How many pieces of art does the LSU Museum of Art have? Who decides what gets accepted by donation or is purchased? Are the pieces ever sold? If so, has the museum ever sold a work of art that later increased dramatically in value?

Jordana Pomeroy, the museum’s executive director, says they have about 5,700 pieces of art — one of the largest university-affiliated art collections in the South.

“Our curator works with our Collections Committee to determine donations and acquisitions,” Pomeroy said. “As for selling the pieces, the museum has a formal deaccessioning policy, which follows the guidelines of the Association of Art Museum Directors. If a work is deaccessioned for sale, all proceeds go back into the collection for art acquisitions. The museum has deaccessioned only a few objects and the subsequent value of these works has not been tracked.”

The museum is funded in part through LSU, but also relies on donations, grants and membership fees. Pomeroy, in her annual report to the museum’s board, notes that the museum must raise 65 percent of its revenues from sources other than LSU. The report indicates the museum had an $82,068 deficit for the 2013-14 fiscal year, taking in $2,055,327 in revenue and spending $2,137,395.

Located downtown on the fifth floor of the Shaw Center for the Arts at 100 Lafayette St., the museum has 13,000 square feet of space. It’s open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., on Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The museum store is open Tuesdays through Saturdays from noon to 8 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

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Show me a sign, please!

I have a question regarding the intersection of Reiger Road and Seigen Lane. There are two lanes that connect to Seigen: One lane turns only left; the right lane can turn right or go straight. But there are no signs indicating this other than what is painted on the road. At night or when it is raining or when cars are lined up at the red light, it is impossible to see the road markings. Why are there no signs hanging by the traffic lights indicating the directions of each lane?

Ingolf A. Partenheimer, the city-parish’s chief traffic engineer, said Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development standards have changed, emphasizing fewer signs overhead.

“This included removing to all lane usage signs and only keeping the ‘Turning Vehicles Must Yield on Green’ sign,” Partenheimer said.

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