Photograph by Wil Norwood

Rodneyna M. Hart has been instrumental in professionally developing art and cultural advancements in Louisiana for over ten years. After graduating from LSU in 2008, Hart worked as the Exhibitions Coordinator at the Baton Rouge Gallery – center for contemporary art, Preparator at the LSU Museum of Art, as the Exhibitions Manager at the Louisiana Art & Science Museum, and resident Curator and Art Manager of The Healthcare Gallery. In 2018, Hart reestablished and served as Executive Director for the not-for-profit organization Culture Candy. Advocating for more accessible, inclusive, and intersectional cultural spaces, Hart created pop-up art events open to all with an educational component providing professional development and resources to emerging artists.

Over the years, she has lent her voice to public speaking engagements and media promotions in support of building an enriched cultural community. Rodneyna has served on numerous history, arts, and culture boards and generously given her time, energy, and resources to various organizations and initiatives.  Rodneyna received a gubernatorial appointment to the Louisiana State Arts Council in 2017 and served as the Council’s representative on the Folklife Commission for Louisiana. In 2018, Rodneyna was nominated and chosen as one of Baton Rouge Business Report’s Forty Under 40. In 2019 she was selected as the winner of the coveted Mercedes Benz Prize for her 2018 Forty Under 40 class.

In January 2019, Rodneyna accepted the position of Division Director for the Louisiana State Museum overseeing the four regional museums in Baton Rouge, Thibodaux, Patterson, and Natchitoches. Hart adds structural support to further the success of each institution through programming, promotion, partnerships, and exhibitions that strategically meet the needs of the communities served.

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