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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.



The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in World War II

Presented by The Alta and John Franks Foundation 

1 September 2018 - 13 January 2019

On December 8, 1941, just one day after the Pearl Harbor attacks, the United States officially entered World War II—Louisiana, however, was already front and center in the country’s defense preparations. From 1940 to 1945, Louisiana’s war efforts triggered massive changes throughout the state and the country, and these wartime experiences laid the groundwork for the new, postwar world that emerged from the 20th century’s greatest struggle.

The Pelican State Goes to War: Louisiana in World War II tells that story. Throughout the exhibit's run, we will be holding public programming focused on Louisiana's role in World War II.Presented by The Alta and John Franks Foundation. 



Christmas Exhibit & Poinsettia Tree 

3 December 2018 - 6 January 2019

For centuries, artists, writers, and scholars have commemorated the story of Christianity in paintings, sculptures, prints, and books. This Christmas season from December 13, 2018 to January 8, 2019, the R.W. Norton Art Gallery celebrates the original meaning of these hol(y)days with gorgeous poinsettia tree, celebrating the Mexican legend of the poinsettia as a gift to the Baby Jesus and an exhibition of religious artworks and manuscripts from the medieval period through the 19th century. A beautiful Russian icon introduces us to the original St. Nick, better known as Saint Nicholas. Other selected artists include such Norton stalwarts as Charles Marion Russell, but also on display will be more rarely seen works by famous names like Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Fragonard, and Canaletto. As usual, we are pleased to present our annual display of the Norton’s 14th century illuminated manuscript, a beautiful book of hours with a 700-year history. So please join us at the Norton to observe a holiday devoted not to commerce, but to the eternal hope of “peace on earth, good will to men”.   

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  Submission Deadline: 3 February 2019


2019 BLOOM! Juried Exhibit

Submission Deadline: 3 February 2019

This spring, an explosion of color will rock the Norton inside and out. Just as our botanical gardens burst forth with blossoms, our annual BLOOM! Exhibit will bestow upon us and exhibit of canvases crowded with pigmented petals. We invite all artists, local, regional, and national to submit to this exhibit. The rules, regulations and application can be found below.

For any questions please contact Emily Feazel at or (318)865-4201 ext 130.

Click here for the Bloom! Application Packet for 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 & THIRD THURSDAYS a beautiful experience! Class is from 10:00-10:30 am and led by Little You Yoga.

Class Schedule: October 18, November 1, November 15, December 6


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