Introducing LSU Chemistry’s New Operations Manager

February 23, 2024

Aaron Hussey

Aaron Hussey standing next to his sculpture titled “Arbor Spire” exhibited in Oxford, Mississippi, from 2015 -2017.

BATON ROUGE - The LSU Department of Chemistry welcomes Aaron Hussey as its new operations manager. With a background steeped in art and a wealth of experience in facility maintenance, Aaron brings a unique skill set that will elevate the department's operational efficiency and aesthetic appeal. 

Originally from New Orleans, Aaron's journey into art began at a young age, inspired by his father, a painter. He fondly remembers receiving his first art table at six years old and spending Saturdays watching his father paint and receiving drawing tips. 

Aaron earned a bachelor's and master's degree in drawing and sculpture from the University of Arkansas Little Rock and expanded his artistic portfolio by working as a sculpture technician and adjunct faculty member. During the 1990s, Aaron created false environment artwork for resorts, zoos, and museums, with installations spanning from Tahiti to local attractions.

In 2000, Aaron returned to Louisiana to earn his Master of Fine Arts from LSU. He worked as a technician at the LSU School of Art, managing inventory and repairing equipment and facilities throughout the department, including setting up the metals foundry.

Aaron then embarked on a solo art career and became a sought-after sculptor commissioned for projects across the country, with his sculptures now gracing prominent locations in Washington, Oregon, Texas, Alabama, Illinois, Georgia, and Louisiana.

In 2022, Aaron returned to LSU as the repair master for Residential Life, overseeing various maintenance challenges and repair tasks. However, his appreciation for the interplay between art and chemistry motivated him to transition to the chemistry department. 

Aaron's experience in maintenance and passion for art make him an ideal candidate for managing the LSU Chemistry's facilities, ensuring they are functional, safe, and visually inspiring.