The immediate past has been brought into focus by The Independent's articles. The museum, however, is rooted in an exhibition program begun in the 1950s in an improvised hallway gallery that was literally just that, a simple space frame in the hallway in a department with no space to spare. When the department inherited one of the older buildings on campus, a boiler room was found to be just right for conversion into a gallery. It was named the University Gallery of Fine Arts and became a lively part of university life.
In 1959, there was a limited budget for exhibitions of any kind. Fred Daspit, a fine arts faculty member, became gallery director and through his downright heroic efforts kept the gallery operative. Dr. Warren Robison, then director of the school of art and architecture, cooperated by creating a broad-reaching "Art in the South" program that sponsored exhibitions by Southern artists in the gallery.
The art and architecture building, Brown Ayres Hall, burned in 1972, and again there was no exhibition space until Fletcher Hall was completed. Herman Mhire was asked to serve as director. As space was found in the new building, Mhire was able to bring the exhibition program to a point at which it could be developed into a fully functioning university museum. He did that and created an exhibition program of regional significance, award-winning publications and contact with museums and artists here and in Europe. He then ' with the generosity of the Hilliards, others and the initial enthusiastic support of the university ' was able to guide the development of the new museum building through to a successful award-winning finish.
This museum and the hard won success of the dedicated people who made it possible can be all for nothing if the university insists on treating the museum as an expensive "overachievement," instead of the real asset it is for a university engaged in a pursuit of excellence.
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.
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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.
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We will be offering our recommendations on the constitutional amendments tomorrow.
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White registration is down by 7,700 voters while black registration has shot up by 7,100 voters.
Even though it had been rumored for months, U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu finally pulled the trigger recently on a major campaign shakeup that moved control over to a few Big Easy insiders.
Louisiana's health department says it will seek law changes to stop billing sexual assault victims for exams and tests.
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Saints tight end Jimmy Graham said Friday he expects his playing status in Detroit to be decided by coach Sean Payton on Sunday, shortly before the game.
Lawmakers have sidestepped a decision on whether they accept claims from Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration that the state closed last year's books with a nearly $179 million surplus.