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8.19% exhibits the work of undergraduate and graduate members from the newly formed Black Artists Alliance at the Lamar Dodd School of Art. The BAA was formed in response to one of the demands made to the Lamar Dodd School of Art by the Solidarity and Justice Task Force of summer 2020 that there be a student-run organization for multi-disciplinary Black artists across the University of Georgia. The group is mostly composed of visual artists based at the Dodd and works with the support and guidance of the School of Art’s Solidarity and Justice Committee. The BAA is committed to creating more opportunities and visibility for Black students who are underrepresented in the institution, simultaneously enriching the schools’ commitments to solidarity with its Black students. This exhibition gives the School of Art an opportunity to celebrate the work of Black artists and creates a devoted space of visibility.
This inaugural BAA curated show at the Dodd Galleries engages a variety of themes including but not limited to material research, race, sexual identity, embodiment, and generational trauma. The artists included are AJ Aremu, Jordan Campbell, Zahria Cook, Jeremy Diamond, Temple Douglass, Victoria Dugger, and William Evans.
Temple Douglass is a third-year student at the University of Georgia. Her work has been published in Artivist Magazine, Stillpoint Literary Magazine, and Black Art Magazine.
Jordan Campbell lives in Athens, Ga where they are a fourth-year Art: Expanded Forms student at the University of Georgia. A short film by Campbell was nominated for best nonfiction film at the Elevate Minority Short Film Festival. Campbell is also creative director for the University’s first and only multicultural publication, Infusion Magazine.
William Evans (he/him) is a mixed media artist based in Athens, Georgia. Evans is currently a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Georgia, where he is pursuing a BFA in Art (Sculpture) and an AB in Women’s Studies. He has shown at the Lyndon House Arts Center in Athens, Georgia, and is a recipient of the Bryon Gibb Memorial Award.
Victoria Dugger (b.1991) was born in Columbus, Georgia. She attended Columbus State University where she received her BFA in Drawing and Painting. She is currently a MFA Candidate at the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia. Her work has been featured in Hyperallergic, Artnews, New American Paintings South Edition, and Burnaway as well as various other publications. In June 2021 she had her New York debut solo show “Out of Body,” at Sargent’s Daughters gallery. She is represented by Sargent’s Daughters gallery in New York.
AJ Aremu is from Atlanta, GA, and is currently earning their MFA from University of Georgia, Athens, GA. Their work has been exhibited in several galleries across the US, including Georgia, New York, and California. The body of artwork they’ve created over the course of their artistic career are politically charged paintings and prints that strive to encourage individuals to educate themselves on the strife of black individuals.
Jeremy Diamond is an artist based in Athens, Georgia, where he teaches at the University of Georgia in addition to pursuing his MFA. Diamond’s work has been exhibited at events including NYC Jewelry Week and Munich Jewelry Week, as well as at galleries including the Baltimore Jewelry Center and the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in Gimpo, South Korea.
Zahria Cook (she/her) is from Memphis, TN, and is currently living and working in Athens, GA. Cook is an abstract painter working primarily in oil and watercolor. She has exhibited work in South Carolina, and various shows in Tennessee. Cook’s work was recently added to the Perry Art Collection. She is a current MFA candidate at the Lamar Dodd School of Art, at the University of Georgia.