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“Once Upon a Time” Opens at the LSU Museum of Art

Free First Sunday of Fab Fairy Tales

03/28/2012 03:50 PM

BATON ROUGE – The LSU Museum of Art, located on the fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts in downtown Baton Rouge, invites patrons to take a timeless, magical journey to the dream-like world of fairy tales, myths, fables and legends in the exhibition, “Once Upon a Time,” on display now through February 10, 2013.


This exhibition takes patrons on a magical exploration of fairy tale–themed artworks and works of art that allude to some of the best known and most beloved fairy tales, myths, fables and legends. Discover that dreams really do come true!


“Once Upon a Time” presents items from the museum’s permanent collection, as well as borrowed works celebrating the talents of local artists with ties to LSU. The many stories explored in the show include the fairy tales “Cinderella,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Beauty, and the Beast”; “The Tortoise and the Hare” from Aesop’s Fables; Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Ugly Duckling”; and the Inuit mythological tale “Sedna,” about the goddess of the sea.


Highlights from the exhibition include both non-traditional and original fairy tale-inspired paintings by current LSU School of Art professor Kelli Scott Kelley, a fantastical installation by former LSU graduate Holly Streekstra and spellbinding electron prints by former LSU professor Caroline Durieux, who developed electron printmaking during her professorship at the university.


Durieux’s works depict the darker sides of fairy tale lands, complete with images of sorceresses and spooky owls. Other exceptionally bewitching pieces include a picturesque landscape by 19th century English painter William Westall and an 1898 edition of “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass,” from the museum’s collection.


On Sunday, April 1, the LSU Museum of Art is presenting its “Free First Sunday” from 1-5 p.m. Admission is free to enjoy a fun day of Fab Fairy Tales activities, and fairy tale attire is welcomed. Storytelling will begin at 2 p.m. when storytellers from the East Baton Rouge Parish Library will read a selection of fabulous fairy tales. At 3 p.m. participants can create hands-on fairy tale-inspired crafts, and at 4 p.m. “Poetry Slam: Poets from Big Buddy’s WordPlay” give old fairy tales a new spin.


For more information about LSU Museum of Art programs, contact the information desk at 225-389-7200, visit the website at, or follow them on Facebook by searching LSU Museum of Art and on Twitter, @LSUMuseumofArt.

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