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Past Exhibitions

Refining & Defining a Nation: From Impressionism to Regionalism

The late 19th and early 20th centuries were a time of great development in the United States.  It was during this time that America truly began to develop an artistic style distinct from the work of European artists.  During this time, many American artists brought Impressionism from Europe and began making it their own, forming art circles and colonies and establishing a collective identity in a sense.  American Impressionism was more cosmopolitan than European, highlighting qualities of America’s new urbanization.  This style paved the way for realist painters such a

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Louisiana’s Natural Beauty: George Rodrigue Foundation for the Arts (GRFA) 2014 Scholarship Art Competition Exhibition

October 17 – November 22, 2014

GRFA 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.

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The Art of Gail Shelton

Gail H. Shelton is an artist based in Winnfield, Louisiana.  Inspired by her love for travel, Shelton creates portraits, wildlife, and still life works from photographs taken on her trips.  The works in this exhibition are created using layered colored pencil, often using solvents to lend a more paint-like appearance.  In addition to colored pencil, Shelton also paints with watercolor. 

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The Art of Hospice

The Louisiana-Mississippi Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (LMHPCO) presents Art of Hospice, an exhibition of art that exemplifies the care and dignity hospices provide in their community. The chosen artworks will to travel throughout Louisiana and Mississippi for local celebrations of hospice awareness between September 2014 and December 2015.

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State Collection Preview

In the media room and lobby areas of the museum we are highlighting works added to the permanent collection in the May, 2015 donation by the Office of the Lieutenant Governor and the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism of the State of Louisiana.

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Hidden Treasure: A Collection of Local Photography of the Historic Rapides Cemetery

The thirteen photographs in this exhibition highlight the award winning photographs from the photography contest by the Friends of the Historic Rapides Cemetery. Photographs of the Rapides Cemetery, the oldest public cemetery in Central Louisiana, were submitted for the competition, which were judged by a blind panel of photographer and citizen judges.

The panel awarded first through third place in each of the four categories: Creative, Black and White, Essence of the Cemetery, and Most Endangered. 

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