Category: Lamar Dodd School of Art

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.

A Culture of Sustainability: Interior Design

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Sustainability_flyer crop.jpgThere are many places to start when it comes to how we might address, if not mitigate, the environmental impact of the space we take up, the resources we consume and the waste created by the combination of these two. We could even start with re-imagining our space itself, for one example. 

The UGA Office of Sustainability, the UGA Special Collections Library and the Interior Design area of the Lamar Dodd School of Art have teamed up to present 'A Semester in Review' from 11 am to 1 pm on April 29 at the Special Collections Building. The event is a celebration of sustainable design projects and practices, focused on student work completed during this semester

Interior design students wlll present adapative reuse and sustainable design initiatives for use on campus and beyond. A light lunch will be provided as part of this free event, so please RSVP if you plan to attend.

Come out and learn with our students. Find out how you can begin to make less of an enduring impact. 

LDSOA professor Hwangbo in Huffington Post

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Hwangbo_Huff PostImi Hwangbo, a professor in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, currently has a show on view at the Pavel Zoubok Gallery on West 26th Street in New York City.  Ridley Howard, a painter in New York, is an alumnus of the Lamar Dodd School of Art, interviewed Hwango for the Arts Page of the Huffington Post.  "Portals:  Interview with Imi Hwangbo" by Ridley Howard is a fascinating discussion of her three-dimensional drawings in cut paper.

RH: Some works in this New York show are based on traditional Korean wrapping cloths. Can you talk about how you became interested in that as a subject?

IH: I've always been attracted to the aesthetics of traditional Korean decorative art. Pojagi are functional, four-cornered cloths that are tied in bundles to carry domestic objects. As artworks, they are embroidered drawings on fabric. They are often decorated with patterns and imagery that convey Korean folk beliefs, with plants and animals that offer protection from harm, and express desires for wealth, longevity and fertility.

I wanted to work from these patterns, and stay faithful to the notion of a decorative object that is alluring to the eye and highly crafted over its entire surface. I also like the notion of decoration as a visualization of desire -- as a gesture that covers a surface, repetitively and obsessively, with an iconography of desire.

RH: From what little research I've done, certain eras of Pojagi almost look like op-art and early modernist painting. Do you see your work as a means of subversion? Or is it more reverential?

IH: Pojagi patterns can have specific meanings within that particular cultural tradition. But at the same time, they can embody strategies that are recognizable in modernist painting. I like the notion of women artists in traditional Korea, inventing a modernist aesthetic with scraps of fabric. Their names are lost to history, so their identities can only be guessed through their inventiveness and craft. I'm drawn to the contradiction of that anonymity and the intimacy of the handwork. So perhaps you could consider it an homage.

Read the full interview. Great job, Howard and Hwangbo.

Image: Diviner (detail), 66" x 28" x 3", archival ink on hand-cut mylar, 2010

Just Print Play

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Faculty and graduate students of the Printmaking and Book Arts area in the Lamar Dodd School of Art are going to Belgium over spring break (March 5-17) to take part in a collaborative residency with Concordia University at the Frans Masereel Centrum.The UGA contingent was invited to participate in the week-long residency at the Frans Masereel Centrum - an arts center for graphics named for the Flemish painter and graphic artist - based on their project, "Just Print Play," which was selected from among a number of international submissions.

 

 

To fund the trip and the graduate students printed t-shirts that they sold at home football games and secured additional funding from the President’s Venture Fund. To secure the rest of the necessary funding, the group has turned to Kickstarter and now you can support this terrific international effort from our art students.

LDSOA Post MFA Faculty Fellow Exhibition

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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.

WUGA TV documentary premiere: "Two Powerful Women"

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alexia_with_chalice.jpgThe presence of a broadcast television station on our campus is a great asset of which we are only beginning to scratch the surface. But another step in the right direction is producing terrific original programming featuring UGA units, faculty and expertise, and the latest new piece premiers toinight:

In a one-hour documentary scheduled for broadcast this December, WUGA-TV showcases a current exhibition on Russian art at the Georgia Museum of Art. In the program, "Two Powerful Women: The Collectors of Russian Art," WUGA-TV news anchor Alexia Ridley guides viewers through works of decorative art that were once commissioned for Catherine the Great's use or given as gifts in her court.

The documentary shares stories behind such centerpiece items as a solid gold chalice decorated with dazzling diamonds and cameos or a famous Wedgwood Green Frog Service. Video recorded in Russia this summer is an exclusive peek at Catherine the Great's museum, the Hermitage, in St. Petersburg.

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"Two Powerful Women" is produced by Melissa Jackson, a producer/director at WUGA-TV, with guidance from Asen Kirin, curator and the exhibition and associate professor of art and associate director of UGA's Lamar Dodd School of Art, along with production support from students in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.

9 p.m. tonight and check your locallistings for future broadcasts.

Image: Alexia Ridley (left) with Lamar Dodd School of Art associate director Asen Kirin, curator of the exhibition "Exuberance of Meaning: The Art Patronage of Catherine the Great," on display at the Georgia Museum of Art until Jan. 5.

Jewelry + Metals BFA Exhibition

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BFA kids with torchesAnd speaking of finely crafted jewels, the Jewelry and Metals area will hold thier BFA exhibition on Friday December 6 at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, from 7 to 9 pm. There's sure to be great work, good food and interesting folk about, so take in some cool artwork at the Dodd on Friday. 

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