What Is The Best Art Museum In Louisiana?

Thom Bierdz
5 min readApr 30, 2019

For the past 11 years, American Art Awards has decided the 25 Best Galleries and Museums in America. Among the criteria: years in business, industry reputation, online activity, location, size, exhibits, educational programs, represented artists and references from artists, clients and visitors. Only one per state per year is selected.

American Art Awards: “Not only is Newcomb Art Museum the premier gallery space in the state, their reputation and accomplishments continue to impress. They present riveting, engaging and even life-changing shows, exhibiting remarkable and rare talents. Congratulations to their many annual successes, not only with their popular gallery events, but with their interdisciplinary collaborations and innovative programs that educate and empower the surrounding communities. Well done, Newcomb.”

“American Art Awards selects Newcomb Art Museum as ‘Best In Louisiana, 2019′ and one of our ‘Top 25′ for 2019.”


Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University is located in the Woldenberg Art Center on the campus of Tulane University in New Orleans. While widely known for its significant collection of Newcomb pottery, the institution today focuses on contemporary exhibitions and programs that explore innovative art and design.


The Museum holds on average three exhibitions annually and has presented exhibitions featuring the work of such recognized artists as Fallen Fruit, Mickalene Thomas, Pat Steir, KAWS, Joan Mitchell, Shirin Neshat, Marsden Hartley, Chakaia Booker, Carrie Mae Weems, Diane Arbus, Nick Cave, and Ellsworth Kelly, as well as artists with a Newcomb connection like Mark Rothko and Ida Kohlmeyer. Honoring the legacy of Newcomb College, the Museum regularly presents shows that recognize the artistic contributions of women.

The exhibitions include educational programs such as lectures, symposia, film series, artist-led family programs, public tours, performances, studio demonstrations, and partnerships with other organizations. Original exhibitions explore socially engaged art, civic dialogue, and community transformation. As an entity of an academic institution, the Museum presents exhibitions that utilize the critical frameworks of diverse disciplines in conceptualizing and interpreting art and design.


The Museum maintains the world’s largest collection of Newcomb arts and crafts including outstanding examples of pottery, embroidery, bound books, and metalwork. The Museum also has a significant collection of drawings, watercolors, paintings, and prints by Newcomb-affiliated teachers, artists, and designers as well as Louisiana portraiture, neo-classical sculpture, and prints primarily from the 19th and 20th centuries.


The academic institution for which the Museum is named was founded in 1886 as the first degree-granting coordinate college for women in America, preceding such schools as Barnard College of Columbia University and Pembroke College of Brown University. The H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College was distinguished for educating women in the sciences, physical education, and, most importantly, the arts.

Out of its famed arts program, the Newcomb Pottery was born. In operation from 1895 until 1940, the quasi-commercial enterprise produced metalwork, fiber arts, and the now internationally renowned ceramic wares.

In 1996 — roughly a century after the founding of the Newcomb Pottery — the Newcomb Art Department completed an expansion and renovation of its facilities in the Woldenberg Art Center. This included the addition of the Newcomb Art Gallery.

The Newcomb Art Gallery officially became the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University in 2015. The change was made to distinguish the art space from a commercial gallery and to indicate its status as a collections-holding institution.

Newcomb Art Museum | Woldenberg Art Center | Newcomb Circle

Tulane University | 6823 St Charles Ave. / New Orleans, LA 70118


HOURS: Tuesday — Friday: 10–5, Saturday : 11–4 pm

WEB SITE: newcombartmuseum.tulane.edu

UPCOMING EXHIBITS [OR EVENTS]: “Per(Sister): Incarcerated Women of Louisiana” is on view through July 6 and “LaToya Ruby Frazier: Flint is Family”, will be on view August 21 — December 14, 2019 …”

See all 25 Best Galleries & Museums here: https://www.americanartawards.com/2019-best-american-galleries-and-museums/

www.AmericanArtAwards.com annually awards 25 museums and galleries in spring, and with their critique in autumn, awards 300 artists (painters, photographers, sculptors and digital artists).



Thom Bierdz

One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORS, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 12 books: 6 on art. President of WAA & AAA & ACCA.