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 14, 2016

Romance Novel Dresses by Carrie Ann Schumacher
Carrie Ann Schumacher explores the relationship between fictional, romanticized representations of women in romance novels and the real-life experiences of women in contemporary American society. Schumacher draws upon popular culture, fashion and the romantic literary genre to highlight the objectifying effect they have on women's identity. Each dress is a unique sculptural form, removable but not wearable, with fragments of text sometimes strategically and suggestively placed in relationship to the body. By melding the materials and forms of these social influences into her own sculptures and giving them meaning through titles of personal significance, the artists invites us to imagine the individuals who might wear these dresses.
January 15, 2016 - May 14, 2016

spotlight on the collection
The Hilliard University Art Museum recently acquired three important abstract paintings by Louisiana artists Linda Dautreuil, Allan Jones, and Cora Kelley Ward. These works are presently on view on the museum's second floor and represent the latest additions to the museum's permanent collection. Included are Ward's Sea Sound (1982), which was featured in the early 80s at 112 Green Street in New York as well as her 2012 retrospective at the Hilliard; Brown Blue (1973), an unstretched canvas work by Jones that debuted in a solo exhibition curated by Jack Boulton at the Dayton Art Institute; and Peachy Keen (2007-2008), a vibrant exploration of light and color by contemporary artist Dautreuil.
January 25, 2016 -February 28, 2016



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