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    "I would like to paint the way a bird sings" - Claude Monet

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    "Art is not what you see, it is what you make others see" - Edgar Degas

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History Of Our Museum

The R.W. Norton Art Gallery houses an exceptional collection of art spanning more than four millennia.   Since its opening in 1966, the museum has become particularly well-known around the country for its impressive collections of works by those titans of western art, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell.   The R.W. Norton Art Gallery is a teaching museum that uses the art to encourage community participation in thoughtful interpretations and discussions.

In the early 1920's, Richard W. Norton (1886-1940) became one of the discoverers of the Rodessa Oil Field in north Louisiana. Over time, Mr. Norton's wife and son began to amass a significant collection of fine art. In 1946, to honor Mr. Norton and for the benefit of the community, Richard W. Norton, Jr. (1919-1974) and his mother, Mrs. Richard W. Norton (1886-1975) created the R.W. Norton Art Foundation. In turn, the Foundation eventually established the R.W. Norton Art Gallery, basing its initial collection upon donations from the acquisitions of the Nortons. Today, due to the on-going efforts of the Board of Control and the Foundation's work, the R.W. Norton Art Gallery's offerings continue to expand, grow, and contribute to their community.

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The R.W. Norton Art Gallery boasts an extensive permanent collection that includes more than 400 paintings and a plethora of sculptures representing over 100 artists.   Our collection represents a wide variety of styles, time periods, and historical importance.

Yosemite Valley  by Albert Bierstadt

Bierstadt witnessed the beginning of the destruction of his beloved landscape, especially after the popularity of Church’s painting of Niagara Falls. Early in the 19th century, most people considered Niagara Falls to be "the nation's most magnificent natural spectacle." But that spectacle was desecrated as developers harnessed the falls for power, cut the timber that surrounded them, and turned the best scenic overlooks into curio stands selling cheap souvenirs. According to historian Alfred Runte, the national shame felt about Niagara spurred people into action. When Albert Bierstadt presented to America his images of Yosemite Valley, people insisted that the area be protected from Niagara's fate. Instead of allowing the valley to be subdivided by settlers, Congress in 1864 gave Yosemite to the state of California, to be held "inalienable" for all time. A few years later, Thomas Moran's paintings and William Henry Jackson's photos revealed that Yellowstone was even more spectacular than Yosemite, and the National Park System was established. 

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Check out the following events, posts and images currently available in our social media channels.

Photos from R.W. Norton Art Gallery's post Some days the museum is quiet. Other days, we have over 150 students traveling the halls learning about art, history, math, and even science all while using the art as a text book! Seeing our Education Department or visiting teachers ...
Mommy and Me Yoga Have you signed up for Mommy and Me Yoga yet? Join us next Thursday for some quality time with your little one.
"I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world"

We are finally having some beautiful weather! Come take a walk through the gardens, ...
"Arts education is a big part of building a 21st century creative mind, and I think that we have let way too many kids lose their way by not drawing in their young minds with music, dance, painting and the ...
Micro/Macro Artist Call Deadline ARTIST CALL!!
Our friends at The Agora Borealis have an amazing exhibit coming up! Check it out and submit before you miss out!
Please visit https://www.theagoraborealis.com/artist-call for more information.

The Agora Borealis and the @[126847147391826:274:Rainforest Art Foundation] are seeking artists ...
Photos from R.W. Norton Art Gallery's post Today-Chinese New Year- marks the beginning of the Year of the Dog on the Chinese zodiac calendar. 🐶
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Here are some of our favorite pooches from the collection. Can you find them on your next visit to the ...
Photos from R.W. Norton Art Gallery's post Seeing people (students or museum patrons) sketch or draw in the museum and gardens is always such a treat for us! Here, a Centenary College of Louisiana student, was visiting the museum and sketching Angelica Kauffman's masterpiece, "Calypso Calling heaven ...
Thank you Shreveport Magazine for the wonderful article highlighting the amazing "behind the scenes" staff here at the Norton. So many people only see the finished product and don't think about all the people that make it happen. From the ...