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Top-floor water leak floods lower levels of Shaw Center, including LSU art gallery

1 month 21 hours 30 minutes ago Wednesday, July 13 2022 Jul 13, 2022 July 13, 2022 4:51 PM July 13, 2022 in News
Source: WBRZ
Photo: Shaw Center

BATON ROUGE - A water leak on the top level of the Shaw Center for the Arts caused the closure of Tsunami Sushi and the LSU Museum of Art.

Museum director Daniel Stetson said a water leak from the floor above caused water come down from the ceilings, causing damage to the ceilings, walls, cabinetry and floors in four different galleries in the 15,000 square-foot space. 

Two new exhibits, Blurring Boundaries: The Women of American Abstract Artists, 1936 – Present and Mario Moore: Responding to History, were set to open July 14 but were pushed back. 

Stetson said no art was damaged during the water incident. Crews are working with dehumidifiers and fans to draw the water out of the space. 

Chief Curator Michelle Schulte said nine staff members worked for two hours removing the art and putting it into storage, which was unaffected.

Schulte said a high-pressure water valve feeding into a water heater ruptured, causing the flooding. 

The museum was reopened July 19. 

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