New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts
40th Anniversary Exhibition


The New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts is pleased to announce our 40th Anniversary Exhibition and celebration. This exhibition offers thought on the relevance of the fine arts today and pays homage to traditions while simultaneously investigating the structure of those traditions. An extraordinary group of work has been brought together by past and present faculty that addresses both a traditional understanding and contemporary evolution of the fine arts.

The New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts is an institution dedicated to the advancement and preservation of traditional Fine Arts techniques. The Academy was envisioned and founded by Auseklis Ozols in 1978 and was joined in partnership by the late Dorothy Coleman as president in 1980. Ozols modeled NOAFA after the oldest American Art Academy and Museum, the Historic Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, the cradle and birthplace of American Realist painting. Coleman brought the Academy into a new building where it sits at the current location, and made it possible to expand in numerous directions. She was a graduate of Newcomb Art School, and it is thanks to her generous and philanthropic spirit that the Academy sits as it does today.

The partnership between Ozols and Coleman combined strong vision with heart and grace, and allowed for the“heart” of Dorothy Jurisich Coleman to provide an all-embracing love still felt today that wove the varied artistic temperaments together.

Ozols is master of the realist observation-based painting technique and established a curriculum for its preservation. As Senior Curator for 40 years, he continues to present related educational exhibitions. The interior of the building, as well as all easels, drawing benches and palettes were designed by Ozols based on Da Vinci’s drawings for the ideal studio practice and exhibition of artwork. The Academy is pleased to celebrate 40 years of painting, drawing, and sculpture in this tradition.

Please Join us to celebrate 40 years at The New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, 5256 Magazine St. from 5-7 pm with a special toast at 5:30 on Saturday December 1.

Special Guest speakers include Elliot Botswick Davis, Phd, John Moors Cabot Chair

Art of the Americas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and Don Marshall, Executive Director of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival.

About Our speakers:

At the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Elliot Botswick Davis has authored 20 publications and curated 15 exhibitions, including Mark Rothko: Reflection (2017); Making Modern (2016); Jamie Wyeth (2014); Loïs Mailou Jones (2013); Edward Hopper (2007), and Things I Love: The Collections of William I. Koch (2005). Before joining the MFA, Davis was responsible for American, British, and contemporary art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in its Department of Drawings and Prints. She has served on the boards of the Association of Art Museum Curators, Mona Bismarck American Center, Mass Humanities, Groton School, Shelburne Museum, the New York Academy of Art, and the American Antiquarian Society.Davis received her Ph.D., M.A., and M. Phil in art history and archaeology from Columbia University. She also earned an M.A. in liberal studies from New York University, and her A.B. cum laude in art history and archaeology from Princeton University.

Don Marshall is the Executive Director of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, and Founding Director, Director Emeritus of the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans. His love of and support for all art forms and their connection to New Orleans has allowed for significant growth of innumerable programs that benefit artists and the understanding of the New Orleans cultural community alike. Marshall has been a longtime supporter of The Academy, and we are grateful for his intellectual support of our mission throughout the four decades of our activity.