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

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 that a water leak from the floor above caused water to run down the ceilings and caused damage to ceilings, walls, cabinets and floors in four different galleries in the 15,000-square-foot space.

Two new exhibitions, Blurring Boundaries: The Women of American Abstract Artists, 1936 – Present and Mario Moore: Responding to History, were scheduled to open Thursday but have been postponed.

Stetson said no art was damaged during the water incident. Crews work with dehumidifiers and fans to pull the water out of the room.

Chief curator Michelle Schulte said nine employees worked two hours to remove and store the artworks, which was unaffected.

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

Stetson said he hopes to reopen the museum by Tuesday.

Stroubes, Manship Theatre, LSU MOA Store, Glassell Gallery, Capital City Grill and PJs Coffee are still open.

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