“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.

  • 23 March - 6 May 2018


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 158 submissions this year from not only the Ark-La-Tex, but also south Louisiana, Texas, and as far away as North Carolina and New York, 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 forty-five 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. 

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5 May 2018 from 2:00 - 6:00 PM

Shreveport Derby Day

The organizers of Shreveport Derby Day are proud to announce the fourth annual event will be held Saturday May 5th, 2018 from 2-6pm. Derby Day is proud to continue the tradition of being the only lawn party in the 50 year history of the R.W. Norton Art Gallery. A limited number of tickets and tables are available, on sale now at
Food will be provided by Drake Catering, spirits by Wine Country Bistro, and beer by Great Raft Brewing. Music by Nashville soul powerhouse DeRobert & The Half-Truths.
The event will include raffles, lawn games, and best-dressed contests. An outdoor cigar lounge will feature cigars for sale by M.A's Smoke House. We also show a live simulcast of the Kentucky Derby, provided by our official audio/visual sponsor Sound Minds. Lots of exciting new details will be announced soon, including events leading up to Derby Day as well as the official afterparty.
For more information and to buy tickets, visit:
Organizers of Shreveport Derby Day include: Matt Snyder, Pin Point Local Marketing; Grant Nuckolls, Twisted Root Burger Co. - Shreveport; Andrew Crawford, Rhino Coffee; and Lewis and Ruth Norton, R.W. Norton Art Gallery

Friday, May 11, 2018 starting at 8:00 pm 

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. 

Upcoming Movie: "Toy Story" on May 11th 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