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From the Director


Welcome back to another school year!

As we quickly approach the end of the year, I’d like to share some highlights of the last several months here at the museum. Collections Manager Misty Taylor was presented the Museum Professional of the Year award by the Louisiana Association of Museums. The museum received generous financial support for its exhibitions and programs from Friends of the Humanities; Haynie Family Foundation; Badger Oil; Wright, Moore, DeHart, Dupuis & Hutchinson, LLC; Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities; Louisiana Office of Tourism, the Elmore Morgan Jr. Fund, and J. Kevin Duplechain, MD.

A new strategic plan was crafted this summer with goals centered around education, visitor experience, the museum collection and sustainability. We are grateful for the guidance of the University and our board members in charting a course for the next five years.

Planning for 2020 is well under way. Among exhibitions featuring the work of Louisiana artists, Robert Tannen and Vitus Shell, the Hilliard Museum will be the exclusive venue to present The Art of Sir Winston Churchill in honor of our founding donor, Paul Hilliard. Many community members as well as local and regional partners have come together to support this special project, including the National World War II Museum in New Orleans which has organized a half-day symposium, Churchill in Conflict and Culture, on Friday, January 17 at the LITE Center. The speaker line-up includes UL faculty, NWWII curators as well as renowned historian and author, David Reynolds presenting new research and insights on Churchill, the statesman, artist and writer.

In closing, I’d like to share our brand promise recently developed in consultation with board member, Cathi Pavy, This is the belief that informs the work we do at the Hilliard:

Art transforms by opening minds to new possibilities, by inspiring discovery, by eliciting unique and individual observations that, when shared, inspire empathy, respect and trust. In this way, art transforms and helps to build communit





Louanne Greenwald | Director of the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum

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