Current Exhibitions

From the Permanent Collection of the Hilliard University Art Museum
Human geography is the relationship that individuals have to their surroundings defined through the terms space and place. As people move through their lives, their experiences with their surroundings ultimately define their sense of themselves. Nowhere is this connection stronger than in south Louisiana where generations of families have intertwined the narratives of outsiders and insiders instilling this place with a legacy influenced by fact, fiction, assumptions, misconceptions and even fantasy. With works dating from mid-Nineteenth Century to the present, the exhibition, accompanied by selected texts from Louisiana literature, constructs, deconstructs, represents and interprets this place through artists' expressions of individuality, belief, space and place.
January 2, 2016 - August 20, 2016

Works on Paper by Dali and Picasso
Salvador Dali and Pablo Picasso are among the most renowned 20th century European-born artists in the Hilliard Museum's collection. This exhibition of the artists' print portfolios - Dali's La Conquete du Cosmos II and Picasso's Femmes et Faunes - highlights their mutual interest in Surrealism, an art movement characterized by the abandonment of rationality and logic in favor of imagination and the subconscious. Embracing Sigmund Freud's psychoanalytic methods of free association, the Surrealists brought to life the symbolic imagery hidden deep in the recesses of the unconscious mind.
January 15, 2016 - May 28, 2016

Preserving Our Community's Art Collection
Offering a behind the scenes look at the daily preservation practices at the museum, this exhibition highlights the key concepts of conservation science—which inform the museum's stewardship of its permanent collection. It also presents a selection of artworks typically unseen, due to their fragile condition. At the museum, a "condition report" is a document that the staff generates whenever an object is moved, damaged, or repaired. This periodic record of inspection provides evidence that an artwork's physical stability has been evaluated. Over time, as the artwork ages, condition reports and photographic records can become valuable tools for understanding facts of a previous object's presence and history. Among the ten pieces featured in the exhibit are an early 20th century botanical drawing by Harriet Joor, a Thomas Sully portrait from 1812, and a recently restored painting by John McCrady. This exhibition was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
March 19, 2016 - August 13, 2016



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