Ogden Museum of Southern Art

The Ogden Museum of Southern Art is located in the Warehouse Arts District of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana.

Ogden Museum of Southern Art
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Old Library building, Confederate Hall, and Ogden Museum of Art
Ogden Museum of Southern Art is located in Louisiana
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
Location within Louisiana
Location925 Camp Street, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
Coordinates29°56′37″N 90°04′17″W / 29.9437°N 90.0714°W / 29.9437; -90.0714
TypeArt museum
Collection size4000+
DirectorWilliam Pittman Andrews
CuratorBradley Sumrall
Richard McCabe (photography)

Established in 1999, and in Stephen Goldring Hall at 925 Camp Street since 2003.

The buildingEdit

The Ogden consists of two main buildings: the Patrick F. Taylor Library built in 1889 and designed by architect Henry Hobson Richardson, and the adjacent Stephen Goldring Hall (named after Stephen Goldring), a 47,000-square-foot, five-story glass and stone building built in 2003. The museum also includes the Museum Store and the Center for Southern Craft and Design.

The museum's location is across the street from the National World War II Museum and the New Orleans Contemporary Arts Center. The three institutions anchor an arts district serving local residents and over 11 million visitors to New Orleans.[1] The museum is a Smithsonian Affiliate.


Area from which the museum draws its collection

The collection consists of work by artists from or associated with fifteen southern states (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia) and the District of Columbia.[2] It is based upon the founding donation of more than 600 works from New Orleans businessman Roger H. Ogden's private collection. Since this original donation the museum's collection of paintings, watercolors, drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, wood and crafts has grown to include more than 4,000 works donated from individuals and collectors from across the US.[3]

Among the many artists represented in the museum's collection are John Alexander, Walter Anderson, Benny Andrews, Clementine Hunter, George Rodrigue, George Dureau, William Dunlap, Ida Kohlmeyer, Will Henry Stevens, Kendall Shaw, Hunt Slonem, James Michalopoulos and George Ohr.

When the Ogden Museum opened in 2003, the New York Times observed that there is no easily identifiable Southern art style in the museum's collection. A sense of place, history and memory were themes that emerged. According to the Times, the artwork in the collection “range from folk art to shadowy paintings of bayous and back streets, from haunting old photographs to bright modern abstractions.”[1]

Entrance to Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp Street, New Orleans, LA

The museum has permanent galleries and changing exhibitions throughout the year.

Awards and recognitionEdit

The Ogden's Teen Docent Program was created in 2008 and had seen over 40 students enrolled at the time of the award. The students interacted with more than 7,000 people through museum tours, outreach programs and summer camps.[4]

Ogden was recognized for his years of service with many non-profit organizations as well as his devotion to Southern art and his initial gift to the Ogden Museum of about 600 paintings and sculpture.[5]

The Ogden Museum was selected to receive a grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies as part of its Arts Innovation and Management Program. The program will provide operating support and management training through a $43 million multi-year program for institutions across the country. The announcement was made in 2018.[6]


  1. ^ a b Kinzer, Stephen (2003-11-12). "Embracing Southern Art: Old Times There Are Not Forgotten". The New York Times. Retrieved 2018-10-06.
  2. ^ David Houston (2006-07-31). The Art of the South 1890-2003: The Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Scala Publishers. ISBN 978-1-85759-325-9.
  3. ^ "Ogden Museum of Southern Art". New Orleans Tourism Marketing Corporation. Retrieved 2011-06-04.
  4. ^ Brasted, Chelsea (2018-11-17). "Warren Easton student accepts national award for Ogden Museum from Michelle Obama". NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune. Retrieved 2018-10-06.
  5. ^ Pope, John (2017-08-27). "Roger Ogden to receive 2016 Times-Picayune Loving Cup". NOLA.com. Retrieved 2018-10-06.
  6. ^ Armstrong, Annie (2018-08-30). "Bloomberg Philanthropies Gives $43 M. to 53 Arts Organizations in Austin and New Orleans". ARTnews. Retrieved 2018-10-06.

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Coordinates: 29°56′37″N 90°04′17″W / 29.9437°N 90.0714°W / 29.9437; -90.0714