Category: exhibition

LDSOA Post MFA Faculty Fellow Exhibition


pigeon with wing, b&wThat title is a mouthful, but the Lamar Dodd School of Art presents a special exhibition on January 31, Some Points, new photography by this year's Post MFA Faculty Fellow Rachel Cox.

The Post-MFA Photography Fellow is a one-year teaching and research position targeted to bring recent MFA graduates, their ideas and perspectives, into the dialogue of the programs of the school of art. The fellow teaches two classes each semester and conducts research, developing new work that is presented in an exhibition and public lecture during the spring semester. Cox is the fourth Post-MFA Photography Fellow in the school of art.

She received her Masters of Fine Arts from the University of New Mexico in 2013. Her work has been exhibited at museums and galleries throughout the United States including the Albuquerque Museum of Art, Rayko Photo Center in San Francisco, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Talley Dunn Gallery in Dallas, TX, and Virdian Artists Gallery in New York. Her work was featured in publications such as Lenscratch Magazine, Dallas Frontrow Magazine, and Art Fag City. Cox was awarded two continuing artist grants from the Dallas Museum of Art.

The Georgia Virtual History Project: Seen/Unseen


GVHP 2.jpgArt exhibition presents Georgia History up close



Visitors to Saturday’s opening reception for the ATHICA and Georgia Virtual History Project exhibit “Seen/Unseen” were treated to a display of digital local history projects by UGA and Athens Academy students, as well as artworks and archival pieces by local artists and residents.

Many of the pieces were of particular importance to the documentation of the local Athens community’s oft-overlooked enslaved African Americans and African American history in Athens.

Co-curated by Hope Hilton of ATHICA and Franklin College department of history instructor and director of the Georgia Virtual History Project Christopher Lawton, the exhibit was an example of local history from a collaborative perspective—with historians, teachers, students, artists and citizens contributing to the collective historical documentation.

At the reception, guests were treated to opening remarks from the curators, as well as some oral history storytelling from artists about the items that were on display.

The Georgia Virtual History Project gets students and the collective citizenry involved in the constructing the historical landscape and provides access to everyone with access to the Internet.

Beyond being a simple website project, the GVHP will also feature a mobile app.  Imagine standing in front of a building, with an iPad or iPhone, and learning about the history of that place with digital media, audio, video, written word and photographs, all contributed by students, historians and citizens alike.

The GVHP is an effort to use new and interactive technologies to record the history of the state of Georgia and make it available to multiple audiences, from eighth-graders and the general public to college students and academic professionals.

In its first stage, GVHP was built around original research and data collected and analyzed by faculty, undergraduate, and graduate students in multiple departments at the University of Georgia and by advanced high school students at Athens Academy. It has field tested local Athens components of the project with K-12 students both at Athens Academy and in the Clarke County School District. In fall 2013, it will expand to begin incorporating additional content developed by students and faculty at both Georgia State University and Columbus State University.

GVHP’s goal is to spread this model out across the state, ultimately creating a system whereby students in countless communities can help build their own virtual records of their local past.

The Georgia Virtual History Project will have not only a permanent website, but also a dedicated mobile app that will allow participants to access mini-documentaries, historical resources, and tourism-related information using image-recognition software at multiple locations across the state. As a prototype of this model, GVHP is currently building streaming content for another eHistory initiative, “From Civil War to Civil Rights in Georgia.”

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This weekend’s opening reception was just one of over 60 events going on now in conjunction with the “Spotlight on the Arts Festival.” Luckily, if you missed this one, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the wealth of arts in the UGA and Athens community.

You can view the Spotlight on the Arts schedule of events here, find out more about Georgia Virtual History Project here and read more about the Wilson Center for Humanities and Arts here.

Images: Pictures on display of Georgia Illustrated at Saturday’s exhibit opening reception and a view of the crowd by Jessica Luton

Miniature Monumental


Buster sculpture in whiteI just returned from a sneak preview of Dodd Professorial Chair Kendall Buster's exhibition and... the opening is tonight and you should go.

The Lamar Dodd Distinguished Professorial Chair Kendall Buster is a sculptor who brings to her work a study in microbiology and a fascination with the dynamics of architectural design. Miniature Monumental will feature models and drawings produced during her residency at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. In Buster's work, scale is indeterminate, the monumental and miniature both in play. She regards her sculptural works as "models for an imaginary architecture where the natural and the built environment clash and merge." The exhibition gives viewers a rare glimpse into a studio process that informs both intimate works and large-scale site-specific projects.

Opening reception tonight in gallery 307 from 6 to 8pm tonight. Free and open to the public. What a treat.

Image: author's photo of sculpture by Kendall Buster.

School of Art welcomes new Gallery Director


New gallery director in the Lamar Dodd School of Art Katie Geha is featured in the Athens Banner-Herald:

As the incoming gallery director at Lamar Dodd, Geha’s relationship with curatorial work won’t lessen. Geha sees the position as quasi-academic, wherein she’ll act as teacher or mentor to young artists, but without the workload of production or publishing demands. Geha will teach a class called “Artist’s Writing.”

Geha joins UGA and the school of art from Austin, Texas, where she developed an innovative curatorial practice. We are particularly happy to welcome a new director with such extensive experience in writing about art in addition to her work as a teacher and curator. The school of art continues its ascent. Welcome, Dr. Geha.

Praxis Art Exhibition


praxis gallery photo of sculpture and paintingsTonight at 5 pm is the opening for the reception for the exhibition 'Praxis,' at the Lamar Dodd School of Art.

Dodd Chair Exhibition


Lola-Brooks-bubblepearls jewelryThis year's Dodd Professorial Chair in the Lamar Dodd School of Art is the jeweler and metalsmith Lola Brooks. The school will present an exhibition of her new work, opening on Feb. 1 in Gallery 307:

The exhibition will include five to seven pieces installed alongside objects from the artist's many collections, including some 1/4 inch-scale furniture, all designed to shift the viewer's perception of scale and meaning.

"This is an opportunity to explore some ideas about shifting meaning through perception of scale and context using display," Brooks said, "and is probably partially a result of the psychological and physical space that opened for me by moving here.

"I make large, outsized jewelry to begin with, but I'm interested how the pieces become a little more heroic or ridiculous on these diminutively scaled antique salesman samples."

Brooks is a tremendous artist and teacher, and her time at LDSOA - continuing through the spring semester - has been mutually beneficial. Our students are fortunate to spend time and interact with an artist of her caliber and intellect. Her work is a treat - a compelling take on 'jewelry as art' that is refreshing and enlightening.

Image: "Bubblepearls," by Lola Brooks

Material Wonders at OCAF


Graduate students from the Lamar Dodd School of Art are part of an exhibition at the Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, which begins on January 11 and runs through Feb. 15. The exhibition, Material Wonders, features student artists working in a variety of media and begins with a reception on January 11 at 6 p.m.

It is important for young artists to get out in the community and begin developing relationships as individuals with their work. This is a great opportunity to do just that. Congratulations to the students and OCAF for organizing this show.


BFA Exit Show II


green shoots and dirtThe Bachelor of Fine Arts Exit Show in Photography happens this Friday, Nov. 30 at the Lamar Dodd School of Art.

The Skinny Jean Bandits: BFA Photography Exit ShowMark your calendar and join the Skinny Jean Bandits as they present the Fall BFA Photography Exit Show! The opening reception takes place on November 30th, 2012, from 7:00 - 9:00PM at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. The show will feature works from the BFA photography candidates Jon Alread, Erica Dale, Caroline Homer, Kathryn Kimmel, Nehemie Cal Lucien, Van Moncrieff, Mei Lin Ng, Betsy Phillips, Astin Shrader, Ian Watson, and Molly Weir.

Check the link for a nice slideshow of some of the work from the show - and how about that spiffy new site?

Image: photograph by LDSOA student Astin Shrader.

Photography Fellow Exhibition



two women sitting beneath a tree.The art of photography is indeed a moving target. The advent of digital photography has made us all photographers of one sort or another, documenting the quotidian as well as the surprising events of life. But the narrative elements of fine art photography continue to develop apace, and the Lamar Dodd School of Art is home to many faculty and students pursuing photography at many levels, in many formats and with an eye toward its highest ambitions as art. This level of activity will be on display early next semester in the work of a visiting artist, with the LDSOA Photography Fellow Exhibition by Chicago-based Kelly Kristen Jones. The opening reception will be on January 11 at 7 p.m. in gallery 101 and you won't want to miss it. Jones describes her work:

Each image represents a conscious exchange between subject and photographer. Photography’s "Othering" gaze is balanced by my personal relationship to the sitter. The camera allows me another way of engaging with my family and friends, but also with photography. I examine elements of uncertainty and power that underline the camera’s use and limitations. This is not about attempting to offer an unadulterated “truth”; rather, it is about a carefully composed portrait for the camera. The resulting photographs strike a delicate balance between giving and taking.

Image: from Our No Place by Kelly Kristen Jones.

Space camp


spacecamp flyer in blue sky overlayTerrific show of student work at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, opening tonight, featured in an article in the Athens Banner Herald:

“Space Camp,” the larger exhibition featuring Lee’s work, showcases 15 student artists currently working in Lamar Dodd’s studios. It’s reception is 7-9 p.m. tonight at Lamar Dodd at 270 River Road.

Installation[s] art is not about object making, Hwangbo said. Space is the thing.

Instead of the art hanging on the wall in a frame, an installation comes alive because it becomes part of the environment. Since installations are very public, Hwangbo calls it “a very democratic version of art” in that it takes art out of traditional galleries and museums.

Students had to negotiate with building management to display their works outside of Dodd’s galleries, an exercise Hwangbo said will prepare them to make public art in their communities.