Kohlmeyer Circle

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The Kohlmeyer Circle is a group of Museum Members who support the Mission of the Ogden Museum by promoting volunteerism and creating avant-garde programs that engage the community and broaden the notion of the Art of the American South.

Kohlmeyer Circle Programs

Collecting 101:

A series of panel discussions, home tours, and lectures focused on collecting, interior design, and art preservation.

Haute and Handmade:

A biennial showcase of Southern couture that has featured designers such as Alabama Chanin, Kerry Fitts, Amanda Deleon, Andrea Loest, Rebecca Rebouche, and Lorna Leedy. Haute and Handmade 2014 will celebrate the avant-garde costume culture of the city. Taking place on January 24, 2014 in the heart of Carnival season, this group runway show will highlight the art of costume design in New Orleans and the ability to alter identity through fashion.
Click here to see photos from Haute and Handmade 2014.

Kohlmeyer Circle Presents at Whitney White Linen Night:

The Kohlmeyer Circle presents an exhibition each year at White Linen Night featuring new ideas in American Southern Art. Past exhibitions include A Technological Terrarium curated by Myrtle Von Damitz (2011), Flight Lab by Jenny K. Hager (2010), Electro-Sonic Painting by Marcus Brown and Nathan Weidenhaft (2009).

Ogden Nightcap:

This series of afterhours community building and cocktails takes place post-Ogden After Hours at galleries, restaurants, and lounges in the New Orleans Arts District.

Ogden Playdate:

A series of creative experiences for children and families including interactive music making, dancing, and art experiences.

O-Mazing Race:

An interactive scavenger hunt through the French Quarter that tests the knowledge of New Orleans’ eccentricities and Southern culture. Click here to learn more !

Southern Storytellers:

A literary series that has hosted writers John Biguenet, Rick Bragg, William Dunlap, Tom Franklin, Tim Gautreaux, Barry Gifford, Ellen Gilchrist, Winston Groom, Julia Reed, Donna Tartt, John Shelton Reed, and Brad Watson.

How to Become a Member

1. Join or renew online at any level you choose and select "Kohlmeyer Circle" check box. You may also contact the Membership Coordinator at (504) 539.9616.

There is no extra fee to join the group.


Members of the Kohlmeyer Circle are encouraged to get involved and support the museum through volunteerism. Please see the Get Involved page for more information or to register for volunteer opportunities or call 504.539.9616.

Our Namesake

The Kohlmeyer Circle is named in honor of the late New Orleans artist Ida Kohlmeyer, whose life and works embody the spirit of art and celebration. A nationally-recognized artist, Kohlmeyer's passion and joy extended beyond the creation of artwork to include a love for collecting art and craft as well. She was a life-long learner whose zest and enthusiasm are an inspiration. She loved the South and stayed, contributing immensely to the cultural landscape here. The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is home to over 26,000 objects including artwork, sculpture, studies, travel journals, slides and publications belonging to the artist, given to the Museum's Goldring Woldenberg Institute for the Advancement of Southern Art and Culture by Kohlmeyer's daughters, Jo Ellen Bezou and Jane Lowentritt.