About the Museum

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Our Museum is a bridge. Our Museum is a catalyst. Our Museum is for everyone. We connect art and education, our university and our community, generations and cultures.

The Hilliard Art Museum - University of Louisiana at Lafayette is not just a place to look at art. It’s a place where visitors are encouraged to truly see art.

It is place of learning, where students sketch in the galleries and artists talk about their work. It’s a destination for families, where kids express their own creativity through hands-on activities. And it’s a resource for academic research and observation.

Why do we maintain an art museum?

We believe that art is a catalyst for social change. Museum experiences build skills that extend into every aspect of life. Viewing art promotes dialogue and understanding between individuals, among families, and throughout our community.

Art makes life richer. And better. For everyone.


Mission Statement


To enhance the education of University of Louisiana at Lafayette students and inspire creativity through engagement with the arts for the Acadiana region.

The Museum seeks to achieve these goals by partnering with campus to present interdisciplinary exhibitions and programming with an emphasis on making, and through developing a collection that is relevant to our community and unique in our state.



Vision Statement


  • A belief that exhibitions and critical analysis produce benefits and skills for all visitors regardless of age, ability or background
  • A belief that gallery education, publications and interpretive programming provide individuals unique opportunities for self-expression and personal growth
  • A belief that objects of art and the experience of viewing art promotes dialogue and understanding between individuals, families, and communities and serves as an engine for positive social change


The Permanent Collection

The museum's collection consists of 18th through 21st century European, Asian and American art works. Selections from the permanent collection are on view on a rotating basis. In addition to the permanent collection, the 11,000 square feet of gallery space features changing exhibitions of regional, national and international art. Learn more about the permanent collection.


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