Hello and welcome to our post on all things art in New Orleans. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will all be broken down in depth on this page.
The goal to make this a one stop shop that is loaded with everything you may be interested in knowing about the topic at hand. We will get the ball rolling with the best New Orleans Art Galleries and Museums where you can see some of the finest exhibitions and collections in your area.
They are just the tip of the iceberg and we have many other things to mention like the best art stores in the city when you need to pick up new materials or supplies. And of course the best shows and events will need to get a shout out.
On a sunny day go on an art walking tour or just stroll around and see some of the most unique statues and sculptures near you. Taking group classes or private lessons at one of the better New Orleans art schools wouldn’t be a bad idea either if you really want to take this seriously.
There are some art studios for rent if you are ready to get things moving on your next project. Plus we will be covering dealers, appraisers, and framing services.
You may want to read some of our other posts on cities around the Southeast.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In New Orleans
If you want to check out the best art galleries and museums in New Orleans then head to:
- New Orleans Museum of Art at 1 Collins Diboll Cir
- Contemporary Arts Center at 900 Camp St
- Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane at 6823 St Charles Ave
- New Orleans African American Museum at 1418 Governor Nicholls St
- Gallery Orange at 819 Royal St
- Guthrie Contemporary at 3815 Magazine St
- Jonathan Ferrara Gallery at 400A Julia St
- Cole Pratt Gallery at 3800 Magazine St
- Graphite Galleries at 936 Royal St
- Soren Christensen Gallery at 400 Julia St
- Good Children Gallery at 4037 St Claude Ave
- Ogden Museum of Southern Art at 925 Camp St
- Diboll Art Gallery at 6363 St Charles Ave
- Max Ryan Studio at 110 Pink St, Metairie
- Garrett Haab Artistry at 4717 Airline Dr, Metairie
The oldest fine arts museum in town is the New Orleans Museum of Art which has gathered a collection of over 40,000 objects that span across 5,000 years. They have a great collection of both European and American art with works by Picasso, Renoir, Monet, Georgia O’Keeffe, and Degas among hundreds more.
The exhibits at the Contemporary Arts Center rotate throughout the year. They have all kinds of art on display from paintings to photography to sculptures and even performances like dance, music and more.
On Sundays Louisiana residents get in free, and children and students up through high school always get in free. Head over on the first Saturday of each August for their great Hancock Whitney White Linin Night.
You can find over 8,000 pieces in the collection at Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane. They have art educational programs with many lessons, lectures, family activities, and studio demonstrations that are all free of charge.
Visit the New Orleans African American Museum on the third Saturday of each month between lunch and dinner for a fun event. Not only are there cool works on display at Gallery Orange but they also sell paintings from local and national artists.
The Call For Artists event at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery is an International Juried Exhibition of Contemporary Art and the grand prize winner gets their own solo exhibition at the gallery. Over 80,000 people visit the Ogden Museum of Southern Art each year to see all kinds of stuff like unique exhibitions, lectures, concerts and more.
They have art education programs near you like workshops and summer camps for all ages. All of the exhibitions, lectures, and workshops at Diboll Art Gallery are free to the public.
Garrett Haab Artistry has a nice sculpture exhibition plus they can create custom sculptures for collectors and businesses.
Materials & Supplies Near You
The best places to buy art supplies and materials in your area are:
- New Orleans Art Supply at 3041 N Rampart St
- Mo’s Art Supply at 2525 Bienville St
- Michaels at 2900 S Claiborne Ave
- David Art Center at 3020 N Arnoult Rd, Metairie
- Michaels at 8851 Veterans Memorial Blvd, Metairie
Anyone who wants to improve their skills can also try the art classes at New Orleans Art Supply which can be done in their store in one day, one weekend, or over the course of 8 weeks. Obviously they sell a ton of supplies too.
David Art Center is one of the largest drafting and art supply stores near you. They can do custom framing, rent out high-quality easels, and do in-store lessons. Mo’s Art Supply and Michaels both can do custom framing.
Shows & Events
There are some great art shows and events in this town like:
- NOAAM Third Saturday
- Arts Market New Orleans
- Art for Art’s Sake in October
- Hancock Whitney White Linen Night in August
- Luna Fête in December
Remember earlier we told you about the third Saturday events at African American Museum that take place from 11am to 4pm. The event is free to enter and supports local black owned businesses in the community.
Arts Market New Orleans is another free event that goes down every second Saturday at City Park’s Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn from 9am to 3pm. There will be lots of art for sale and on display from local and regional artists.
Head to Magazine and Julia Streets on the first Saturday of each October for the Art for Art’s Sake event. Hop from one gallery in your area to the next, enjoy the live music, and taste some delicious wine and food.
The first Saturday of each August the Hancock Whitney White Linen Night takes over Julia Street and the Warehouse and Arts District. There will be many people out displaying their latest works, food vendors, gallery openings and more.
At the Luna Fête festival the cities incredibly unique architecture is blended with contemporary lighting, video mapping tech, sounds, and motion graphics around the Central Business District and Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard. This free annual event takes place early each December.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
When you are ready to find a new piece for your collection or when you want to know how much a piece is worth you can go to art dealers and appraisers near you like:
- Octavia Art Gallery at 700 Magazine St
- Magazine Art Exchange at 3512 Magazine St
- Alex Beard Studio at 3926 Magazine St
- Gustavo Trujillo at 6404 Hastings St, Metairie
If you need art advice and consultations, collection management services, or appraisals you can head to Octavia Art Gallery. Gallery Orange, Max Ryan Studio and Garrett Haab Artistry from our best gallery list sell art too.
In a town like this there are always cool things to see if you are walking in the right areas:
- Nola Art Walk at 2718 St Claude Ave
- Palace Market Frenchmen a 619 Frenchmen St
- New Orleans Art Market at 8211 S Claiborne Ave
Nola Art Walk has tours across the city to see incredible street murals by Banksy and others. This is a great option for tourists who are new to the city and want to get a better lay of the land.
Palace Market Frenchmen on Frenchmen Street is definitely worth checking out. And don’t forget about the monthly Arts Market at the City Park’s Goldring/Woldenberg Great Lawn.
Sculptures & Statues
You may also want to take pictures with these sculptures and statues in your area:
- Sydney & Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden at 1 Collins Diboll Cir
- Joan of Arc at Place de France, Decatur St
- Ignatius J. Reilly Statue at 811 Canal St
- Simon Bolivar Statue at Basin St
- Big Chief Tootie at 1038 St Ann St
- Louis Armstrong Statue at 701 N Rampart St
- Travelers Sculptures at W Esplanade Ave & Power Blvd, Metairie
- David Harouni Sculptures at Veterans Memorial Blvd & Severn Ave, Metairie
There are more than eleven acres in City Park containing more than 90 works at the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden. Joan of Arc has been in the French Market District since 1999.
Ever since 1957 the Simon Bolivar Statue has been up at the Garden of the Americas. Elizabeth Catlett created the Louis Armstrong Statue which you can find in his park.
Deborah Master created the Travelers Sculptures which was installed along Esplanade Avenue in early 2008.
New Orleans Art Classes
Some of you may be interested in private lessons while others may want group classes for kids, teens, or adults but either way the best New Orleans art schools are:
- New Orleans Center for Creative Arts at 2800 Chartres St
- New Orleans Academy Of Fine Arts at 5256 Magazine St
- Paint & Jrink at 2121 Chartres St #A
- Studio Thibodeaux at 928 Port St
- New Orleans Glassworks & Printmaking Studio at 727 Magazine St
- Posh Clay at 3333 Kingman St #100, Metairie
The New Orleans Center for Creative Arts is a pre-professional arts training center that provides lessons in visual art, culinary arts, dance, media arts, music, theatre arts and even creative writing. Every spring they have tuition free programs available by audition.
The only real requirement at New Orleans Academy Of Fine Arts is that the students must be 16 or older, all skill levels are welcome. You can take fun lessons at Paint and Jrink or try one of their private parties.
There are free daily demonstrations, open-working studios, and more intensive art classes for kids and adults at New Orleans Glassworks & Printmaking. There are pottery classes for adults as well as open studios for all potters and sculptors at Posh Clay Pottery Studio.
Tuition includes supplies, glaze, equipment, electric firing and of course the instructor. Some other places we have listed throughout the post that provide classes near you are the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans Art Supply and David Art Center.
Studios For Rent Near You
You can rent art studio space in your area at:
- Artegg Studios at 1001 S Broad St
- Mid City Artist Studios at 4436 Toulouse St
- Cano Studios at 2326 Esplanade Ave
Posh Clay Pottery Studio from the art school list has art studio space for rent.
A frame can transform a regular looking piece or picture to that next level and some of the best places for art framing in New Orleans are:
- Academy Frame Shop at 5242 Magazine St
- Magazine Street Framing at 3645 Magazine St
- Bywater Framing at 3040 St Claude Ave
- Uptown Frames at 237 Broadway St
- Alltmont’s Custom Framing at 4001 Baronne St
- Frame City & Art Gallery at 3544 W Esplanade Ave, Metairie
- Framin’ Place & Gallery at 3535 Severn Ave, Metairie
There are over a thousand different molding options for the custom framing at Magazine Street Framing plus they do great gift wrapping. Uptown Frames can do complete photo restorations, custom digital printing, and professional picture hanging.
Frame City & Art Gallery ships their more than 2,000 frames to countries all around the globe, plus they sell them locally. Mo’s Art Supply, David Art Center and Michaels from the art supplies list also do framing.
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At the moment that is all we have to share about your art scene. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers that you may want to check out.
Those who are still reading this probably love art as much as we do. If so go ahead and use the comments to share your own tips or to let us know if you think we got anything wrong.
We hope you enjoy your time at the best New Orleans Art Galleries, Museums, Supply Stores or doing whatever it else you plan to do with the info.