Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Robert H. Ogden was a successful businessman in New Orleans who donated over 600 pieces from his art collection to the museum. This beginning donation of art, sculptures, photographs and more opened the gates to welcome in over 4,000 donations from donors across the US.
Today, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art welcomes an astounding 80,000 visitors per year. The mission of the museum is to showcase, promote and educate visitors on Southern art that has been inspired by the Southern part of the United States. Rachel Ford, Director of Operations at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, thinks that Southern Art is widely misunderstood.
“I think it’s very important to have this museum in general,” she says. “Because I think the idea of Southern Art is something that is kind of lost on some people.”
The permanent collection at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art features works from artists in 15 Southern states. Walter Anderson, Benny Andrews, Clementine Hunter, George Dureau, William Dunlap, Ida Kohlmeyer, Will Henry Stevens, Kendall Shaw and George Ohr are among the artists on display.
Educating students and the younger generation is a critical part of the mission at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Rachel Ford offered some words on education.
“We do so many education initiatives,” she says. “We have roughly 30,000 students who come through the museum every year.”
In an effort to get the community involved in the museum, Ogden After Hours is a regularly scheduled event that invites local musicians to play live music. Visitors can enjoy mingling with fellow art lovers, have a drink and take in the exhibits while the sounds of live music echo through the museum–definitely an event you won’t want to miss!
Make sure you pay a visit to this gem in the heart of the Warehouse District.