Exhibitions Celebrate Georgia Artist Lamar Dodd

COLUMBUS, Ga. - Columbus State University and the W.C. Bradley Co. are collaborating to host exhibitions celebrating the work of one of Georgia’s most influential artists.

Starting Tuesday, CSU will present “Drawings of Lamar Dodd” in the Corn Center for the Visual Arts’ Illges Gallery. One week later, “The Master of Mood,” a survey of Dodd paintings that depict the different techniques and themes from his work, will open in the nearby W.C. Bradley Co. Museum.

Both sets of works, from the Athens, Ga.-based C.L. Morehead collection, will be displayed through Oct. 10.

Lamar DoddDodd (1909-1996) is noted for subjects ranging from Southern landscapes, city scenes and space exploration to portraits and University of Georgia athletic events.

Dodd is further noted for representing Georgia’s visual arts community as an administrator, teacher and advocate. He maintains a significant following, including at the University of Georgia, where the Lamar Dodd School of Art represents his most visible legacy.

Additionally, LaGrange College, where Dodd took his first formal art classes at age 12, has commemorated the artist through the Lamar Dodd Art Center. The center houses the college’s art department and visual arts museum.

Dodd departed Georgia as a young man to study in New York City. In 1932, he held his first solo show there, featuring Southern scenes, history and people.

He returned to the Southeast in 1933 to work in a Birmingham art supply store, finding his way to a UGA faculty appointment in 1937.

Within three years, he had steered the formation of a visual arts department that supported a master's program. The department grew quickly and is one of the country’s largest art schools today.

In the 1950s Dodd expanded his knowledge and creativity by traveling the world to study art and its history in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. An early1960s invitation to document NASA space exploration in a series of paintings prompted Dodd to adopt a vivid, expressionistic style.In the late 1970s, he used similar means to artistically explore the human heart from a medical standpoint.

In the following decades, he returned to the natural world for his subjects, such as seascapes of Maine and sunflowers of America and Europe — mostly in watercolor.

Before his death, Dodd revisited his “American scene” roots and took on subjects such as the bloody glove from the O. J. Simpson murder trial.

The Columbus State exhibition of Dodd’s drawings can be viewed noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and 11 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday in the Illges Gallery at 6 West 10th Street (use the Front Avenue entrance). Dodd’s paintings can be viewed noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday in the W.C. Bradley Co. Museum, 1017 Front Ave., Columbus.

For more information, call 706-507-8300.