Exhibits & Events

2017-2018 Season Schedule

A view of the Lake Charles water front & skyline circa 1930.

Sesquicentennial – On Tuesday, September 26, 2017 the Museum will open a new historical exhibit to celebrate 150 Years of Lake Charles history. This mini exhibit will feature photographs and other relics of days gone by from the Museum’s extensive collection. The exhibit will be on display in the Gibson-Barham Library at the Museum and will remain on display throughout the remainder of the year.

Framing America – features works by Calcasieu Parish School System K – 12 art students. The exhibit gives life to the imaginative ideas and creativeness of children from all ages . The exhibit will open with a Public Opening Reception Thursday, March 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Gibson-Barham Gallery of the Museum. This exhibit will run though Thursday, April 19th.

Museum Closures

The Museum and Annex Gallery will be closed on Friday, April 20th, and Saturday, April 21st, to prepare for the BOOGALOO fundraiser.


Join us Saturday, April 21, 2018 when Boogaloo Goes POP,

8-midnight at Cash and Carry on Enterprise and Broad.

It’s the biggest party of the year and it promises to be another lively Boogaloo with fabulous food from nine local chefs and restaurants, music by the Tugboats and other surprises, trust us! Grab your friends and make plans to attend on April 21st. We promise that you will be entertained by a great band, Pop Art on the walls and enough food to “pop” your buttons. If you do not have the time of your life, then you were not there!

Budding Talents – features a diverse collection of works by the McNeese State University Art students who have taken internships here at the Museum. The Museum’s Board of Directors and staff wished to thank our interns for their hard work and support during their internship by extending them an opportunity to showcase their artworks here at the Museum. Featured artists are: Stefan Borssen, Chance Deville, Katy Geymann, Kelly Lavergne, Alex Pate & Shelby Roberie.  The exhibit will open with a Public Opening Reception Thursday, May 3rd, from 6 to 8 p.m., in the Gibson-Barham Gallery of the Museum. The exhibit will be on display through Saturday June 8th.

Arts in Space – Session dates: June, 11-15, 18-22, & 25-29.

Flora & Fauna – Session dates: July 9-13, 16-20, & 23-27   

Open enrollment begins April 3rd.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. Classes are open for students who have completed grades K through 8. Class sizes are limited to 50 children per session (10 children per teacher.) The same artistic experiences are repeated for each session. Registration forms will be available at the Imperial Calcasieu Museum. Tuition is $60 for members, $75 for non-members. Tuition is refundable only if the Director of the Imperial Calcasieu Museum is notified two weeks prior to the beginning of the child’s class. This will allow the camp director to add children from the waiting list.

Click here for more info.

“Steal Their Grace” by Lauren Gray                                                                Senior at Sam Houston High School, Lake Charles, LA.

Monsters, Myths, and Legends – showcases the winning pieces from the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts 2018 Scholarship Art Contest. The exhibit features 15 finalists chosen from over 650 entries from across Louisiana. This year high school juniors and seniors were invited to interpret their own regional folklore like George Rodrigue did, or create their own unique monster, myth, or legend. Their interpretations ranging from well know Louisiana characters and creatures to gruesome and iconic creations from these talented young minds. The George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts awarded over $45,000 in college scholarships to the finalists of the 2018 Art Contest.  This exhibit be on display in the Gibson-Barham Library and will hang  July 28th and through September 1st.  Special reception date to be announced soon.

George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts advocates the importance of the arts in the development of youth. GRFA encourages the use of art within all curriculums and supports a variety of art educational programs. To learn more about their mission and the Annual Art Contest, visit www.rodriguefoundation.org.