NEW ORLEANS (press release) – One of the most highly anticipated springtime events in New Orleans, Art in Bloom: In Full Bloom Presented by First Horizon returns to the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA) from March 23–27, 2022. Since 1988, Art in Bloom has showcased innovative floral designs created by garden clubs, floral designers, and creative talents from New Orleans and beyond. This year’s theme, In Full Bloom, celebrates, through floral expression, a renewed joy for togetherness.

Chaired by Kaylea Hill and Dorothy Mann, Art in Bloom is presented in partnership with The Garden Study Club of New Orleans. Proceeds from the annual fundraiser benefit educational projects and exhibitions at NOMA, and community projects of The Garden Study Club of New Orleans. Recipients of Garden Study Club grants include the New Orleans Botanical Garden, Long Vue House and Gardens, the historic parterre garden at the Beauregard-Keyes House, rain gardens at New Orleans City Park, and the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

Patron and Preview Party, Lecture Series, and Fashion Show 

The annual Art in Bloom Patron Party and the subsequent Preview Party will be held Wednesday, March 23, with the Patron Party from 6–7 PM, and the Preview Party from 7–9 PM. Guests can take in an exclusive preview of the floral designs while enjoying cuisine from Beth Biundo Sweets, Cafe Degas, Cafe NOMA, Creole Creamery, Galatoire’s, Gautreau’s, Martin Wine Cellar, Mikimoto, and Taj Mahal and Nirvana Indian Cuisine, and libations from Sazerac Company.

One of the distinguishing elements of the Patron Party is the silent auction, which will feature an online component, allowing art enthusiasts to bid on a selection of one-of-a-kind works of art. A highlight of this year’s auction is a work by New Orleans-based artist Alex Beard, entitled Art in Bloom.

The popular Art in Bloom lecture series and the annual Art in Bloom luncheon and fashion show are scheduled for the following day, Thursday, March 24. Lecturers are Dr. Jim DelPrince and Christopher Spitzmiller.

Dr. Jim DelPrince is an Associate Professor and Horticulture Specialist with Mississippi State University and leader of the Master Floral Designer program, a Laureate Member of the American Institute of Floral Designers, and recently inducted into the Society of American Florists’ American Academy of Floriculture. In 2016, DelPrince won the coveted Award of Service to the Floral Industry from the American Institute of Floral Designers. He has authored or co-authored books on floral design, interior plantscaping, floristry history and terminology, and numerous scholarly articles and publications. This year Jim will be working with MSU faculty to aid Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama Christmas tree growers to build their value-added product business by selling and marketing wreaths, swags, garlands, and arrangements.

For over 20 years, Christopher Spitzmiller has created iconic ceramic lamp designs. He began his career in 1996 in Washington, D.C., then moved to New York City in the fall of 1999, where he continues to create his one-of-a-kind lamps with a crew of skilled artisans. Christopher’s work is often featured in celebrated publications such as Architectural Digest, Town & Country, Elle Décor, Veranda, The New York Times, and The Wall Street Journal. He has had the honor of making lamps for the Oval Office, the past four White House Administrations, the Blair House, and many other distinguished American homes. As of late, Christopher has expanded his designs to tableware and other ceramic accessories. When not in the Studio, Christopher can be found at his farm in Millbrook, NY gardening, beekeeping, making jam, cooking for friends, or tending to his flock of heritage breed chickens, all captured in his book A Year at Clove Brook Farm.

Following the lectures, the luncheon and fashion show, held at Pavilion of the Two Sisters in New Orleans City Park, will feature looks from Tanya Taylor and SOSUSU Boutique.

Additional Information

Art in Bloom tickets or sponsorship includes admission to the museum’s permanent collection and the floral displays on view. Purchase tickets or become a sponsor at noma.org/artinbloom2022.

Floral displays on view to the public: March 24–27, 2022

  • Thursday 3/24: 10 am–6 pm
  • Friday 3/25: 10 am–6 pm
  • Saturday 3/26: 10 am–5 pm
  • Sunday 3/27: 10 am–6 pm

NOMA’s primary concern is the health of our visitors, staff, and community. At this time, visitors to the museum age 5+ are required to show proof of two doses of a Covid-19 vaccine (or one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine), or negative results of a Covid-19 test taken within 72 hours of your visit. Negative Covid-19 test results must be an official lab report or a screenshot of PCR/molecular or antigen COVID test results. All museum visitors are required to wear a face mask covering the nose and mouth while indoors. We continue to monitor all federal, state, and local guidelines and will update our policy accordingly.

In the event of a COVID-19 resurgence or the inability to hold the event on the scheduled dates, we will make every effort to reschedule Art in Bloom. In the case that we are unable to reschedule, your ticket purchase or sponsorship will be considered a 100% tax deductible donation to Art in Bloom. Tickets are non-refundable.