John D. Lawrence

John D. Lawrence John D. Lawrence, Callaway Professor of Art and Design, is Callaway Professor of Art and Design and the Director of the Lamar Dodd Art Center of LaGrange College. Mr. Lawrence studied at Millsaps College in Jackson, Mississippi and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Atlanta College of Art and a Master of Fine Arts degree from Tulane University. He joined the faculty at LaGrange College in 1970. Since that time he has been active in the cultural life of LaGrange, as well as Georgia and the Southeast area in general. He is a frequent lecturer at civic clubs, colleges and art related meetings and has served as juror of many exhibitions throughout the Southeast. As the Director of the Lamar Dodd Art Center, he has established one of the largest college museum collections of twentieth century photography in the Southeast.

In 1982, Mr. Lawrence served as Visual Arts Director of the Atlanta Arts Festival in Piedmont Park. He was also the Curator of the 1981 "Artists in Georgia" exhibition, the first time that this annual exhibit was held outside the High Museum of Atlanta. He has served as President and board member of the Chattahoochee Valley Art Museum and has been co-chairman of the LaGrange National Art Competition for twenty- one years. He has served on committees for the Georgia Council of the Arts, as a board member of the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries, and as a juror for the 1987 Southeastern Photography Grants awarded by the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1995, in advance of the 1996 Olympic Games, Mr. Lawrence served on the advisory panel to select sculpture for the Centennial Olympic park in Atlanta. He also served on the grants panel for institutions and artist's projects for the Bureau of Cultural Affairs for the city of Atlanta. He was a participant at the Maine Photographic Workshop with George Tice and studied at the Ansel Adams Workshop in Carmel, California. In the summer of 1984 he was an artist-in-residence with the University of Georgia's Studies Abroad Program in Cortona, Italy. A two person exhibition of his photographs from Cortona and the watercolors by Lamar Dodd was presented in several galleries throughout the Southeast during the 1995-96 period including Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi and at the D.D.Patty Museum in Columbus, Mississippi. He returned to Cortona to teach photography for the University of Georgia during the spring session of 1994 and again for the Maymester in 1999. An exhibit of his photographs of Italy opened in 1995 at the Atlanta Financial Center, curated by Barkin-Leeds, Ltd. In the spring of 1998, his work was shown at the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, Georgia in a traveling exhibition, Artists in the Liberal Arts Tradition. In the fall of 1998, an exhibition of recent photographs from Greece and Italy was held at the Piedmont College Art Gallery and at the Cabaniss Fine Arts Center in Birmingham, Alabama. In a collaboration with the painter, Basilios Poulos, he exhibited photographs in an exhibition, From Karies, a Greek Village, of three summers of photographic work in Greece. In the summer of 2000, he was a guest professor of photography with the State University of West Georgia's Studies Abroad program in Normandy, France. In 2001, he exhibited photographs of the Chateaux's of the Marquis de LaFayette and landscapes of Normandy during a festival celebration of the French Connection in LaGrange, Georgia. In the fall of 2004, he returned to Cortona, Italy to conduct a photographic workshop for the Studies Abroad Program of the University of Georgia.

His work has been published in journals including Brown's Guide to Georgia, The Atlanta Journal and Constitution, Interior Design, and Reader's Digest. His photographs were used to illustrate a book by the writer Michael Pearson on literary America, Imagined Places. A book of his photographs of William Faulkner's home, Faulkner's Rowan Oak, with a text by Jackson, Mississippi Attorney Daniel Hise was published in 1994 by the University of Mississippi Press. An exhibition of these photographs was first presented at the Southside Gallery of Oxford, Mississippi during the 1995 Faulkner Literary Festival, then traveling to Rhodes College, Memphis, Tennessee in 1995 and to Austin College, Sherman, Texas in 1998. A book of his photographs of the architecture of Troup County, Travels in Troup County , was published by the Troup County Archives and an exhibition of these photographs opened in 1996. In 1999, he produced photographs for a book of the murals and paintings of the Mississippi artist Walter Anderson , Walls of Light, published by the University of Mississippi Press. Also in 1999, his photographs of Northern Ireland were exhibited and used to illustrate a book devoted to the Sister City relationship of LaGrange, Georgia and Craigavon, Northern Ireland. In June of 2001, to coincide with his fortieth high school reunion, an exhibition of his photographs of Italy, Greece and Mississippi were displayed at the Wetherby House Gallery in Greenville, Mississippi, sponsored by the Greenville Arts Council. In the fall of 2002 he organized an exhibit of thirty years of American photographers who have taught with the University of Georgia's Studies Abroad Program in Italy. This exhibit, In Italy, traveled to venues in Athens, Statesboro and to the Atlanta Financial Center.

In 2002 Mr. Lawrence was inducted into the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters from which he received the 2002 Award in Photography. He is currently working towards a forty year retrospective of his photographs to open in an exhibition in the spring of 2005 and producing photographs for a book to be published celebrating the 175th anniversary of LaGrange College.

John D. Lawrence
Fuller E. Callaway Professor of Art & Design;
Director, Lamar Dodd Art Center
Phone: 706-880-8770
Fax: 706-880-8007