Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Art Postcard Collaboration


The library participated in a Collaboration with the 

Climate Action Coalition of South Florida and Artists for Climate Action

This action art campaign will inform South Florida elected representatives at County, State and Federal levels about the strong constituent support for their action on these key issues that are part of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan. Member organizations are reaching out for signatures, home and email addresses on the cards. After the November general election, CAC representatives will hand deliver the cards to the new representatives.

Here are some images of Aaron and Jeffrey signing our cards from the first installment of two events on campus.

These are the postcards:

This message encourages action on the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan by County and Municipal elected officials, as the 110 SEFLRCAP recommendations are intended to be acted upon locally. Most of these should be inserted in county and municipality comprehensive plans. See:http://tinyurl.com/SEFLRCAP.

Very specific to Palm Beach CountyThe “Ag Reserve” is the fertile region between Florida’s Turnpike and the Everglades west of Delray Beach and Boynton Beach. The area is second to California as the prime supplier of winter vegetables. It was set aside years ago to protect wetlands and encourage small farming. This message encourages Palm Beach County Commissioners to reconsider their recent vote to allow more development in this area. Keeping development out will address food security and clean water needs. See:http://tinyurl.com/SAVEAGRESERVE

Protecting our health as climate related diseases increase with more flooding and heat requiresimproving the level and diversity of our health infrastructure. The Governor and Legislature must acknowledge that climate change is real by taking ACTION in preparation for mounting health problems.Federal representatives’ active support in seeking funding for this purpose is also crucial. This message will go to State and Federal elected representatives.See CAC member group Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton’s pilot project Rising Together encouraging communities at most risk to organize and identify resources:http://tinyurl.com/FLRISINGTOGETHER

Studies and experience clearly demonstrate the danger of fracking chemicals to groundwater. Despite this evidence,the Governor and majority in the legislature continue to ignore these risks, and recently have threatened to remove the ability of county and municipality elected officials to ban fracking in their local areas. This message goes to State Senators and Representatives 

These are the dates we will be out on campus with a table asking people to sign the postcards. Stop by our table.

Make a Difference (MAD) Monday
Event sponsored by SAVI (Students Advocating Volunteer Involvement)
                 Monday, Aug. 29th 11 am – 1 pm
                  Location: Dining Hall (Check-In) and various locations on-campus (Service)

Event sponsored by COSO (Council of Student Organizations)

                 Thursday, Sept. 8th 4-6 pm
                 Location: Rec Field or Burrow Student Union (rain location)

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Fordistas Gallery Artist Roundtable

IHP Curatorial Lab (a project of FAU libraries) held an artist roundtable at the Fordistas Gallery/Product 81 space [powered by South Florida Ford] on Friday, August 12th, 2016. The gallery is located at 2930 NW 7TH AVENUE, MIAMI, FL 33127 in the Wynwood Arts District.

IHP Curatorial Lab holds monthly roundtable gatherings at artist studios, galleries and museums to facilitate dialog relating to contemporary art practices. By gathering a group of professionals from different disciplines; the conversations act as a visual learning lab and facilitator to understanding current art practices; how curators or museum administrators view artists and work; and more importantly how the public interprets what creatives do.

Our roundtable discussions are meant to promote cross-sector dialogue about the arts; but also how we as artists and cultural curators can contribute to solving societal problems. Each Roundtable focuses on a specific topic or artist. This meeting focused on the solo show [Reality Check] by artist Dana Donaty at the Fordistas Gallery. It is on view through September 9th, Monday -Thursday 10am-5pm.

Attendees included:

Fordista/Product 81 staff: Karina Hayes Blakeley, Cristina Ramos, Joel Fernandez, Guillermo Arias Ramiraez [Memo Arias], David Turk

Andrienne Chadwick, Deputy Director of Education at the Perez Museum of Art

Carmenza Ortiz, art agent; Clara Vanessa Avalo, Uninhibited Urban Magazine; Heather Davis, Special Events Coordinator [along with her lovely mother]; and Gary James Fitzsimmons, Streamline real estate associate MB.

[All images copyright of Dana Donaty].

Monday, August 15, 2016

New exhibitions at the Hilliard Museum

Friday, September 9, 2016Fall Exhibition Opening Reception 

6:00-8:00 PM

 Join us in celebration of five new exhibitions at the Hilliard Museum!

Free and open to the public
RSVP: artmuseum@louisiana.edu or (337) 482-0817

 Sneak Peek “Behind the Scenes” Artist Talks
Oliver Wasow and Francie Bishop Good
6:00 PM, Wednesday, September 7th

Lafayette, LA, August 10, 2016- The Hilliard University Art Museum is pleased to announce the opening of its Fall 2016 season with a series of five new exhibitions. The public is invited to celebrate and view the new gallery installations on Friday, September 9, at a reception from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Three of the exhibitions this Fall are organized by guest curator Jane Hart, who has over thirty years of experience working in contemporary art. “This is my first time working in Louisiana and the rich culture of the people here has been very inspiring,” says Hart. “Each of the exhibits I curated for the Hilliard Museum focuses on the genre of portraiture, and essentially, they are studies on the universality of the human condition, as well as the uniqueness of individuals in a global society.” Harts past projects have been presented in New York, London, Los Angeles and South Florida.

Hart will be in attendance at the reception September 9, and joined by a number of artists whose work will be on display this Fall, including Francie Bishop Good, Oliver Wasow, Philip Gould, and other Louisiana-based artists included in "Face to Face". Additionally, the museum is offering offer a sneak peek at the exhibitions with two “Behind the Scenes” Artist Talks on September 7 – as a part of the free Wednesday Nights at the Hilliard program series, now offered on a weekly basis starting at 6:00 PM.

Face to Face: A Survey of Contemporary Portraiture by Louisiana Artists features work by twelve nationally and internationally acclaimed artists working in a variety of media. It includes Willie Birch, Douglas Bourgeois, George Dureau, Elizabeth Kleinveld & Epaul Julien, Aubrey Edwards, Deborah Luster, Rashaad Newsome, Tameka Norris, Gina Phillips, Jennifer Shaw, Jonathan Traviesa, and Heather Weathers. This exhibition of visually powerful and evocative work is accompanied by an essay in which Miami-based independent curator Jane Hart states: During this present moment, we are increasingly witness to social unrest and an escalating violent state of affairs, both at home and abroad. These disturbing conflicts often can be attributed to a lack of understanding amongst us based upon ethnicity, race, religion and other differences. Through depictions of people created by artists, seeing
our shared humanity, we can collectively come together with a greater tolerance and acceptance.

 September 9, 2016 – January 7, 2017.l

Francie Bishop Good: Comus explores a hybrid form of portraiture that is based on an accumulative layering of digital processes and found imagery. Source material for the series originated in the 1942 and 1967 high school senior yearbooks of the artist and her mother, entitled “Comus”, from Allentown, Pennsylvania. Comprised of 70 works on canvas, Bishop Goods installation of media-saturated
‘paintings’ forge an intergenerational exchange, as classmates appearing in yearbooks from the 1940s and 1960s are merged to encapsulate a new collective identity. This solo exhibition marks a first in Louisiana for South Florida-based Bishop Good, and was organized by guest curator Jane Hart.

September 9 – December 10, 2016.

Oliver Wasow: Hudson Valley Studio Portraits. New York based artist Oliver Wasow has been widely recognized for his pioneering use of digital compositing to create sublime imaginary landscapes. In this grouping of recent portraits, Wasow embraces a new approach with his sitters – family, friends and neighbors – who pose as subjects before a green screen background of virtual painterly landscapes. The resulting formal, yet intimate portraits evoke a romanticized patina of a bygone era. This solo exhibition marks a first in Louisiana for Upstate New York-based Wasow, and is organized by guest curator Jane Hart. September 2, 2016 – January 14, 2017.

Spotlight on the Collection: Portraiture juxtaposes academic and vernacular art practices, while foregrounding a visual conversation on the museums collection – particularly as a vehicle that illuminates the unique narratives and cultural histories specific to our region. This provocative exhibition gathers together two 19th century paintings of unnamed Louisiana women, a ritualistic object, and
eleven examples of folk art. It features pieces by the artists Delaney Burgess, MC "5 Cent" Jones, Jules Lion, Sister Gertrude Morgan, Sultan Rogers, Adolf Rinck, James "Son" Thomas, and a ceremonial mask from Mali in the museums permanent collection. This exhibition is organized by Laura Blereau, curator of the Hilliard University Art Museum. August 5 – December 3, 2016.

Cajun Dance Halls and Zydeco Clubs: Then and Now is photographic portrayal, past and present, of south Louisiana Dance Halls. It combines the research of two ongoing projects about the subject: The Center for Louisiana Studies' Louisiana Dancehalls Project, directed by John "Pudd" Sharp, which showcases visual artifacts and memorabilia from archive; And pictures by Philip Gould that are drawn from his upcoming photography book, Ghosts of Good Time: South Louisiana Dance Halls Past and Present, published by UL Press. Included in the exhibit are recent architectural images of clubs, open and closed, as well as a selection from Gould's four-decade career documenting Louisiana. Additional archival materials from the Center for Louisiana Studies come from a variety of sources including collections by club owners, musicians, family members and patrons. This exhibition is presented in partnership with Festivals Acadiens et Créoles. September 9, 2016 – October 16, 2016.

The museum wishes to express gratitude for the support and partnerships that have made this season of exhibitions possible: The Hilliard Society, Bon Temps Grill, Donner-Peltier Distillers, and Festivals Acadiens et Créoles.

Upon request, high-resolution images & biographies are available. Interviews may also be arranged.

Museum Hours, Admission & General Information
The Hilliard University Art Museum is located at 710 East Saint Mary Boulevard, on the campus of
University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Museum Hours are: Tuesday, Thursday and Friday, 9:00 AM to
5:00 PM; Wednesday, 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM; Saturday, 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM; closed Sunday and Monday. General Admission: $5 Adults, $4 Seniors (62+), $3 Students (5-17). FREE for Members, UL Students/Staff/Faculty with identification, and visitors under 5. Guided tours of the galleries are available Friday & Saturday at 2 PM, complimentary with admission. For general information, please visit hillliardmuseum.org or call (337) 482-2278.


About the Hilliard
The Hilliard University Art Museum operates on the campus of University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and was originally founded in 1964 as the Art Center for Southwest Louisiana. Featuring a state-of-the-art modern facility that was erected in 2004, the museum houses more than 2,200 objects in its permanent collection, and is the largest art exhibition space between New Orleans and Houston. The Hilliard serves a wide range of educational and cultural needs by fostering cross-disciplinary intellectual discourse on campus, and throughout the region. At the core of the Hilliard's mission is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit the art of our time, while celebrating the great diversity of Louisiana's heritage.