“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.

1 June - 18 August 2019




Shown Above: The Cape by Andrea Kowch

Ann George: Seasons of Self

1 June - 18 August 2019

Small town life in Louisiana has been responsible for a remarkable number of artistic careers, not least that of the nationally known, award-winning Ann George. Rapides Parish provided her earliest influences and inspirations: as she says, Louisiana’s modest roots, southern values, and storytelling carved the landscape of my life. I am her daughter and whether or not one sees Louisiana in one of my images is irrelevant, She is always there. George uses her camera, paper, ink, and paint to create photographic fusions that tell stories through her use of imagery. She has divided her new exhibition “Seasons of Self” into three distinct project areas. The first, “Flight Behavior: A Murder of Crows” allows her imagery to reflect that of a bird’s flight; it's an allegorical team or "murder of crows" of support as it labors to accomplish its ultimate goal. The second, “The Three Chapters of Illumination: God Calling” represents a metaphorical journey towards liberated living. Finally, “Fine and Damage” contains works in vintage, found and collected frames that, even in their imperfection, still have a purpose enveloping amazing multi-media works. Many take their imagery from Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s epic poem of Louisiana, Evangeline. 



Contemporary Art: Society's Mirror

Now on view in the South Wing as part of the permanent collection

Welcome to the new Contemporary Gallery. This renovation of this gallery has been a labor of love and we could not be more excited to re-open this room to the public. Here, out of the 15 pieces of art on display, you will see 11 pieces of art that have never been displayed before. And, all done by incredibly talented living artists! Kadir NelsonAndrea KowchDaniel Mark Cassity, and Karen Whitman Artist / Printmaker are just a few that will dazzle and delight you with their use of color, lighting, and technique as you wander the room. Please make sure to stop by and see for yourself.


The 9: Muses and the Art of Passion

Juried Exhibition


Submission Deadline: 1 September 2019

The nine daughters of Zeus have inspired and nurtured artists for thousands of years and now, the R. W. Norton Art Gallery is returning the favor - for what would a museum contain, or even be called, if not for the Muses? Brought to life to celebrate the Olympian victory over the Titans and to provide solace for sorrows past, each Muse is endowed with a unique Aspect and Attribute governing a distinct domain within the Arts (see application for full list). 

We are seeking artists willing to create a work of art inspired by one or more of these nine Muses for a juried, prize-winning art show at the Norton. This art, whether based on a Muse as an individual, or her Aspect and Attribute, or a combination of both, or more, needs only to communicate something “Muse” to be suitable for submission. There will be two $1,000 prizes (People’s Choice and Director’s Pick) awarded at the end of the show. So, please join us in honoring and celebrating our love for the Arts, however inspired.  

Download Application HERE

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Saturday, 27 July 2019

Sprinkler Day at the Norton

Saturday  /  27 July  /  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 27, 2019, 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:
LarryP's Boiling Pot
The Hot Dawg Hut
Diamond Catering
Happy Belly's Italian Ice Factory
Uneeda Taco 

Tuesday, 30 July 2019







Family Food Truck Night

Tuesday, July 30th from 5:00-8:00 pm

Join The Hot Dawg Hut, Jimbeaux and Son, and Sweetport at the museum on Tuesday, July 30th, for an evening of family, food and fun. Bring a blanket and a soccer ball or football and enjoy the evening relaxing under the Norton's beautiful trees all while enjoying a delicious hot dawg, yummy cajun dishes, and tasty ice! 





2019 Summer Camps

Camp of Games

Session 1: July 8-12, 2019  /  Session 2: July 15-19, 2019

Join our Camp of Games as we teach some new dogs old tricks. From Apples to Apples to Yahtzee, we will spend the day learning and playing classic board and card games.Our Game Masters will captivate players with clever strategies as we play skill and chance-based adventures ranging from solitary games to group tournaments. So, put down the smartphones and the Playstation controllers and sign-up for some good old fashioned fun. 





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.)

2019 Schedule:

August 2nd: Grease

September 6th: The Greatest Showman

October 4th: Little Shop of Horrors

October 18th: Hercules 

No Pets Allowed at this Event