Category: Lamar Dodd School of Art

Negritud in Latin American Art

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Solis.jpgGreat panel discussion on tap tonight in the Lamar Dodd School of Art:

 The Dodd Galleries present a panel discussion on the exhibition "Negritud in Latin American Art" this evening in Gallery 101, 6-7pm.

Join Dodd art instructor Stanley Bermudez discuss his curated exhibition "Negritud in Latin American Art" with Lesley Feracho, associate professor in the department of romance languages and the Institute of African-American Studies and Ximena González-Parada, a PhD candidate in romance languages.​

That's tonight, in Gallery 101. 6-7pm. The exhibition features art from members of the Atlanta art collective Contrapunto and several New York artists, the works in this exhibition exemplify the often over-looked but integral influence of African culture on art of Latin America and the Caribbean. Artists featured in the exhibit include Dio-genes Abreu, Jorge Arcos, Stanley Bermúdez, Ismael Checo, Pedro Fuertes, Dora López, Alexis Mendoza, José Peña, Carlos Solis, Luis Stephenberg, Juana Valdes, & Reinaldo Vargas. Curated by Dodd art professor Stanley Bermudez and Atlanta artist Carlos Solis.

'State of the Art' exhibition includes UGA professor, alumni

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crystal-bridges.jpgImagine you're a major research university, with aspirations for rising in the ranks. Everything from your endowment to annual extramural funding dollars can be included in quantifiable metrics you use to measure your progress. But there are other aspects of your impact that can be more difficult to quantify. For example, how good is the history department? How strong is your art school? Clear metrics on those endeavors rarely pop up, but when they do, as in a survey of contemporary artists in a national exhibition, we should take notice:

A national exhibition at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, is highlighting the work of two alumni and one faculty member from the University of Georgia's Lamar Dodd School of Art.

"State of the Art : Discovering American Art Now," on view through Jan. 19, features more than 100 American artists selected as the result of over 1,000 studio visits by Crystal Bridges curators who traveled the country seeking to discover artists whose work had not yet been recognized nationally.

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"A large national exhibition featuring 100 prominent working American artists today provides a terrific survey of the creativity and inventiveness from across the country," said Chris Garvin, director of the Lamar Dodd School of Art. "To have three artists and one curator affiliated with UGA as part of this exhibition is a great distinction that places us at the forefront of artistic practice in the United States."

Just so, professor Garvin. What Crystal Bridges is attempting to do is very ambitious - create a national museum of international renown, deep in the heart of Arkansas - but what our art school is doing is no less ambitious. A very important constituent part of the learning environment in a major research university, a thriving art school would be missing if we didn't have one. But we do. 

Lauren Fensterstock lecture at the Dodd

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Fensterstock.jpgThe Lamar Dood School of Art welcomes Maine-based installation artist Lauren Fensterstock to campus for a lecture on Sept. 30 at 5:30 pm:

Based in Portland, Maine, Fensterstock is an artist, writer and curator whose work was the subject of a recent major solo exhibition at the John Michael Kohler Arts Center in Sheboygan, Wisconsin, where she filled four rooms with cut paper flowers to create an immersive environment, and another at the Contemporary Austin in Austin, Texas. Her work is held in public and private collections in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

In her UGA lecture, Fensterstock plans to show examples from her work from the previous 15 years, a mixture of sculpture and installation.

"I'm going to share some of the research that I do-my work tends to come out of a lot of reading, and my interest in history," Fensterstock said. "So I'll talk about some of the historical references that inspire my work and then talk about my process and how my research and the making come together in these installations."

Fensterstock studied at the Parsons School of Design and SUNY New Paltz, and her background in metalsmithing and jewelry continue to play a role in her work.

Heart, mind, and eye — the art of Lamar Dodd

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venice-reflection-rain_dodd.jpgTerrific appreciation of Lamar Dodd by Jamil Zainaldin at the Saporta Report:

Life in Depression-era New York was hard for Dodd, as well as for his family back home in LaGrange. He and his new wife, also of LaGrange, decided in 1933, against the advice of his teachers, to return to the South, where he took a position in a Birmingham art store. He continued painting with heart, mind, and eye, honoring the humble and dignifying the ordinary in settings that he seemed to understand in his deepest being. His reputation continued to grow, inside and outside the South.

At the age of 28, he received a summons out of the blue from the head of the University of Georgia’s fine arts division, who urged him to come to Athens as the university’s artist-in-residence. They were looking for “a live, recognized artist doing actual creative work” who would not only serve students but act as a cultural influence on “the people of our state.” If this agreed with him, then the university would up the visual arts budget from $50 to $5,000.

As we say whenever anyone asks, Dodd was a real ambassador for the arts, who believed with conviction in the importance of a cultivated citizenry. Let us resolve to never be shy about that, and that his legacy remains alive and well on campus.

Image: Venice Reflection, Rain (1958) by Lamar Dodd. Credit: Georgia’s State Art Collection, Georgia Council for the Arts

Athens Photographers at the Dodd

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Lachowski-PhotoTopos1-Canon-AF35ML.jpgFriday evening, September 12 is a big evening for openings at the Lamar Dodd School of Art galleries, which will open four new exhibitions at once with a reception beginning at 6 p.m.:

LDSOA Galleries celebrates the opening of four new exhibitions: Ry Rocklen: Local Color in Gallery 307; Photo Topos 1 featuring Rinne Allen, Michael Lachowski, and Carl Martin in Gallery 101, Zipporah Thompson: Menagerie in the Suite Gallery, and Jessica Machacek + Ella Weber: Suspended Preservatives in the Plaza & Bridge Galleries

The Photo Topos 1 show, curated by Dodd associate director Asen Kirin, is of particular interest as it showcases the work of three prominent Athens photographers and represents a new direction for the Galleries. Lots of great work. See you at the Dodd tomorrow.

Image: Michael Lachowski: Canon AF35ML 1982, 2014

Sculptor Ry Rocklen to lecture September 9

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RyR.jpgVisiting artist and Gallery Artist-in-Resident Ry Rocklen will discuss the work he has created while in Athens as well as comment on his recent sculptural pieces in porcelain and his furniture enterprise Trophy Modern. Rocklen's exhibition of work, Local Color, made largely in tandem with students at the Lamar Dodd School of Art will open on September 12th in Gallery 307. His lecture is on Tuesday Sept. 9 at 5:30 p.m. in room S151 of the Dodd:

Rocklen began his career studying with Charles Ray at the University of California, Los Angeles, and continued at the University of Southern California where he received his Master of Fine Arts degree. Rocklen has exhibited his work nationally and internationally, most recently holding solo exhibitions at Praz-Delavallade in Paris, France, and UNTITLED in New York. His work is in the collections of the Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the MoCA Library at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. 

2014-15 Dodd Professorial Chair: Zoe Strauss

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Strauss2_380_255auto.jpgThe Lamar Dodd School of Art welcomes Philadelphia-based photographer Zoe Strauss to campus as this year's Dodd Professorial Chair:

For a decade between 2001 and 2010, Philadelphia photographer Zoe Strauss (b. 1970) showed her photographic works once a year in a public space beneath an I-95 highway overpass in South Philadelphia. In these annual one-day exhibitions, Strauss mounted her color photographs to the concrete bridge supports and viewers could buy photocopies for five dollars. Through portraits and documents of houses and signage, Strauss looked unflinchingly at the economic struggles and hardscrabble lives of residents in her own community and other parts of the United States. She describes her work as "an epic narrative about the beauty and struggle of everyday life." Strauss, a self-taught photographer and political activist, sees her work as a type of social intervention, and she has often used billboards and public meetings as venues. This exhibition is a mid-career retrospective and the first critical assessment of her decade-long project.

Strauss' Dodd Chair lecture is on Tuesday September 2 at 5:30 p.m. in room S151 of the school of art. The lecture is free and the public is invited to attend.

Image: Zoe Strauss, Mattress Flip Front, 2001. Courtesy International Center of Photography.

Alums We Love

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chris-bilheimerWe love all of our alums and play no favorites here - and we especially love when our graduates and their exploits find their way into the media, as is the case today with great friend of the blog, Chris Bilheimer:

For more than two decades Chris Bilheimer has designed album covers, concert posters, rock T-shirts and more as art director for R.E.M. and freelancer for other bands, notably Green Day, Widespread Panic and Neutral Milk Hotel. Now he’s entered the fashion realm as the creative force behind Helm Boots’ redesign. This spring, the Austin, Texas-based brand unveiled a new logo, website, packaging, store signage and point-of-sale materials. “The original look had a pretty heavy Americana feel to it, and part of the vision was to move away from beating you over the head that it’s made in America,” said Bilheimer, whose wife, Hillary, is Helm’s brand manager. “With what they plan to do in the future, I tried to give them an identity that has a more modern feel.” Bilheimer studied drawing and painting at University of Georgia in Athens...

It's short, you can read it all. The Lamar Dodd School of Art has brought many great people to Athens and UGA, acted as a petri dish for their talents, and loosened them upon a the wider populace to achieve great success. We're proud of Chris and so many others. The people who come here to live, study and work are what make our town and the university what they are.

Art Rox at LDSOA

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TwoWomenThreeQuilts.jpgBeginning May 23, 2014,  the Lamar Dodd School of Art will host a retrospective exhibition of art from the period 1975-85, presented by the Art Rocks Athens Foundation:

Athens, Georgia is well known for its vibrant music scene. What is less known, however, is that artists from the era of 1975-85 gave rise to the music, and then their music went on to influence the art. Art Rocks Athens Foundation, a non-profit organization, was formed to explore and document that time period, and to present a retrospective of the work of artists who were living and making art in the vortex of creativity that centered on Athens. Through the conservation of both artworks and music-related artifacts, Art Rocks Athens Foundation seeks to make a verifiable record of this history and its lasting importance to the town so many people love.

To bring in the wider world, he invited nationally known artists like Elaine de Kooning, and Phillip Guston who became artists in residence. They brought not just knowledge, but also a willingness to share their experiences, that only became more precious over time. When the Art Department began teeming with students, Lamar Dodd persuaded downtown business people to rent the empty spaces above their shops for use as artists’ studios. Thus, town united with gown, and from this atmosphere where innovation and collaboration were the order of the day, the Athens artists gave form and substance to the Athens music scene.

Many campus entities - the Special Collections Librairies, Willson Center, many Franklin College departments and individual faculty members - have been doing yoeman work to re-assemble many of the principles and tell the stories of the Athens music scene. As this picture takes shape, we re-affirm what's been obvious all along - that the art scene and the music scene continue to be mutially informing, supporting and essential to each other and the wonderful musical and visual art that gives this little town its flavor. This exhibition at Lamar Dodd should be great. Support the Art Rocks Athens. And don't forget to enjoy the show.

Image: "Two Women Three Quilts," 1975, 66" X 88", Oil on canvas, Neill Slaughter.

BFA candidate Miles Sandifer

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sandifer_miles exteriorVery nice Columns article on Lamar Dodd School of Art student and soon-to-be scientific illustration graduate Miles Sandifer:

In his first year as a transfer student to UGA, he was diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, a high-functioning form of autism. The diagnosis helped the Pine Mountain native begin to understand why large lecture courses-in which he felt lost in the shuffle-were proving so difficult for him.

Like many of his classmates, it took a mix of personal hard work and some help from family, faculty and staff to help him become eligible to participate in Commencement May 9.

Miles' mother, Diane Sandifer, said there are inherent challenges for people on the autism spectrum in large university settings.

During his six years as a UGA undergraduate, Miles struggled to understand course directions from instructors. He does better with written than verbal direction. He also finds it easier to learn in a small classroom environment in which he actively can engage with the instructor.

Fortunately for Miles, he found a major in scientific illustration that was well-suited to his preference for smaller classrooms, allowed him to work on something that fascinated him and showed off some of his strengths.

Read the whole thing, as they say. We all do what we can, as part of doing what we must, to get where we want to be. For some, the challenges are even greater. But whatever the nature of achievement means to you, Sandifer's story is a prime example of working hard to discover your strengths and then being in the right place to forge them into skills. We're glad to be the jetway where this young man takes off. Congratulations, Miles.