University Art Museum hosts exhibitions

LAFAYETTE - The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum in Lafayette is Acadiana’s architectural landmark and the largest art museum between Houston and New Orleans.

The museum features a variety of changing exhibitions and a continuing schedule of lectures and programs. Come enjoy the museum and the beauty of University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus, just blocks away from the galleries, shops and famous restaurants of downtown Lafayette and the Oil Center.

Upcoming Exhibitions for Spring 2012 will celebrate the Louisiana Bicentennial with New Orleans artist, George Schmidt. His exhibition, “Satire, Scandal, and Spectacle: the Art of George Schmidt,” opens January 21.

An engaging storyteller both visually and aurally, New Orleans artist George Schmidt brings to life myths, tales, and scandals from Louisiana history in his provocative paintings, prints, and drawings. This exhibition will showcase the many examples of Schmidt’s visual elucidation on Louisiana characters, scandals, myths, and musings along with his mélange of Roman history and Louisiana personalities. History and the present come to life in the artist’s deft hands.

Learned in music, history, and art, George Schmidt is a man unlike any other. He can quote authors from the 14th and 15th centuries as easily as he quotes a contemporary historian. He knows the oral, mythical, and scandalous history of his beloved city, New Orleans, which continues to be his subject of choice.

Though many of his paintings are commissions from local patrons, Schmidt manages to insert his love of history into contemporary lives. “All history is personal,” as the artist says quoting John Lukacs who also wrote “everything has its history, including history.” Schmidt proves the latter statement through his renderings of stories or rumors of people who once graced the environs of Louisiana as explorers, politicians, artists, musicians, and even regular folk.

Schmidt’s work is featured in numerous public and private collections in the U.S. Europe and Asia, and especially in New Orleans. The artist maintains a studio and gallery on historic Julia Row in the arts district of New Orleans.

Also, opening on January 14, “Ink… Paper… Process: Marais Press Prints.” Marais Press is the only university-housed printmaking press in Louisiana.

Established in 1991 with funding from the University of Louisiana Alumni Association, Marais Press is an edition-producing press housed in the department of visual arts. Each year, the press invites prominent local, regional, national and international printmakers and arts to the university to collaborate with students in the printmaking and visual arts programs. As the only program in the state of Louisiana to actively research and implement the use of non-toxic and alternative material, especially with computerized technologies, the exhibition offers a unique and innovative style of printmaking.

Coordinated by Brian Kelly, Associate Professor of Printmaking at ULL, print editions and portfolios produced through Marais Press have been exhibited in the United States, Poland, Canada, Japan, China, South Korea, and Mexico; published in journals on printmaking, and reproduced in publications. The exhibit will open on January 14, 2011 and continue through May 5, 2011.

Continuing Exhibitions include “Morgan as Mentor: 1965-1998” and “Grimanesa Amoros’s Uros House” will continue through Spring 2012.

Hours are Tuesday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. On Saturday, the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and closed on Sunday and Monday.

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