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Contact: Christine Payton April 27, 2012
(337) 482-6397, payton@louisiana.edu
The UL Lafayette Foundation will receive the 2012 Outstanding Corporate or Foundation Support Award from the Louisiana Association of Museums next week.

The Foundation is being recognized for its extraordinary and innovative efforts to establish and sustain the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum.

“The UL Lafayette Foundation is grateful for this distinction, but the real winner is the Hilliard University Art Museum, which has blossomed into one of the jewels of this state making contributions to education and the culture,” said Joel Gooch, Foundation board member and museum governing board liaison.

In a bold move in 2002, the Foundation leadership issued bonds to expedite the construction of the new museum during the Museum for a New Century Campaign.

In 2012, the Foundation board, understanding the need for increased private support for the university museum, created a private nonprofit organization operating within the UL Lafayette Foundation, a truly innovative solution for the museum and Foundation. The new Hilliard Museum Society will shepherd and support the museum as it continues to grow and serve Louisiana.

“It’s an honor to be recognized by the Louisiana Association of Museums. The Hilliard University Art Museum plays an important role on campus, in our community and in our state. It enriches our culture and gives us access to world-class exhibits so close to home,” said Bill Fenstermaker, Foundation board chairman.

The award will be given during the Louisiana Association of Museums’ annual meeting on April 30. Among other award winners is UL Lafayette alum Warren Perrin. He will receive the Outstanding Individual Support Award.

Visit www.louisianamuseums.org for more information.


About UL Lafayette
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state, with nearly 17,000 students. It’s a public institution that awards bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. It includes diverse offerings from the humanities to scientific research and is a national leader in areas like computer science, biology and nursing. Its student-athletes – Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns – compete in NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate competition.

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