LSU Museum of Art Names Lucy Perera as Coordinator of School and Community Programs
BATON ROUGE – The LSU Museum of Art has named Lucy Perera the new coordinator of school and community programs, effective Jan. 7, 2013.
Perera comes to the LSU Museum of Art after serving as the curator of education and public programs at the Harwood Museum of Art in Taos, N.M., since 2006. Prior to being the curator of education and public programs, she served as Harwood’s coordinator of museum development and relations since 1998.
Perera received her B.A. in Art History from Boston University and her M.A. in Art History and Museum Studies from the University of Denver.
“Lucy Perera will be a great asset to the LSU Museum of Art, the university and the Baton Rouge community” said Jordana Pomeroy, executive director of the LSU Museum of Art. “She brings to the museum many years of developing successful approaches to arts education that well served the Taos community and the University of New Mexico. We are looking forward to her re-creating some of these innovative programs and inventing new ones for our institution.”
Perera founded the educational department at the Harwood, creating diverse programs for over 9,000 children, families, teens and adult learners. She established the Fern Hogue Mitchell Education Center, a large art studio and class room for youth, and school and adult programs used by more than 5,000 learners annually. Perera was also responsible for developing, managing, funding, marketing and delivering several other educational and public programs including Art in the Schools, a free object-based museum education program which brought in classes of high risk students from local elementary schools for monthly visits throughout the academic year. Museum components were followed by a studio project aligned with State Benchmarks and National Arts Standards.
With more than 5,000 paintings, sculpture, works on paper, and decorative arts – including a remarkable collection of southern silver – the LSU Museum of Art has one of the largest university-affiliated art collections in the South. Serving as a vital anchor for the Arts District in downtown Baton Rouge, the museum occupies the fifth floor of the dynamic Shaw Center for the Arts, one of the premiere architectural spaces in the region, designed by Schwartz/Silver of Boston. The museum shares the facility with the museum store, which showcases artisan crafts from the region and a wide variety of gift products, as well as the LSU School of Art’s Alfred C. Glassell Jr. Exhibition Gallery, and the Manship Theatre. The LSU Museum of Art seeks to enrich and inspire through collections, exhibitions, conservation and education, serving as a cultural and intellectual resource for the university, Baton Rouge, and beyond. A listing of the museum’s art and educational offerings can be found at www.lsumoa.com.
The museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., and Sunday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum is closed on Mondays, Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day and all major holidays. Admission to the LSU Museum of Art is $5 for adults and youths age 13 and older, and is free for LSU students with a valid ID and children 12 and under. The museum also offers a variety of programs throughout the year, including free admission on “Free First Sundays” of each month.
For more information about LSU Museum of Art programs, contact the information desk at 225-389-7200, or follow the museum on Facebook by searching “LSU Museum of Art” and on Twitter at @LSUMuseumofArt.