The Meadows Museum of Art opened its doors in 1967 and originally housed 350 paintings, watercolors and drawings by the French Academic artist Jean Despujols. Since that time, the Museum has added significantly to its permanent collection, which now includes 1,500 works reflecting a variety of world cultures and traditions.
Works from the permanent collection are periodically rotated. Many have been recently conserved and newly acquired. Included in the celebration of the visual arts from the permanent collection of Centenary College of Louisiana are works by Despujols, American Impressionist Alfred Maurer, German Expressionist George Grosz, Louisiana artist Clyde Connell and Texas Regionalist Don Brown. Works by Reginald Marsh, Isabel Bishop and Mary Cassatt are also displayed. The Museum frequently rotates the collection as complement to an exciting and innovative temporary exhibition schedule that reflects the composition and interests of the regional community.
The Meadows Museum of Art also has significant holdings of tribal artifacts and Inuit sculptures and prints. The Museum acquired two volumes containing 90 prints by William Hogarth. This included a special presentation of The Triumphal Arch of Maximilian I by Albrecht Durer.