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.
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.
Art and music have had a long and compelling relationship. Baroque refers equally to the paintings of Caravaggio and the symphonies of Bach, while the impressionism of Monet’s images of Giverny is echoed by the impressionism of musical works like Debussy’s Clair de Lune. On a more personal level, who among us hasn’t accessed an internal soundtrack when walking through an art museum, or been irrepressibly reminded of a particular artwork when listening to a certain song. With that idea in mind, we asked a selection of local musicians, artists, and community members to choose a work in the Norton’s permanent collection and pair it with a song or other musical piece that he or she felt best reflected the art. This exhibition is the result. As you view the art, you can access the accompanying playlist either through scanning the QR code, or with the steps outlined in our brochure. Enjoy! We did.
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 75 amazing pieces to choose from, the jury had some hard choices to make, but at last winnowed it down to the twenty marvelous works seen here. We hope you enjoy this display by artists present and artists future!
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24 March 2018 from 10:00 am-3:00 pm
Each year the R.W. Norton Art Gallery holds the multi-day BLOOM! Festival. The festival aims to provide cross-generational education, focusing on the 43 acres of Botanical Gardens housed on the R.W. Norton Art Gallery property. The museum partners with Master Gardeners, local enthusiast, and education based nonprofits from across the region to bring information to the community. Everyone from children, novice gardeners, and master gardeners alike will find something to experience at this festival.
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.
Our next movie will be "FernGully: The Last RainForest" on March 23rd