Thibodaux, LA

Nicholls will improve Chauvin Sculpture Garden with a grant and a partnership

Pierre St-Jean

THIBODAUX, LA - Nicholls State University has received a $10,000 grant from the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area or ANHA to expand the Chauvin Sculpture Garden and Art Studio.

The funds will be used to install several new park benches and reinforce the wooden walkway so that it can withstand the sun and salt of a coastal environment. A group of Nicholls physiology students also collaborated with the LA Iris Conservation Initiative to beautify the paths along the sculpture garden walkways. They planted 300 native irises throughout the property with assistance from Friends of the Chauvin Sculpture Garden members.

The sculpture garden and art studio, which was Kenny Hill's home for a decade, features over 100 concrete structures built by Hill during that time. Nicholls received the land as a gift, and it was made public in 2002. Every day from dawn to dusk, the sculpture garden is open, and the art studio is open on weekends.

The ANHA was founded in 2006 and serves 14 parishes in south-central Louisiana. The program provides grants to help its partners in their region achieve the organization's goals. These goals include any activity that captures or benefits local traditions, customs, beliefs, history, folklore, lifeways, natural resources, and wildlife.

Dr. Gary Lafleur, director of the Center for Bayou Studies, stated that by preserving the Chauvin Sculpture Garden, Nicholls confirms its commitment to being the university closest to the coast, not only in terms of its physical footprint but also of its dedication to the residents, communities, and traditions of the Louisiana Coast.

For more information on the Chauvin Sculpture Garden, go to Nicholls’ website.

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