“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. 

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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?








The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in World War II

Presented by The Alta and John Franks Foundation 

1 September 2018 - 13 January 2019

On December 8, 1941, just one day after the Pearl Harbor attacks, the United States officially entered World War II—Louisiana, however, was already front and center in the country’s defense preparations. From 1940 to 1945, Louisiana’s war efforts triggered massive changes throughout the state and the country, and these wartime experiences laid the groundwork for the new, postwar world that emerged from the 20th century’s greatest struggle.

The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in World War II tells that story. Throughout the exhibit's run, we will be holding public programming focused on Louisiana's role in World War II.Presented by The Alta and John Franks Foundation. 

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31 August 2018 from 5:00 - 7:00 pm

Opening Reception

The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in World War II

On 31 August 2018, the R.W. Norton Art Gallery celebrates Louisiana’s contributions to the war with our opening reception for the “The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in World War II” from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Visitors get to hear the Victory Belles, a charming trio with harmonies similar to the Andrews Sisters, warble classic World War II songs like “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” and “I’ll Be Seeing You in Apple Blossom Time” while nibbling on hors d’oeuvres and sipping cocktails from the cash bar.

Presented by The Alta and John Franks Foundation in association with The National WWII Museum in New Orleans, the visiting exhibition features photographs and artifacts from Louisiana’s contribution to the war, which was a substantial one. Even before Pearl Harbor, Louisiana engaged in preparation for war and from 1940 to 1945 hosted the largest maneuvers in U.S. military history. During the war, the state saw enormous changes to its industrial base, including production of the famous Higgins Boats, and experienced great economic changes leading to a new, postwar world. Curators from The National WWII Museum will be attending and available to answer questions. Please join us for this commemoration of a key moment in Louisiana history – and a good time!  

Submission Deadline: 3 December 2018





2019 ART IS... Juried Show

Submission Deadline: 3 December 2018

ART IS… will showcase three categories of art by high school and college students drawn from a 100 mile radius of Shreveport. From precisely copying master painters from the R.W. Norton Art Gallery’s permanent collection to exploring personal limits of creative freedom, these artists will participate in a juried competition from which no more than 50 pieces will be selected for exhibit at the Norton from 26 January - 3 March 2019. 

The categories include: Craft, Interpretation, and Freedom. 

You can find all details and information in the application packet below. If you have any questions please contact Emily Feazel at or (318) 865-4201 ext 130.

2019 ART IS... Information Packet and Application 


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


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. 

Movie Schedule: 

Cinderella- September 7th starting at 8:00 pm

Monty Python and the Holy Grail- October 5th 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