The fall season at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, 710 E. St. Mary Blvd., Lafayette, will feature two exhibitions devoted to the West: “Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined” and “Art Under the Big Sky.”

An opening reception is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4.

The new exhibits will accompany an ongoing display of works by faculty members in the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s College of the Arts.

“Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined” features 48 hand-colored engravings and lithographs that explore artists’ depictions of westward expansion in the 19th century and how it influenced notions of the West and the Native American experience.

It was curated by Randall Griffey, associate curator of modern American art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.

“Imprinting the West” is a program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“Art Under the Big Sky” offers selections from the Yellowstone Art Museum’s permanent collection of contemporary and historic works of art from the Northern Plains and Rocky Mountain regions. From 19th century photographs to contemporary works by artists such as Peter Voulkos and Deborah Butterfield, it captures the isolation, fruitfulness, spirit, and passage of time as it is associated with the western landscape.?

Both exhibits will run through Jan. 2.

“Selections from the UL Lafayette College of the Arts Faculty” showcases faculty in visual arts, performing arts, architecture and design. The college is the center for all the arts, including performing, visual arts, and design, with an emphasis on interdisciplinary work.

The show highlights some of the faculty who are helping to shape the next generation of artists, designers, musicians and performers and runs through Dec. 12.

The museum also will show two exhibitions in partnership with local and regional organizations: “Portraits from the Flora Levy Lecture Series: Works by George Rodrigue” and “Festivals Acadiens et Créoles/Works by Robert Dafford.”

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