“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

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.



The 5th Event: A Conversation in Louisiana

Installation by Danielle Weigandt

11 January - 27 January 2019

Going beyond just a clock on the wall, Ms. Weigandt seeks to make time, a seemingly invisible event, visible. Stemming from the idea that the process of creating the art is just as important as the object that is created, the viewer can not merely move their eyes over the work or simply walk around it for there to be understanding. The viewer must actively engage their own interpretation of what time really is. Working within the museum, Ms. Weigandt will create a site-specific installation (The 5th Event) and with the help of a Louisiana resident, will create a conversation installation as well. 



25 January - 3 March 2019

Art Is . . . imagination . . .  creativity . . . talent . . . or, as artist Georgia O’Keeffe put it, a chance to make your unknown known. This year, the Norton offered that opportunity to high school students throughout the region and the results were spectacular. Submissions came in from Shreveport and Bossier City, but also from Monroe, Natchitoches, and Ruston. With 82 amazing pieces to choose from, the jury had some hard choices to make, but at last winnowed it down to the 23 marvelous works shown in this exhibit. We hope you enjoy this display by artists present and artists future! 

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Opening/Closing Reception

The 5th Event: A Conversation in Louisiana & Pelican State Goes to War

11 January 2019 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Out with the old, in with the new - in a fitting nod to the new year, the Norton is saying good-bye to its commemoration of a key moment in America’s (and Louisiana’s) past as the “Pelican State Goes to War” exhibition closes, and hello to cutting-edge art as an on-site art installation by Danielle Weigandt opens at the museum. To celebrate the convergence of these events, we’re holding a reception on Friday, January 11, 2019 from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. In addition to a final chance to see “Pelican State Goes to War”, Ms. Weigandt will be there to discuss her unique ceramics installation and to demonstrate that art is a process rather than a product. Viewer participation is not merely suggested, but a necessary part of the interpretation of her work. So, put on your traveling shoes and thinking caps and enjoy a little food and drink with us as we start out on an exciting 2019. 

  Submission Deadline: 3 February 2019

Application Deadline: 28 February 2019





2019 BLOOM! Juried Exhibit

Submission Deadline: 3 February 2019

This spring, an explosion of color will rock the Norton inside and out. Just as our botanical gardens burst forth with blossoms, our annual BLOOM! Exhibit will bestow upon us and exhibit of canvases crowded with pigmented petals. We invite all artists, local, regional, and national to submit to this exhibit. The rules, regulations and application can be found below.

For any questions please contact Emily Feazel at or (318)865-4201 ext 130.

Click here for the Bloom! Application Packet for 2019 



2019 BLOOM! Flower Show

Application Deadline 28 February 2019

The BLOOM! Flower Show showcases designs by both professional and amateur floral designers. This year's theme is Elements of Design. The exhibition is in conjunction with the BLOOM! Festival and the BLOOM! Juried Art Exhibit to make for one fantastic weekend March 22-24, 2019. 

We invite all floral designers, no matter their level of experience to compete in this showcase. The rules, regulations, and application can be found below.

For any questions please contact Emily Feazel at (318)865-4201 ext 130 or

 Click here for the 2019 BLOOM! Flower Show Application Packet


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 & THIRD THURSDAYS a beautiful experience! Class is from 10:00-10:30 am and led by Little You Yoga.

Class Schedule: October 18, November 1, November 15, 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. 

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