September 29, 2021

Venue partners include the New Orleans African American Museum, Ogden Museum of Southern Art,  Contemporary Arts Center, Happyland Theater, and more

View a list of artists on view at the CAC and reserve gallery tickets, here

September 14, 2021

(New Orleans, LA - September 14, 2021): Following its closure due to Hurricane Ida,  the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC) announced that it will reopen its galleries on Wednesday September 15, 2021 at 11 am with its presentation of  “SOLOS”, an exhibition of new works by CAC visual artists-in-residence located in the CAC’s 2nd floor galleries. 

August 27, 2021


August 26, 2021

(New Orleans, LA - August 26, 2021): The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC) announced the opening of “SOLOS,” an exhibition of new works by CAC visual artists-in-residence, on Friday, August 27, 2021 from 6 to 9pm in the CAC’s 2nd floor galleries.

August 17, 2021

August 17, 2021: CAC Health & Safety Update

In response to the recent spread of the Delta Variant of COVID-19, proof of vaccination or negative COVID test within 72 hours (from a medical professional) is now required for admission to the CAC's exhibitions, performances, and events.

Proof should be shown to the CAC's front desk staff upon entry. In addition to accepting vaccination cards, Louisiana residents may download and opt in to the LA Wallet App to show their vaccination status. 

August 10, 2021

The CAC galleries will be closed on Wednesday, August 11, 2021 due to a last-minute scheduling change for building maitenance. The building will remain open and accessible to members of The Shop co-working space.

Our galleries will re-open as previously scheduled on Thursday, August 12 from 11 am to 5 pm. Thank you for your patience and understanding.


The CAC Staff

August 5, 2021

New Orleans, LA – (August 5, 2021):  Due to the rising COVID-19 cases in the city of New Orleans and State of Louisiana, and in consultation with the Arts District of New Orleans , the CAC regrets to announce the cancellation of its White Linen Night, AFTER DARK party, scheduled for Saturday, August 7, 2021 from 9 pm to midnight.  In light of the recent decision by Arts District New Orleans to cancel the White Linen Night block party on Julia Street, the CAC has made the difficult decision to cancel the official after party.

July 9, 2021

Highlights Include the CAC’s annual open call exhibition of Gulf South artists entitled “Behind Every Beautiful Thing: Encountering Bodies, Wrestling the Human Condition”,  featuring multimedia works by 36 artists from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida and Texas; the New Orleans premiere of The Wait Room, an off-site presentation in Algiers Point about the impact of incarceration on families and loved ones; and the return of Prospect New Orleans with Prospect.5: “Yesterday we said tomorrow,” the highly-anticipated  triennial exhi

May 13, 2021

(New Orleans, LA - May 13, 2021): The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC) announced today the selection of seven visual and performing artists for its 2021 Artist Residency program, which advances the CAC’s  mission to foster and engage artistic communities and supports the creation of multidisciplinary art of our time.  The New Orleans based artists were selected from nearly 60 applicants by the CAC programs department.

April 27, 2021

(New Orleans, LA - April 26, 2021): The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans Teen Board announced today the selection of 22 high school student artists from across the New Orleans region for its Teen Open Call Exhibition, ISOLATION / CONNECTION: Teen Life in the Time of COVID. Curated by the CAC Teen Board, the exhibition features work that is centered around the experience of teens during COVID-19, from fluctuations in isolation to virtual education, wavering social connections, and having pivotal social milestones erased. 

April 22, 2021

April 20, 2021 (New Orleans): Writing for Art in America Magazine, Kristina Kay Robinson shares her thoughts on the CAC's Fall/Spring exhibition, Make America What America Must Become, An Exhibition of Gulf South Artists, on view through Sunday, April 25, 2021. 

Excerpt from the full review:

April 16, 2021

April 15, 2021 (New Orleans): In a special piece published by the National Performance Network, CAC artist collaborator Jo Kreiter (Artistic Director, Flyaway Productions) discusses her ongoing role with Inter[SECTOR], the CAC's series of online conversations dedicated to bringing together artists and activists.

March 9, 2021

On View at the CAC, Saturday and Sundays: March 20-21, March 27-28, April 3-4, and April 10-11, 2021

Free to the Public: Reserve Tickets at

March 8, 2021

Application Deadline: April 9, 2021 | Residency Exhibition On View: August 27 - September 26, 2021 | Residency Performances: August 27, 28, & 29, 2021, 2021 at 7:30pm

March 2, 2021

New Orleans, LA – March 2, 2021— The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) New Orleans has received a $25,000 Grants for Arts Projects award from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to support Inter[SECTOR], the CAC's three-year multidisciplinary program that is focused on cross-sector engagements between visual and performing artists and activists in the community who are working in the areas of carceral justice, healthcare, and the environment.

February 24, 2021

(New Orleans, LA - February 24, 2021): The Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) New Orleans announced today its annual Gulf South Open Call inviting artists to submit artworks that reflect on issues of health.

January 12, 2021

New Orleans, LA - January 12, 2021: The Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans (CAC) announced Dreaming While Awake, a virtual and on-site celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during the weekend, January 16 - 18, 2021, that explores the legacy of Dr. King and the intersections of art and social justice.

December 22, 2020


Multi-year Grant to Support Presentation and Production of New Work That Fosters Artistic Engagement with Community 

December 22, 2020


2020-2021 CAC Visual Artists Residencies Culminate in Three Solo Exhibitions by Artists Shana M. griffin, DISPLACING Blackness: Cartographies of Violence, Extraction, and Disposability;  Sarah Hill, To the Farmhouse; and Ana Hernandez, MATTER out of time

On View: January 9, 2021 - April 25, 2021

August 24, 2020

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