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Photo MFA Candidate Will Major featured on Ain't Bad website

Will Major Babyfaces & Heels

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.

Meet the School of Art's Newest Graduate Students

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.

Graduate Student Profile: Laura Lake Smith

Richard Tuttle, I Don’t Know: The Weave of Textile Language, 2014. Installation view, Tate Modern.

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.

Dodd Galleries Director Curates Atlanta Exhibition

Image: Ry Rocklen, Aluminum America, cast aluminum, 13"x16"x1", 2017

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. 

Arrowmont Scholarship Allows Dodd Graduate Student to Attend Workshop

Sahar Aghasafari at Arrowmont

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.

Mono a Mano: Printmaking Maymester Exhibition

Image: Installation view of Mono a Mano

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

The Arts + Empowerment Project: Social Action, Empowerment, and Healing through Public Art

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.

2017 Dodd Scholarship Recipients

Top Scholar Awards


Kendal King


Laura Lake Smith

Merit Scholarships


Oliver William
Amanda Manowksi


Laura Douglas
Megan Flory
Paul Hwang
Leah Wochele


Mary Callier


Rebecca Gross
Joshua Johnson
Usha Rahn

School of Art Students Create Mural in Rutledge, GA

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.


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