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Margie E West Prize Winner Reception

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Lamar Dodd School of Art, Margie E. West Gallery

The Dodd Galleries at the Lamar Dodd School of Art announces the Margie E. West Prize, an annual prize given to an esteemed alumni from the Lamar Dodd School of Art, inviting the artist to create a new exhibition for the Marjorie Eichenlaub West Gallery. The 3rd recipient of the prize, Zipporah Camille Thompson, will present a new installation that will be on display from Feb. 11 to March 24. Thompson graduated with an MFA from the Lamar Dodd School of Art in 2014, working in the Textile Design department. 

Thompson (she.her.hers) is a ceramist, weaver, sculptor, and activist based in Atlanta, Georgia-land of the Muskogee. A native Carolinian, Thompson explores alchemical transformations through clay + textiles, examining marginalized bodies and eliciting social change through her work.  Sculpted shapeshifters and hybrid landscapes investigate otherness. 

She received her MFA from the University of Georgia and her BFA from the University of North Carolina Charlotte.  Her work has been featured in numerous publications and shown in spaces, nationally and internationally.  Zipporah Camille Thompson is a 2021 MOCA GA Working Artist Project Fellow, a 2020 Artadia Atlanta Awardee, a Watershed Zenobia Scholarship Award grantee, an NCECA Multicultural Fellow, and an Idea Capital Travel Grant recipient.  Thompson is represented by Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, GA.  She is a history addict, roller-skater, and lover of unicorns, zombies, the moon, tarot and all things fantasy.

The Lamar Dodd School of Art is grateful for the support for programming and exhibitions in the Marjorie Eichenlaub West Gallery, which is supported by the Marjorie Eichenlaub West Gallery Endowment Fund. Margie’s contributions to the arts will be part of her lasting legacy. She will always be remembered as a voracious collector with a keen eye and unbridled passion for the arts.  


West served on the boards of The High Museum, the Georgia Museum of Art, and was a long-time member of The Forward Arts Foundation and a founding member of the Ceramic Circle of Atlanta. Her love of the arts was shared and passed down to her family, as her granddaughters attended Lamar Dodd School of Art. 

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