Due to the confirmed presence of Covid-19 in the Shreveport community, the R. W. Norton Art Gallery will be closed to the public effective Saturday 14 March through Sunday 19 April. We feel that honoring this threat to the health of the public and our staff by closing is the least we can do, however conservative this action may appear to some. Please visit our website at www.rwnaf.org or follow us on social media for any updates to this schedule as the local situation evolves.
In order to comply with Governor Edwards’s state-wide Stay at Home Order issued 22 March, the R. W. Norton Art Gallery is closing its gardens to the Public until further notice. This includes both the gardens behind the museum building and that portion located on the west side of Creswell Ave. between Southfield Rd. and Thora Ave. This will take effect the evening of 22 March at our normal closing time. Stay safe and stay home.
The R.W. Norton Art Gallery houses an exceptional collection of art spanning more than four millennia. Since its opening in 1966, the museum has become particularly well-known around the country for its impressive collections of works by those titans of western art, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. The R.W. Norton Art Gallery is a teaching museum that uses the art to encourage community participation in thoughtful interpretations and discussions.
In the early 1920's, Richard W. Norton (1886-1940) became one of the discoverers of the Rodessa Oil Field in north Louisiana. Over time, Mr. Norton's wife and son began to amass a significant collection of fine art. In 1946, to honor Mr. Norton and for the benefit of the community, Richard W. Norton, Jr. (1919-1974) and his mother, Mrs. Richard W. Norton (1886-1975) created the R.W. Norton Art Foundation. In turn, the Foundation eventually established the R.W. Norton Art Gallery, basing its initial collection upon donations from the acquisitions of the Nortons. Today, due to the on-going efforts of the Board of Control and the Foundation's work, the R.W. Norton Art Gallery's offerings continue to expand, grow, and contribute to their community.
Born in England, Moran came to America as a child. Originally trained as a lithographer, he became one of the key artists of the later phase of the Hudson River School; his paintings of Yellowstone were shown to Congress to bolster the case for a National Parks system. This style of painting using only black and white pigments is known as grisaille. Painters used it to show off their drafting abilities since color could not be used to disguise inaccuracies, but also because black-and-white works were easier to transfer to a printing medium for the proliferation of new magazines and journals that paid them for their illustrations.