Lamar Dodd: Paintings and Drawings

July 02, 2011 - August 28, 2011
Virginia and Alfred Kennedy and Philip Henry Alston Jr. Galleries

Lamar Dodd––teacher, arts administrator, advocate and artist––rebuilt and revitalized the University of Georgia's art department beginning in 1937. The most recognized artist of his generation from the state of Georgia, he is considered the "godfather" of the Georgia Museum of Art due to his work with museum founder Alfred Heber Holbrook. Reared in LaGrange, Dodd (1909–1996) was an impassioned exponent of the local scene movement, and his works of the 1930s and 1940s featured southern landscapes, history, people and industry. He also served as an "ambassador of culture" for the U.S. State Department, as two-term president of the College Art Association and as a participant in the NASA Art Program. Believing that drawing was the "mother of the arts," Dodd utilized the practice even as he moved from realism in the 1930s to Cubism and Abstract Expressionism in the late 1940s and 1950s and later into a mature style. Featuring 100 images, this special exhibition during the museum's reopening year celebrates Dodd's career and juxtaposes his drawings with many of his related watercolors and paintings. It also features the return to Athens of Dodd's "Bargain Basement," now in the collection of the Morris Museum of Art. Ranging from the late 1920s, when he was at the Art Students League in New York, to the 1990s, the exhibition also includes the first wide-scale display of images from Dodd's sketchbooks.


Helen C. Griffith, Clementi L-B Holder, C.L. Morehead Jr., Dorothy Alexander Roush, the W. Newton Morris Charitable Foundation and the Friends of the Georgia Museum of Art