Lamar Dodd was born in Fairburn, Georgia in 1909. He studied art at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and with George Luks, Boardman Robinson, and John Steuart Curry. He taught art at the University of Georgia starting in 1937. He received numerous awards including the Pepsi-Cola Award (1947 & 48) and the Edwin Palmer Memorial Prize (1953). Dodd's works were exhibited at the New York World's Fair (1939), the Golden Gate International Exhibition (1939), and the Carnegie Institute (1936). Dodd's works are found in collections of the Chicago Art Institute, University of Georgia, IBM, and the Pepsi-Cola Company. The Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia is named for him.