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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.

Pastoral Promises

Special Exhibition • 30 May - 4 August 2024

I long for rural and domestic scenes, for the warbling of Birds ... As much as I converse with Sages and Heroes, they have very little of my Love or Admiration ... -John Adams to Abigail Adams, 1777

Pastoral themes have been depicted in literature, music, poetry, and fine art throughout mankind’s history. These idealized rural settings with their languid livestock were quite popular in the early 19th century, especially in Germany, England, and France. American artists also contributed to the growing popularity of this genre with their portrayals of idyllic landscapes, noble peasants, and cattle and sheep offering an escape from the rapidly urbanizing cities. These artists explored the romance of an untouched nature and simple country life in serene settings, unsullied by the damaging effects of industrial progress. Ironically, the artworks of this genre were often favored by wealthy patrons, who had made their fortunes in the very same noisy, crowded cities they longed to escape.

From sheep and cows to rolling verdant hills and fields of wildflowers, the Elysian scenes featured in Pastoral Promises are sure to transport you to a simpler and slower time.  

NATURALish featuring Jared Chapman

Special Exhibition • 30 May - 4 August 2024

Jared Chapman is the author-illustrator of the popular books Vegetables in Underwear and Fruits in Suits. Other books he has written and illustrated include: Steve, Raised by Wolves, Pirate, Viking & Scientist, T.Rex Time Machine and Seals Are Jerks. He is the illustrator of It’s Not My Fault by Jory John, the Didi Dodo series by Tom Angleberger, and the Crab & Snail series by Beth Ferry. Jared was born in Louisiana, grew up in Texas, went to college in Georgia, and now calls the piney woods of northeast Texas his home.  

The R.W. Norton Art Gallery invites you to join us for our new exhibition, NATURALish, featuring author and illustrator Jared Chapman. In the artist’s own words, NATURALish is about things I daydream when I’m supposed to be working. It’s also what I mindlessly draw when I’m doodling in my sketchbook to avoid doing other, more pressing stuff. Apparently, I procrastinate a lot. Books and documentaries about nature are nice, but they never answer the questions I have – like, how do horses spend their weekends or do rocks get along since they’re stuck on the ground together? The pieces in NATURALish are answers to those questions. It is also the reason why I will never be asked to teach Science in a public school.  

Sisters in Art: Women in Print

Special Exhibition • Women's Gallery

This spring, the Norton welcomes Women in Print, our latest Sisters in Art exhibition, to our permanent Women’s Gallery. This exhibition offers a delightful look at a baker’s dozen of women artists whose medium of choice is printmaking. It includes the rich and varied works of artists such as Kyra Markham, Christis Tirado, Inga Britta Mills, Karen Whitman, Deborah Maris Lader, Dame Laura Knight, Peggy Bacon, and Clare Leighton.

These women have employed printmaking to address topics as diverse as personal identity, social issues, and even the creative process itself. Among the works of art selected for this exhibition are a number of new additions to our permanent collection featured here for the first time.  

CLICK HERE for the Digital Catalogue

Melodious Masterpieces

Do you hear music when you look at a painting? Does a specific scene touch your heart and make you hum a melody? Well, if so, we ask you to join our amazing social media followers who helped curate Spotify playlists full of the songs they hear when looking at pieces from the Norton's permanent collection.

Be sure to follow us on SpotifyInstagram, and Facebook for more music challenges. 

A Day at the Museum Coloring Book

Welcome to the R.W. Norton Art Gallery's coloring book! 

CLICK HERE to download the full coloring book. 

Once you’ve had your way with the Crayolas, please share your creations with the world via social media, using the hashtag #colorthenorton 

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Pride Month Tour at the Norton

Thursday | 27 June 2024 | 1:30 PM

Please join us for a special tour of artists and artworks representing the queer community on 20 June at 1:30 pm. From Rosa Bonheur to Grant Wood, discover the LGBTQ+ pioneers in our collection who have left their mark on art history.

Free tickets can be reserved at HERE. 

Pastoral Promises and NATURALish Exhibition Tour

Friday | 28 June 2024 | 1:30 PM

Please join us for a tour of the Norton's summer exhibitions, Pastoral Promises and NATURALish featuring Jared Chapman

Free tickets can be reserved HERE. 

Summer Camps 2024


Gamp Camp

Join us for Game Camp and ignite some old school cool as we teach new dogs old tricks. From chess to Monopoly, we will spend the day playing classic board and card games. Your game masters will engage you in exercises for your brain as we participate in everything from solo to group games. So, put down the electronic devices and get ready to engage in some old fashioned fun. 

CLICK HERE • June 25-28: Game Camp Session 2 is for students who have completed 5th, 6th, or 7th grade. 

Times: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm • Location: 4747 Creswell Ave. Shreveport, LA 71106 • Fee: $30 

Scribes & Scribbles Camp

Join us as we explore and transmute art into words. Capitalizing on museum pieces for inspiration, we will use a variety of media to create art, poems, stories, word art, collage, journal writing, and more! 

CLICK HERE • July 9-12: Scribes & Scribbles 1 is for students who have completed 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade.  

CLICK HERE • July 16-19: Scribes & Scribbles 2 is for students who have completed 5th, 6th, or 7th grade. 

Times: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm • Location: 4747 Creswell Ave. Shreveport, LA 71106 • Fee: $30  

Art & Architecture Camp

If it were your job to construct a bridge that could hold hundreds of cars without falling down, how would you do it? What shapes, structures, and materials would you use to ensure your bridge was strong enough to handle the weight? How would it look?
Join us this summer to learn techniques engineers use in making sturdy structures out of simple materials. Experiment to learn which shapes hold the most weight, and which are easiest to make. In this camp, you’ll get to design, build, and then test your own bridge against other designs to see whose is strongest! 

CLICK HERE • July 23-26: Art and Architecture Camp is for students who have completed 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade.  

Times: 8:00 am - 12:00 pm • Location: 4747 Creswell Ave. Shreveport, LA 71106 • Fee: $30   

Twilight Talkies

Join us for our Twilight Talkies series on 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 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm (Check our social media for a list of trucks.)

No Pets Allowed at this Event

• September 6: Grease

• September 20: The Secret Life of Pets sponsored by Raising Cane's Chicken Fingers 

• October 11: Hocus Pocus sponsored by Ivy B Photography