The Lamar Dodd School of Art is one of the largest, highly ranked university art programs in the nation.
With over 1,000 art majors, the faculty and staff are dedicated to providing the highest level of instruction in studio art, design, art education, and art history. The School attracts highly qualified and talented students who are seeking to study art at a major comprehensive university. The faculty is made up of nationally recognized artists and scholars who promote a rigorous and lively creative atmosphere conducive to experimentation, innovation, scholarship, and creative inquiry.
In addition to its on-campus facilities, the School also has a year-round Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy, that has served over 4,000 students from 400 American institutions since its inception in 1969. More recently the School has expanded the international opportunities for study in art to include programs in Costa Rica, Ghana, England, Australia, and New Zealand.
In addition to curricular breadth at the undergraduate level, the School offers graduate degrees in ten disciplines. The School is housed in five different facilities on campus, including a new $40M building opened in the fall 2008 with state-of-the-art studio spaces, lecture halls, galleries, and art library located next door to the Georgia Museum of Art, the School of Music, and the University's Performing Arts Center. A new ceramics building opened nearby in the fall of 2010 and the facilities for the Jewelry & Metals and Sculpture programs on north campus were recently renovated.
Founded in 1937, the School of Art is named for Lamar Dodd, who as a young man in the 1920s traveled from his home in Georgia to New York to be part of the Art Students League. There he learned from and worked with many of the luminaries of American art. He returned to Georgia to head the Art Department at the University of Georgia from 1939 until his retirement in 1972. Under his leadership, the department grew significantly. The department was renamed the Lamar Dodd School of Art in 1996.
Located approximately 70 miles east northeast of Atlanta, Athens is a vibrant, creative college town in every sense of the word. The main campus of the University of Georgia adjoins the historic downtown Athens area on its northern perimeter which features many restaurants, independent shops, nightclubs and service businesses and is well known for its progressive music scene as the home of R.E.M., the B52's, Widespread Panic and Of Montreal, among others.