Open to young members of The Ogden Museum of Southern Art at any category, the Kohlmeyer Circle is named in honor of New Orleans artist and collector Ida Kohlmeyer (1912-1997). Her many works in the Museum's collection demonstrate her zestful celebration of life and art.
Inspired by her spirit, the young art and culture enthusiasts of the Kohlmeyer Circle creatively support the mission of The Ogden Museum by actively fostering events and programs, encouraging volunteerism and cultivating membership. The Kohlmeyer Circle is administered by a board of volunteer members.
Saturday, June 8th, 2013
2PM Register; 3PM Race starts promptly
*Teams who register before May 17 receive 10 bonus points*
Spend an unforgettable afternoon in the French Quarter pursuing clues and testing your knowledge of all things Southern culture – music, art, literature and fashion— in this exhilarating, interactive scavenger hunt adventure!
From the starting gun's craze to the Quarter's beignets, past contestants have found secret gardens and galleries, touched ghosts and tarots, scored carts and body art, and serenaded our culture-filled city while sipping its finest concoctions. They sang karaoke, learned Russian history, and found the Saints. Recording studios! Movie stars! Anything can and will happen this year!
You don't want to miss this chance to test your knowledge of all things New Orleans - and win prizes!
Race participants will have an O-Mazing time while raising funds for an O-Mazing cause: the innovative programs presented by the Ogden Museum’s Kohlmeyer Circle. These art centric programs range from Southern inspired fashion shows to family friendly playdays—all of which strengthen the impact of the Ogden Museum’s mission to collect, conserve, and enhance the very important Art of the American South. Please learn more about the Kohlmeyer Circle’s past programs here.
Past Projects include:
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.
O-Mazing Race: An interactive scavenger hunt through New Orleans’ French Quarter.
Developing cutting-edge exhibitions for White Linen Night, including Electro-Sonic Painting by Marcus Brown and Nathan Weidenhaft (2009) and Flight Lab by Jenny K. Hager(2010) and A Technological Terrarium curated by Myrtle Von Damitz (2011).
Ogden Playdate:A series of creative experiences for parents to share with their children.
Producing a fashion show by Alabama Chanin. featuring handmade clothing and other special events.
Collecting 101: A series of panels that have touched upon collecting, design (interior and furniture) and how to care and preserve art collections.
Ogden Nightcap: Organizing events at galleries, restaurants or lounges for Kohlmeyer Circle members and organizations and other friends.
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.
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.