Dedicated in 1982, the Lamar Dodd Art Center houses the Art Department and the visual arts museum of LaGrange College. The three story, 32,000 square-foot facility was funded by a grant from Callaway Foundation, Inc., and named in honor of celebrated Georgia artist Lamar Dodd, who took his first formal art classes at the College. Works held by the museum include a retrospective collection of Dodd's painting and drawings, the Josephine Altman Case Collection of Plains and Southwest American Indian Art, a Masters of Twentieth Century Photography Collection, as well as individual works by Rembrandt, Houdon, Dali, Picasso, Elaine and Willem DeKooning, Henry Moore, Robert Rauschenberg, Don Reitz, and many others.
The museum's exhibition schedule is varied. Important new directions in contemporary art are presented each semester to students in a visiting artist program. Before graduation each spring, senior art majors mount an exhibit of their best work as a culmination of their education in the visual arts. In addition, the College co-sponsors a national juried exhibition held every other year, The LaGrange Biennial, which attracts artists from throughout the United States.
The museum is open when the College is in session from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from Monday through Friday. School groups may schedule a guided tour of current exhibitions. Call 706-880-8211.
In addition to the museum, the Lamar Dodd Art Center houses a complete range of classroom facilities. The drawing and painting program provides large open classrooms and private studios for majors. Our state-of-the-art ceramics and sculpture area offers semi-private studios for the major and a large equipment inventory. This is complemented by a well-equipped woodworking shop and welding equipment. Our photography area contains a large traditional darkroom and several Mac computers and printers for digital imaging. The graphic design program includes a large Mac lab with several printers and scanners and current software. We have a large printmaking lab with the capacity for intaglio, lithography and relief printing. Art history classes and lectures are held in a spacious tiered classroom using digitized projection.