It was disheartening to read R. Reese Fuller's article "Museum Meltdown" (Nov. 23). I am perplexed that the Sheltons found reason to doubt Herman Mhire's ability to organize exhibitions. I can't imagine that these local collectors were unaware of Mhire's track record in organizing exhibitions and important cultural events such as Festival International.
I'm also baffled that the university administration has allowed the loss of a talented faculty member whose years of accomplishments have long benefited the university and the community. How often do faculty earn the distinction of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters from the French government? It looks like a bad precedent is about to be set by caving in to the pressures exerted by collectors who attempt to direct museum affairs and disregard exhibition contracts.
The whole scenario reads like a case study straight out of a museum management course I took in graduate school. I suggest the following reading material: the Smithsonian Institution Press publication, Museum Governance: Mission, Ethics, Policy by Marie C. Malaro. I strongly recommend it for Dr. Authement and associated administrators, the museum staff (professionals need to brush up from time to time) and the governing board, for it will empower them as museum advocates.
In six years that I was assistant to Mhire, grant deadlines were met, exhibitions were budgeted responsibly and sponsorships designed with the goal of providing visitors the highest quality museum experience. The students of UL could take pride in the fact that tuition fees for the museum were dedicated solely to exhibitions. With full exhibition schedules in both Fletcher Hall and the former foundation building, there was absolutely no time for petty interferences to distract from the mission and goals of the museum.
As I see it, the future of the University Art Museum could be instrumental in Louisiana's recovery, as arts and culture are already poised to lead the way. There is much work to be done. I hope the university administration will allow the museum's governing board to embrace that opportunity.
For the first time in at least five years, retired teachers, state workers and school system employees could see an increase in their pension checks.
Lawmakers and Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration shared a collective sigh of relief with the news that Louisiana's tax amnesty program brought in the $200 million that they used to help balance this year's budget.
Drew Brees often makes the extraordinary look routine, particularly during night games in the Superdome.
The teams were extended invitations Sunday for the New Year's Day matchup played at Raymond James Stadium, home of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Here's your daily look at late-breaking national and international news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Monday, December 09, 2013:
If all 44 projects are approved, about $300 million would remain in the fund set up as a down payment to help the Gulf.
Last week, the Saints gave up 429 yards to Seattle, second most in a game this season.
Since Anthony Jennings and Brooks Haack were not expected to contribute until next year at the earliest, it seemed like a sneak peek at hidden Christmas gifts.
Louisiana National Guard personnel seeking benefits for same-sex spouses will have an easier time filing the requests, despite a state refusal to let its workers process the paperwork.
Panthers coach Ron Rivera sees one potential flaw with his team's stellar defensive play so far this season. "Apparently we like to bite on the double moves," Rivera said.
Computer hackers may have gained access to the personal information of thousands of Louisiana residents who use debit cards issued by JPMorgan Chase for three state agencies, authorities said Wednesday.
Jim Purcell, who has been in the job since February 2011, notified the Board of Regents about his decision at its monthly meeting.
Hushed plans for a commercial development along the Louisiana Avenue portion of the Holy Rosary campus put the future of longtime tenant EarthShare Gardens in jeopardy.
If a recent advertisement in The Daily Advertiser is any indication, speculation the local daily will be implementing the “Butterfly Project” could be more of a reality than the Gannett-owned paper’s top execs are willing to admit.
Mettenberger injured his left knee while unloading a 32-yard completion in the fourth quarter of No. 14 LSU's 31-27 victory over Arkansas last Friday, and LSU coach Les Miles confirmed the severity of the injury on Wednesday.
An ordinance to phase out a 2 percent rebate to Lafayette merchants for collecting and remitting on time sales taxes cleared the City-Parish Council by a 6-3 vote.
Louisianans are the fourth most likely to use profanity yet also the fourth most likely to be courteous. So, please, just kiss my a** ... if it’s not too much trouble.
The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority voted Tuesday to authorize two lawsuits against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
A long night on the field in Seattle got even worse off of it, and now the Saints are operating on a compressed time-frame as they brace for surging Carolina with first place in the NFC South at stake.
Public school letter grades, teacher evaluations and student promotion won't be affected by Louisiana's shift to more rigorous educational standards for two years, the state's top school board decided Tuesday.
Vitter told The Associated Press that he is sending an email to supporters Wednesday and is in discussions with his family about the possibility.
The Ragin' Cajuns go for New Orleans Bowl three-peat, this time against the Tulane Green Wave, which is making its first postseason appearance since the Hawaii Bowl in 2002.
Louisiana has joined four other states in filing a so-called “friend of the court” brief in support of Mississippi’s lawsuit against the federal government over new flood insurance rates set to go into effect.
Kerry Wayne Bertrand was charged Monday for the alleged killing of his stepdaughter, Skylar Lee Credeur, a UL Lafayette chemistry major found dead in the bathtub of her family home in August.
Louisiana's state school board is considering a two-year delay for some consequences tied to the phase-in of more rigorous educational standards, called Common Core, at public schools.