“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.

  • 23 March - 6 May 2018

This spring, an explosion of color rocks the Norton inside and out. Just as our botanical gardens burst forth with blossoms, BLOOM! bestows upon us and exhibit of canvases crowded with pigmented petals. It all began with an invitation for submissions on a floral theme for a juried competition.

There were an astonishing 158 submissions this year from not only the Ark-La-Tex, but also south Louisiana, Texas, and as far away as North Carolina and New York, all wonderfully rendered versions of lovely flora seen from a variety of interpretations and perspectives. Because of the quality of all these submissions, it was truly difficult to select the forty-five which make up this year’s display. But, now you can enjoy the beauties of nature without the perils of pollen or bad weather as you stroll along through our garden-inspired galleries. 

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BLOOM! Festival

Each year the during the blooming of our gardens the R.W. Norton Art Gallery holds a multi-day BLOOM! Festival.  The free festival aims to provide cross-generational education, with a focus on bridging the art inside of the museum with the 43 acres of botanical gardens surrounding the R.W. Norton Art Gallery property.  The museum partners with master gardeners, master artists, nonprofit organizations, and community members from across the region to bring activities and information about the joys of nature and the arts. Everyone from young and young at heart to the novice and master gardeners will find something to learn and enjoy at this festival. 

No Pets Allowed at this Event

  • Friday March 23, 2018 - 10:00 am to 7:00 pm - Bloom! Art Exhibit and Flower Show 
  • Friday March 23, 2018 - 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm - Twilight Talkie: "FernGully: The Last Rainforest
  • Saturday March 24, 2018 - 10:00 am to 7:00 pm - Bloom! Art Exhibit and Flower Show 
  • Saturday March 24, 2018 - 10:00 am to 7:00 pm - Bloom! Festival 

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  • Sunday March 25, 2018 - 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Bloom! Art Exhibit and Flower Show 

  • Friday March 23, 2018 starting at 8:00 pm

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. 

Upcoming Movie: "FernGully: The Last RainForest" on March 23rd starting at 8:00 pm

Food trucks available from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Check our social media for a list of trucks.)

No Pets Allowed at this Event

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Social Media

Check out the following events, posts and images currently available in our social media channels.
"sweet spring is your
time is my time is our
time for springtime is love time
and viva sweet love”
-e.e. cummings

Photo Credit: @ivybphotography
#firstdayofspring #hellospring
“Beware the Ides of March” was famously scribbled by William Shakespeare in his play “Julius Caesar” as the ominous warning given by a soothsayer to the soon-to-be ex-Roman emperor as he made his way to the Capitol that fateful day ...
"Behold, my friends, the spring is come; the earth has gladly received the embraces of the sun, and we shall soon see the results of their love!" -Sitting Bull
Shown: "Spring Garden" by Edward Szmyd
#rwnortonartgallery #nortonartgallery #gardenlove ...
“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” -Pablo Picasso 🌻
The K-4 class from Mooringsport Elementary had a wonderful day exploring the museum, creating Van Gogh inspired artwork, and getting ...
“Whatchu lookin’ at?” Just our adorable new babies chickens! 🐥 Welcome to the squad ladies! #rwnortonartgallery #nortonartgallery #nortonchickens
The first buds of spring!! 🌸 .
Did you know that the Norton’s botanical gardens are home to over 15,000 azalea bushes?! Every spring the gardens erupt with color when these babies bloom. You don’t want to miss it. ...