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Vernon Collection of Rare Artifacts to be Displayed

Released: 08/20/2010

A rare grouping of 31 sculptures and artifacts from the Arnold Aubert Vernon collection will be exhibited Aug. 27 through Oct. 8 at the Alexandria Museum of Art. An opening reception will be held Aug. 27 from 6:30- 8:30 p.m.

The majority of the collection is sculptures from pre-Columbian Meso-America, including pieces from the Mayan culture and indigenous people of what is now Central America. There are also pieces from Asia, including Buddhist statues and an ancient Chinese robe. The contemporary portion of the exhibit includes Shona-region sculptures from Zimbabwe and American works.

Museum curator Sara Fuhrer said the exhibit, all of which is three dimensional, represents pieces of antiquity not seen in Central Louisiana since the Heart of Spain Exhibit in 2003. Catalogs with descriptions and pictures of the exhibit will be available at the museum.

Vernon, a former resident of Alexandria who lives in California, has spent more than 50 years collecting artifacts, art and representative period objects. The collection on exhibit at the Alexandria Museum of Art has been donated to the LSUA Foundation and will be permanently displayed at various locations on the LSU Alexandria campus.

“Mr. Vernon has spent a lifetime amassing this collection, some of which is more than 2,000 years old. We are very pleased that he has chosen to make this extremely significant gift to LSUA during our Golden Anniversary year celebration,” said Dr. David Manuel, chancellor. “It will have a lasting impact on our students and Central Louisiana.”

The museum, which is near Alexandria City Hall on Main Street, is open Tuesday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additional information is available by calling 443-3458.