“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

ENLIST! Art Goes to War

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.


8 June - 19 August 2018

While tattooing has been considered somewhat risqué, if not outré, in the Western world during the 20th century, for most of human history, it’s been a respected and meaningful form of human adornment. The earliest tattoos ever found are the therapeutic dots and crosses on the “Iceman”, a 5,200-year-old frozen mummy. High-born Egyptian women decorated themselves from 4,000 to 1,200 B.C. while other ancient cultures that practiced the art include Scythians (the earliest fleshly depictions of ornately decorated mythical animals), Chinese, Native Americans of both the North and South continents, and, perhaps most famously, the Maori of New Zealand. The name comes from another Polynesian culture: the Tahitian word “tatatau” or “tattau” for “to hit or strike”. In Europe tattoos retained an air of the exotic and even forbidden, which endeared them to fashion mavens like Jennie Churchill (mother of Winston), who was said to bear a colorful snake on her wrist. Inked offers images of ornamentation in the flesh from across the globe, celebrating the artistic expressions we engrave into our skin. 



8 June - 19 August 2018

What does it mean to be human? Is it what you do for a living? is it the color of your skin? In this photographic exhibition, artist Hunter Sloan, explores those questions.

Who are we?

What do people see when they look at us?






Monsters, Myths, & Legends

20 June - 22 July 2018

Legends, myths, and posters have always inspired artists. Throughout his career, artist George Rodrigue breathed visual life into these stories, using his imagination to invent images and scenes associated with the tales, particularly those of the Cajun people. As a young boy in New Orleans, Louisiana, George’s mother warned him, “If you’re not good today, the loup-garou will eat you tonight!” Years later, it was Rodrigue’s artistic interpretation of the loup-garou that launched his iconic Blue Dog series.
For the 2018 Scholarship Art Contest, the George Rodrigue Foundation for the Arts invited Louisiana high school juniors and seniors to use their creativity to bring a monster, myth, or legend to life through an original work of art. We encouraged students to explore their local and regional folklore like George Rodrigue did; however, they were also welcome to create their own unique monster, myth, or legend through their art.
Over 650 students entered the contest, and, after two round of judging, 16 talented young artists were chosen to share $45,250 in college scholarships. The student finalists in this exhibition represent many cities across Louisiana including Baton Rouge, Homer, Shreveport, Hammond, Lake Charles, New Orleans, Jefferson, Cut Off, Breaux Bridge, Covington, Boutte, and Lafayette.  

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Friday, 20 July, 6:00 - 9:00 pm



Saturday, 28 July, 10:00 am-1:00 pm

Expecto! A Harry Potter Dinner Experience

Friday, 20 July 2018 from 6:00 - 9:00 pm

Are you a brave, chivalrous Gryffindor, or an intelligent, witty Ravenclaw? Maybe you’re a Hufflepuff who values patience, loyalty, and fair play, or a Slytherin who prizes cunning and resourcefulness. If you don’t know now, you can find out from 6 to 9 p.m. on July 20th when Norton Square at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery is transformed into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. All guests will be sorted into the appropriate house and a four-course dinner will be served along with themed cocktails. But for die-hard Potter fans, the real draw is a chance to play for your house in a series of challenges. Tickets are $65 per person with a limited number available. If not quite a game of Quidditch, this is certainly the next best thing in Shreveport!

Must be 21 or over to attend.

**Costumes extremely encouraged! 


Sprinkler Day at the Norton

Saturday, 28 July 2018 from 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

We all know that it is very hot outside and we certainly need a break from the heat. Have you ever driven by the museum while the sprinklers are running? Most parents think about the water bill, but most children see the magical time they could have running and playing.
Saturday, July 28, 2018, is your chance to enjoy the experience of playing in the R.W. Norton Art Gallery sprinklers. From 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. the sprinklers on the South Lawn of the gardens will be turned on just for your families to enjoy. Bring towels, chairs, and sunscreen and be ready to play!
Food Trucks:
Ono's Traditional Hawaiian Cuisine
The Hot Dawg Hut
Diamond Catering
Happy Belly's Italian Ice Factory 

Mommy and Me Yoga

Mommy and Me Yoga is a great way to bond with your child and other mothers in the community. This is a gentle yoga class where we sing, laugh, and breathe. This class is for babies 2 months to 4 years of age. 

This is a free class. Donations are always appreciated and mats will be available for $1. Come enjoy yoga and then enjoy a stroll through the the museum. After, have lunch on the grounds with your new Mom friends. Let’s make our FIRST THURSDAYS a beautiful experience! Class is from 10:00-10:30 am and led by Little You Yoga.

Class Schedule: July 5, August 2, September 6, October 4, November 1, December 6


Friday, June 15, 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: Annie on July 6th starting at 8:00 pm

Food trucks available from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm (Check our social media for a list of trucks.)

No Pets Allowed at this Event