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VSU library exhibits the Irene Dodd Collection

by Dallas Suttles on October 13, 2015 in Archives & Special Collections, Odum Library

VSU ArchivesIrene Dodd taught art at Valdosta State from 1967 through 2002. She donated artwork to VSU Archives earlier this year. The Irene Dodd Collection is open to the public in Odum Library.

By Dean Poling dean.poling@gaflnews.com

When former VSU art professor Irene Dodd donated several pieces of her art and art she has collected from other VSU art professors and students, Davis discovered a recently cleared hallway in the Odum Library.

Davis transformed the hallway into the new gallery for the Irene Dodd collection.

The works are primarily abstract paintings, prints, etc. They share a glimpse into the talent that has fueled Valdosta State’s art program from the past to the present.

The collection includes canvases by University of Georgia art professors Howard Thomas, Madeline Gekiere, Samuel Adler; VSU art professors Karin Murray, Stephen Lahr, Lanny Milbrandt; former VSU students Earl McKey, Chris Wilson, Anne Coyle, Chaya Levy.

The collection also includes four Dodd works. Dodd’s works are also exhibited in VSU’s Lamar Dodd Collection named for her father and the Valdosta Artists Collection.

Irene Dodd is a retired Valdosta State University art faculty member, working with the school from 1967 through 2002.

The daughter of famed artist Lamar Dodd, who founded the University of Georgia art program, Irene Dodd has spent her life developing as an artist.

She has headlined approximately 70 solo exhibits, ranging from Valdosta shows to exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, the High Museum of Atlanta, the University of Georgia, etc.

Painting and being an artist is always a work in progress.

“It’s never finished,” Dodd said in a past artistic statement. “If you painted the perfect painting, why continue? There are times to continue with a certain work and a time to stop, but the painting is never absolutely finished. New experiences, past experiences, your attitude on a given day, they are all reflected and each painting is only a fragment representing a larger statement.”

Davis said the Irene Dodd Collection includes a signature piece of recurring themes throughout the artist’s career.

“Florence triptych” represents Dodd’s love for travel, especially to Italy; the use of gold throughout her paintings; and a canvas that straddles the abstract with the observed.

Dodd has painted Italian scenes throughout a career that has produced numerous paintings from European nations. She calls these paintings “Euroscapes.”

“My work is usually the outgrowth of sensory responses to an event something like an epiphany,” Dodd has said. “Because I have mastered the needed techniques to do that they seem natural, my approach is intuitive. As the work takes form, I move between the instinctive act of painting and the analysis of the emerging product. The resulting work should embody life experienced by the artist and recreated to the viewer.”

The Irene Dodd Collection is on view and open to the public on the lower floor of Odum Library, Valdosta State University campus.

Folk Artist Joycelyn Hairston

by Emily Rogers on August 6, 2015 in Archives & Special Collections, Collection, Odum Library

The Odum Library’s rotating gallery is featuring the art of Joycelyn Hairston of South Carolina.  Ms. Hairston is a folk artist who has shown her work throughout the Southeast.

As a member of one of Atlanta’s founding families, Joycelyn Hairston continues the family commitment to community and creativity. She paints what she knows and loves–gifts of grace, warm traditions and sincere hospitality–simple presentations on the complexities of life.

Joycelyn’s passions for architectural art history, historic renovation and restoration, and the creative celebration of everyday life are apparent in her works. She is most known for her deeply respectful heritage scenes and has a growing client base desiring her large abstracts. The range of her subject matter is personal and inventive and often exhibits humor. Her works are available for viewing on television, in museums, in public spaces and facilities, at institutions, through private collectors, and in her working studio. Joycelyn’s paintings exude a sense of pride and contentment. Many are created with colorful, unique brushwork.

Wherever she goes, her heart, eyes and mind are open to the ever abundant opportunities to capture special images in paint. She accepts private commissions, sells original oils and acrylics. Joycelyn’s art brings her friends who share her passion for color, creativity, and life. Joycelyn combines her southern heritage and love of people with her artistic talents in all her works.

Honoring the History of Women

by Emily Rogers on March 3, 2015 in Archives & Special Collections, Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference, Uncategorized

April is Women’s History Month.  While this FDLP entry is focusing on government information sources as usual, our slide this month features a photograph of a Georgia State Women’s College student volunteers’ traveling Library Project funded through the Nation Youth Administration (NYA) and the Works Project Administration (WPA) to help bring library service to rural communities. (1938 GSWC Bulletin, courtesy of the Archives & Special Collections, Valdosta State University, Valdosta, Ga.)

Womenshistorymonth.gov offers links to an interactive 3D model of Amelia Earhart’s flight suit, a collection of nursing pioneer Clara Barton’s archived correspondence and other documents, a PBS documentary on photographer Dorothea Lange, and a feature on women in the military.

Women’s History Month has existed since 1982; view President Ronald Reagan’s proclamation declaring its creation, courtesy of the University of California at Santa Barbara’s American Presidency Project.

The National Park Service hosts a multitude of sites honoring women’s history; tour a selection of these sites at the Service’s Inside Story feature.

The Census Bureau’s Facts for Features for March 2015 features interesting facts about women’s history in the United States.  For instance, as recorded in December 2013, the population of women in the U.S. was 161 million, compared to 156.1 million men.

During March 2015, learn more about women’s history, and be sure to honor the contributions of women local, regional, and national.

Andrew Tatler-Burgess

by Maureen Puffer-Rothenberg on October 7, 2013 in Archives & Special Collections, Collection

Artist and collector Andrew Tatler-Burgess studied art in Holland at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts in The Hague, and has worked as a professional artist for over two decades. He now resides in Pelham, Georgia. Several of his paintings are now on display on Odum Library’s 2nd floor gallery.

Using oils and acrylic, Tatler-Burgess captures his subjects in vivid colors and light. The 2005 film Memoirs of a Geisha inspired his personal favorite piece, The Geisha. “Her stoic façade projects intimacy to her client and hides her true emotions.”

The Geisha

Working under the pen-name “Wallen,” Tatler-Burgess has also painted the out-of-the-way locales and waterways of the Florida countryside.


Odum Library Archives and Special Collections houses many rare antique books, maps, art, Chinese ceramics, and medieval illuminated manuscripts– including pieces dating back to the middle of the 15th century– which were once part of Tatler-Burgess’ extensive personal collection.

March Is Women's History Month

by Emily Rogers on March 20, 2012 in Archives & Special Collections, Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

In recognition of Women’s History Month, the governments of the United States and Georgia, along with libraries, archives, and other nonprofit organizations, can help us learn about women’s contributions to science, culture and the arts, exploration, education, and government. View the Library of Congress‘s feature on Women’s History Month, emphasizing the 2012 theme, “Women’s Education–Women’s Empowerment.”

View the history of the 19th Amendment, enacting the right of women to vote in the U.S., courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration. The Law Library of Congress also offers a timeline of the legislative history of Women’s History Month in the U.S.

Valdosta State University, which began as a college for women, offers local documentation of more than a century of the history of women in south Georgia, as evident in this photograph of the 1933 Euclidian (Math and Science) Club of what was then the Georgia State Woman’s College:


1932 Math & Science Club, Georgia State Woman's College, courtesy VSU Archives

Many more images and documents of the history of women at Valdosta State University are available at the Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections.

In addition, Odum Library’s collection of the U.S. Statutes at Large documents the U.S. government’s recognition of Women’s History Month. Finally, be sure to view Odum Library’s exhibit, Black Women in Georgia History and Culture, on display in the library’s first floor display cases, one floor down from the Circulation Desk on the north side of Odum Library.


New to campus? Welcome!

by Emily Rogers on August 13, 2011 in Archives & Special Collections, Government Documents, Odum Library, Reference

Welcome to Valdosta State University! Welcome to Odum Library!

Vstate emblem

Need community information on utilities, schools, and other necessities?  Visit the City of Valdosta page for Residents.

The Lowndes County, Georgia, web site also offers a page of links for visitors and newcomers.

Check out local and area news via the Valdosta Daily Times web site. Odum Library also gets the Times in print every day; you’ll find recent issues on display at the first floor library, south side, in the Current Periodicals. We also have more than 100 years of back issues on microfilm–just ask us through chat, text, phone, email, or in person!

Are you living in a dorm or cooking on your own for the first time?  Consult the USDA’s Food Safety Tips for College Students.

Find out more about the area through the newcomers’ Greeting Service, which creates the FYi* South Georgia Guide.

Odum Library has a lot of books on local history (many located within the VSU Archives and Special Collections), maps of the area, and friendly people, such as the two reference librarians pictured below with Blaze, to answer questions.  Come visit us!

Librarians with VSU mascot, Blaze

Friendly people at Odum Library!

(Almost) Daily Photo

by Laura Wright on September 30, 2009 in (Almost) Daily Photo, Archives & Special Collections

The Leona Hudson Collection was unveiled today in the VSU Archives & Special Collections.

The collection spans a long time frame,  1884-2008, and includes a variety of primary material including Letters and Documents, Photographs and Scrapbooks, and Books and Artifacts.

Deborah Davis, Michael Holt, and many student assistants and volunteers worked to collect, preserve, and make the collection accessible. Many of the letters are indexed individually. The collection can searched via Google, making the information easy for researchers to discover.

Dr. Catherine Oglesby wrote a short biography for Leona Hudson.

Leona’s parents, Rose and William Strickland.

The letters in the collection span four generations!

Leona married Dugald Hudson. They wrote many letters back and forth as he traveled in the Army. Later, they continued to travel the world together.

The Leona Hudson Collection contains materials that are potentially interesting to researchers in Military History, 20th century American and World History,  South Georgia History, Valdosta, Georgia, Women’s Studies, photography, genealogy and many with other interests as well.

The Leona Hudson Collection was given to the VSU Archives and Special Collections by the estate of Leona Hudson in May of 2008. In addition, they gave Archives a grant that paid for the cost of processing the collection.

Eichberger East African Art Collection

by Laura Wright on August 31, 2009 in Archives & Special Collections

The VSU Achives proudly announces the opening of the Eichberger East African Art Collection web exhibit.

Andy Wallace, a professional photographer and MLIS student, shot and combined hundreds of images from the Eichberger East African Art Collection to create a beautiful and interactive website.

The online exhibit can be found at http://www.valdosta.edu/library/find/arch/eichberger/african_art_index.html

Please be patient – the site will take a moment to load.

You may also navigate to the exhibit through the library’s web site. On the library’s home page, select Archives and Special Collections,  select Exhibits, and select Eichberger East African Art Collection.