Category: Lamar Dodd School of Art

LDSOA professor Hwangbo in Huffington Post


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


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


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"


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.


"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


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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Phi Beata Heata Jewelry Sale


Now this is our version of micro-small business Tuesday - businesses before they are businesses, buying from artists while they are still students. It's the student-made jewelry sale in the Lamar Dodd School of Art, 10 am to 3 pm, today only.



UPDATE: I was just over there and... it's a ceramics sale, too. Through tomorrow. Presents!

Spotlight on the Arts 2013


spotlight bannerThis year's Spotlight on the Arts kicks off later this week, and in the interest of helping you navigate the tremendous volume of events happening all over campus, here are the events that are most fine-and-performing-arts-centric, in the opinion of your humble Chronicles blog:

The Lamar Dodd School of Art will hold a school-wide open house with special activities in the main building, the ceramics building, and the sculpture and jewelry and metals building on Nov. 7. The school also will present an exhibition by first-year M.F.A. students with an opening reception on Nov. 7, plus a B.F.A. exit show with an opening reception on Nov. 15.

University Theatre will present Pride and Prejudice during the festival, plus matinee performances Nov. 10 and Nov. 17. Directed by theatre department faculty member George Contini, the production features a cast of undergraduate and graduate students. It will be presented in the Fine Arts Theatre, and tickets can be purchased through the Performing Arts Center box office.

The Hugh Hodgson School of Music will present a concert version of Bizet's Carmen by the UGA Opera Theatre on Nov. 14 with an open dress rehearsal ($5 tickets) the previous evening. Other School of Music events include an afternoon concert by the UGA Wind Ensemble on Nov. 10 and an open house that day presented by the Community Music School with performances and an instrument petting zoo. Concert tickets can be purchased through the Performing Arts Center box office.

The Department of Dance will present its annual Young Choreographers Series Dance Concert during the first two evenings of the festival. Tickets can be purchased through the Performing Arts Center box office.

In addition there is a terrific film festival presented by the Willson Center for Humanities and Arts that begins on Nov.15 featuring the work of local favorite Jim McKay. We know the arts never stop in our community - but the festival is a solid reminder of how important the arts are to everyone on campus. See you this week.

Russia expert presents Shouky Shaheen Lecture


roosevelt head shotThe Lamar Dodd School of Art welcomes Priscilla Roosevelt, one of the leading Western experts on aristocratic life in imperial Russia, to present the annual Shouky Shaheen Lecture on Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. in the M. Smith Griffith Auditorium of the Georgia Museum of Art. 

Roosevelt's lecture on "Serfdom and Splendor: the World of the Russian Country Estate" will focus on the cultural impact of the country estate, particularly the unusual role played by the system of serfdom.

Roosevelt's book, "Life on the Russian Country Estate" (Yale University Press, 1995), explores the cultural worlds of Arkhangelskoye, the fabled Yusupov residence outside of Moscow; Khmelita, the elegant 18th-century country estate of the Griboedovs; and Mikhailovskoe, Pushkin's modest retreat.


Roosevelt's Shouky Shaheen Lecture coincides with the ongoing Georgia Museum of Art exhibition, "Exuberance of Meaning: The Art Patronage of Catherine the Great."

A pre-lecture reception will be held at 5 p.m. at the museum. Both events are free and open to the public.

Image: Priscilla Roosevelt.

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.

SEC Academic Leadership Development Program


sec-administrative-fellows with archFour faculty members, including Tracie Costantino of the Lamar Dodd School of Art, will be among the faculty and administrators from the 14 institutions of the Southeastern Conference that gather at UGA this month for a three-day workshop that aims to develop the next generation of academic leaders.

The workshop is part of the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program, which began in 2008 and has two components: a university-level program designed by each institution for its own participants and two, three-day, SEC-wide workshops held on specified campuses for all program participants. The workshop at UGA will be held Oct. 14-16, and the spring workshop will be held at the University of South Carolina.

Congratulations to these faculty members, who represent a real cross-section of campus. They are some of our best at thinking about learning, as well as how to enhance the student experience going forward. Costantino, for one, has been at the center of developing NSF-funded collaborative teaching projects between the School of Art, the College of Education and the College of Engineering.

Image: SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Fellows (l-r): Tracie Costantino, Tom Reichert, Sarah Covert and Julian Cook. Courtesy of UGA Photographic Services.