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Visitors to the Ogden Museum of Southern Art will explore the largest and most comprehensive collection of Southern art in the world. The Museum’s Education Department presents a number of innovative programs designed to bring art and people together to explore the region’s rich and varied cultural identities, including docent tours, workshops and outreach programs. For more information on this unique opportunity to "See the South” or for any questions about Education contact Ellen Balkin, Education Coordinator, at or 504.539.9608.

Exhibitions (3rd floor Education Gallery)

Artists and Sense of Place

Since 2001, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s residency program, Artist and Sense of Place, has paired professional artists with local schools to explore the history, practices, and identity of the student’s world. At the heart of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s mission is educating the public in the visual arts and culture of the American South. Working with elementary school children in the medium of the artist’s choice, the artist spends three weeks with students exploring the influence of geography and sense of place. Upon completion of the residency, the students visit the museum to view their finished work of art.

Swamp, Tall Tales, and Debris

Lafayette Academy Charter School
Jackie Ehle-Inglefield, Artist
December 3, 2015 - Sunday, February 14, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 3, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

At the heart of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art's mission is educating the public in the visual arts and culture of the American South. Since 2001, the education department has organized artist-in-residence programs that pair artists with local schools. Working with elementary school children in the medium of the artist's choice, the artist spends three weeks with students exploring the influence of geography and sense of place. Upon completion of the residency, students visit the museum to view their finished work of art.

Guided by her passion for the environment, artist Jackie Ehle-Inglefield designed a project for second and fifth grade students of Lafayette Academy that immerses them in the landscape and storytelling of her familial South Louisiana roots. At the start of her residency, Inglefield stressed to students the importance of preserving the natural environment, with emphasis on Louisiana's disappearing coastal wetlands. Using recycled plastic material as their primary medium, students created individual "studies" and collaborated on fanciful sculptures of imagined swamp flora and fauna. As stated by the artist, "The light shining through the children's plastic drawings brings our swamp to life, just as their imagination and creativity combine to shed light on our diminishing wetlands to save them and to protect ourselves."

Mixed media artist Jackie Ehle Inglefield was born in New Orleans, LA, in 1968 and received her undergraduate degree in Painting and Printmaking in 1992 from Virginia Commonwealth University. Ms. Inglefield served as artist-in-residence at the Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA, from 1997-2015. After working professionally in Virginia, New York City, and Washington, D.C., Ms. Inglefield returned to her native New Orleans in 2014 to advance her work in sculpting from nontraditional materials and found objects. Ms. Inglefield has exhibited nationally and, most recently, her sculptures were featured in the 2015 Louisiana Contemporaries exhibit at The Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Her works are held in several private collections.

Krewe of Muses Student Cup Design Competition

December 3, 2015 - Sunday, February 14, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, December 3, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Organized in 2000, the Krewe of Muses is named after the legendary daughters of Zeus. In Greek mythology, muses were patrons of the arts and sciences, as well as sources of inspiration for artists, poets, philosophers, and musicians. Each year, in addition to their year-long philanthropic works, the Muses host a cup design contest for students in the area. The chosen design is then printed on the krewe's official cups thrown by all riders. The winner's school also receives an award of $1,000 for their art department. This exhibition features all fifteen past winning cups, the winning 2016 cup design, and two 2016 runners up.

This year's cup design illustrates phrase, "Happy are they whom the Muses love." A motto of the Krewe, this phrase is derived from a line in a poem called "Theogony" by the Ancient Greek poet Hesiod. Hesiod lived between 750 and 650 BC, around the same time as the poet Homer, who wrote the "Iliad." Hesiod is famous for being one of the first poets who discusses himself in his poetry, and one of the stories he tells involves the Muses. In "Theogony" Hesiod claims that he was visited by the Muses on Mount Helicon, a mountain in Central Greece, where he had been pasturing sheep. During the visit, the Muses presented him with a laurel staff, a symbol of poetic authority. In this way, Hesiod is saying that the Muses granted him the gift of being able to write poetry.

According to Hesiod, if the Muses love someone, they bless that person with the ability to create music and poetry to ease the hardships of life. Similarly, the Krewe of Muses tries to make life happier for the people who come to our parade by bestowing our gifts upon them. "Happy are they whom the Muses love!"

Education Gallery Exhibition

February 18, 2016 - March 20, 2016
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 18, 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Little Boy Blues, Skyla Blady, 1st place Junior

Louisiana's Music: George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts 2015 Scholarship Art Contest Exhibition

For Family

Free Family Day: Exploring The Mastery of Marie Hull

Saturday, March 12
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Join us for art activities and performances and learn more about this incredible artist and teacher.

Photo Credit: Cheryl Gerber

Museum Passes at New Orleans Public Libraries

Ogden Museum passes are now available for check out at New Orleans Public Libraries! Cardholders who check out the pass are allowed to bring up to 2 adults and 7 children to the Ogden Museum for a two week period, as well as free entry to special Ogden Museum programs and events, such as Ogden After Hours. In addition to free entry into the Ogden Museum, the pass offers free entry into nearly 700 museums throughout the U.S. and Canada through the North American Reciprocal Museum Program. The Ogden Museum Passes are available to New Orleans Public Library cardholders at all 14 library locations on a first-come, first-served basis. Library cardholders can check on museum pass availability by calling any Library location or by visiting the Library’s online catalog at

For Kids

Saturday Studio: Repurpose Something Mister!

Saturday, January 23
10:00 AM - 02:00 PM
Students in grades 2 - 6 | $30 members | $35 non-members

Create a custom headdress and more using leftover Mardi Gras beads with ricRACK, a local non-profit that aims to teach kids sewing and costuming skills using repurposed clothing.

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For Adults

Artist Workshop: With photographer Aubrey Edwards inspired by A PLACE AND TIME - Part I

Credit: Clarence John Laughlin The Spectre of Ruin 1941, Gelatin silver print, Gift of the Roger Houston Ogden Collection

Saturday, March 5
1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Adult Admission - $25.00 Non-Member, $20.00 Member

In conjunction with photography exhibition A Place and Time Pt. 1, photographer Aubrey Edwards will lead a workshop examining lighting and exposure. Topics covered include understanding different types of available lighting and light manipulation and modification. Participants will gain theoretical knowledge of exposure and learn how to harness available light to suit their photographic needs. After the workshop, students will also have a working understanding f-stop, shutter speeds ISO and should be comfortable reading and adjusting a light meter to control exposure.

This program is part of the Susan J. Landry Education Series

Pre-registration required.

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Ogden Book Club

Join Ogden Museum docent and former teacher Maureen O'Dwyer for a lively discussion about Southern art, literature and culture. This club will meet approximately every 6 weeks. Members may arrive at 5:30 p.m. Discussion will begin at 6 p.m. and last approximately one hour. The Book Club is FREE and open exclusively to OMSA members, but to attend please contact Ellen Balkin, education coordinator, at to register

Upcoming Book Clubs

The Poet of Tolstoy Park by Sonny Brewer

"The more you transform your life from the material to the spiritual domain, the less you become afraid of death." Leo Tolstoy spoke these words, and they became Henry Stuart's raison d'etre. The Poet of Tolstoy Park is the unforgettable novel based on the true story of Henry Stuart's life, which was reclaimed from his doctor's belief that he would not live another year.

Almost Innocent by Sheila Bosworth
Tuesday, February 23

"A remarkable first novel. Like the old master Henry James, Sheila Bosworth uses the chilling device of using the mirror of innocence to reflect evil. It is a lovely achievement, a superior one."-Walker Percy Clay-Lee Calvert is the love child of two people who are as beautiful as models in a magazine but whose similarity ends there. Her father, Rand, is an artist-easygoing, dreamy, principled, and chronically jobless. Her mother, Constance, is the blue-blooded, pampered, delicate but determined daughter of a state supreme court justice. How their intense passion for each other plays out against the sumptuousness and decay of 1950s New Orleans is something to which no innocent should be privy. In Sheila Bosworth's mesmerizing first novel, the era, the place, the people, of Clay-Lee's childhood all form an air as real as our own pasts, alternately dim and indelible, where everyone bears some guilt, and all are almost innocent.

As I lay Dying by William Faulkner
Tuesday, April 5

As I Lay Dying is Faulkner's harrowing account of the Bundren family's odyssey across the Mississippi countryside to bury Addie, their wife and mother. Told in turns by each of the family members—including Addie herself—the novel ranges in mood from dark comedy to the deepest pathos.

Yellow Jack by Josh Russel
Tuesday, May 15

Hailed by reviewers as "an electrifying debut" (Baltimore Sun) and "perhaps the best evocation of New Orleans ever to appear in print" (Richmond Times-Dispatch), Yellow Jack has given Southern literature its own intoxicating hybrid of Caleb Carr, Flannery O'Connor, and Vladimir Nabokov. Russell's "virtuoso storytelling, evocative prose and original conception mark [his first book] as a significant work that we can only hope will be followed by many more" (Chicago Tribune). Yellow Jack is a ribald, picaresque trip through an 1840s New Orleans saturated with sex, drugs, death, and corruption. In this "luminously haunting" (Entertainment Weekly) portrait of decadence, daguerrotypist Claude Marchand becomes hopelessly entangled with both a voodoo-adept octoroon mistress and the erotically precocious daughter of a prominent New Orleans family. "Russell has distilled the New Orleans of the mid-1800s, the terrible fever of the title, and the savage lives of the characters into a novel of terrible beauty."—Nashville Scene

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