Viewfinder Magazine


From the Director:

As we launch into the fall season, I am pleased to report great progress on several fronts. Our new Educator Olivia Morgan has hit the ground running! This summer's Listen, Look, and Learn program, made possible with the help of volunteer teacher Coty Eastin brought Wednesday mornings to life with children who quietly enjoyed a story at the museum then bounded across the plaza to the A. Hays Town building for hands-on art activities.

A similar program is offered this fall for toddlers. Toddler Time welcomes children and their caregivers on the first Wednesday of every month at 10 AM. Read more about our LEARNing Initiative on page 20.

Now that we are fully-staffed, we can think more expansively about the museum's role in our community and beyond. Last month I traveled to our sister city, Le Cannet, France to finalize our agreement with Musée Bonnard, a museum dedicated to the work of Pierre Bonnard. In summer 2017, the Hilliard Museum will be exhibiting works by the famed Post-Impressionist painter. We will be partnering with organizations throughout Acadiana to make this a celebration of our French heritage with our international partner. Lafayette will be a must-see destination next year for cultural travelers throughout the South. Contact us if you would like to be a part of this célèbration culturelle!

Also, this year with support from our Acquisitions Committee, we will be looking critically at our collection to identify its strengths and weaknesses, and we will determine the key areas for our collecting for the next several years. Our collection is strong in its holdings of works by Louisiana artists and works by outsider artists. In fact this resource of visual art, accompanied by the university's resources in the Center for Louisiana Studies, the Francophone program, the Traditional Music program and the Ernest Gaines Center make UL a center for the study of Southern arts and culture.

We are blessed to have so many resources at our fingertips. Join us as we explore and celebrate the arts within our community and beyond!

Warm regards,

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

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