House of stone and light

The Lamar Dodd School of Art gets a new home on East Campus

House of stone and light

Junior Stephanie Hammermill and sophomore Christine Le work on projects on the covered causeway connecting the north and south bars of the new Lamar Dodd School of Art building.

Located south of the Hugh Hodgson School of Music, the 172,000-square-foot building brings together 10 areas of concentration—fabric design, printmaking, photography, graphic design, drawing and painting, scientific illustration, art education, art history, foundations and Art X: expanded forms. (Ceramics, sculpture, jewelry making and interior design remain in other venues on campus.)


The three-story, $40 million building presents a brick façade in keeping with the campus physical master plan, but the structure is dominated by exposed concrete and clear anodized aluminum curtainwall. Numerous windows and expansive interior spaces maximize natural light—an essential artist’s tool. The building also includes two lecture auditoriums, faculty offices and studios and a spacious courtyard.


In keeping with UGA’s commitment to environmental sustainability, the building includes many energy- and water-saving features such as use of indigenous and recycled building materials; solar shades and light shelves to increase natural light and reduce summer heat; a heat-wheel energy recovery system for efficient heating and cooling; water-efficient fixtures; and lighting control sensors. The roof of one of the auditoriums is a 3,400-square-foot “green roof” carpeted with plants, an eco-friendly surface that helps save energy, conserve water and protect the building.

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