Hilliard University Art Museum
Backstory and Context
The art museum was made possible by the donation of land from Maurice Heymann in 1964. The following year, university leaders began a campaign to raise funds to allow for the construction of the first art museum in the region, as well as the acquisition of a collection. The museum opened in 1968 in a building designed upon the Hermitage plantation in Darrow Louisiana. Thanks to a gift of three million dollars from Paul and Lulu Hilliard, and an additional eight million in donations from alumni and area residents, the university constructed a second building that offers a striking juxtaposition to the original building. With its modern styling and expansive galleries, the new facility holds over eleven thousand square feet of gallery space.