Named in honor of Lamar Dodd, a leading artist and art educator in Georgia, the Lamar Dodd Art Center in LaGrange was completed in 1982. Funded by the Callaway Foundation, it is a modern three-story building with facilities for LaGrange College’s art and design department and two floors of galleries devoted to the college’s art collections and exhibition program.

Lamar Dodd Art Center
Lamar Dodd Art Center

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Dodd grew up in LaGrange and received his first formal training in art at the college, at the time a women’s college. In the late 1970s he donated a retrospective collection of his works to the college as well as works from his private collection. A gallery in the center exhibits his work on a permanent basis. The center also houses the Case Collection of American Indian Art and the Twentieth-Century Masters of Photography Collection.

The center  organizes numerous temporary exhibitions of nationally known and regional artists each academic year. It also cosponsors a biennial juried exhibition, the LaGrange National, exhibiting photography, sculpture, and decorative arts. The college’s art and design department has programs of study leading to the undergraduate major in art and design. Courses are offered in painting, drawing, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, photography, graphic design, art history, and museum studies.

Lamar Dodd
Lamar Dodd

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Lamar Dodd Art Center

Lamar Dodd Art Center

The Lamar Dodd Art Center at LaGrange College, completed in 1982, contains two floors of galleries. The center houses a retrospective collection of Dodd's paintings, given by the artist and his wife, Mary Lehmann, a 1929 graduate of the school.

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Lamar Dodd

Lamar Dodd

The artist Lamar Dodd pictured with one of his paintings in the late 1970s. Dodd was the most recognized artist of his generation from the state of Georgia, a passionate advocate for the arts, and a skilled administrator.

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