Viewfinder Magazine


From the Director

Dear Members,

This has been a banner year for the Hilliard University Art Museum! In fiscal year 2016–2017 our admissions doubled with 12,191 visitors. We hosted our first international partnership with Lafayette’s sister-city, Le Cannet, with a bilingual exhibition of the work of famed French Post-Impressionist artist, Pierre Bonnard. Our education programs served 3,500 visitors, including 1,348 K–12 students, whose classroom learning was enhanced by the observation and analysis that are part of the art experience at the Hilliard.

Even online, our reputation is growing. 12,800 visitors accessed the museum website and over 3,000 friends follow our social media accounts. None of this would be possible without the loyalty of our members and support of our community. We are pleased to share the measures of our success with you in a brief annual report at the back of this Viewfinder issue. I want to thank you again for your ongoing support.

This fall and winter, we are proud to be a satellite venue for Prospect.4 New Orleans, the triennial art exhibition whose title this year is The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp, a reference to the resilience of beauty even in the throes of darkness and volatility. Out of town visitors coming to New Orleans for the event from November through February, will be encouraged to make a trip to Lafayette to enjoy our exhibition Tina Freeman: Artist Spaces as well as the Acadiana Center for the Arts exhibition Art I-10 that will highlight artists living and working along the I-10 corridor.

As always, our galleries are filled with art that provokes and delights – come for a visit and get inspired. And don’t miss out on the creative treasures in the museum store for the holidays.

I look forward to seeing you soon!


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

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