About us

about

the masur museum

Located in the former home of the Masur family, the Masur Museum of Art is the largest collecting and exhibiting visual arts museum in Northeast Louisiana. We are dedicated to providing our community with a dynamic visual arts experience through exhibitions, public programming, and collections management.

The Masur Museum of Art offers educational programs for children and adults such as artist talks, academic lectures, summer art camps, winter workshops, drop-in activities, and art classes including digital photography, painting, collage, printmaking, stained glass, bookmaking, and more.

 

Admission to our museum is always free. Please visit our Education Section for information on group tours.

George Rodrigue, Blue Moon Over Me
Historic MM

The History

of the masur museum

The Masur Museum of Art was built as a private residence in 1929. A lumberman by the name of Clarence Edward Slagle had the modified Tudor estate built for his wife Mabel. The Indiana limestone and Pennsylvania blue slate used to build the home were transported on various waterways to the scenic Ouachita River, which runs behind the estate. Originally the grounds included an English style rose garden and a lawn extending down to the river. When the Army Corps of Engineers built the levee system in the 1930s, the home’s carriage house was moved behind the new levee.

The home went up for sale in the early 1930s and was acquired by the Masur family. Sigmund and Beatrice Masur and their children Sylvian, Jack, and Bertha Marie, lived in the home until the 1960s. The Masur children donated the home to the City of Monroe in 1963 to be converted to a fine art museum. Initially the museum began to present exhibitions and art education through the hard work of docents and volunteers. Then in 1974, the Twin City Art Foundation was formed to provide additional support for the museum, providing funding for exhibitions, educational programs, and the permanent collection. To this day the Masur operates as a partnership between the City of Monroe and the Twin City Art Foundation. The Masur Museum of Art is a division of the Department of Community Affairs within the City of Monroe.

 

Recent expansions and renovations to the Masur Museum of Art include the addition of the River Galleries in 2005, gallery renovations to all interior walls in 2008, carriage house apartment renovation in 2009, installation of a custom made sculpture by Shayne Dark on the front lawn in 2012, and a new roof in 2014. Through all of these changes we’ve managed to update and modernize the museum in amazing ways while maintaining the character and charm of the original home.

twin city

art foundation

Board of Trustees

 

Ann Bloxom Smith, Chairman
Hal Hinchliffe,  President
Tiffany Jackson, Vice President
Scott Higginbotham, Secretary- Treasurer

 

Brad Arender

Douglas Breckenridge

Leigh Buffington

Brooke Cassady

Judge Aisha Clark

Drék Davis

Jay Davis

Gretchen Masur Dean

K’Shana Hall-Davis

Sarah Hoffman

Gregory Hudgins

Sara Holley

Carrick Inabnett

Sarah Jarrett

Kay La-France Knight

Quilwanti Lewis

Kara Platt

Roxanne Santos

Pashen Sims

Cheryl Sutton

Cliff Tresner

 

Honorary Trustees

 

Anne R. Eberle
Michael Echols

CURRENT & UPCOMING

EVENTS + EXHIBITIONS

Browse our exhibits: both upcoming & current!

The Unchosen Ones: Portraits of an American Pastoral

RJ Kern

November 1, 2023 –
December 22, 2023

Blanket Songs

John Hitchcock

November 23, 2023 –
February 3, 2024

A. Hayes Town

On loan from the Hilliard Art Museum of Lafayette, Louisiana.

May 25, 2023 –
August 5, 2023
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