Biography

John D. Lawrence, Callaway Professor of Art and Design, is 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, Atlanta, GA. He was also the Curator of the 1981, Artists in Georgia, exhibition. 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.

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