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Spring Exhibition Opening Showcase
Annual show at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard Art museum opens today
This Friday, the annual Spring Exhibition Opening Showcase at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard Art museum will open and celebrate a season that will feature a diverse collection of work from local and international artists.
“Our opening nights are a celebration for the artists we have on display and provide an opportunity for the community to meet them, speak with them, and just enjoy each other's company,” said Marketing and Membership Manager Jolie Johnson. “We have food, drinks, music, and most of all amazing exhibitions.”
According to Johnson, the exhibitions attract about 400 guests throughout the evening.
“I think this season stands out because we're able to showcase so many different forms of art: photography, sculpture, painting, collage, printing, film, you name it — it's on display,” she said.
The museum will showcase work from Breaux Bridge artist Lynda Frese, Lafayette artist Francis Pavy, New Orleans artist Tina Freeman, Bill Viola of Queens, and more than 20 artists from the New Orleans area.
“We're also proud to show work from artists in Acadiana, New Orleans, and one who is internationally renowned for his work in film (Bill Viola). The work we have by him was first shown in Athens to coincide with the 2004 Olympic Games. Our program lineup for this season is also pretty spectacular: performances by the UL-L School of Performing Arts and the Basin Dance Collective, artist talks with Lynda Frese and Keith Duncan, tattooed walls with Festival International, so much to enjoy, all for free.”
Johnson said the museum’s mission is to present exhibitions for Acadianians to enjoy while increasing their understanding and appreciation of the visual arts.
“Our tagline as seen on our front facade banner is to Experience the Arts, and I think the community is able to do this through our exhibitions and programs. One of my personal priorities when it comes to my own museum work and drive is to break down the barriers of accessibility. I want everyone to have an opportunity to visit and enjoy what museums have to offer.
“We do a great job with this by providing free admission for the majority of our programs, free admission every Wednesday from 5-8pm, and three free admission days a year for families to explore our galleries and learn how to play together at an art museum. There are many other ways to improve upon accessibility, but this has been our first focus.”
Friday’s exhibition begins at 6 p.m. at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard Art Museum, located at 701 E. St. Mary Blvd. Food and refreshments will be provided by Bon Temps Grill, Dripping Springs Vodka and Bayou Teche Brewing.