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New exhibition opens today in THNOC’s recently completed Perrilliat House

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New exhibition opens today in THNOC's recently completed Perrilliat House

Galleries feature paintings, Newcomb pottery from the Laura Simon Nelson Collection

October 11,  2012 | New Orleans, LA - A new exhibition in The Historic New Orleans Collection recently completed Perrilliat House opens to the public today, October 11. Part of the Williams Research Center, the new building-located at 400 Chartres St-houses the Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art. This new gallery space will host rotating exhibitions drawing from the substantial visual-art collection donated by Laura Simon Nelson in 1995, as well as other THNOC holdings.

The inaugural exhibition in the galleries is representative of Nelson's collection, which is a diverse group of more than 350 objects ranging from impressionist works to cubism and other modern styles. Dozens of paintings from her donation will be on display, including artists such as Jacques Guillaume Lucien Amans, Josephine Marien Crawford, Ellsworth Woodward and William Woodward.

Guided by long-time friend, art enthusiast and dealer, George E. Jordan, Nelson's collection showcases the talents of many artists who lived and worked in Louisiana. Her gift remains the largest single donation of visual art ever received by the museum.

In an essay for "Complemintary Visions of Louisiana Art" (THNOC, 1996), which celebrated the acquisition of her collection, Nelson wrote of her dedication to art and her decision to donate the items.

"I consider the paintings to be my children-part of my family," wrote Nelson. "I wanted them to be in a safe place where they would be well taken care of, be exhibited and would help the people of Louisiana to realize what a wonderful heritage we have in Louisiana art."

"She also knew that not only would we take care of her collection, but that it would become an effective instrument in advancing Louisiana art," said Judith Bonner, THNOC's curator of the exhibition and a visual art expert.       

The Laura Simon Nelson Galleries for Louisiana Art are open Tuesday-Saturday, 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission is free, and guests may enter at 400 Chartres St. For more information, visit or call (504) 523-4662.

Editor's Note: Photos are available upon request. Contact Anne Robichaux at or (504) 598-7137 for digital images.

About The Collection
Founded in 1966, The Historic New Orleans Collection is a museum, research center and publisher dedicated to the preservation of the history and culture of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. Located in the heart of the French Quarter, The Collection offers guided tours, free rotating exhibitions, a research facility and a museum shop. For more information, visit or call (504) 523-4662.