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Free Admission to Ogden Museum of Southern Art December 5 to Celebrate Louisiana Contemporary

"Don't Catch You Slippin'"by Wendy Brunoir

WHAT: Louisiana Contemporary, presented by The Helis Foundation, is the Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s annual juried exhibition featuring artwork by contemporary artists from across the state. To celebrate the 56 Louisiana artists featured in the exhibition, the Museum will be offering FREE admission, courtesy of The Helis Foundation, on Saturday, December 5. Timed ticketing, masks and social distancing required.

WHEN: Saturday, December 5, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

WHERE: Ogden Museum of Southern Art, 925 Camp St., Louisiana Contemporary is located in the 5th floor gallery

HOW: Guests are required to reserve a time for their visit in advance of arrival at *Please note that admission will be limited to comply with City/State guidelines and follow the Museum’s strict health and safety protocol.

MORE: In addition to free admission, guests can participate in a digital scavenger hunt organized by the Museum. Everyone who submits a finished scavenger hunt will be entered to win a family membership to the Museum ($125 value), a voucher for a day of winter holiday camp ($45 value) and an Ogden Museum Art Box ($45 value).

About Ogden Museum of Southern Art

Located in the vibrant Warehouse Arts District of downtown New Orleans, Louisiana since 1999, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art welcomes visitors to experience and learn about the artists and art movements of the American South. It is home to a collection of more than four thousand works, making it the largest and most comprehensive repository dedicated to Southern art in the nation, with particular strength in the genres of Self-Taught art, Regionalism, photography and contemporary art. The Museum is further recognized for its original exhibitions, public events and educational programs, which examine the development of visual art alongside Southern traditions of music, literature and local craft. Museum admission is free on Thursdays for Louisiana residents, courtesy of The Helis Foundation. The Museum is located at 925 Camp Street, New Orleans Louisiana 70130. For more information, visit

About The Helis Foundation

The Helis Foundation is a Louisiana private foundation, established and funded by the William Helis Family. The Helis Foundation’s resources and objectives are divided into two areas: the general fund, and the Diana Helis Henry and Adrienne Helis Malvin Art Funds. The general fund focuses on community needs primarily within the Metropolitan New Orleans area by granting funds to numerous local nonprofit organizations.

The Art Funds were established by bequests from Diana Helis Henry and Adrienne Helis Malvin and were funded exclusively by their personal resources upon their deaths. The Art Funds make grants to sustain operations, to provide free admission to, and to acquire significant art works on behalf of major institutions within the Metropolitan New Orleans area. The Art Funds also underwrite major initiatives and special projects, such as Prospect.3’s Basquiat and the Bayou presented by The Helis Foundation, the ongoing Poydras Corridor Sculpture Exhibition presented by The Helis Foundation, the installation of Lynda Benglis’ The Wave of the World in City Park, The Helis Foundation Enrique Alférez Sculpture Garden, Solidary & Solitary: The Joyner/Giuffrida Collection presented by The Helis Foundation organized by the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Baltimore Museum of Art, and The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Tricentennial Exhibition, Art of the City: Post Modern to Post Katrina.

In 2019, the Foundation launched the first large-scale mural exhibit: Unframed presented by The Helis Foundation, a collection of five murals in Downtown New Orleans. In partnership with the Arts Council New Orleans, Unframed features the first Southern U.S. commission by internationally-acclaimed artist Fujiko Nakaya at the Louisiana Children’s Museum. Most recently, The Helis Foundation served as the presenting sponsor for Ogden Museum’s exhibition, Melvin Edwards: Crossroads presented by The Helis Foundation and Contemporary Arts Center’s exhibition, Mickalene Thomas: Femmes Noires.


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