Since 1964, the LSU Student Union Art Gallery has been bringing cultural and educational exhibits and programs to the Baton Rouge community. Located in the very heart of the Student Union, the gallery draws a wide range of visitors, from students to faculty and staff to community members to school groups. All of the exhibits are free and open to the public, including the receptions and programs that accompany each show.
During the fall and spring semesters, the Union Art Advisory Committee meets once a month to approve proposed exhibits and programs. The Committee was inspired to select the Chuck Jones exhibit, What's Up, Doc?: The Animated Art of Chuck Jones, based on the number of youth groups and families that visit LSU during the summer. They have already had an overwhelming positive response from the thousands of freshman orientation attendees who find their way into the gallery every week.
With the help of the gallery collection manager, Hugh O'Connor, they were able to supplement the over 100 original sketches and animation cels with memorabilia items from the past 40 years to demonstrate the pervasiveness of Jones's creations in American pop culture.
They have also set up two televisions on opposite ends of the gallery, which play Chuck Jones biographies and interviews along with many of his best known cartoons, including a sampling of classic Looney Tunes shorts, Tom and Jerry, and Rikki Tikki Tavi.
At the far end of the gallery, they have provided a "make your own character mask" station for our younger guests as well as a memory board where visitors can share their favorite Chuck Jones moments.
In mid-July (tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, July 17) the gallery will host some educational programs, including a lecture on the history of animation by Yeon Choi of University of Louisiana at Lafayette; a panel discussion on the works of Chuck Jones; and a presentation by Jones's grandson, Craig Kausen. For more information on the exhibit or the gallery, please visit www.lsu.edu/union.