Conversations with the Curator


A monthly program at the Hilliard University Art Museum at UL Lafayette will delve into the art world, discussing the stories behind an artist's work and the importance of art education for children.

"Conversations with the Curator" begin on Thursday, Jan. 13 at 6:30 p.m. with subsequent meetings falling on the first Thursday of the month: Feb. 3, March 3, and April 7.

The program is designed for everyone – from the novice to the connoisseur – and will include informal and insightful conversations that offer a deeper understanding of one or two works of art in an exhibition or the concepts and theories behind contemporary arts.

Dr. Lee Gray, curator of exhibitions and collections at the Hilliard, will lead an informal conversation about art. Occasionally, faculty members and graduate students will lead the discussion.

If you have any suggestions for discussion topics, please send to Check the website for monthly topics.

Upcoming Calendar

Jan. 13 – A conversation with artist Dale Kennington who will speak about her paintings on view in Gallery A.

Feb. 3 – The Economy of Art: Sarah Skinner, assistant professor of economics and finance at UL Lafayette will speak about economics and the art market.

March 3 – When is it Art? When is it Craft? When is it an Antique?

April 7 – 10 Lessons the Arts Teach Children. Cathy Mills, faculty member at the Episcopal School Academy, will discuss the value of art in primary and secondary education.

All conversations are free and open to UL Lafayette students, faculty, staff and the general public.

The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum opened in April 2004 in Lafayette, Louisiana and 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. For further information, please visit the museum website at or call (337) 482-2278.