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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

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. 

Please join us on 31 May to experience the bountiful imagination and inspirational storytelling of Ann George at the OPENING RECEPTION FROM 5:00-7:00 PM. 

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

Happening Soon


Tuesday, 25 June 2019



 24 May 2019  /  4:00-8:00 PM





Saturdays, 1 June - 22 June 2019 





Saturday, 22 June 2019 






25 June 2019 / 6:00-7:00 PM

























Family Food Truck Night

Tuesday, June 25th from 5:00-8:00 pm

Join The Hot Dawg Hut and Sweetport at the museum on Tuesday, June 25th, 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! 






Kick Off to Summer

Friday, 24 May 2019  /  4:00-8:00 PM

Sumer is icumen in. Lhude sing cuccu! For those of you not conversant in Middle English - “Hooray, it’s summer!” And we at the Norton are especially excited this year by the summer-inspired range of activities we’re offering in celebration of the season’s start. On Friday, May 24th, 2019, we’re planning a fun-filled line-up for visitors, including activities with the Bossier Parish Library, the Red River Wildlife Refuge, and others from 5:00-8:00 pm. We’ll start off the evening with lawn games, lay on music across the grounds, and for those feeling a little peckish, food trucks will be at the ready on our drive. As it grows darker, we can all sit down with our popcorn and drinks and watch the 1993 coming-of-age comedy, The Sandlot, about the trials and tribulations of the members of a kids’ “sandlot” baseball team. Join us to bring in the new season – maybe we’ll even hear a cuckoo or two in the trees! 



Yoga in the Gardens

Saturdays  /  1 June - 22 June 2019  /  10:30 AM

Join us in the R.W. Norton Art Gallery’s botanical gardens to explore various styles of yoga with certified instructor, Quinn Strong. Expect to feel engaged and relaxed as we move between Gentle, Vinyasa, and Yin Fusion yogas. These classes are open welcoming to all levels of yogi’s. Immerse yourself in the gardens with us and let go!
Quinn Strong will be offering a four-week session with Saturday classes from 10:30 to 11:30 am on June 1, 8, 15, and 22 at a cost of $40.00 for all four classes. Drop-in classes are available for purchase at the Norton's front desk for $12 if you don't want to purchase the 4 class package.

Class will meet in the museum lobby at 10:15 am and walk together to the gardens. 



The Wonderful World of...Mom-tography

featuring Ivy French of Ivy B Photography

Saturday, 22 June 2019 / 10:00 AM-2:00 PM

Want to learn how to use that fancy camera that you got yesterday....or let's be honest, years ago, but were just too intimidated by all the buttons on it? Want to learn how to take better photos of your kids, family, and friends?The R.W. Norton Art Gallery is thrilled to team up with Ivy French of Ivy B Photography for a class that will teach you the basics of photography and your camera! Join us on Saturday, 22 June, from 10:00 am-2:00 pm to learn how to capture that epic shot of your babies, how to read lighting to get that stunning light we all love, how to shoot indoors and outdoors, and, most importantly, how to work that camera that's just been collecting dust on your shelf!
We'll be providing lunch, stations for shooting, an epic class, question time, time to shoot on the Norton’s beautiful grounds, and some major fun. 



Midsummer Fairy & Gnome Walk

Tuesday, June 25th / 6:00-7:00 PM

The Norton's gardens are full of creativity, wit, and whimsy… a perfect place to read a story! Parents and kids, wear your fairy or gnome gear and join us and a special fairy friend for story time in the garden! After story time, we will explore the gardens and create our own fairy house for you to take home. 





2019 Summer Camps

Popcorn and Philosophy: A Big Thoughts Camp

June 24-28, 2019

Come join us for an introduction to philosophical thought for high school students. We will meet some of Western Civilization's greatest thinkers and explore their ideas through the medium of popular Hollywood movies. From Plato to Augustine to Nietzsche, this week-long summer program will engage students in round-table discussions led by Rev. Dr. Jason Foster on the emergence and development of several major schools of philosophical thought. Along with these exchanges, we'll be grabbing some popcorn and watching these ideas come to life on the big screen in movies such as Smallfoot and The Dark Knight. So, please join us for a fun and informative introduction to some of history's biggest thoughts and thinkers. 



Camp of Games

Session 1: July 8-12, 2019  /  Session 2: July 15-19, 2019

Join our Camp of Games as we teach some new dogs old tricks. From Apples to Apples to Yahtzee, we will spend the day learning and playing classic board and card games.Our Game Masters will captivate players with clever strategies as we play skill and chance-based adventures ranging from solitary games to group tournaments. So, put down the smartphones and the Playstation controllers and sign-up for some good old fashioned fun. 






2019 Summer Workshop Series

Ranger Terri Jacobson: Private Eye-Looking/Thinking by Analogy

10 June 2019 / 9:00 AM-3:30 PM

Look at a sweet gum ball and what do you see? Do you see craters of a moon or the beaks of baby birds? Use a jeweler's loupe, everyday objects, simple questions, and thinking by analogy to go REALLY close-up. Help your students to think like a scientist, observe like an artist, and write like a poet. Explore this acclaimed program for creativity and critical thinking across subjects for all grades. Discover a Wonder Curriculum – The Private Eye



Dr. Courtney Brown: Project Narrative

11 June 2019 / 9:00 AM-3:30 PM

Project Narrative, a collective research foci of Dr. Courtney A. Brown, is centered on both the academic and socio-emotional value of humanity’s individual and collective stories. Threading through generations, across cultures, and presented in diverse modalities, Project Narrative speaks profoundly to the foundational gateway narrative provides in accessing more complex types of writing and the resilience present in lived experiences.This workshop will take the participant on a magnificent journey from theory to practice employing strategies to fully unpack the integration between writing, literature, and informational text-based standards. Educational stakeholders in grades 3-11 will receive tools boosting their efficacy in helping students achieve success as writing narratives is a big part of the LEAP 2025 ELA exam. 



Micah Stewart & Julia Smith: Project Mu.S.E.-Strategies for Education

12 June 2019 / 9:00 AM-3:30 PM

Wednesday, June 12, 2019, the R.W. Norton Education Staff will present the closing session of Observations and Connections. As school districts focus more and more on citing evidence in written text, it has become imperative that educators provide students with the ability to read and cite evidence in visual texts. The R.W. Norton Art Gallery has addressed this by developing rwnaf ViTAL Skillssm as a strategy to promote varying modes of communication by providing all learners with the skills to make stronger connections within core curricular subjects. These ViTAL skills focus on using visual and tactile observations, as well as active listening to more accurately perceive the world around us. By first focusing on verbal discussions arising from what we see, hear, and say, we are then able to help students prepare narratives suitable for verbal and written communication. 



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:

May 24th: Kick Off to Summer and a showing of The Sandlot

June 7th: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

July 5th: The Princess and the Frog

August 2nd: Grease

September 6th: The Greatest Showman

October 4th: Little Shop of Horrors

October 18th: Hercules 

No Pets Allowed at this Event