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IS WHAT FIERCEWE ARE. “The LSU MOA is a central hub for experiencing Louisiana art, and a dynamic educational resource for LSU, our artists, and our community. As we explore exciting new ways to engage visitors of all ages, we celebrate the philanthropic visionaries whose imagination, generosity, and zeal will profoundly impact our capacity to lead and serve.” – Daniel E. Stetson, LSU Museum of Art Executive Director

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WE HAVE A VISION FOR TOMORROW, ONE THAT SHOWS WHAT FIERCE CAN DO. he LSU Museum of Art (LSU MOA) inspires new generations of artists and art lovers every day. We hold an important distinction as Baton Rouge’s only dedicated art museum, serving more than 20,000 visitors annually and providing a bridge between the campus and community. We are passionately committed to delivering outstanding exhibitions and cultural programming, showcasing and supporting local artists, and presenting important projects that place the art and artists of Louisiana in dialogue with the wider world. We believe personal interaction with original works of art forges meaningful links to the past and powerful points of contact with contemporary cultural concerns. Ambitious outreach initiatives like ArtWorks and the Neighborhood Arts Project strive to engage our local and regional neighbors with an emphasis on making art accessible to communities that historically have received little support for arts programs. We are also a learning lab, an incubator of creative risk-taking. Collaborations with talented LSU students, faculty, and alumni result in breathtaking exchanges across the


disciplines and invaluable professional advancement opportunities. Through these formal and informal learning experiences, grounded in inclusion and accessibility, we cultivate a population of culturally adept, globally engaged citizens who embrace new ways of seeing, experiencing, and creating art. As a museum and community leader, we have arrived at a pivotal moment. Poised to unveil some of our most exciting, spellbinding exhibitions to date, rich with fantasy, humor, and sociopolitical commentary, we are nevertheless challenging ourselves to consider: What more can we do to serve the people and artists who drive our mission? Your gift to the LSU MOA is the answer. With your support, we will enhance the experience of visiting the museum; expand our adult, children, and family programs; and meet our essential charge to conserve the priceless works of art in our possession. Together, we will ensure the LSU MOA remains an innovative and relevant cultural touchstone for LSU, Baton Rouge, and beyond.

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ART IS ONE OF OUR GREATEST NATURAL RESOURCES. ouisiana is a region rich with creative expression. We consider our artists, musicians, and performers to be among our most valuable exports and economic attractors. Their work reflects our unique cultural heritage while demanding that we continually reassess, reinterpret, and reinvent who we are. By showcasing local art, we promote and celebrate our artistic achievement. By placing it in conversation with global arts movements, we extend this legacy to the wider world. We believe an art museum should feel like a living, breathing entity, always evolving and never static. We want every patron—whether a frequent or first-time visitor—to be struck by the energy, the drama, and the awe that only a world-class exhibition can evoke. Curating groundbreaking exhibitions generally requires months or years of attentive planning, with much thought directed toward the outreach activities, classes, speakers, and other events that enhance community engagement. An exhibitions endowment will enable us to secure blockbuster exhibitions featuring high-profile artists


Conservator Susie Seborg treats a sculpture from the LSU MOA permanent collection.

and develop strong associated programming that heightens visitors’ experiences. The LSU MOA permanent collection consists of more than 6,500 objects, including paintings, sculpture, photography, works on paper, ceramics, decorative arts, and arts and crafts. We seek to expand and diversify this collection in compelling areas, such as contemporary art, so we may continue educating and exposing visitors to new ideas and artistic themes. In tandem, we must carefully steward our existing holdings. There is an ongoing, critical need for specialized conservation treatments, matting and framing, storage equipment, physical and digital documentation, and appraisals. These crucial behind-the-scenes preservation efforts safeguard the museum’s collection and keep it ready for display, research, and loans. On opening night, the public sees the end result of the hard work and generous donations that bring the LSU MOA to life. Your support for collections, exhibitions, and acquisitions will create exhilarating, thought-provoking opening nights for years to come.

he Shaw Center for the Arts was still new when Katrina Andry graduated from the LSU School of Art with a Master’s of Fine Arts in Printmaking. Now, things have come full circle for Andry as she presents her first major solo show, Katrina Andry: The Promise of the Rainbow Never Came, at the LSU MOA. Andry, who was recently listed a top 50 printmaker in Art in Print, appreciates how the LSU MOA carefully schedules exhibitions to give artists as much time as possible to prepare, and thoughtfully arranges the exhibition calendar to correspond with other activities. “The LSU MOA is the only museum solely devoted to art in Baton Rouge,” shared Andry. “That’s a huge responsibility. They are the gatekeepers of publicly accessible art for the community.”


Katrina Andry attends a reception in honor of her exhibit at the LSU MOA.


ART NEEDS SPACE; SPACES NEED ART. ince 2005, we have been privileged to call the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge our home. For over a dozen years, our small but incredibly efficient team has presented brilliant exhibitions that defy convention and delight the senses. Now, we are challenging ourselves to make the most of every square foot and fully transform the LSU MOA into a place for doing as much as seeing. To create more opportunities for our visitors to experience art and art-making, we will convert a vacant second floor space in the Shaw Center into a multipurpose arts classroom. In this interactive studio, children and adults—some for the first time— will explore painting, fiber arts, printmaking, digital design, photography, and other exciting media. To increase public engagement and spark collaborative interactions, we will create a welcoming lecture hall and conference room on the third floor. Each of these additional spaces will maximize our educational programming and serve our visitors in new ways. The Shaw Center’s sixth-floor terrace is a perennial favorite in Baton Rouge, boasting one of the


Artist Martin Payton with LSU sculpture students

finest views of the city. Refashioned into a dynamic “outdoor living room,” the expanded terrace will offer a relaxing atmosphere for visitors to get up close and personal with sculpture and performance art. Extra space will also make it possible for the LSU MOA to grow our existing program of events and services and inspire exciting collaborations among LSU faculty, students, and community arts organizations. Inside, a new LED lighting system will further our commitment to making a positive environmental impact, while reducing costs and shielding exhibitions from damage caused by infrared heat. Finally, we will design functional offices and work spaces for preparing the distinctive exhibitions, hands-on activities, and outreach programs that are crucial to our mission. As we continually seek new ways to increase our value to Baton Rouge and the surrounding region, your gift will enhance the form, function, and environmental footprint of our physical spaces and establish the LSU MOA as a premier destination for the arts in Louisiana.

SU College of Art & Design Professor Darius A. Spieth, PhD, considers it a privilege to teach the vast majority of Intro to Fine Art classes—the course with the largest enrollment on campus almost every semester. He regularly redesigns the curriculum to reflect the LSU MOA exhibition schedule and activities. “Many incoming students have never set foot in an art museum before,” Spieth shared. “For these students, reality—including art—is exclusively filtered through digital media. Visiting the LSU MOA allows students to understand that an artwork is not a scan or an image on a website, but a physical object with unique tactile qualities and a specific history. It’s always a moving experience to see 100+ students study original works of art up close.”



ART BELONGS TO EVERYONE. or the LSU MOA to truly act as a cultural, educational, and economic resource, we must keep the people and communities we serve at the forefront. Artists, LSU students and faculty, patrons, volunteers—these are our constituents. Our programming should reflect their interests and our policies should be founded on principles of inclusion and accessibility. We will seek every opportunity to strengthen our culture of equity, diversity, inclusion, and access. Artists residencies will attract up-andcoming or established artists from all walks of life to create and teach in Baton Rouge. In collaboration with the LSU School of Art and the local community, we will invite artists-in-residence to advance their creative pursuits while contributing to our educational and programming goals. Our visiting artists will invigorate our artistic ecosystem by showcasing their work in our exhibition spaces, presenting public lectures, meeting with LSU students in their classes, and conducting workshops with students of all ages.


We will also foster an infusion of ambitious, enthusiastic young professionals skilled in arts leadership, management, and education to rejuvenate Louisiana’s creative industries. Many LSU graduate students aspire to these careers. A graduate assistantship with the LSU MOA grants our talented, civic-minded students the opportunity to learn in a hands-on environment and develop their professional networks. At this time, we are only able to offer one assistantship per year. An endowment for graduate assistantships will make it possible to offer more opportunities, as well as nurture and elevate underrepresented students seeking careers in museum fields. The LSU MOA has successfully expanded arts access in Baton Rouge through programs like ArtWorks and the Neighborhood Arts Project. Your gift to support programs, artists residencies, and graduate assistantships will build on this success by creating space for diverse voices and perspectives to thrive.

hen the LSU MOA approached White Hills Elementary to pilot a new program, ArtWorks, the idea sounded simple but revolutionary: Instead of an annual visit, why not invite students to the museum on a monthly basis, creating opportunities for hands-on learning tailored to support unique curricular needs? White Hills eagerly signed on. Six years later, ArtWorks has expanded to include three other area schools, serving nearly 300 students per month. White Hills Principal Dawn Brewster says the program has transformed students into comfortable museum-goers who’ve benefited from access to primary source materials and innovative ideas. “ArtWorks isn’t about turning students into artists,” shared Brewster. “It’s about giving students the opportunity to think and act more creatively and critically, and building a foundation for lifelong learning. We know the LSU MOA is dedicated to our school, and that means a great deal to us and to our kids.”



21st-century museum must be more than a repository of beautiful objects. The LSU MOA contributes to a vibrant campus community by working with LSU students and faculty from across the disciplines to investigate artistic expression, cultivate a global perspective, and collaborate on cuttingedge projects. A jewel of downtown Baton Rouge, we serve a diverse, ever-expanding audience with our robust roster of programs and events. Through our partnerships with local schools and organizations, we make arts education accessible, hands-on, and inspiring. In all of these initiatives, we boost the economic vitality of our region and cultivate future leaders in the arts. The LSU MOA is poised to grow by leaps and bounds over the next several years. As a museum and as a team of passionate arts professionals, we are deeply committed to positive transformation of opportunity, resources, and well-being for all. Our success in this endeavor is directly tied to your philanthropic vision. Now is the time to join together for the greater good of LSU, our community, and our world. With your generous support, we will broaden the scope of our exhibitions, sustain our conservation efforts, maximize the potential of our physical spaces, and expand opportunities for professional enrichment. You can take pride in knowing that your investment will amplify our impact and spark lasting change. Thank you for joining us on this extraordinary journey.



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Fierce for the Future Campaign: LSU Museum of Art  

We have a vision for tomorrow, one that shows what fierce can do. We are a central hub for experiencing art and cultures and a dynamic educa...

Fierce for the Future Campaign: LSU Museum of Art  

We have a vision for tomorrow, one that shows what fierce can do. We are a central hub for experiencing art and cultures and a dynamic educa...

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