Graduate student Will Major was recently featured on the photography website Ain’t Bad. Major is a second-year MFA student in the Photography department at the School of Art. Ain’t Bad selected Major’s work from a recent call for entry, citing its wild subject matter and blend of still life imagery and portraiture in an article accompanied by extensive images.
Georgia's second largest sassafras tree is located in Athens, Georgia, and Dodd students have lent a helping hand in its restoration. The tree has been unable to maintain the healthy, woodland–type soil it needs at its roots, which have also been de–barked by horses.
Kaleidoscope is the 16th Annual First-year Studio Core Exhibiton at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. This annual exhibition showcases student work from the art school’s first year program with artworks from Drawing I, Drawing II, Color and Composition, 3D Design, and Ideation & Methodologies.
Twenty-one new graduate students join the student body at the Dodd this fall ready to delve into studies in art history, art education, and studio art and design. They describe themselves as “magpies” and “ice cream aficionados,” and their interests range from 60s DIY manuals to contemporary Chinese-American art. These grads arrive in Athens from as far as Santa Maria, California and Olympia, Washington and come from diverse undergraute backgrounds with undergraduate studies in history and graphic design at institutions such as the University of Nebraska and Sooreh University in Iran.
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.
Director of the Dodd Galleries, Katie Geha, organized an exhibition opening this Friday at Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta. The exhibition, Ancient Art Object, features Dodd painting alumnus Jaime Bull and Kaleena Stasiak, a current graduate student in Printmaking and Book Arts. Other artists in the exhibition include: Karen Lederer, Rosemary Mayer, Padma Rajendran, Ry Rocklen, Siebren Versteeg, Max Warsh and Jeff Williams.
Art Education Graduate Student Sahar Aghasafari was awarded funding to attend a fibers workshop at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts this past July. Aghasafari, who received her Master of Art Education from the University of Arizona after earning a Master in Art Research and a BFA in Fabrics Design from the University of Tehran, is pursuing her PhD in Art Education at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN is an internationally recognized visual art education center.
The July 3, 2017 issue of independent Athens magazine Flagpole profiles the Emerges X exhibition at ATHICA (Athens Institute for Contemporary Art), an annual exhibition that features the work of emerging local artists.
Student work from Professor Melissa Harshman’s maymester printmaking course is on display through June at the Dodd in the Suite and Plaza Galleries. The installation, Mono a Mano, exhibits monotype prints from the 14 undergraduate and graduate students involved in the course during the short May term that ran May 9–30, 2017.
Harshman has taught at the University of Georgia since 1993 and is currently the Area Chair of Printmaking and Book Arts.
Image: Installation view of Mono a Mano
Since February, UGA Professors, graduate students and Clarke Middle School faculty have been working with middle school students to explore topics related to empowerment and public art. The Arts + Empowerment project has resulted in a collection of photographs of 7th and 8th grade girls doing ‘power poses’ that will be exhibited in Athens this summer.
In addition to its regular study abroad programs, the School of Art holds a Maymester field study program in New York city every term. Initiated in 2014, The NYC Maymester is a chance for School of Art students gain exposure to the many facets of the city’s bustling art scene during an intensive 3-week program.
Top Scholar Awards
Laura Lake Smith
ALBERT CHRIST-JANER SCHOLARSHIP
C. CLIFTON CHANDLER MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP
ALERTA CORLEY SCHOLARSHIP
BAILEY ART SCHOLARSHIP
On Saturday May 13, 2017, Lamar Dodd School of Art students completed a large public mural honoring veterans in Rutledge, GA. This project came about through an agreement with the Rutledge Garden Club. President of the club Pam Strapp initially reached out to School of Art Professor Joseph Norman. She wanted to know if he would be interested in engaging his students to create a new mural that would honor and salute veterans who have served in the military.