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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.

The 9: Muses and the Art of Passion

18 October - 1 December 2019

In honor of the harvest season upon us, we at the Norton asked the 9 Muses of Ancient Greece to inspire artists for our festival and exhibition entitled The 9: Muses and the Art of Passion on Friday, October 18, 2019. Painters were asked to choose a theme or subject honoring one or more of the lovely deities, perhaps one of the properties associated with her, or a particular artifact that bears her imprint.
In response, we received 92 submissions from which it was incredibly difficult for our judges to select 25 participants. Beautiful and intriguing entries came from as far away as Greece, San Francisco, and New York City as well as the local region, all with genuinely imaginative takes on these age-old guardians of creativity. 

CLICK HERE for Online Catalogue

CLICK HERE to vote for People's Choice 








Heart of the Matter: The Celebration of the Essential in Everyday Life

25 October - 15 December 2019

The multifaceted  James Michalopoulos, who brings his art to the R.W. Norton Art Gallery in Heart of the Matter: The Celebration of the Essential in Everyday Life from October 25 to December 15, 2019, is a painter, sculptor, distiller, art director, preservationist, and philanthropist. Born James Mitchell in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, he changed his named back to the original Greek of his  immigrant father, a prominent architect, but followed the career path of his uncle, Abstract Expressionist William Baziotes. Like many artists who found a spiritual home in Louisiana, Michalopoulos often fuses jazz with his art and has been named official artist to the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival six times. He also states, “There is a great deal of interest for me in the intersection of human activity and nature.” Michalopoulos’s brightly colored oil paintings frequently feature “exaggerated viewpoints and skewed perspectives” with the palette knives he so often uses providing texture in slabs of color. As he says, “My style is an abstraction of the figurative; I like color, volumetric shape, and graphic lines.” This makes for a vibrant, exciting art exhibit that we hope you will enjoy seeing at the Norton this fall. 




BLOOM! 2020

Submission Deadline  |  2 February 2020

The R.W. Norton Art Gallery is thrilled to open submissions to our 5th Annual BLOOM! Juried Exhibition!

Every year the Norton celebrates the season with a festival and juried exhibition focused on the beauty and natural wonder that comes with spring. See the application below for details and the rules and regulations for BLOOM! 2020. If you have any questions please contact Emily Feazel at 318-865-4201 ext 130 or

 CLICK HERE for application

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Story Time with the Dinosaurs

Saturday  /  16 November  /  10:00 AM

As we continue celebrating Dinovember, we would like to invite all our friends to the museum for story time! We will have a morning of stories, songs, and more. We will be reading a book written all about our dinosaur gang and the fun they have at the Norton. Bring a buddy (dinosaur friends are welcome) and join us for a fun filled story time at the museum! 




SOLD OUT!! Girls Night Out at the Norton

Holiday Cookie Decorating

Friday  /  6 December 2019  /  6:00-9:00 PM

Hey Ladies! Gather the girls & the wine and join us in creating an assortment of holiday cookies that are too pretty to eat! Work with royal icing to create one-of-a-kind cookies that will leave a lasting impression this holiday season!

This edible workshop will include a demonstration of basic cookie decorating techniques such as outlining, flooding and wet-on-wet. The rest of the time will be spent in bringing your visions to life while the instructor assists and leads step by step. Each participant will receive 4 bare cookies, royal icing (made ahead of time), assorted sanding sugars and sprinkles, and other applicable decorating supplies. If your creations survive the evening, then a to-go bakery box will be provided for the trip home.

*Ages 21 and up.

*Please BYOB ;)

*Complimentary signature drink, light hors d’oeuvres, and holiday desserts.

*This class has a maximum seating of 30. Get your ticket fast! 

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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.)

2020 Schedule Coming Soon

No Pets Allowed at this Event