Museum celebrates 75th anniversary

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 - 10:10pm

The Louisiana State Exhibit Museum is celebrating its diamond anniversary with an exceptional exhibit featuring local artists from 1939 and 1940.

The Exhibit, Celebrating 75 Years-Development of Regional Artistic Tradition: Amos Armstrong, Louis Sicard, E.J. Whetzle and H.B. Wright lives in the West Wing of the museum will be open until March 21st.

The Louisiana State Exhibit Building was a Public Works Administration (PWA) project for Louisiana’s Secretary of Agriculture, Harry Wilson.  Following two years of construction for one of the most expensive buildings of the PWA, Governor Richard W. Leche officially opened the Building to the public on January 15, 1939.  

Hired the previous fall, the first Executive Director E.J. Whetzle hailed from the Buffalo Historical Museum in New York.  Working together with LSEM’s Art Gallery Director Amos Armstrong and Shreveport Art Club members, Louis Sicard, Wallace Bolinger and Mrs. Cora L. Butler, they organized an exhibit of paintings, watercolors and sculpture from around the state.  The current exhibit will highlight the work of artists associated with the early years of the museum and their contribution to the development of an artistic community in Northwest Louisiana.

Featured artists also include Conrad Albrizio, E. Corrie Armstrong, Hans Manglesdorf, Arthur Morgan and Gladys Morgan. Additionally, the exhibit will display engraved glass artistry from the collection of the Studio of Shreveport’s Minor Vinck.   


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