Masur Museum of Art

Coordinates: 32°30′37″N 92°05′42″W / 32.510278°N 92.095°W / 32.510278; -92.095
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Masur Museum of Art is located in Louisiana
Masur Museum of Art
Masur Museum of Art is located in the United States
Masur Museum of Art
Location1400 South Grand St.
Monroe, Louisiana
Coordinates32°30′37″N 92°05′42″W / 32.510278°N 92.095°W / 32.510278; -92.095
Area0.2 acres (0.081 ha)
ArchitectClarence Edward Slagle[2]
Architectural styleModified Tudor[2]
NRHP reference No.82002789[1]
Added to NRHPJuly 22, 1982

The Masur Museum of Art in Monroe, Louisiana in the United States, is the largest visual arts museum in northeast Louisiana.[3] It is in the former home of the Masur family, the Masur House, also known as the Slagle-Masur House, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The building, constructed in modified Tudor style in 1929,[4] was listed on the National Register in 1982 for its architecture.[1][5] In 1963 it was given to the city of Monroe by the Masur family.[6] [7]

The mission of the museum is to support and foster visual arts in the community through exhibitions, both temporary and from the museum's permanent collection, as well as providing educational programs for both children and adults. Lectures, films, and artist talks are presented in the Lower River Gallery. The Carriage House is used for art classes, summer art camps, workshops, and demonstrations. Admission to the museum is free.[2] The permanent collection includes works by Thomas Hart Benton, Mary Cassatt, Philip Guston, Joan Miró, Robert Motherwell, Pablo Picasso, Auguste Rodin. Salvador Dalí, Alex Katz, Fairfield Porter, and Georges Rouault. The collection also features the work of distinguished artists with ties to Louisiana, namely Lynda Benglis, Clyde Connell, Alexander John Drysdale, John Geldersma, Ida Kohlmeyer, Eugene J. Martin, and George Rodrigue, among others. Also included in the collection are several long-term loans that are on view on a rotating basis. These include works by Marc Chagall, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.[2]


The Masur Museum of Art was built as a private residence in 1929.[4] A lumberman by the name of Clarence Edward Slagle had the modified Tudor estate built for his wife Mabel.[4] 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.[4] The home was given the name Grey Gables by the Slagles.[4] Originally the grounds included an English style rose garden and a lawn extending down to the river.[4] When the Army Corps of Engineers built the levee system in the 1930s, the home’s carriage house was moved behind the new levee, but only had to be moved twenty feet.[4]

In 1934 Clarence Slagle passed away and his widow soon after sold the home to the Masur family.[4] Sigmund and Beatrice Masur and their children Sylvian, Jack, and Bertha Marie, lived in the home until the 1960s.[4] The Masur children donated the home to the City of Monroe in 1963 to be converted into a fine art museum.[4] Initially the museum began to present exhibitions and art education through the hard work of docents and volunteers.[4] 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.[4] To this day the Masur operates as a partnership between the City of Monroe and the Twin City Art Foundation.[4] The Masur Museum of Art is a division of the Department of Community Affairs within the City of Monroe.[4]


  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. March 13, 2009.
  2. ^ a b c d Official Website
  3. ^ William Caverlee, Oct. 17, 2010, Ben Hickey brings multiple talents to Masur Museum Archived 2010-10-18 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n "About us – Masur Museum of Art". Retrieved 2023-10-04.
  5. ^ About the Masur Museum, accessed 2-17-2011 Archived 2011-01-02 at the Wayback Machine
  6. ^ Masur Museum of Art - Monroe, Louisiana on Waymarking, accessed 11-04-2010
  7. ^ About the Masur Museum, accessed 11-4-2010 Archived 2011-01-02 at the Wayback Machine

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