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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.

Our Home Town: From Kenner to New Orleans

A.C. Alexander Elementary School
Keith Duncan, Artist
Thursday, October 8 - Sunday, November 29

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 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. 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 works of art.

Visual artist Keith Duncan has a keen interest in social and current events and his richly painted narratives draw heavily on the traditions and imagery of his native New Orleans. During this residency, Duncan worked with 240 second and third graders to explore the diverse music, food and culture of Southern Louisiana in the context of the students' own school and community. After a discussion of these traditions, students used pencil on newsprint to sketch imagery inspired and informed by their conversations. Then, they transferred the illustrations onto watercolor paper. Students honed their fine motor skills while painting the drawings and added detail with markers. Finally, following a method employed by the artist, the colorful artwork was cropped and collaged onto poster board.

Duncan received his BFA from Louisiana State University and his MFA from Hunter College at City University of New York. He was awarded the Camille Cosby Fellowship, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant, and in 2001, received a commission for the National Aeronautics and Space Administration in Washington, D.C.

Education Gallery Exhibition

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

"The Sun" in progress by students from Lafayette Academy Charter School and artist Jackie Inglefield

The Education Gallery will present two new exhibitions: The Krewe of Muses Mardi Gras Student Cup Design Contest featuring the 2016 winning cup design, past winning designs, and cups from each of the 15 years the krewe has rolled and Debris, Tall Tales, and The Swamp featuring artwork created by students at Lafayette Academy Charter School in collaboration with artist Jackie Inglefield during the Ogden Museum's Artists and Sense of Place Residency Program

For Family

Free Family Day: Mixed up Media

Saturday, November 21
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

On Saturday, November 21, the Ogden Museum will present a Free Family Day: Mixed up Media. This free admission day includes family friendly art projects, entertainment, and food vendors.

Art activities inspired by Objects of Interest: Recent Acquisitions from the Permanent Collection will explore traditional and non-traditional materials and methods used to make works of art. Projects will utilize unusual and found objects such as recycled plastics, buttons, beads, bottle caps, leaves, twigs, rocks and more!

For Kids

All Ages Workshop: Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Altar-Making

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Saturday October 10
Adult Admission - $25.00 Non-Member, $20.00 Member
Child Admission - $15.00 Non-Member, $10.00 Member

Participants in the All Ages Workshop will enjoy a guided tour of the Día de los Muertos commu-nity altar exhibition created by local artist Cynthia Ramirez and create their own mini altars to take home, featuring traditional crafts such as paper marigolds, papel picado, and calaveras (skulls). Please bring a photo, copy of a photo, or drawing of a loved one who is no longer with us to be incorporated into your altar. All other materials will be provided.

Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult.
Pre-registration required.
To register: Register Here
Questions: or 504-539-9608

For Adults

Artist Workshop: Painting on Photographs with Michael Roque Collins

Saturday, November 14th | 1PM - 3PM
Members $20.00
Non-Members $25.00

Discover the sprit and essence of memory with Texas artist Michael Roque Collins in a workshop examining his unique process of painting on photography. Speaking about his practice Collins states, "I find that working with paint on photographs, as studies for larger oil paintings in linen, broadens possibilities and allows for a significantly different evaporative process that has heightened my current practice. The essential elements of darkness and illumination, mystery and memory, and abstraction and representation are deepened through experimenting with watercolor and ink painting on black and white photographs."

This workshop is part of The Susan J. Landry Education Series.

To register: Register Here

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

Jubilee by Margaret Walker
Tuesday, October 27

Here is the classic--and true--story of Vyry, the child of a white plantation owner and his black mistress, a Southern Civil War heroine to rival Scarlett O'Hara. Vyry bears witness to the South's prewar opulence and its brutality, to its wartime ruin and the subsequent promise of Reconstruction. It is a story that Margaret Walker heard as a child from her grandmother, the real Vyry's daughter. The author spent thirty years researching the novel so that the world might know the intelligent, strong, and brave black woman called Vyry. The phenomenal acclaim this best-selling book has achieved from readers black and white, young and old, attests to her success.

Song of My Life: A Biography of Margaret Walker by Carolyn J. Brown
Tuesday, November 17

Margaret Walker (1915-1998) has been described as "the most famous person nobody knows." This is a shocking oversight of an award-winning poet, novelist, essayist, educator, and activist as well as friend and mentor to many prominent African American writers. Song of My Life reintroduces Margaret Walker to readers by telling her story, one that many can relate to as she overcame certain obstacles related to race, gender, and poverty.

This biography opens with her family and those who inspired her--her parents, her grandmother, her most important teachers and mentors--all significant influences on her reading and writing life. Chapters trace her path over the course of the twentieth century as she travels to Chicago and becomes a member of the South Side Writers' Group with Richard Wright. Then she is accepted into the newly created Masters of Fine Arts Program at the University of Iowa. Back in the South, she pursued and achieved her dream of becoming a writer and college educator as well as wife and mother. Walker struggled to support herself, her sister, and later her husband and children, but she overcame financial hardships, prejudice, and gender bias and achieved great success. She penned the acclaimed novel Jubilee, received numerous lifetime achievement awards, and was a beloved faculty member for three decades at Jackson State University in Jackson, Mississippi

In the Land of Dreamy Dreams by Ellen Gilchrist
Tuesday, December 15

Ellen Gilchrist's first book, is a collection of 14 short stories. She wrote them after being selected for a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts

The Poet of Tolstoy Park by Sonny Brewer
Tuesday, January 19

"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.

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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