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.
Lafayette Police have had a busy day.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration will use $130 million in patchwork financing from a tax amnesty program, insurance settlement, uninsured motorist penalties and other excess funds to close most of the state's midyear budget deficit.
Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu said she disagrees with President Barack Obama's actions on immigration, hoping the latest controversy doesn't worsen her campaign difficulties.
Gay-rights advocates challenging Louisiana's same-sex marriage ban announced Thursday that they have asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review their case before it is heard by a federal appeals court.
Thinking himself the “son of God,” the man charged with the 2013 killing of an officer of the Chitimacha Tribal Police will not stand trial following a ruling Thursday on his mental competency.
Either Saints coach Sean Payton doesn't want to tip Baltimore off as to who'll start in New Orleans' secondary on Monday night, or he really doesn't know yet.
Friday's Blogs from the Bog!
Ten departing CEOs rake in $430 million; profile of FSU gunman emerges; Buffalo's weather woes and more national and international news for Friday, November 21, 2014.
The Ethics Board gives the lame duck Youngsville mayor permission to offer a sweet parting gift to the community he’s presided over for three terms.
The money came through a general obligation bond sale Thursday.
A legend in the Acadiana Oil Patch, Comeaux died Monday, Nov. 17.
With a growing number of alleged sexual assault victims coming out against Bill Cosby in recent weeks, upcoming projects have been canned by NBC and Netflix, but that won’t affect the once-loved comedian and actor’s scheduled performance in Lafayette.
The Baltimore Ravens' retooled secondary had no trouble against a rookie quarterback at home. This week, however, their task is far more challenging: stopping Drew Brees on the road in New Orleans.
Add Texas Gov. Rick Perry's name to the list of possible Republican presidential candidates flooding the campaign trail for GOP Senate candidate Bill Cassidy.
Gov. Bobby Jindal is in Florida this week with his fellow Republican governors for another gripe session aimed at their favorite target, the president, this time taking aim at his immigration plans.
Early voting for the runoff is shortened by two days because of the Thanksgiving holiday.
“Coach Don” Gagnard is running for school board. Today he offers his critique of the socioeconomic relationship between government subsidies and obesity.
Former Le Rosier chef who cooked at the James Beard House and was named one of the “Best New Chefs in America” by Food & Wine magazine in 1995 was 48.
Pat Cooper is contesting his termination by the LPSB, filing a petition Tuesday that calls the recent decision “arbitrary and capricious.”
A look at the numbers highlights the challenge facing Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu as she tries to win a fourth term in a Dec. 6 runoff against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy.
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is promising the new Republican majority will quickly resurrect Keystone XL pipeline legislation killed by Democrats, potentially setting up an early 2015 veto confrontation with President Barack Obama.
A national animal rights group has been rebuffed by a Baton Rouge district court judge, although the group might still get its day in court.
The administration says public college campuses won't be on the chopping block.
The legendary musician is performing at a $1,000-per-person fundraiser Dec. 1 in New Orleans.
Old savings and checking accounts, payroll checks, stocks and dividends, insurance proceeds, oil and gas royalty payments and other unclaimed money is sent to the state when a business cannot locate someone.