“Culture delivered on a daily basis.” -Steve Porter, Visual Artist

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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.

Enlist! Art Goes to War, 1914-1918 Exhibition
1 August 2014 - 11 November 2018

One hundred years ago, on 28 July 1914, the earth exploded in what would be known as World War I, or The Great War.   When it ended on 11 November 1918, as many as 37 million combatants and civilians were dead.   The world changed greatly during the war, as well as afterward.   It even affected art.   A single image and a spare number of just the right words could have a large effect on the human mind.   Posters displayed on walls and in windows became the major force in prompting men to enlist, women to join the Red Cross or become nurses, and families to save commodities - all in the effort to win the war.

On 1 August 2014, the Norton opened a four-year exhibition, Enlist! Art Goes to War (1914-1918).   Throughout the exhibition you'll see original posters and learn about life in the city of Shreveport and in Caddo and Bossier Parishes during the conflict, including the men from here who gave their lives in the trenches of France.

17 January - 4 March 2018

Art and music have had a long and compelling relationship. Baroque refers equally to the paintings of Caravaggio and the symphonies of Bach, while the impressionism of Monet’s images of Giverny is echoed by the impressionism of musical works like Debussy’s Clair de Lune. On a more personal level, who among us hasn’t accessed an internal soundtrack when walking through an art museum, or been irrepressibly reminded of a particular artwork when listening to a certain song. With that idea in mind, we asked a selection of local musicians, artists, and community members to choose a work in the Norton’s permanent collection and pair it with a song or other musical piece that he or she felt best reflected the art. This exhibition is the result. As you view the art, you can access the accompanying playlist either through scanning the QR code, or with the steps outlined in our brochure. Enjoy! We did. 

20 January - 4 March 2018

Art Is ... imagination ... creativity ... talent ... or, as artist Georgia O’Keeffe put it, a chance to make your unknown known. This year, the Norton offered that opportunity to high school students throughout the region and the results were spectacular. Submissions came in from Shreveport and Bossier City, but also from Monroe, Natchitoches, and Ruston. With 75 amazing pieces to choose from, the jury had some hard choices to make, but at last winnowed it down to the twenty marvelous works seen here. We hope you enjoy this display by artists present and artists future! 

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  • 1 March 2018 at 10:00 am

Mommy & Me Yoga

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24 March 2018 from 10:00 am-3:00 pm 

BLOOM! Festival

Each year the R.W. Norton Art Gallery holds the multi-day BLOOM! Festival.  The festival aims to provide cross-generational education, focusing on the 43 acres of Botanical Gardens housed on the R.W. Norton Art Gallery property.  The museum partners with Master Gardeners, local enthusiast, and education based nonprofits from across the region to bring information to the community.  Everyone from children, novice gardeners, and master gardeners alike will find something to experience at this festival. 

2018 BLOOM Poster .pdf (5.6MB)

Bloom! 2018 Map .pdf (852.4KB)

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.

Our next movie will be "FernGully: The Last RainForest" on March 23rd

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Social Media

Check out the following events, posts and images currently available in our social media channels.
"I see skies of blue and clouds of white

The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night

And I think to myself what a wonderful world" .
We are finally having some beautiful weather! Come take a walk ...
UH OH! Someone has lost their friend. Don't worry, Elmo is safe and sound. He took a little trip around the gardens and even helped feed the chickens! We'd love to return him to his owner, as we're sure he's ...
"Arts education is a big part of building a 21st century creative mind, and I think that we have let way too many kids lose their way by not drawing in their young minds with music, dance, painting and the ...
Today-Chinese New Year- marks the beginning of the Year of the Dog on the Chinese zodiac calendar. 🐶 .
Here are some of our favorite pooches from our collection. Can you find them on your next visit to the ...
Seeing people (students or museum patrons) sketch or draw in the museum and gardens is always such a treat for us! Here, a Centenary College of Louisiana student, was visiting the museum and sketching Angelica Kauffman's masterpiece, "Calypso Calling heaven ...
Thank you Shreveport Magazine for the wonderful article highlighting the amazing "behind the scenes" staff here at the Norton. So many people only see the finished product and don't think about all the people that make it happen. From the ...
"Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss" by Antonio Canova
❤️ "Psyche Revived by Cupid's Kiss" is a sculpture by Antonio Canova first commissioned in 1787 by Colonel John Campbell. It is regarded as a masterpiece of Neoclassical sculpture, but shows the ...