New Orleans Museum of Art

Letter from the Director

A year of enormous change, 2020 was defined by the challenge of COVID and a politicized time of upheaval with an urgent call to action. The role of museums and the ways in which they serve their communities were challenged as well, and calls for cultural institutions to examine past practices and adopt equitable ones echoed across the nation. At the New Orleans Museum of Art, it was a year of reflection, listening, and learning. Together with the staff and board of trustees, NOMA reaffirmed our commiment to being a welcoming, inclusive, anti-racist institution. 

Although NOMA entered 2020 after a year of record-breaking visitation and programs, like all other institutions, we were forced to quickly pivot from in-person to virtual offerings as the world shut down in March. While our doors were closed, NOMA’s audience was reached primarily through online content, virtual exhibitions, and social media engagement. At the same time, NOMA worked to serve those in New Orleans without digital access through in-home, analogue art kits that were distributed with the help of our school partners, community based organization sites, and the Creative Response Network, encouraging curiosity and wonder through art in the most challenging of times.

On June 1, we reopened the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden to visitors, offering a safe, outdoor opportunity to engage with the extraordinary collection of sculpture located throughout the 11-acre garden. For the first time, visitors saw the new sculpture by artist Carol Bove, entitled Mood, installed during the closure of the garden. The museum opened its doors to the public on July 6, presenting a series of exhibitions that encouraged visitors to reflect upon what we had been through collectively as a community.

NOMA’s ability to continue its work in meaningful ways for its myriad audiences in 2020 is a testament to our dedicated, talented staff. Their remarkable ability to shift, adapt, and collaborate was critical to our continued operation throughout the year. Their individual contributions cannot be overstated. 

While it may have been a year of unique challenges, it was also a year of growth and possibility. The lessons of 2020 have allowed NOMA to examine and expand our commitment to our community, increase our potential to impact those audiences, and fully realize the mission of this remarkable museum.

My sincere, heartfelt thanks to all who have assisted with and participated in this extraordinary year.

—Susan M. Taylor
Montine McDaniel Freeman Director

2020 Exhibitions at NOMA

Mending the Sky

Created in response to the COVID-19 crisis, Mending the Sky brought together 11 contemporary artists to respond to a world in peril. The exhibition considered the crucial actions of care, healing, and coming together through a series of videos, paintings, installations, and performances, many of which were created specifically for NOMA.


Roberto Lugo

Roberto Lugo: “Stunting” for New Orleans celebrated NOMA’s commissioned artwork by Philadelphia-based Roberto Lugo, an artist best known for cultural mash-ups that blend contemporary social issues with traditional porcelain. His “Stunting” Garniture Set (2020) references nationally influential members of the Black New Orleans music community (Louis Armstrong and rapper ‘Lil Wayne), highlighting the visual connection between hip-hop “bling” and French porcelain in NOMA’s collection.


New Photography

This exhibition presented the work of four photographers, all of whom work with, and critique new practices in photography. Unified by their understanding of the photograph as an ambiguous messenger, each of these artists creates, collects, or compiles photographs to trace narratives about identity, community, and power. It was the first major American museum presentation for all four photographers: Guanyu Xu (Chinese, b. 1993), Elliott Jerome Brown, Jr. (American, b. 1993), Dionne Lee (American, b. 1988), and Esther Hovers (Dutch, b. 1991).


Torkwase Dyson

Torkwase Dyson: Black Compositional Thought included 15 paintings the artist produced specifically for NOMA. In her first solo presentation in New Orleans, Dyson’s works examined the legacy of plantation economies and their relationship to the environmental and infrastructural issues of the current age, characterized by the artist as the plantationocene.


Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon

Buddha and Shiva, Lotus and Dragon: Masterworks from the Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller Collection at Asia Society showcased the extraordinary range of bronzes, ceramics, sculpture, and metalwork that were thoughtfully assembled by the couple between the 1940s and the 1970s. Highlighting spectacular Chinese vases, dynamic Indian Chola bronzes and exquisite Southeast Asian sculptures, the exhibition celebrated great achievements in Asian art spanning more than two millennia. Drawn from Asia Society’s permanent collection, this selection of masterpieces illuminated social and artistic histories from across Asia and underscored the visual arts’ capacity to encourage cross-cultural dialogue. The exhibition was on view for only three days before the museum closed to the public on March 16, 2020.


Arte Sacra: Roman Catholic Art from Portuguese India

An extraordinary selection of rarely seen wooden and ivory sculpture created in Portuguese Goa, during the 17th-19th centuries, is presented in this exhibition, that illuminates the global influence of European Baroque style, and the transformation of this style in the hands of Indian artists who, using local materials and motifs, created a new visual tradition.


The Pursuit of Salvation: Jain Art from India

Over sixty works of art, including sculptures, manuscripts and paintings, made in service of the Jain faith, are featured in this special exhibition, drawn from the collection of Dr. Siddharth K. Bhansali.


Alia Ali: Flux

Yemeni-Bosnian artist Alia Ali explores cultures at geographic crossroads. Her work considers how politics, economics and histories collide in fabric patterns and techniques, showing how fabric both unites and divides us.


Who Visited NOMA in 2020?

Digital Engagement

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Press Highlights

In 2020, NOMA was featured across print, online, and broadcast media. Highlights include The Wall Street Journal, The Art Newspaper, Associated Press, Asian Art Newspaper, Departures, Art Daily, ARTnews, Art&Object, Burnaway, U.S. News & World Report, Galerie Magazine, Wall Street International Magazine, GoNOLA, WGNO, WVUE, WWL, WYES,, NOLA Adore, The Times-Picayune | New Orleans Advocate |, Gambit, Biz New Orleans, and WWNO.

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The Wall Street Journal

The Wall Street Journal

“Covid-Era Exhibits Promote Art as Therapy” by Judith H. Dobrzynski

Associated Press

Associated Press

“New Orleans Museum of Art Announces 3 Big Gifts in 1 Month”

US News & World Report

US News & World Report

“Sculpture Enrique Alférez Mural to Return to Public View”



“ArtNews in Brief” by Claire Selvin and Tessa Solomon



“The Best Ways to Celebrate Black History Month in New Orleans”

The Art Newspaper

The Art Newspaper

“The Show Must Go On: What American Curators Are Up to in Isolation” by Judith H. Dobrzynski



“5 Artists Having Their First Museum Solo Shows This Year” by Osman Can Yerebakan



“New Photography: Create, Collect, Compile” by Bex Ya Yolk

Art & Object

Art & Object

“New Photography: Create, Collect, Compile”

Asian Art

Asian Art

“Jain Art in New Orleans”

Programmatic Highlights

Over the course of the year, NOMA offered a compelling range of programs that showcased the interdisciplinary nature of the museum, highlighted the innovation and power of artists, and delved into the range and depth of the museum’s collection.

Some highlights include:

Helen Gillet: Solo Performances

A singer-songwriter and surrealist-archeologist who explores synthesized sounds, textures, and rhythms using an acoustic cello, Helen Gillet created a series of solo performances that responded musically to the artists and ideas presented in the exhibition Mending the Sky. Weaving together a soundscape of cello, drum machine, sounds in nature, loop pedal, poetry, and storytelling, these concerts examined the vibrations of sonic disturbance: the tipping points where swollen rivers of human tension and natural imbalances flood the banks of an unsustainable society. Each solo performance took place within the galleries of Mending the Sky and streamed for free on NOMA’s website and social media channels to offer an intimate musical experience to a wide audience at a time when few opportunities for live music were possible.

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The Helis Foundation Artist Talk: Teresita Fernández

Teresita Fernández gave a well-received public lecture about her work as part of The Helis Foundation Artist Talk series. Fernández’s 60-foot mosaic mural Viñales (Mayombe Mississippi) is among the works on view in the expansion of the Sydney and Walda Besthoff Sculpture Garden.

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Beyond Gee’s Bend: A Community Quilting Workshop

New Orleans community quiltmakers came together for a hand-quilting workshop inspired by The Quilts of Gee’s Bend exhibition (on view August 9, 2019–March 15, 2020). The program included demonstrations and talks by textile artists and a range of music performances. Tulane Law School’s Dr. Elizabeth Townsend Gard spoke on copyright issues, her provenance workbook project, and her popular community podcast “Just Wanna Quilt.”

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Torkwase Dyson in Conversation with Leronn Brooks

Artist Torkwase Dyson participated in a conversation with art scholar Dr. LeRonn P. Brooks about her exhibition Torkwase Dyson: Black Compositional Thought | 15 Paintings for the Plantationocene.

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Virtual Artist Talk: Roberto Lugo

Ceramicist, social activist, poet, and educator Roberto Lugo joined NOMA’s Nic Aziz, Community Engagement Curator, and Mel Buchanan, RosaMary Curator of Decorative Arts and Design, to discuss working as an artist in 2020, pottery, and hip hop legend Lil Wayne, whose likeness appears opposite Louis Armstrong on the commissioned “Stunting” Garniture Set on view in the decorative arts galleries.

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Although NOMA began 2020 with enthusiasm and high expectations, the global pandemic created significant financial challenges for the museum. On March 16, NOMA closed its doors to the public—a decision made and announced jointly with the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Contemporary Arts Center. The Besthoff Sculpture Garden reopened on June 1, providing a safe and engaging way to experience the wide-ranging offerings of the garden outdoors. Because of the considerable revenue loss NOMA suffered due to the COVID-19 crisis, visitors were asked to pay a small admission fee to the historically free Besthoff Sculpture Garden, making a significant contribution to the museum’s financial recovery.

In prioritizing the health and safety of NOMA’s guests, the museum reopened its doors to visitors in July at 50% capacity. NOMA implemented an online advance ticketing system, allowing museum staff adhere to state and city guidelines and to track attendance. As an expression of deep appreciation and gratitude, NOMA offered free admission to first responders and healthcare professionals upon the reopening of the museum through the end of the year, and into 2021. NOMA staff went above and beyond to ensure a safe, relaxing, and pleasurable experience for all visitors.

Virtual Offerings

In an effort to provide access to NOMA’s collection while the museum’s doors were closed, museum staff collaborated to develop multiple innovative ways for our community to engage with the collection digitally. Weekly content provided on NOMA’s website explored themes of sustainability, equality, representation, belief systems, and more.


Google Arts & Culture

NOMA launched a partnership with Google Arts & Culture in 2016, working with them to create a high-quality virtual tour of the museum as well as virtual exhibitions. While the pandemic prevented audiences from visiting the museum, NOMA staff worked together to develop new Google Arts & Culture virtual offerings, allowing those at home to experience past NOMA exhibitions, along with new presentations of NOMA’s permanent collection.

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The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate |

In April of 2020, NOMA launched a partnership with The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate | to create a series of articles presented in Lagniappe, a weekly section of the paper and website that highlights New Orleans arts and culture. In this series, Lagniappe presented a different work each week from NOMA’s collection, written by museum curators. The partnership enabled NOMA to present works from the collection at a time when visitors were unable to visit the museum, and also allowed The Times-Picayune | The New Orleans Advocate | to continue presenting arts coverage to those at home.

Object Lessons

NOMA curators created web content that provided an in-depth study of selected objects from NOMA’s permanent collection, ranging from a Dutch still life, to contemporary photography, to the Japanese technique of kintsugi. With the opportunity for web visitors to explore the collection from home, object lessons allowed NOMA’s audience to discover the collection in a new way, beyond what’s on view in the galleries.

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Take Note: Community Creative Sketchbook Project

To keep visitors engaged and excited about the museum and its collection, NOMA launched an initiative called Take Note. The creative sketchbook project provided weekly prompts inspired by artworks to give museum audiences ideas for how to to dedicate time to creativity and self-reflection.

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Art Projects

NOMA began presenting art projects and lessons that coincided with themes presented in NOMA’s digital content. Although these art projects were shared with the public digitally, they also allowed our audiences to tactically engage with the museum. Art projects followed three approaches: lesson plans that were reformulated from our Educator’s Toolbox; activities that were reformulated from our Mini Masters curriculum; and new, original art-making content developed by our Youth Programs Coordinator.

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Reading Lists

Each week, NOMA’s Learning and Engagement staff developed a thoughtful and compelling themed list of suggested reading for all ages. In partnership with Octavia Books, links were provided to purchase selected titles through this independent bookstore based in New Orleans, which offered nationwide shipping or curbside pickup throughout the pandemic.

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Musicians from Home

NOMA presented a series of virtual concerts featuring a range of music’s best and brightest, like Haruka Kikuchi (pictured, right), performing from their homes. Assembled by internationally renowned multi-instrumentalist and composer Mahmoud Chouki, these informal music experiences allowed NOMA audiences to enjoy performances by acclaimed musicians from New Orleans and beyond.⁣⁣⁣

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Photo Contest

In May of 2020, NOMA launched the Teen Photo Challenge: Captured in Quarantine, which asked teens to share how current events impacted their life and surroundings through the medium of photography. Submissions were reviewed by Brian Piper, Mellon Foundation Assistant Curator for Photography at NOMA, and Kayla Andrus, member of NOMA’s Teen Art Council. Winning photos captured the unique experience of life in an unprecedented pandemic during formative teen years.

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Community Impact

Teen Art Council

The NOMA Teen Art Council (TAC) is a diverse group of creative teens that serve as leaders and ambassadors of the museum. In March of 2020, the TAC hosted the museum’s first Teen Night, VIBRANT DIMENSIONS, a Saturday night teen takeover featuring gallery activities, live t-shirt screen printing, art-making, and more. During the COVID-19 shutdown, the TAC shifted gears to offer a variety of opportunities for creative expression, wellness, and support through virtual meetings. 

In the fall, the TAC reached full capacity for the first time, welcoming 7 new members for the 2020-2021 school year and representing a total of 10 New Orleans area high schools. The hybrid virtual and in-museum season featured a needle-threading workshop and talk with artist Beili Liu to realize her work After All: Mending the Sky, meetings with NOMA staff members from various departments, and peer-to-peer art-making and wellness workshops.

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Creative Response Kits

NOMA took part in Antenna Gallery’s Creative Response Kit initiative, through which partnering artists, organizations, and volunteers came together to develop, build, and distribute free stay-at-home art activity and supply kits to support families during New Orleans’ stay at home order. Over the course of 12 weeks, Creative Response distributed 14,000 free art activity kits in partnership with family nutrition programs’ weekly lunch distribution sites at various New Orleans public schools.

Summer Art Kit

In lieu of the previously planned in-person camp model for June and July, NOMA offered Summer Art Kits, a modified summer engagement program for kids that encouraged imagination, self-discovery, and learning from home. Summer Art Kits included a kit of materials and activities, access to twice weekly virtual studio sessions, and access to twice weekly virtual office hours with an arts educator.

Virtual Family Festival

In August of 2020, NOMA offered its first Virtual Family Festival, an online offering for families to engage with art and art-making from home. Themed “Courage and Care,” the festival featured both live and readymade virtual programming, including a sensory walk which could be experienced at home or in the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, a live reading with seven-year-old Alyssa McClelland, author of My Big Curly Fro, and live, participatory workshops with the Southern Food and Beverage Museum and local poet and artist Cubs the Poet.

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Camp Able

Camp Able is a ministry of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church that provides dignity-driven programs for the benefit of youth with developmental disabilities, their families, and the individuals who choose to serve them. In 2020, NOMA’s partnership with Camp Able, traditionally held in museum galleries and the Besthoff Sculpture Garden, went virtual. NOMA educators provided Zoom sessions designed to inspire Camp Able youth to reflect on their pandemic experiences. The Historic New Orleans Collection accepted the digital and printed portfolios created through this partnership into their archives, providing a reflection of how 2020 affected neurodiverse youth in New Orleans.

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Creative Assembly

Creative Assembly is a NOMA community engagement initiative that uses neighborhood-based participatory art experiences as a vehicle for personal exploration, community collaboration, and social change. Prior to the pandemic shutdown, museum staff worked with several partners through extended workshops, artist collaborations, and participatory experiences at the museum. As we transitioned to a Covid safe programming model, we ended the year with a combination of virtual and masked-socially distant engagements that allowed us to still achieve the mission of the initiative. NOMA worked with a number of community partners in 2020, ranging from The Black School, the Youth Empowerment Project, New Harmony High School, Covenant House, and Families and Friends of Louisiana’s Incarcerated Children (FFLIC).

Special Events

Music in the Garden

In the Fall of 2020, NOMA launched the Music in the Garden series in collaboration with renowned New Orleans-based musician and composer Mahmoud Chouki. Featuring a diverse spectrum of musicians ranging from Bruce Sunpie Barnes to the Radio Bird Quartet, this series provided a much-needed opportunity for NOMA’s community to gather in a safe and festive way with some of New Orleans most notable musicians.

Egg Hunt and Family Festival

NOMA’s annual Egg Hunt and Family Festival fundraiser, which usually takes place before Easter, was canceled in 2020. Instead, NOMA staff put together a home-based Egg Hunt activity, available both for purchase and to event ticket holders. The take-home bags were made even more special thanks to generous donations from Elmer Chocolate and Raising Cane’s. NOMA was able to donate over 8,000 eggs to Children’s Hospital New Orleans LCMC Health.  

Art in Bloom

Scheduled for March 25–29, 2020, NOMA announced the postponement of Art in Bloom. On April 27, museum staff decided to cancel the event and instead held a virtual auction. Supporters rallied to bid on auction items, which ultimately raised more than $71,000 for the museum. 

LOVE in the Garden

The annual fundraiser, LOVE in the Garden Presented by Hanock Whitney, scheduled to take place on Friday, September 25, was also canceled. Despite not being able to hold the event in 2020, NOMA was able to confirm a multi-year LOVE presenting sponsorship with Hancock Whitney from 2021-2023.


Odyssey took place with a new pandemic-friendly format designed to allow NOMA to welcome small groups of patrons over multiple evenings, while adhering to city and state mandates for events.  Thanks to our presenting sponsor, IBERIABANK | First Horizon, Odyssey ∙ An Epic Journey featured five art and musically themed evenings exclusively limited to 80 guests per night.  Guests enjoyed cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and special curatorial tours led by NOMA’s curatorial staff, followed by a fabulous three course seated dinner by Ralph Brennan Catering & Events.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

National Conversation

The tragic killings of Black Americans sparked protests across the country, forcing the nation to confront the systemic racism on which our country was built. Museums and cultural institutions were tasked with going beyond proclaiming their allegiance with the Black Lives Matter movement, and meaningfully acknowledging their shortcomings when it comes to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through learning and self-reflection, museums began to address biases within their operations, their approach to presentation of collections, and within staff and board structure. 

Agenda for Change

In July 2020, the NOMA Board of Trustees, leadership, and staff committed to the Agenda for Change to address the museum’s challenges and opportunities in an ongoing, long-term, intentional process. The Agenda for Change listed a series of action steps with the goal of creating a more transparent and open work environment, as well as a more welcoming and supportive environment for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ community members.

Read Our DEI Progress Report

Collections, Acquisitions, and Loans

In 2020, NOMA announced a yearlong commitment to acquiring art from only BIPOC and local artists. Over the course of the year, we acquired 22 significant works by BIPOC, LGBTQ+ and female-identifying artists, focusing particularly on those who are from, or work in, New Orleans. Our collection represents the community it serves, and our galleries serve as a space for everyone to enjoy the arts. As an institution, we will continue to examine our acquisition practices and make our museum representative of our great city while at the same time providing compelling works of art from diverse periods and cultures around the world.



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Carol Bove

Carol Bove

Mood, 2017. Museum purchase with funds provided by Sydney and Walda Besthoff, 2020.4. © Carol Bove.

Cindy Sherman

Cindy Sherman

Untitled #225, 1990. Gift and bequest of H. Russell Albright, M.D., 92.834.

Pende Artist

Pende Artist

Gitenga mask, 20th century. Gift of John Abajian and Scott R. Simmons in memory of Sharon N. Litwin, 2020.19.

Robert Mapplethorpe

Robert Mapplethorpe

New Orleans Interior, 1982. Bequest of H. Russell Albright, M.D., 2020.1.38.

Joris Laarman

Joris Laarman

Structural Study for Maker Chair (Mesh), 2014. Museum purchase, William McDonald Boles and Eva Carol Boles Fund, 2020.2. © Joris Laarman Lab

Roberto Lugo

Roberto Lugo

“Stunting” Garniture Set, 2020. Museum purchase, William McDonald Boles and Eva Carol Boles Fund, 2020.15.1–6. Courtesy of the artist and Wexler Gallery.

Enrique Alférez

Enrique Alférez

Symbols of Communication, 1967. Gift of Joseph Jaeger, Barry Kern, Michael White, and Arnold Kirschman, 2020.7.1-.118. © Estate of Enrique Alférez.

Purvis Young

Purvis Young

Untitled (Reclining Angel and Houses), ca. 1990. Gift of Alice, Kurt and Manya-Jean Gitter in memory of our dear friend Leah Chase, 2020.37.
Maya Lin

Maya Lin

Folding the Mississippi (1938), 2019. 2020.3. © Maya Lin Studio.

Tina Freeman

Tina Freeman

20140222_Dritvik_01, 2014. © Tina Freeman.

Tina Freeman

Tina Freeman

20130911_Louisiana_Deltas_2, 2013. © Tina Freeman.

Torkwase Dyson

Torkwase Dyson

Way Over There Inside Me (Ocean as a super throughway #1–4), 2020. Museum Purchase, Robert P. Gordy Fund, 2020.36.1-4. © Torkwase Dyson.

Alia Ali

Alia Ali

Ochre Waves, 2019. Carmen Donaldson Fund, 2020.39. © Alia Ali, 2019.

Ana Hernandez

Ana Hernandez

A Sense of Memory, 2015. Museum purchase. © Ana Hernandez.

Capital Projects

The Auditorium Complex Renovation:  the Lapis Center for the Arts, the Dathel and Tommy Coleman Courtyard, and a Reimagined Café NOMA

In January of 2020, NOMA broke ground on the transformative Auditorium complex renovation project.  Funded by a visionary lead gift from the Zemurray Foundation, the project is pivotal to the museum’s goal to be a nexus for the arts.  With its sophisticated and flexible design by Eskew Dumez Ripple of New Orleans, of a flat floor, multiple seating configurations, a moveable stage and state of the art technology, the Lapis Center gives NOMA a cultural forum in which the arts can be shared in its myriad expressions. 

A highlight of the Lapis Center is the installation of Enrique Alférez’s Symbols of Communication. Created in 1967, these plaster relief murals were generously donated by Joe Yeager, Barry Kern, Michael White, and Arnold Kirschman.  The signs and symbols emblazoned on the murals celebrate humanity, connectedness, and the universal desire to share stories through language.

The project also included the addition of the Dathel and Tommy Coleman Courtyard, thanks to their generous gift.  The courtyard, which took the existing outdoor space and while preserving its historical elements, now features a glass ceiling and walls, and opens to both the Lapis Center and the Café, creating an extension of the complex while also providing additional discreet space for programs and gatherings.  

Finally, NOMA’s long-standing partner Ralph Brennan collaborated with NOMA and the project team to reimagine Café NOMA as a wonderful place to enjoy a meal as well as be an extension of the museum’s galleries. 

Challenge and adversity often yield opportunity. Despite the onset of the pandemic and the museum’s closure from March to July, our team of Broadmoor and Dupont LeCorgne were able to progress the construction both on schedule and on budget.  The new spaces were completed in late October 2020.

We are extremely grateful to our funders and donors on this project whose contributions made this extraordinary undertaking possible: the Zemurray Foundation, Dathel and Tommy Coleman, Joe Yeager, Barry Kern, Michael White, Barry Kirschman, Ralph Brennan, The Azby Fund, and Robinson Lumber Company, who generously donated the flooring in the Lapis Center.

Installation at Café NOMA

Blurring the lines between refreshment venue and art gallery, a dramatic installation in Café NOMA brings treasured objects from the museum’s collection. A Japanese porcelain picnic box, a midcentury glass coffeemaker, an ornate 18th-century French soup tureen, African wooden palm wine cups, and stainless-steel flatware by architect Zaha Hadid are among the 90 museum objects that celebrate food and dining cultures across time and geography. The installation reflects the ongoing importance of such worldly food traditions in the city of New Orleans, and even includes a c. 1840 bottle marked for its New Orleans French wine importer. The ceiling height grid installation was built and designed collaboratively between NOMA’s curatorial and installation team, Broadmoor Construction, and the architects at Eskew, Dumez, Ripple.

Financial Report

Board of Trustees

Officers and Executive Committee

Janice Parmelee, President
Lynes R. (Poco) Sloss, 1st Vice-President
Sydney J. Besthoff III, Vice-President
Stephanie Feoli, Vice-President
Leonard A. Davis, Secretary
Hunter G. Hill, Treasurer
Dathel Coleman Georges, At-Large
Marshall Hevron, At-Large
James J. (Jimmy) Reiss, Jr., At-Large
Michael J. Siegel, Immediate Past President
Susu Stall, Appointed
Rob Steeg, Appointed
Suzanne Thomas, Appointed

National Trustees

Joseph Baillio
Mrs. Carmel (Babette) Cohen
Mrs. Mason (Kim) Granger
Jerry Heymann
Herbert Kaufman, M.D.
Mrs. James (Cherye) Pierce
Mrs. Billie Milam Weisman


Jay Batt
Gayle M. Benson
Elizabeth Boh
Elizabeth Boone
Caroline Calhoun
Edgar (Dook) Chase IV
Michael Christovich
Henry Coaxum
Scott Cowen
Philip S. DeNormandie
Margo DuBos
Foster Duncan
David Edwards
Gregory C. Feirn
Tim L. Fields
Tony Gelderman
Julie Livaudais George
Juli Miller Hart
Adrea D. Heebe
Liz Hefler
Joseph Jaeger, Jr.
Tarun (TJ) Jolly, M.D.
David Kelso
Henry M. Lambert
Louis J. Lupin
Robert E. Smith Lupo
Cammie Mayer
Kenya LeNoir Messer
Howard J. Osofsky
Thomas F. Reese
Garner Robinson
Pamela Reynolds Ryan
Jane B. Steiner
Catherine Burns Tremaine
Zannie Voss
Brent Wood

The Honorable LaToya Cantrell, Mayor
Joe Giarrusso, New Orleans City Council Member
Carla Adams, NVC Chairman

Honorary Life Members

Sandra Draughn Freeman
Kurt A. Gitter, M.D.
Mrs. Erik (Barbara) Johnsen
Mr. J. Thomas Lewis
Mrs. J. Frederick (Beverley) Muller
Mrs. Robert (Jeri) Nims
Harry C. Stahel
Mrs. Harold H. (Matilda) Stream
Mrs. James L. (Jean) Taylor
Mrs. John N. (Joel) Weinstock


NOMA is grateful to all the members, donors, and event supporters who make our work possible.

$500,000 and above

The Azby Fund
Sydney and Walda Besthoff
Virginia Besthoff
Dathel and Tommy Coleman
Collins C. Diboll Private Foundation
Donna and Ben Rosen
Patrick F. Taylor Foundation
Zemurray Foundation 


Del and Ginger Hall
The Helis Foundation
Dr. Rodney and Jane Steiner 


Succession of H. Russell Albright
Elizabeth A. Boh
Kathleen G. Favrot
Charitable Lead Annuity Trust Under the Will of Louis Feil
Frischhertz Electric Co, Inc.
Hancock Whitney
Lois and Lloyd Hawkins Jr. Foundation
Tina and Robert Hinckley
IBERIABANK | First Horizon
Institute of Museum and Library Services
Eugenie and Joseph Jones Family Foundation
National Endowment for the Humanities
Janice Parmelee and Bill Hammack
Pixie and Jimmy Reiss
The Selley Foundation 


Andree and Jay Batt
Bryan Batt and Tom Cianfichi
John Bullard
The Ford Foundation
Marla Garvey
Jeff and Marjean Gohd
The Lupin Foundation
Cammie and Charles Mayer
National Endowment for the Arts
Dr. Jim and Cherye Pierce
Robinson Lumber Company
The RosaMary Foundation
Liz and Poco Sloss
Wagner Foundation
The Walton Family Foundation
The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Robert J.A. and Norris S.L. Williams


Aron & Company, Inc. Fund
Derrin Bergeron
Katherine Boh
Lucy Burnett and Gregory Holt
Judith F. Burrus
Carey Bond and Henry Lambert
The Booth-Bricker Fund
Susan and Ralph Brennan
Louisette and George Brown
Catherine Burns Tremaine
Susan Carruth and Dennis Ryan
Caroline and Murray Calhoun
Gretchen and Dook Chase
Michael and Carolyn Christovich
Karen and Henry Coaxum
Dr. Scott S. Cowen
City of New Orleans
Carol and Byron Crawford
Milly and George Denegre
Philip DeNormandie
Margo and Clancy DuBos
Shaun and Foster Duncan
Catherine and David Edwards
Feil Family Foundation
Sarah and Greg Feirn
Stephanie and Ludovico Feoli
Tim L. Fields
Tina Freeman and Philip Woollam
The Garden Study Club of New Orleans
Katherine and Tony Gelderman
Dathel and John Georges
The Goldring Family Foundation
Martha and Bill Gunther
Juli Miller Hart
Elizabeth and Henry Hefler
Adrea D. Heebe and Dominick A. Russo, Jr.
Kaylea and Hunter Hill
Sharon Jacobs and Leonard A. Davis
Sara and David Kelso
LCMC Health
Kristine and F. Rivers Lelong, Jr
Sheila and Tommy Lemann
Louisiana Division of the Arts
Jane and Henry Lowentritt
Robert and Mary Lupo
Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel Foundation
Mervin G. & Maxine M. Morais Endowment
Louise M. Moffett
Drs. Joy and Howard Osofsky
Dr. James and Mrs. Cherye Pierce
Elisabeth H. Rareshide and Ronald G. Amedee
Rathborne Companies East, LLC
Drs. Janet C. and David A. Rice
Carol and Thomas Reese
Pamela Ryan
Stephen F. Stumpf, Jr.
Mimi and Claude Schlesinger
Gayle and Edward Shearer
Kitty and Stephen Sherrill
Aimée Farnet Siegel and Michael J. Siegel
Phyllis Taylor
Suzanne and Robert Thomas
Alexis Walter Art
Brian Weatherford and Steven Montgomery
Lele and Brent Wood
David Workman
Robert E. Zetzmann Family Foundation


John C. Abajian and Scott R. Simmons
Acadian Ambulance Service
Richard C. Adkerson
Ryan Adkerson
Wayne F. Amedee
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