The Hilliard University Art Museum is pleased to announce its summer season of programs that bring together cultural organizations, individuals, and businesses from Lafayette in honor of our area’s French heritage.

As a part of the celebration around the exhibition of Pierre Bonnard: Landscapes of Le Cannet, the museum is encouraging Louisiana residents to “perfect the art of staying put” by curating weekend packages that highlight Lafayette’s joie de vivre.

See below for a list of upcoming summertime events at the Hilliard University Art Museum as well as their current exhibitions.

French Language Hour

June 14, 21, 28; July 5, 12, 19, 26; August 2, 9
10 – 11 a.m.
Come to the museum for a French hour every Wednesday morning this summer. Guests are encouraged to come and enjoy a conversation in French as you surround yourself with Bonnard's inspiring French landscapes. Agnes Cappello, a French language instructor, will be in the galleries from June 7 – July 19. David Cheramie, current CEO of Bayou Vermilion District and former Director of CODOFIL, will be in the galleries from July 26 – August 9.

Toddler Time

Toddler Time

July 5; August 2
10 – 11 a.m.
Parents and their children will enjoy story time led by a certified kindergarten teacher and participate in a hands-on art project. At each Toddler Time this summer, children will learn basic French vocabulary through our word of the day activity! Guests are welcome to explore the museum with our family-friendly gallery guide after the program. This event is free to attend thanks to the generous support of Quest Pediatrics Dentistry.

Yoga in the Galleries

Yoga in the Galleries

July 8; August 12
En Français à 10h – 11h English from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Yoga in the Galleries will be offered in French and in English during the summer season. Please bring your own yoga mat and arrive 10 minutes before class is scheduled to begin. While the event is free to attend, we ask that you give the instructors a suggested donation of $10-$20.

Bordeaux, Brie et Bonnard

Bordeaux, Brie et Bonnard

July 7; August 11
5 – 7 p.m.
Experience the senses of the French Riviera with an evening of fine wine, cheese, and pastry pairings alongside a private viewing of the exclusive exhibition Pierre Bonnard: Landscapes from Le Cannet with LouAnne Greenwald, Director of the Hilliard Museum. The evening will be hosted by Dina M. Bohn, Sommelier. Sponsored by Marcello’s Wine Market Café and Whole Foods. Tickets must be purchased for this event, space is limited. See for ticket info.

Play Day: The art of Recycling

Play Day: The Art of Recycling

July 15
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Join us for our summer Play Day as we explore the art of recycling through art projects, games, and more! Amie Rogers will act as the museum’s artist-in-residence this summer and lead a hands-on activity using found and recycled objects. Learn more about how you can take care of our Earth and beautiful landscapes through creative projects and fun games. Come and show us how you play! Community organizations and partners will be available at this event so you can learn more about how Lafayette is going green. This event is free to attend thanks to the generous support of Quest Pediatrics Dentistry.

French Cooking Class

French Cooking Class

July 20, August 10
6 – 8 p.m.
Take a four course French cooking classes with wine pairings at The Kitchenary in the Oil Center. Tickets must be purchased for this event, space is limited. Call 337-264-1037 to book your spot today. *The July 20th event has already sold out.

SPIRITUAL JOURNEYS: Homemade Art from the Becky & Wyatt Collins Collection

Current Exhibitions at the Hilliard University Art Museum

May 27 – August 12
Pierre Bonnard: Landscapes from Le Cannet, guest curated by Véronique Serrano, director of the Musée Bonnard

February 3 – August 12
Spiritual Journeys: Homemade Art from the Becky and Wyatt Collins Collection, guest curated by Gus Kopriva

May 23 – September 16
CONTINGENt: drawing and sculpture by Joan Tanner, guest curated by Julien Robson

May 19 – December 9
Spotlight on Francis Pavy, organized by the Hilliard University Art Museum

Summer at the Hilliard

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 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Wednesday, 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; 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 p.m., complimentary with admission.