Highlight Hollywood supports all venues of the entertainment industry, from politics to sports to cinema to fine arts. This year, we again have the exclusive rights to introduce our readers to the 25 Best Museums And Galleries In America, as designated by the American Art Awards. The AAA board, headed by president Thom Bierdz, known globally as Phillip Chancellor III on The Young & The Restless, chooses only one museum or gallery per state per year. Their selections are based on years established, industry reputation, location, size, socially relevant exhibits, motivational and educational programs, represented artists as well as artist, client and visitor references.
Bierdz explains, “In the past, American Art Awards has honored well over a hundred museums and galleries. We study thousands each year and select the Newcomb Art Museum as Best Gallery Or Museum In Louisiana this year because of their legacy of education, social enterprise, inspiring exhibitions, programs that engage communities, creative exchange of ideas and cross-disciplinary collaborations around innovative art and design. We are in awe of their history and applaud their recognizing the continual artistic contributions of women. Newcomb is also one of our 25 Best Galleries Or Museums In America, 2016.”
Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University is located in the Woldenberg Art Center on the campus of Tulane University in New Orleans. While widely known for its significant collection of Newcomb Pottery, the institution now focuses on exhibitions and programs that explore socially engaged art, civic dialogue, and community transformation.
The Museum holds on average five exhibitions annually and has presented exhibitions featuring the work of such recognized artists as Pat Steir, KAWS, Joan Mitchell, Shirin Neshat, Marsden Hartley, Chakaia Booker, Monir Farmanfarmaian, Diane Arbus, Nick Cave, and Ellsworth Kelly, as well as artists with a Newcomb connection like Mark Rothko and Ida Kohlmeyer. Honoring the legacy of Newcomb College, the Museum regularly presents shows that recognize the artistic contributions of women.
The exhibitions include educational programs such as lectures, symposia, film series, artist-led family programs, public tours, performances, studio demonstrations, and partnerships with other organizations. Original exhibitions explore socially engaged art, civic dialogue, and community transformation. As an entity of an academic institution, the museum presents exhibitions that utilize the critical frameworks of diverse disciplines in conceptualizing and interpreting art and design.
The Museum maintains the world’s largest collection of Newcomb arts and crafts including outstanding examples of pottery, embroidery, bound books, and metalwork. The Museum also has a significant collection of drawings, watercolors, paintings, and prints by Newcomb-affiliated teachers, artists, and designers as well as Louisiana portraiture, neo-classical sculpture, and prints primarily from the 19th and 20th centuries.
The academic institution for which the Museum is named was founded in 1886 as the first degree-granting coordinate college for women in America, preceding such schools as Barnard College of Columbia University and Pembroke College of Brown University. The H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College was distinguished for educating women in the sciences, physical education, and, most importantly, the arts.
Out of its famed arts program, the Newcomb Pottery was born. In operation from 1895 until 1940, the quasi-commercial enterprise produced metalwork, fiber arts, and the now internationally renowned ceramic wares.
In 1996—roughly a century after the founding of the Newcomb Pottery—the Newcomb Art Department completed an expansion and renovation of its facilities in the Woldenberg Art Center. This included the addition of the Newcomb Art Gallery.
The Newcomb Art Gallery officially became the Newcomb Art Museum of Tulane University in 2015. The change was made to distinguish the art space from a commercial gallery and to indicate its status as a collections-holding institution.
Newcomb Art Museum | Woldenberg Art Center | Tulane University
6823 St Charles Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70118