Viewfinder Magazine


From the Director

Dear Members,

2018 is a year for celebration — a time of both looking forward and looking back.

While New Orleans cultural institutions are marking the city’s tricentennial with celebrations of its history, culture and people, here in Lafayette we are marking the 50 year anniversary of Acadiana’s first art museum — the Art Center for Southwestern Louisiana — which opened its doors to the public on April 1, 1968. The Center was established for the presentation of a significant collection of Louisiana paintings, and as a venue for lectures, seminars, performances, social gatherings — a place for learning, for all ages. The Hilliard University Art Museum is proud to be the keeper of this legacy today bringing campus and community together through the arts.

Opening June 15 and on view through December 2018, A. Hays Town and the Architectural Image of Louisiana presents the story of the architect (and UL Lafayette alum) who designed the Art Center and came to be the primary regional architect for South Louisiana. Organized in partnership with faculty and students from three Louisiana academic institutions — Tulane University, Louisiana State University and University of Louisiana at Lafayette — the exhibition will highlight the evolution of Hays Town’s career and the historical precedents that came to define the architectural image of Louisiana. Tours of select homes are being organized in collaboration with the Louisiana Architecture Foundation, and several of our Creative Conversations in the fall will offer opportunities to meet the curator, faculty and videographer who worked on the project.

The Hilliard Museum is also proud to be the premiere venue for a traveling exhibition of prints by Surrealist artist, Salvador DalÍ. Made possible through the generosity of the Park West Foundation, the exhibition which features the portfolios titled Les Chants de Maldoror and The Divine Comedy is accompanied by a catalog with essay by curator, David S. Rubin.

This summer is a great time to bring friends and family to the museum to learn about the legacy of a Louisiana architect and to experience the vision of surrealist master, Salvador DalÍ. It’s the perfect way to beat the heat.

See you at the museum!



Louanne Greenwald | Director of the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum

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