Fall 2016 Programs

September 07, 2016

Featuring artists Douglas Bourgeois, Jonathan Traviesa, Philip Gould, John “Pudd” Sharp, poet Jarita Davis and countless other Louisiana artists.

All programs are free and open to the public.

The Hilliard University Art Museum is kicking off its fall season of exhibitions with a slate of free programs for all ages to enjoy. Many of the artists represented in our seasonal exhibitions, both local and nationally, are scheduled to give artist talks, film screenings, readings, slide presentations, followed by Q&A sessions throughout the upcoming months. Museum members as well as UL students, faculty, and staff receive free admission to the museum year round with proper identification. The museum also hosts free guided tours every Friday and Saturday afternoon at 2 pm after the cost of admission.

Wednesday, September 7

6:00 – 8:00 PM“Behind the Scenes” Artist Talks with Oliver Wasow and Francie Bishop Good
Learn more about the practices of these two artists, and how their new solo exhibitions originated at the Hilliard Museum. Includes a two slideshow presentations, in addition to sneak-peek tours of Francie Bishop Good: Comus and Oliver Wasow: Hudson Valley Studio Portraits.

Friday, September 9

6:00 – 8:00 PM
Fall Season Opening Reception
Join us in celebration of five new exhibitions! Drinks and light refreshments generously provided by Bon Temps Grill and Donner-Peltier Distillers.

Wednesday, September 14

6:00 – 8:00 PM
Curator's Tour with Laura Blereau
An informative walk-through of the fall exhibitions with the museum’s new curator, followed by Q&A.

Saturday, September 24

1:00 – 3:00 PM
Store Showcase with Harley London
An afternoon of shopping featuring Harley London – a New Orleans artist using reclaimed wood in her handcrafted products and accessories. Harley London enjoys creating sustainable, great products but not at the expense of the planet.

Wednesday September 28

6:00 – 8:00 PM
Louisiana Dance Halls Panel Discussion, moderated by Herman Fuselier with photographer Philip Gould, filmmaker John “Pudd” Sharp, and special guestsLearn more about the research behind our exhibition Cajun Dance Halls and Zydeco Clubs: Then and Now. This event will offer a preview of the new UL Press publication “Ghosts of Good Times: Louisiana Dance Halls Past and Present,” and is presented in partnership with the Festivals Acadiens et Créoles and the Center for Louisiana Studies.

Saturday, October 8

11:00 – 4:00 PM
Play Day: Portraiture
Join us for our inaugural Play Day event! Explore the museum with a new gallery guide for all ages to enjoy. Also featuring Olympic Grove lawn games, art activities with The Little Paintbrush, Mitch the Strolling Magician, and story time featuring children’s book author Paul Schexnayder and illustrator Mary Clements.

Wednesday, October 12

6:00 – 8:00 PM
Collection Spotlight Talk with Curator Stacey Wilson
The fashion and cultural history of tignon headwraps are explored in this unique demonstration by a UL alum who now works for the Louisiana State Museum. This talk closely examines social constructions of beauty, as well as the compelling sitter in Adolph Rinck’s 1844 portrait painting "Woman in Tignon (Marie Laveau, Voodoo Queen)". Includes a brief tour of Spotlight on the Collection: Portraiture.

Wednesday, October 19

6:00 – 8:00 PM
Artist Talk with Photographer Jonathan Traviesa
Explore the lens of a New Orleans visual anthropologist whose images have been recognized by the Michael P. Smith award for documentary photography, as well as a grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Includes a slideshow and brief tour of Traviesa’s work in Face to Face.

Wednesday, October 26

6:00 – 8:00 PM
Artist Talk with Gina PhillipsLearn more about the threaded and sewn processes behind this artist’s crafty installations and portraits - as well as hear anecdotes about the individual sitters. Includes a slideshow and brief tour of Phillips’ work in Face to Face.

Wednesday, November 2

6:00 – 8:00 PM
Poetry Reading by Jarita Davis
Join us for a reading by a UL alum and fiction writer who has recently published a critically-acclaimed book of poetry, “Return Flight.” This event is presented in partnership with the Ernest J. Gaines Center.

Wednesday, November 9

6:00 – 8:00 PM
One Acadiana Business Spotlight
Unwind with us in a fun evening of live music and mingling with local entrepreneurs. Musical guest TBA.

Saturday, November 12

2:00 – 4:00 PM
Artist Talk with painter Douglas BourgeoisExplore the meticulously detailed practice of an artist who “psychically inhabits a lush frontier where American pop culture bumps against bayou country and ancient mythology” (Bookhardt, 2009). Includes a tour of Bourgeois’ work in Face to Face.

Wednesday, November 16

6:00 – 8:00 PM
Artist Talk with Painter and Sculptor Willie Birch
Join us for inspiring end-of-the-semester presentation by an artist who was named a 2014 USA James Baldwin Fellow, in addition to his past achievements including a NEA Visual Arts Fellowship, John Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship, Pollock Krasner Foundation Award, and Cue Art Foundation Fellowship. Includes a slideshow and tour of Birch’s work in Face to Face.

For museum hours and admission, please click here or call us at (337) 482-2278.

Concurrent Exhibitions

Face to Face: A Survey of Contemporary Portraiture by Louisiana Artists

September 9, 2016 – January 7, 2017


Oliver Wasow: Hudson Valley Studio Portraits

September 2, 2016 – January 14, 2017


Francie Bishop Good: Comus

September 9, 2016 - December 10, 2016


Spotlight on the Collection: Portraiture

August 5, 2016 - December 3, 2016


Cajun Dance Halls and Zydeco Clubs: Then and Now

September 9, 2016 – October 16, 2016

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