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.
The Lafayette superintendent insists the budget is illegal and vows to fight on.
"I am not a scientist," Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell has said numerous times, a response that other members of his party have parroted.
Republicans are running strong races against endangered Democratic incumbents in states such as North Carolina, Colorado, Arkansas, Louisiana and Alaska. Republicans are also looking to replace retiring Democrats in Iowa and West Virginia with a GOP lawmaker.
Republican congressman Vance McAllister is trying to make up to Louisiana voters for getting too close to a married former employee.
You may not like all of “it,” but U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, unlike many of her colleagues, isn't sitting around twiddling her thumbs in Congress.
Saints safety Kenny Vaccaro says he "can't wait" to play against Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers.
The heat keeps rising for Iberia Parish Sheriff Louis Ackal as a new slate of corruption allegations surfaced this week.
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At the horn the officiating crew trotted to the tunnel and left security personnel to clean up after them.
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Nationally, Republicans must gain six seats to win Senate control. The most competitive races, many in states where Obama lost in 2012, remain too close to call.
The Baton Rouge Republican has repeatedly battled a perception within his own party that he perhaps wasn't the best choice to carry the GOP banner.
Even if Jimmy Graham's production dips while the star tight end recovers from a shoulder injury, it looks like Drew Brees won't have much trouble finding other targets.
A former campaign manager for Senate candidate Rob Maness is striking at the Republican contender's tea party support, saying Maness only sought to appeal to conservative organizations because he needed money for his campaign.
Ninety-two percent of public school teachers were rated either effective or highly effective in a report the state issued marking the second year of a new statewide evaluation process.
School board members Mark Babineaux, Hunter Beasley and Tehmi Chassion can vote to fire Cooper — because we all know that’s exactly what they’ll do.
District 2 school board candidate Simon Mahan is hoping to unseat first-term incumbent and former Carencro Mayor Tommy Angelle in the Nov. 4 election.
District Attorney Mike Harson is showing his desperation by falsely attributing quotes to his opponent and blocking journalists from his social media.
The governor is traveling the country laying the groundwork for a possible 2016 presidential campaign, but his approval ratings at home hover well below 50 percent.
State District Judge Bob Downing extended the order and delayed a planned Wednesday hearing about a permanent injunction while negotiations continue between Attorney General Buddy Caldwell and the waste disposal site operator.
New Louisiana higher education commissioner Joseph Rallo will be paid more than his predecessor.
Elijah McGuire and Alonzo Harris each had four rushing touchdowns, and Louisiana-Lafayette rolled to 419 yards on the ground in a 55-40 victory over Arkansas State on Tuesday night.
Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular.