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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.










Heart of the Matter: The Celebration of the Essential in Everyday Life

25 October - 15 December 2019

The multifaceted  James Michalopoulos, who brings his art to the R.W. Norton Art Gallery in Heart of the Matter: The Celebration of the Essential in Everyday Life from October 25 to December 15, 2019, is a painter, sculptor, distiller, art director, preservationist, and philanthropist. Born James Mitchell in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he changed his named back to the original Greek of his  immigrant father, a prominent architect, but followed the career path of his uncle, Abstract Expressionist William Baziotes. Like many artists who found a spiritual home in Louisiana, Michalopoulos often fuses jazz with his art and has been named official artist to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival six times. He also states, “There is a great deal of interest for me in the intersection of human activity and nature.” Michalopoulos’s brightly colored oil paintings frequently feature “exaggerated viewpoints and skewed perspectives” with the palette knives he so often uses providing texture in slabs of color. As he says, “My style is an abstraction of the figurative; I like color, volumetric shape, and graphic lines.” This makes for a vibrant, exciting art exhibit that we hope you will enjoy seeing at the Norton this fall. 



Create a Beautiful Life

17 January - 15 March 2020

As illustrator and author Eric Gill once said, “The artist is not a special kind of person; rather each person is a special kind of artist.” The Norton is pleased to present a display of the work of a very special kind of artists in “Create a Beautiful Life”, from January 17 to March 15, 2020. This inspiring exhibition consists of new works by the artists of Holy Angels and proves the truth of the phrase “differently abled” by making, as Georgia O’Keeffe put it, “their unknown known” through their self-expression on paper and canvas. These are true works from the heart and should prompt us all not only to appreciate them, but also to share in the artists’ conviction that while “Life is sometimes hard . . . when things get tough, this is what you should do – Make good art.” (quote courtesy of Neil Gaiman). So, please join us for this unique and inspirational exhibition as a bright new year begins. 



BLOOM! 2020

Submission Deadline  |  2 February 2020

The R.W. Norton Art Gallery is thrilled to open submissions to our 5th Annual BLOOM! Juried Exhibition!

Every year the Norton celebrates the season with a festival and juried exhibition focused on the beauty and natural wonder that comes with spring. See the application below for details and the rules and regulations for BLOOM! 2020. If you have any questions please contact Emily Feazel at 318-865-4201 ext 130 or

 CLICK HERE for application

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Create a Beautiful Life Opening Reception

17 January 2020  |  5:00-7:00 PM

“It’s a beautiful life” to paraphrase the line from the famous Frank Capra film and what a perfect way to celebrate the close of the holiday season. On January 17th from 5:00 to 7:00, please join us at the R.W. Norton Art Gallery for the opening reception of “Create a Beautiful Life”, an exhibition of artworks by some very special artists from Holy Angels Residential Facility. Sip complimentary drinks and nibble hors d’oeuvres while you chat with the remarkable creators of these works from the heart. These artists are living the conviction expressed by writer Neil Gaiman, “Life is sometimes hard . . . when things get tough, this is what you should do – Make good art.” It’s a wonderful inspiration for all our lives. Please join us to celebrate this bright beginning of a new year and a new decade. 

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.)

2020 Schedule Coming Soon

No Pets Allowed at this Event