The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum Shows the Art of George Schmidt
Lafayette, Louisiana.- The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum is pleased to present “Satire, Scandal, and Spectacle: the Art of George Schmidt” on view at the museum through May 26th. An engaging storyteller both visually and aurally, New Orleans artist George Schmidt brings to life myths, tales, and scandals from Louisiana history in his provocative paintings, prints, and drawings. This exhibition will showcase the many examples of Schmidt’s visual elucidation on Louisiana characters, scandals, myths, and musings along with his mélange of Roman history and Louisiana personalities. History and the present come to life in the artist’s deft hands. George Schmidt was born in New Orleans on November 14, 1944 at the Touro Infirmary. His earliest drawing was at the age of three in his parent’s receipt book at the Lauralee Guest House on St. Charles Avenue. George imitated the stick men, known as Dixie Doodles, from the Dixie Beer ad campaign of the time, which proved to his doting mother, Josephine, that her little boy was a child prodigy.