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Exhibitions (3rd floor Education Gallery)

Artists and Sense of Place Residency

The Faces of Hope/ Los Rostros de Esperanza
Esperanza Charter School
Natalie Barnes, Artist
November 6 - January 11, 2015

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. Drawing inspiration from Southern self-taught artists, as well as her own classical art education, artist Natalie Keller Barnes collaborated with second, third, fourth, and fifth graders of Esperanza Charter School in a three-week residency to create a textile collaboration entitled Faces of Hope. Barnes emphasized to students the rich history of quiltmaking in the South, an artistic tradition steeped in symbolism, community building, and resourcefulness. Elaborating on the relevancy of an artist's work to his environment, Barnes led students to examine the richness of New Orleans in its festivals, cuisine, and visual landscape. Encouraged to paint in washes of bright, bold hues, these self-portraits reflect the rich diversity and vibrancy of New Orleans, as well as the experiences of many students with strong Central and South American roots.

As finished pieces, this collection of quilts also feature the felt handprints of the students, illustrating the bonds between the individual student and the class, the relationship of the class to Esperanza, and the school to its community.

We Wear the Crowns of Courage: An ELA & Art Collaborative Project

Renew Cultural Arts Academy
November 6 - January 11, 2015

Third grade students at Renew Cultural Arts Academy created personal narratives of courage inspired by book The Stories Julian Tells by Ann Cameron and the self-portraits of artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. Each student first identified a brief, yet important, moment when they felt courageous. Students then developed and edited their story over a few weeks. After exploring and investigating works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, students practiced illustrating various emotions and created self-portraits to accompany their narratives, mimicking elements of his style. These stories and portraits demonstrate how truly brave and creative all children are when given the space to express themselves and tell their stories.

The Life Cycle of a Tree

Renew Cultural Arts Academy
Isidore Newman School
Fourth Grade
November 6 - January 11, 2015

Artist Statement: We created The Life Cycle of a Tree as a response to Shawn Hall’s installation entitled Pastoral Universe. After viewing this piece and speaking with Ms. Hall about her work and her process, we reflected on our connection with the natural environment. We realized that we have a relationship with nature – especially trees. Trees are important! Trees give us so much: oxygen, wood, paper, food, protection and shelter. Trees ask only for our carbon dioxide, some space to grow, sunlight and water. If we do not take care of the trees, trees can’t take care of us. We created each component of this piece to teach others how trees grow, their importance to our survival, and to illustrate our work to restore wetland ecosystems with the trees we grow at Newman.

George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts Scholarship Art Contest Exhibition

January 15, 2015 – Sunday, February 22, 2015
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 15 during OAH

George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts grants monetary scholarships to High School Juniors and Seniors through an annual visual arts competition in order to encourage individual participation in the arts. Each year's competition theme is determined by George Rodrigue and is announced in the beginning of every school year. In order to encourage participation by all, there is no GPA requirement and scholarship winners are not required to major in art. Over 700 students from around Louisiana entered the contest. Due to the volume of entries and tie-breakers, GRFA awarded sixteen (16) seniors and five (5) juniors a total of $50,000 in college scholarships!

For Family


Saturday March 7
10AM- 2PM
Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Kids, moms, dads, mawmaws and pawpaws! Put on your dancing boots for this very special Family Day celebrating Lousiana's Cajun culture. The free admission day will feature a variety of art activities inspired by Louisiana’s Cajun Culture as well as games, music and dance performances geared towards children of all ages. Art activities will include, creating clothespin alligators, red beans and rice mosaics, zydeco instruments and helping to fill out a swamp scene mural! The Fais-Do-Do will also feature games for young visitors such as an Art Scavenger Hunt and Go Fish.

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Exploring SAORI: weaving for all ages and abilities

Artists: Nancy Rhett & Jenny Pelc
March 28, 2015

This 2-hour weaving taster will provide students with a background of the SAORI weaving philosophy and history as well as the opportunity to explore the SAORI approach through the creation of a handwoven piece of jewelry. Bolstered by a no rules, no requirements, no mistakes philosophy, all are free to immerse themselves in this non-technical, non-intimidating approach to handweaving. We encourage everyone to design at the loom while weaving, using your warp as a canvas.

Age | Experience Level: High School through Adult. Aspiring through Experienced Weavers welcome.

Supply List: Students should bring: Notebooks, pens. Optional: Camera. Instructor will supply: 6 Warped Looms (2 floor looms & 4 Rigid Heddles) Personal weaving tools (Scissors, shuttles, tape measures). A variety of weft yarns (primarily silk). Books for inspiration. Venue will supply: Chairs or stools for each student. Table for instructor use. Contact: Museum Store, 504.539.9650,

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.

March 3, 2015

Upcoming Book Clubs

Classic Crews: A Harry Crews Reader by Harry Crews
April 14, 2015

Unfathomable City: A New Orleans Atlas by Rebecca Solnit and Rebecca Snedeker
May 26, 2015

Like the bestselling Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, this book is a brilliant reinvention of the traditional atlas, one that provides a vivid, complex look at the multi-faceted nature of New Orleans, a city replete with contradictions. More than twenty essays assemble a chorus of vibrant voices, including geographers, scholars of sugar and bananas, the city's remarkable musicians, prison activists, environmentalists, Arab and Native voices, and local experts, as well as the coauthors’ compelling contributions. Featuring 22 full-color two-page-spread maps, Unfathomable City plumbs the depths of this major tourist destination, pivotal scene of American history and culture and, most recently, site of monumental disasters such as Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil spill.

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