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Nelson says Albany Museum of Art connected to community

Photo by Laura Williams

Photo by Laura Williams

ALBANY, Ga. -- Albany Museum of Art Executive Director Nick Nelson has a simple definition of "art".

"Art is about our humanity," Nelson said to the Dougherty Country Rotary Club Tuesday at Doublegate Country Club.

"Human beings make things. The very best of what we make is called art."

The local museum has much of which to be proud, the director said.

"We are very proud of our African Art Collection," he said "It is the envy of many other museums. We pride ourselves on being connected to the community."

One source of pride for Nelson is the Lamar Dodd Exhibition currently at the museum.

Dodd was an educator and a prolific artist. Over his long career his styles ranged from naturalism, expressionism and abstract art.

As a university administrator, Dodd was appointed the University of Georgia's artist-in-residence in 1937.

He became the head of the university's art department several years later and blended art instruction into a unified department and set up a master's degree program.

The Lamar Dodd School of Art at UGA is named in his honor.

"I like to think that Lamar Dodd brought art to the south," Nelson said. "He remained UGA's artist-in-residence until his retirement in 1975. Lamar Dodd was a one-man art movement in the south.

"We like having the ability to bring works like this to the community."

Nelson added that collaborative efforts with the Georgia Museum of Art, the High, Columbus and Telfair museums allow for a wider range of artwork to be available to their respective communities.

On Thursday at 6:30 p.m., the museum will offer a free special presentation by Dr. William Eiland on the Life and Art of Lamar Dodd.

Dr. Eiland is the executive director of the Georgia Museum of Art and is the author of Dodd's biography, "The Truth in Things, The Life and Career of Lamar Dodd."

The director also noted that museum will again offer its Summer Art Camp programs in June and July.

Taught by local art teachers, Nelson said the camps are open for children from kindergarten through fourth grade.

For more information on the presentation or summer camps, contact the AMA at 439-8400.