colombia Juan Manuel Santos on tour of Landscapes of Chingaza
School of Art alumna Rebecca Brantley curated an exhibition that features the work by the former head of the sculpture Area Jim Buonaccorsi, among others. The exhibition, Gloria Victis: Three Artists Respond to War, is on view now through September 15, 2017 at the Piedmont College Mason-Scharfenstein Museum of Art in Demorest, Georgia. It includes work by painter Temme Barkin-Leeds of Atlanta, Georgia, and ceramic artist Richard Notkin of Vaughn, Washington, in addition to work by Buonaccorsi.
Student Profile: Laura Lake Smith
PhD in Art History, 2017
Laura Lake Smith arrived at the Lamar Dodd School of Art with a clear goal. As stated in her application to the PhD program, it was her intention to write a dissertation on the work of contemporary American artist Richard Tuttle. Entitled Imaging the In-between: The Serial Art of Richard Tuttle, that dissertation was completed and defended in spring 2017, the culmination of a long and rewarding journey toward understanding the work of one of the century’s most enigmatic artists.