“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.


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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Application Deadline: 28 February 2019




23 March - 5 May 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



This spring, an explosion of color rocks the Norton inside and out. Just as our botanical gardens burst forth with blossoms, BLOOM! bestows upon us and exhibit of canvases crowded with pigmented petals. It all began with an invitation for submissions on a floral theme for a juried competition. There were an astonishing 193 submissions this year from not only the Ark-La-Tex, but also south Louisiana, Texas, and as far away as North Carolina and Virginia, all wonderfully rendered versions of lovely flora seen from a variety of interpretations and perspectives. Because of the quality of all these submissions, it was truly difficult to select the fifty which make up this year’s display. But, now you can enjoy the beauties of nature without the perils of pollen or bad weather as you stroll along through our garden-inspired galleries.

See the exhibition when it opens to the public on Friday, 23 March 2019.

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: March 7, April 4, May 2


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