Lectures & Forums


The Hilliard Art Museum - University of Louisiana at Lafayette offers a variety of engaging programs to complement the art on view for visitors of all ages in partnership with other university departments and community organizations. Whether you're looking for programs for adults or for kids and families, our offerings will provide you with educational, engaging, and entertaining experiences that complement our current season of exhibitions.

Wednesday Nights at the Hilliard provide an opportunity for the public to connect with artists, scholars, and community organizations. While the galleries are open for free every Wednesday from 5-8 pm, the museum also hosts programs at 6 pm every week during the fall and spring semesters.The selected artists and speakers cover a broad range of topics designed for not only the student but the life-long learner.

Play Day at the Hilliard allows families, couples, and everyone in between to explore multiple ways they can play together in an art museum. Each day will have a different theme that goes along with the current season of exhibitions. One free admission day will occur three times a year on a Saturday afternoon. Pay attention to our calendar for details about each event!

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Bienvenu Lecture Series

The Hilliard Art Museum is proud to host the annual John Bartholomew Bienvenu Lecture. This series is designed to support a single lecture, symposium or panel discussion that explores topics related to the museum field or art in any of its forms. This lecture series will greatly enhance the museum’s mission to serve the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and enrich the lives of Louisiana residents.

John Bartholomew Bienvenu was a much loved citizen of Lafayette who led a varied and full life. A noted psychologist specializing in early childhood diagnostics, John was a graduate of UL Lafayette holding both BA and MA degrees. John continued his dealings with children as an instructor in art and horticulture at the University. Near the end of his career, John took a passionate turn towards art, particularly as a watercolor painter with his own unique style, dubbed "Bienvenu Primitive.” John was involved with many art associations, including service as the Secretary of the Lafayette Watercolor Guild and President of the Lafayette Art Association. His art received numerous awards and commendations and was sought by many collectors.

This passion for art is what inspired Mrs. Gloria Callais to honor the life of her dear brother with the establishment of this lecture series. Mrs. Callais has been a generous supporter and contributor to UL Lafayette and we are honored to share in her brother’s legacy at the Hilliard Art Museum.



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