Cur Non President's Circle Opening Reception

  • June 16, 2023 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Acadiana Center for the Arts - general

    101 W Vermilion St
    Lafayette, Louisiana 70501-6915
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Please join Acadiana Center for the Arts for a reception and private view of the forthcoming group exhibition in celebration of the Lafayette Parish Bicentennial titled Cur Non.

Attendees at this exclusive event will get an after hours preview of the exhibition and will have an opportunity to meet and toast the artists and the guest curator, French-Algerian artist & curator, Camille Farrah Lenain. AcA's curator will be on hand for personal tours through the evening.

Complimentary beverages and entertainment will be provided.

About the exhibition: 

In celebration of the Lafayette Parish Bicentennial, Acadiana Center for the Arts presents a group exhibition of Louisiana artists juried by French-Algerian artist & curator Camille Farrah Lenain. Artists from our AcA community have been invited to submit work inspired by the motto of Lafayette Parish's namesake, the Marquis de Lafayette, “Cur Non.” Emblazoned on the Marquis’ coat-of-arms, Cur Non is a Latin phrase meaning “Pourquois Pas” or “Why Not?" The Marquis considered this a personal motto and way of life. This audacious approach to life led the Marquis to global renown through both the American and French Revolutionary Wars.

"Cur Non" will resonate as a statement of the artworks being made at this contemporary moment within the practices of artists in our community. With this prompt, AcA has invited artists to challenge themselves in their craft, to take chances within what they imagine for themselves, and to dwell on the intersection of the many cultures and histories that make up contemporary Lafayette.

The exhibition will open to the public in the AcA Main Gallery from June 10, 2023 and be on view through August 12, 2023.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with The Lafayette Parish Bicentennial 

Thank you to our generous Host Committee: 

Barbara & Tom Black

Lisa & Chuck Boudreaux

Lacie & Scott Chappuis

Dan Hare

Dr. Mary Neiheisel

Carolyn & William "Kip" Schumacher

Michael Soileau & Thomas Ude

Date & Time

Fri, Jun 16, 2023 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Venue Details

Acadiana Center for the Arts - general

101 W Vermilion St
Lafayette, Louisiana 70501-6915 Acadiana Center for the Arts - general
Acadiana Center for the Arts

Our mission is fostering art and culture in Acadiana.

Founded in 1975, Acadiana Center for the Arts (“AcA”) is a community-supported nonprofit organization that fosters art and culture in Acadiana. Since its founding, AcA has developed as a major force, shaping the future of public education and community development in South Louisiana.

AcA supports the creation of new works of art, exhibits, festivals, performances, and public art across an eight-parish region that includes Acadia, Evangeline, Iberia, Lafayette, St. Landry, St. Martin, St. Mary, and Vermilion Parishes.  

AcA aims to bring equitable access to the arts and supports fair compensation of artists. On average, AcA serves over 300,000 people annually and provides fair compensation to 2,700 artists.  

In 2013, the AcA merged with the Performing Arts Society of Acadiana (“PASA”), whose mission was to educate, inspire, entertain, and culturally enrich the people of south Louisiana by providing local access to a diverse range of the performing arts. This merger supported the vision of both organizations and provided much-needed support to PASA’s programs. Founded in 1989, PASA served as a leading voice in the performing arts in South Louisiana for close to three decades.

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