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Special Exhibitions

The R.W. Norton Art Gallery hosts numerous exhibitions and events throughout the year.
We are proud to host both family-friendly community events and events for the 21-and-older crowd.

1 June - 18 August 2019




Shown Above: The Cape by Andrea Kowch

Ann George: Seasons of Self

1 June - 18 August 2019

Small town life in Louisiana has been responsible for a remarkable number of artistic careers, not least that of the nationally known, award-winning Ann George. Rapides Parish provided her earliest influences and inspirations: as she says, Louisiana’s modest roots, southern values, and storytelling carved the landscape of my life. I am her daughter and whether or not one sees Louisiana in one of my images is irrelevant, She is always there. George uses her camera, paper, ink, and paint to create photographic fusions that tell stories through her use of imagery. She has divided her new exhibition “Seasons of Self” into three distinct project areas. The first, “Flight Behavior: A Murder of Crows” allows her imagery to reflect that of a bird’s flight; it's an allegorical team or "murder of crows" of support as it labors to accomplish its ultimate goal. The second, “The Three Chapters of Illumination: God Calling” represents a metaphorical journey towards liberated living. Finally, “Fine and Damage” contains works in vintage, found and collected frames that, even in their imperfection, still have a purpose enveloping amazing multi-media works. Many take their imagery from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem of Louisiana, Evangeline. 



Contemporary Art: Society's Mirror

Now on view in the South Wing as part of the permanent collection

Welcome to the new Contemporary Gallery. This renovation of this gallery has been a labor of love and we could not be more excited to re-open this room to the public. Here, out of the 15 pieces of art on display, you will see 11 pieces of art that have never been displayed before. And, all done by incredibly talented living artists! Kadir NelsonAndrea KowchDaniel Mark Cassity, and Karen Whitman Artist / Printmaker are just a few that will dazzle and delight you with their use of color, lighting, and technique as you wander the room. Please make sure to stop by and see for yourself.


The 9: Muses and the Art of Passion

Juried Exhibition


Submission Deadline: 1 September 2019

The nine daughters of Zeus have inspired and nurtured artists for thousands of years and now, the R. W. Norton Art Gallery is returning the favor - for what would a museum contain, or even be called, if not for the Muses? Brought to life to celebrate the Olympian victory over the Titans and to provide solace for sorrows past, each Muse is endowed with a unique Aspect and Attribute governing a distinct domain within the Arts (see application for full list). 

We are seeking artists willing to create a work of art inspired by one or more of these nine Muses for a juried, prize-winning art show at the Norton. This art, whether based on a Muse as an individual, or her Aspect and Attribute, or a combination of both, or more, needs only to communicate something “Muse” to be suitable for submission. There will be two $1,000 prizes (People’s Choice and Director’s Pick) awarded at the end of the show. So, please join us in honoring and celebrating our love for the Arts, however inspired.  

Download Application HERE

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Friday, 16 August 2019

Opening/Closing Reception

Friday  /  16 August 2019  /  5:00-7:00 PM

The Norton Bids Farewell to “Seasons of Self” and  Welcome to Two Newly-Renovated Spaces   As usual, there are intriguing things happening at the Norton. For those of you who enjoyed the innovative imagery of Ann George, we offer a chance to salute the closing of her exhibition “Seasons of Self” with complimentary drinks, light hors d’oeuvres, and stimulating conversation on August 16, 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m. And at the same time, please join us in celebrating the opening of our new Contemporary Art Gallery and Natural World Gallery in the South Wing. Featuring stunning paintings like Andrea Kowch’s The Cape and imaginative linocuts like Donna Diamond’s Clay and Smoke and Karen Whitman’s Midtown Mambo, the Contemporary space is full of thought-provoking images and intriguing modern techniques. Located in the old Doll Room, the new Natural World showcases all things nature. From fine art to decorative art and from canvas to clay, we will be rotating pieces from our permanent collection through this beautiful space on a regular basis. This open house is a great opportunity to pick a new favorite among the many works of the Norton – or to visit an old one. 

Wednesday, 28 August 2019


Friday, 30 August 2019






 Saturday, 7 September 2019





 Friday, 13 September 2019





Family Food Truck Night

Wednesday  /  28 August 2019  /   5:00-8:00 PM

Join The Hot Dawg Hut, Bayou Bistreaux, and Sweetport at the museum on Tuesday, July 30th, for an evening of family, food and fun. Bring a blanket and a soccer ball or football and enjoy the evening relaxing under the Norton's beautiful trees all while enjoying a delicious hot dawg, yummy cajun dishes, and tasty ice cream! 





That Day: Pictures in the American West by Laura Wilson

Opening Reception

Friday  /  30 August 2019  /  5:00-7:00 PM

Famed Texas writer Larry McMurty wrote: “Laura Wilson has an ever-searching eye for the bleak beauty of the West – for its bleak reality, too. These singular photographs mirror her admiration for the stubborn strength of those who occupy such hard places.” The Norton is proud to present “That Day: Laura Wilson” from August 30 to October 13, 2019 with an opening reception held on August 30th from 5 to 7 p.m. Ms. Wilson is a remarkable photographer whose interest in the West expanded greatly after she moved to Texas and in 1979 was hired to assist renowned photographer Richard Avedon with his classic In the American West project. For her own exhibition and book collection, she chose 72 photographs that display the diversity of Western lives, from the Hutterites in Montana to the Oglala Sioux in South Dakota, to those living in the borderland towns and those following a still-surviving way of life as ranchers and cowboys. Please join us for this stunning exhibition of photography that was chosen by the Dallas Morning News as one of the top five of 2015 


The Wonderful World of...Intermediate Photography

Saturday  /  7 September 2019  /  10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Ready to go further with your photography? The Norton is offering a class designed for those that already know the camera basics but want a refresher in shutter speed, aperture, and ISO before moving on to learning lighting, posing, and editing. You'll walk away from this class knowing how to edit your images, how to embrace and make that vision you see in your head come to life, how to capture your babies, clients, or whomever and whatever your subject is in the best way possible! Our goal in creating this class is to offer a hands-on experience that is laid back & fun, but informative. Too many times, classroom-type settings or workshops are intimidating, overwhelming, and you walk away feeling frustrated and poorer. That will not happen with this class! You'll have Ivy B at your full disposal in an atmosphere that is judgement free and a blast! So, sign up now to get in on this incredible deal! We can't wait to see you there! 

More information and tickets available HERE 


Little Corporal on the Big Screen Opening Reception

Friday  /  13 September 2019  /  5:00-7:00 PM

The James Smith Noel Collection and the R.W. Norton Art Gallery are proud to present “Little Corporal on the Big Screen: The Film Posters of Napoleon Bonaparte”, a unique exhibition of 35 original posters and other film artifacts from countries as diverse as Argentina, Belgium, Cuba, Egypt, England, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Russia, the U.S. and, of course, France based on the famed French emperor. On display from September 13 to October 13, 2019, the show will be heralded by an opening reception and talks at the Norton on September 13 from 5:00-7:00 p.m. 

This is a free event open to all ages with complimentary drinks and light hors d'oeuvres. 

5:00-6:30 PM - Viewing of the Exhibition

6:30-7:00 PM -  Opening Talks by Michael Creswell (Florida State University) and Alexander Mikaberidze (LSU-S)


Twilight Talkies

Join us for our Twilight Talkies series the first Friday of each month! Starting in April and lasting through October we show a family friendly movie on the front lawn of the museum for FREE!!  Bring your chairs and blankets and enjoy a movie under the stars.  Sing, dance, and have a GREAT time! Local food trucks will be on hand with yummy treats to enjoy.  Movies start at dusk. 

Food trucks available from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Check our social media for a list of trucks.)

2019 Schedule:

September 6th: The Greatest Showman

October 4th: Little Shop of Horrors

October 18th: Hercules 

No Pets Allowed at this Event