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Friday Nights at NOMA: Art in Bloom | Music by Semaj & The Mad Bad Band | Artist Perspective with Lorna Williams

Fri, March 29th, 2019 at 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Friday Nights at NOMA returns for an exciting lineup of programs in 2019: live music, movies, children’s activities, and more. Regular admission prices apply—NOMA members are FREE—but there is no extra charge for programs or films. All galleries, the Museum Shop, and Café NOMA remain open till 9 pm.

  • 5 – 8 pm: Art on the Spot drop-in activity table
  • 5 – 9 pm: Art in Bloom on display
  • 5:30 – 8:30 pm: Music by Semaj & The Mad Bad Band
  • 6:30 pm: Artist Perspective with Lorna Williams on the exhibition Mildred Thompson: Against the Grain


One of the most anticipated springtime events in New Orleans, Art in Bloom showcases spectacular floral designs created by over 100 exhibitors that remain on display at NOMA for four days, from March 28-31.  Proceeds from Art in Bloom benefit education projects and exhibitions at NOMA and community projects of The Garden Study Club of New Orleans.

With a focus on light, transformation and discovery as New Orleans enters its fourth century, Art in Bloom’s 2019 theme is Illuminations: Looking Within and Beyond.


Lorna Williams was born in 1986 in New Orleans. She received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2010. She studied at New Orleans Center for Creative Arts, School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Tyler School of Art, Philadelphia. In 2009, she attended the Norfolk Program at Yale University. Her work has been exhibited at the Studio Museum Harlem in New York; Montserrat College of Art, Beverly, Massachusetts; and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Williams’s work has been reviewed in The Wall Street Journal, Art in America, The New York Times, FLATT, Boston Magazine, Concierge Magazine, and The Boston Globe, among others. She was the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions including Presidential Scholars Program Semifinalist, ARTS Recognition Finalist, National Foundation for the Advancement in the Arts Finalist, Art and Change Grantee of the Leeway Foundation, Ellen Battell Stockel Fellowship Recipient. Her work is included in the collection of 21C Museum, The Pizzuti Collection and Wellington Management. Williams will provide her perspective on works displayed in Mildred Thompson: Against the Grain.


The voice of Semaj with a blend of folk, hip-hop, soul, funk, pop and blues wrapped up in something new.

Friday Nights at NOMA is supported in part by grant funds from the Azby Fund; Ruby K. Worner Charitable Trust; New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Foundation; and the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council.


Fri, March 29th, 2019
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
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