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LSU Alexandria offering day trip for "Picturing the Bible..." exhibit

Released: 12/23/2007

LSU at Alexandria students and the public are invited to join faculty members Eamon Halpin and Jeremy Simmons on the university’s “cultural initiative” day trip to Fort Worth on Feb. 9 to see “Picturing the Bible: The Earliest Christian Art,” an exhibit of the earliest works illustrating the Old and New Testaments.

“This is a landmark exhibit at the Kimbell Art Museum,” said Halpin, professor of English and chairman of the Chancellor’s Arts and Humanities Committee. “It includes major loans from the Vatican, the Bargello and Laurentian Library in Florence, the British Museum, the Louvre, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.” The trip also will include a visit to Amon Carter Museum to see its extensive collection of American art and photography.

The tour group will travel by chartered bus with a limit of 45 participants. Tickets are $12 and cover admission to the exhibits and transportation. The registration deadline is noon on Feb. 7. Registration is through the LSUA Department of Continuing Education at 473-6495.

“This is an incredible opportunity to see some of the most revered art in history,” said Simmons, assistant professor of fine arts. “It’s quite rare to see an exhibit of this sort from many of the world’s premiere collections.”

The university’s cultural initiative program is funded by the Bolton Endowment, which supports art exhibits, lectures and performing arts activities. The Chancellor’s Arts and Humanities Committee develops specific events, which included a trip to the Texas Renaissance Festival in the fall.

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