ROGER OGDEN 2018-08-30T11:29:31-05:00

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THE ICON: Roger Ogden

THE LEGACY: Roger Ogden’s legacy can be found all over south Louisiana, in the dozens of shopping centers and hotels he helped develop; at Louisiana State University, to which he has donated millions; and — perhaps most conspicuously — the museum bearing his surname in New Orleans’ Warehouse District. Throughout Ogden’s life, art has been an abiding passion, and as he became successful, he was able not only to buy more art but also to share it through the museum, which is still a work in progress, and one in which Ogden remains deeply involved. (His gift of about 600 paintings and sculptures makes up the core of the collection of the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, which now boasts more than 5,000 pieces.) Gregory O’Brien, who approached Ogden with the idea of donating some of his art when O’Brien was the University of New Orleans’ chancellor, said Ogden possesses “enormous energy and a kind of laser focus” and “an enthusiasm that makes people want to help him.”

THE ARTIST: Gabriel Flores

THE INSPIRATION: “All over the state and the South, you’ll meet people who’ll tell you things about Roger’s generosity.” — Bradley Sumrall, curator, the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, in a 2017 interview with | The Times-Picayune