2019 Season Schedule

September 12 – October 26, 2019  |  Gibson-Barham Gallery

CLYDE CONNELL The Museum will host “CLYDE CONNELL” courtesy of the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the private collection of Dr. Sarah Jane Stephens. CLYDE CONNELL will open to the public on Thursday, September 12th in the Gibson-Barham Gallery with a reception 7-8 P.M.  admission FREE. Noted art critic Roberta Smith described Louisiana artist Clyde Connell’s source of inspiration: “Like O’Keefe, she drew inspiration from the region in which she lived. She used brown earth and red clay to color her drawings and sculptures, as well as bits of iron scrap that her son, Bryan, a cotton farmer, found in his fields. She had a mystical view of nature and described her drawings as transcriptions of its music, heard on the bayou.” Connell died at the age of 97, having worked full-time as an artist since her sixties. Connell’s work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art (NYC), the New Orleans Museum of Art, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and the Austin Museum of Art.

This exhibit will be on display through October 26th.

September 25 – November 2, 2019  |  Gibson-Barham Library

COSMOS The Museum will host “ COSMOS”, which showcases the winning pieces from the George Rodrigue Foundation of the Arts 2019 Scholarship Art Contest. COSMOS will open to the public on Wednesday, September 25th in the Gibson-Barham Library. The exhibit features 15 finalists chosen from over 650 entries from across Louisiana. This year high school juniors and seniors were invited to explore the wonder, discovery, and mystery of the cosmos through an original work of art. For artist George Rodrigue, the cosmos was a constant source of inspiration. During his decades-long career, Rodrigue interpreted his fascination with the universe through the swirl (or spiral) symbol, which embodied the intangible concepts of hope, creativity, energy, and infinity. This exhibit will be on display through November 2nd.

Thursday October 24, 2019  |  6-9 P.M.

Join us for an evening with SPIRITS at the Museum Thursday, October 24, 2019 from 6 to 9 P.M.

We invite our guests to join us for a spooky evening of scary ghost stories and wine tasting here at the Museum. Throughout the evening there will be tasty treats by local restaurants, Live Music provided by local musicians, and other treats.

Ticket cost: $50 members, $60 non-members
*** Must be 21 to purchase and attend ***
Tickets can be purchased at the Museum

Come relax underneath the Sallier Oak with a spirit or two!

Small Wonders Small Wonders features a diverse collection of artworks and artifacts from private collections throughout the Lake area and from the Museum. The staff of the Museum have curated this exhibit to offer a rare glimpse of these extraordinary items that remain outside the public eye. Small Wonders will open to the public on Thursday, November 14th in the Gibson-Barham Gallery with a reception 7-8 P.M.  admission FREE.

The exhibit will be on display through Saturday, December 28th.

January 16 – February 29, 2020  |  Gibson-Barham Gallery

Jen Van Putten – This exhibit will feature recent ceramic works, drawings and paintings by local artist Jen Van Putten.

The Imperial Calcasieu Museum will host a public Opening Reception for artist Jen Van Putten  on Thursday, January 16, 2020 from 7 to 8 P.M. (free to the general public).

The exhibit will be on display through Saturday, February 29th.

TOYS The Imperial Calcasieu Museum in partnership with the Art Department of the Calcasieu Parish School System present TOYS.

TOYS features works by Calcasieu Parish School System K – 12 art students. This year the art students of Calcasieu Parish were asked to alter or improve a classic toy and also given freedom to create toys from their own imaginations. The exhibit highlights the immense creativity and skill of children of all ages from right here in our community. The Public Opening Reception will be Thursday, March 19th, from 6 to 7:30 in the Gibson-Barham Gallery.

This exhibit closes on Saturday, April 25th.