LouAnne Greenwald was appointed Director of the Hilliard University Art Museum in July 2014. Over the course of her tenure, she has expanded the museum’s hours, increased staff and established free Wednesday night programs featuring the research and talents of UL faculty from across campus. Ms. Greenwald envisions the museum as a bridge between the University and the community, connecting the culture of our region to a broader national and international discourse, and promoting lifelong learning through the arts.
Prior to her position as director, she worked as a consultant in Washington, D.C. and Los Angeles raising funds for educational institutions. Her museum experience includes roles as a curator and educator for the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County, MOCA Los Angeles, and the MAK Center for Art and Architecture, L.A. She serves on the Advisory Board for the LSU Museum of Art, Baton Rouge and is the Louisiana representative for the Association of Academic Museums and Galleries.
Ms. Greenwald received her MFA from University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and received her CFRE certification in 2013.
Benjamin M. Hickey is Curator of Exhibitions at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Most central to his curatorial practice are projects that blend social history, sense of place, and interdisciplinary collaborations. Artists with whom he has worked include Lionel Cruet, Shayne Dark, Jenny Ellerbe, Hasan Elahi, Robert Hodge, Beili Liu, Kelli Scott Kelley, Vitus Shell, Marni Shindelman & Nate Larson, James Surls, and Alberto Rey.
Hickey was most recently the Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, LA. Other institutions at which he held positions include the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, NY; California Museum of Photography, Riverside, CA; Arts Council in Buffalo and Erie County, Buffalo, NY; and OUTSIDE GALLERY, Monroe, LA. He also worked as an Adjunct Professor at Canisius College, Buffalo, NY and Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, LA. With reference to service, he was a long standing Community Advisory Board member for KEDM, NPR’s Monroe, LA affiliate, and is currently a Trustee at Large for the Association of Art Museum Curators. Hickey earned his Master’s in the History of Art from the University of California, Riverside.
His writing can be found in Improvisations in Time: Eugene J. Martin and the Masur Museum of Art (Masur Museum of Art Press, 2012), Life Streams: Alberto Rey’s Cuban and American Work (State University of New York Press, 2014), Greely Myatt: and (David Lusk Gallery, 2014), Identity (Gallery Jatad Press, 2015), and EVERYTHING Is Abstract (Masur Museum of Art Press, 2016).
Cami is a highly organized and detail-oriented office assistant with more than 10 years of experience supplying thorough, organized administrative support. She is a self-directed and innovative thinker with a knack for developing creative solutions to complex problems. Cami has prior experience in management, event planning, and fundraising. At the Hilliard Museum, she assists the Director in a variety of ways. From bookkeeping, tracking of memberships and donations, and supporting the staff’s day to day needs to maintaining the master calendar for the museum’s exhibitions, events, tours, and staff.
Misty Taylor graduated from Louisiana State University in 2000 with a Bachelor of Science with a focus in Psychology. Directly after graduation, she traveled to Ghana, Africa to complete a minor in African and African-American Studies at the University of Ghana. Upon her return to the states, she moved to New Orleans, Louisiana where she began an apprenticeship with master silversmith, Ellis Joubert. In 2003, Taylor was the recipient of the Rhode Island Institute Scholarship for jewelry design and craftsmanship. After losing a bronze casting foundry in Chalmette, Louisiana with her fiancé due to Hurricane Katrina, Taylor moved to Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she began working at the LSU Museum of Art as the Loans and Exhibitions Registrar. In January 2015, Taylor completed a graduate certification from George Washington University in Museum Collections Management and Care.
Jolie Johnson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History from Louisiana State University and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from the University of Oklahoma. She has worked in the museum field for over 7 years in multiple capacities including collection storage organization, special programs, and education initiatives. She joined the Hilliard Museum as Marketing & Membership Manager in August 2015, and transitioned her role to Development Manager in 2018. She has a passion for museums, finding ways to streamline operations, and increasing public interest. While in graduate school, she completed internships at the National WWII Museum, LSU Museum of Art, Southdown Plantation, Alexandre Mouton House, and the LSU Rural Life Museum. Johnson previously worked at Vermilionville Living History Museum for over 3 years as their Museum Operations Coordinator. She was awarded Louisiana’s “Emerging Museum Professional” in 2012 by the Louisiana Association of Museums.
Chris Pavlik grew up in a highly mobile Army family. He's lived in a small mountain town in Pennsylvania, a haunted mansion in Maryland, and spent six years in Germany, during which time he visited countless museums and cathedrals while absorbing the art of Europe.
He studied painting at the Kansas City Art Institute before moving to the Northwest, where he studied ceramics and worked as a studio assistant to the sculptor Beth Cavener. After moving to Lafayette, he worked as an assistant to local muralist Robert Dafford while pursuing his own artistic endeavors. His work has been included in group shows at the Acadiana Center for the Arts and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
Olivia Morgan joined the museum staff in 2016 as their first full-time educator. Morgan’s passion for art education is fueled by her experience of growing up in the joyfully creative home of her parents, artists Elemore and Mary Morgan. Her goal as museum educator is for visitors of all ages to experience the power of art as a tool for learning and discovery. Before coming to the Hilliard Museum, she taught science and social studies for three years at Epiphany Day School, an arts integrated elementary school in New Iberia. Previous to that, Morgan was a middle and high school teacher at the Episcopal School of Acadiana in Cade, a high school teacher at Desert Academy in Santa Fe, NM and a lecturer in art history at Mesa State College in Grand Junction, CO. She graduated from St. John’s College with a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and from Reed College with a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. She completed additional training in arts integration through the George Rodrigue Foundation LAA+ Summer Institute and Local Learning at Vermilionville Summer Institute.
Susie Gottardi graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in both Biology and Medical History. She quickly realized her heart truly lay in the world of art and design, and she went back to earn a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. She joined the Hilliard Museum as the Graphic Designer in July of 2016, and transitioned her role to Marketing Manager in 2018. As a marketer and designer, Susie believes very firmly in the idea of bringing beauty into the everyday, and she constantly strives to create work that is fresh, fun, and effective. Her work has been recognized at the American Advertising Federation Annual Competition, and the Southeastern Museum Conference.
Greta Gerstner joined the Hilliard Museum as the interim events coordinator in August 2018, joining the full-time staff in January 2019. She graduated with a Bachelors in Fine Arts in Photography from Nichols State University in May 2012. Greta has been working as a freelance photographer since 2012, focusing primarily on creative photography and collaboration with other artists. She loves photographing dancers and has been Basin Arts official photographer since 2016. Greta previously worked at Acadiana Center for the Arts as the assistant events coordinator, then moved into a production manager position at luxury lifestyle event marketing company. Both of these experiences led her to create her own events business called Generation Greta, a company specializing non-profit and private events. Greta has spearheaded numerous events in Lafayette, such as TEDx Vermilion Street, and 24-Hour Citizen Project. She is also a planning committee member for Southern Screen. You could say that Greta landed her dream job as the Hilliard has all of her favorite things: education, art, and community.
Jenny Robertson grew up in Minnesota, and studied natural history at Carleton College. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from Pacific University, and recently completed a PhD in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, where she wrote fiction and taught creative writing, drama, and American and global literature. Before moving to Lafayette, Jenny and her family lived near the Sleeping Bear Dunes of northwest Michigan, where she served as Writer-in-Residence for Front Street Writers and taught creative writing at the Interlochen Center for the Arts.
While her graduate studies have been in English, Jenny also has extensive experience in the visual arts: working for arts organizations and galleries, and teaching children’s drawing. While living in Michigan, she also exhibited her plein air paintings and charcoal drawings in group shows. She has a passion for all the arts, including theatre (she’s a current member of the Milena Theatre Group) and finds inspiration in teaching and interdisciplinary collaborations.
Jenny joined the Hilliard in September 2019, and is excited to work with K-12 teachers and students, the UL community, and artists in her work at the museum. Her husband, Ian, works at UL’s Dupre Library, and her daughter has benefitted from the Talented Arts program in Lafayette Public Schools.
Jenny’s poems and stories have appeared in Dislocate, Dunes Review, Hypertext Magazine, Flyway: Journal of Writing & Environment, and elsewhere. Her chapbook, "Hard Winter, First Thaw," was published by the Michigan Cooperative Press in 2009, and her story "Green Skins" placed second in the Rick DeMarinis story contest, judged by Stuart Dybek. She recently finished a novel about a family of Finnish immigrants living on Minnesota’s Iron Range in 1923.