John Bartholomew Bienvenu
This lecture series is designed to support a single lecture, symposium or panel discussion on an annual basis that explores topics related to the
museum field or art in any of its forms. This lecture series will greatly enhance the museum’s mission to serve the University of Louisiana
at Lafayette and enrich the lives of Louisiana residents.
John Bartholomew Bienvenu was a much loved citizen of Lafayette who led a varied and full life. A noted psychologist specializing in early
childhood diagnostics, John was a graduate of UL Lafayette holding both BA and MA degrees. John continued his dealings with children as an
instructor in art and horticulture at the University. Near the end of his career, John took a passionate turn towards art, particularly as
a watercolor painter with his own unique style, dubbed "Bienvenu Primitive.” John was involved with many art associations, including service
as the Secretary of the Lafayette Watercolor Guild and President of the Lafayette Art Association. His art received numerous awards and commendations
and was sought by many collectors.
This passion for art is what inspired Mrs. Gloria Callais to honor the life of her dear brother with the establishment of this lecture series.
Mrs. Callais has been a generous supporter and contributor to UL Lafayette and we are honored to share in her brother’s legacy at the Hilliard
Art Museum - University of Louisiana at Lafayette.