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BATON ROUGE, La (press release) – The LSU Museum of Art is temporarily closed due to COVID-19, but below are ways to get creative while at home. We appreciate your continued support and hope these virtual avenues will be a resource to creativity and learning during this time. Email us at or tag us @lsumoa with your creations. We can’t wait to see what you are making!


We all have one—the famous junk drawer. And now we are all mostly at home, looking for things to do or trying to entertain our children.

Let’s tackle the junk drawer today—let’s create a pattern!

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Let’s journey with artist Caroline Durieux from our upcoming exhibition Conspicuous: Satirical Works by Caroline Durieux

We are retracing her steps and traveling with her to the
places that inspired these featured prints. Join us!

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First stop: MexicoPause with us in a #MuseumMomentOfZen

Imagine yourself in Durieux’s print above. Can you hear the waves on the shore? Can you smell the salty breeze? Close your eyes and relax with us. Enjoy this artful moment of zen.

Stay tuned for more travels with Caroline Durieux—where will she go next…

IMAGE: Caroline Wogan Durieux (American, 1896–1989), Bather, 1932, black lithograph on paper, ed. 9/10. Gift of the Artist. LSUMOA 68.9.6


Learn about George Dunbar’s work Coin du Lestin CXV on display in our current exhibition Living with Art: Selections from Baton Rouge Collections.

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Here are 3 interesting facts & finds about this piece & artist:
  1. George Dunbar studied at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia and also in Paris. He spent extensive time in New York City and met painters that we now consider the luminaries of abstract expressionism. Early works had fragments of images in them but he soon produced powerful abstract painted and collaged works.
  2. The work shown is from his decades long Coin du Lestin series, which is named for a subdivision in Slidell that he created as a land developer. His work in gilded abstraction and clay surfaces have taken many forms, from thick gestural surfaces to flatter geometric etched paintings like we see here. This work is representative of his compass drawn works. The visual element of the “scribble” seen at the center below expresses a play on order and chaos. This gesture is over-layed with a set of parallelograms, giving order to these marks.
  3. George Dunbar is a leader in the identification of abstract contemporary art with Louisiana, in opposition to the well known picturesque city and landscape scenes that were more typical. Artists like Ida Kohlmeyer and Lin Emery also exemplify this artistic style and tendency in Louisiana. He started the Orleans Gallery artists collective in the 1950’s and helped to bring Louisiana abstract art to NYC as early as 1958.
IMAGE: George Dunbar (American, b. 1927), Coin du Lestin CXV, 2009, Asian leaf over white clay, Courtesy of Janie and Chet Coles, © 2020 All Rights Reserved, Photo © 2020 LSU Museum of Art



Learn more about the inspiration behind the
Newcomb Pottery works in the LSU MOA collection.

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Welcome to the first online edition of LSU MOA Museum Happy Hour! At 5 p.m. on Thursdays, we encourage you at this time to do any type of creative activity that inspires you. Last week’s activity was a Scavenger Hunt: Newcomb Pottery IRL (in real life)! A lot of the plants these artists designed from are wildflowers and weeds.This mug pictured features the plant: pickerel weed.

  1. Can you find this plant inspiration in your back yard? Take a photo of it and tag us @lsumoa with your finds.
  2. Can’t find them? Sketch your own Newcomb Pottery inspired piece using a plant you do have in your backyard.

The text on this mug says The Crown of this Cup is made of Love and Friendship. Let this message inspire you on your nature walk…we will get through this time together. Let’s share what inspires us and what we are creating together.

IMAGE: Mary Pearl Davis (American, 1882-1956), decorator; Joseph Fortune Meyer (America, 1848-1931), potter;  Pickerel weed mug, c. 1895-1902, High glaze on white clay,H. 6 1/8 x W. 5 15/16 x D. 3 ¾ inches, Gift of Dr. A. Brooks Cronan, Jr. and Diana Cronan, © 2020 All Rights Reserved, Photo © 2020 LSU Museum of Art

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