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.
San Fran wins the World Series; Sistine Chapel improvements; Kurds moving toward Syria and more national and international news for Thursday, October 30, 2014.
Thursday's Blogs from the Bog!
Paper cites the former ADA's "experience as a prosecutor, his demonstrated integrity, and his ideas for reshaping the [DA's] office" in urging voters to support Keith Stutes Nov. 4.
Louisiana officials have sent a letter to the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene un-inviting members of the group who have recently been to ebola-affected West African countries from attending the group’s annual conference in New Orleans next week.
Drew Brees and the New Orleans Saints have to find a way to win on the road if they plan to take over first place in the NFC South.
"It is obvious that Louisiana economic performance has not outperformed the South or the United States as a whole and, in fact, has substantially underperformed..."
A state district judge said he will rule Friday on a preliminary injunction to keep some charter schools from receiving $60 million through Louisiana's public school financing formula.
Saints fans were to gather, make merry, eat/drink compliments of a new Downtown group and watch the Saints beat Carolina and claim 1st place in the NFC South. But...
New Orleans Saints running back Mark Ingram doesn't see his dramatic spike in production as any sort of validation.
U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu is facing off one last time with her two main Republican challengers before next week's election.
He’s pulling for Knezek and Hidalgo on his end of the parish but issued endorsements in three other districts as well.
Off a narrow gravel road running between a handful of mostly abandoned lots near a Mississippi River levee, down past sprawling oak trees and thick weeds, a lectern framed by banana trees has been set up in front of three short rows of folding chairs.
Hillary Rodham Clinton is heading to New Orleans this weekend to stir up voter support for Democratic U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu.
Saints coach Sean Payton has spent much of his team's erratic season trying to build his players up.
The Daily Advertiser has weighed in on this year's LPSB elections with nine endorsements.
The Daily Advertiser uncovers at least two disciplinary actions against veteran sheriff’s deputy Kip Judice for driving a department vehicle after drinking alcohol.
The LPSB has named Melinda Mangham as the interim replacement for the District 7 seat recently vacated by Mark Cockerham.
Gifford Briggs, vice president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association, insisted that a settlement is not on the table and a consent decree in exchange for a new processing fee is highly unlikely.
Secretary of State Tom Schedler says he expects about half of Louisiana's 2.9 million registered voters to cast ballots for the Nov. 4 election.
While the Division of Administration, Treasurer John Kennedy and the legislative auditor spar over the validity of a $178.5 million surplus, and how it was calculated, some officials expect it to be up for grabs sooner or later.
For all you red-blooded, church-going Americans out there unwilling to make a deal with the devil known as Obamacare, it’s OK, there’s now an alternative health care option that doesn’t include an eternal fate of hellfire and brimstone in the fine print.
Deflated in Detroit one week. Sublime in the Superdome the next.
Republican U.S. Rep. Bill Cassidy is skipping the latest TV debate in Louisiana's U.S. Senate race.
Dr. Emily Champion was found shot to death inside the Trigg County, Ky., home of her parents, who were also killed.