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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.

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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Saturday, 3 November 2018



Saturday, 10 November 2018

Greyfriars, Leicester and the Search for Richard III 

Saturday, 3 November 2018   /   10:30 AM

In August and September 2012, a team of archaeologists from the University of Leicester set out to search for the final resting place of Richard III in a car park in central Leicester. Against all odds, the project proved to be successful in locating a potential candidate to be the king, and his identity was subsequently confirmed beyond reasonable doubt after an extensive program of scientific analysis, generating press interest from all around the globe.

Join us on Saturday, November 3, 2018 at 10:30 am as Richard Buckley, lead archaeologist from the University of Leicester on the Search for Richard project, gives a talk on the magic and mystery of this historical event. 

This is a FREE talk and seating is limited. This opportunity has been made possible by the Noel Collection and the LSUS History and Social Sciences Department 


Creswell Classic Car Show

Saturday, 10 November 2018   /   10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Whether it was Springsteen’s “Pink Cadillac”, Prince’s “Little Red Corvette”, or “Fun, Fun, Fun” in the Beach Boys’s classic T-bird, most of us had a dream car in which we longed one day to inspire envy in others. A lot of those dream cars will be on display November 10th, 2018 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. when the Norton presents its very first car show. So bring your family to employ their own imaginations with these classic rides from the pre-war era, the post-war period, the advent of the muscle car, and some destined-to-be modern classics.

Registration is $25 a car for those with one of these beauties for the rest of us to sigh over. And even if your own personal dream ride isn’t present, there will still be plenty of family friendly fun with games, food trucks, and more to make it a great day for car fans and the rest! 

Submission Deadline: 3 December 2018


  Submission Deadline: 3 February 2019


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 



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.



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. 

Movie Schedule: 

The Greatest Showman- October 19th starting at 7:30 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