The Best Art Galleries In New Orleans Warehouse District

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Ann Marshall-Thomas

The recently revitalized New Orleans Warehouse District is home to many of the city’s best galleries, museums, and restaurants. The Contemporary Arts Center opened in the neighborhood in 1976. In 1984, the World’s Fair in New Orleans, which took place largely in the Warehouse District, further helped to cement the area’s reputation as a cultural center.

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Arthur Roger Gallery

The Arthur Roger Gallery first opened in 1978 in the Garden District of New Orleans, but moved to a new space in the Warehouse District in 1988. The gallery was a primary organizer of the Louisiana Arts exhibition at the 1984 World’s Fair and has played a role in the rise of several Louisiana artists. The gallery opened a second location in New York City in the 1990s and has placed artists in prominent exhibitions around the world.

Martine Chaisson Gallery

Martine Chaisson Gallery is known for curating high quality contemporary art by both established and emerging artists. Chaisson places great emphasis on choosing art to match the style of an individual or business. The gallery features photography, drawing, painting, and sculpture. Martine Chaisson Gallery also hosts private events.

Jonathan Ferrara Gallery

Art Gallery
Gallery owner Jonathan Ferrara began his career in finance, before realizing that the visual arts were his true passion. He eventually quit his corporate job to sell art in the New Orleans French Market before opening the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery. The gallery curates exhibitions in a wide range of media, including sculpture, painting, installation, and mixed media. Jonathan Ferrara Gallery chooses artists for their thought-provoking, socially conscious themes.

Octavia Art Gallery

Art Gallery

Octavia Art Gallery New Orleans

Octavia Art Gallery was first established in Uptown New Orleans before moving to the Warehouse District in 2013. Since its beginnings, the gallery has been a leader in bringing regional, national, and international artists to New Orleans. Octavia Art Gallery has long had a relationship with Cuban artists and frequently exhibits Cuban and Cuban-American work. The gallery has a satellite location in Houston, Texas.

Steve Martin Fine Art

Steve Martin Fine Art is a studio and exhibition space for Louisiana artist Steve Martin, who has said, ‘Today we are under a visual assault from all sorts of disturbing images. I feel that art should uplift the soul and elevate the spirit. This is my message and I use the human form as my messenger.’Hailing from the small town of Tioga, Louisiana, Martin excelled in art from a young age despite receiving no formal training. Steve Martin also publishes a local magazine, Art + Design New Orleans.

LeMieux Galleries

Art Gallery, Museum
Situated in the center of the Warehouse District, near the Ogden Museum of Southern Art and the Contemporary Arts Center, LeMieux Galleries strives to bring Gulf South artists to local and visiting collectors. The artists featured in the gallery’s annual exhibition schedule work in a variety of media and represent the best of the region. LeMieux Galleries also offers custom framing.

Callan Contemporary

Formerly known as Gallery Bienvenu, Callan Contemporary represents both established and emerging artists. The gallery’s focus is on sculpture and figurative and abstract painting. Callan Contemporary is located on Julia Street, the Warehouse District’s primary corridor.

Gallery 600 Julia

Art Gallery
Gallery 600 Julia focuses on paintings by contemporary artists from Louisiana and Newcomb College pottery, a style that grew out of H. Sophie Newcomb Memorial College in New Orleans. Each month, Gallery 600 Julia exhibits a new group of contemporary works, and the gallery opens on the first Saturday evening of each month for the Warehouse District’s ‘Art Walk.’

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