About Us

A New Orleans cooperative of Louisiana fine crafts artists; RHINO Contemporary Crafts Company was incorporated in 1984 as a non-profit by artist Sandra Blair, to help foster public interest in fine Louisiana crafts and provide educational opportunities to the New Orleans community. Artist members created an extensive public education program and opened a fine crafts gallery to exhibit work in all major media, expanding the ability of Louisiana artists to make fine handmade crafts available in New Orleans.

In the ensuing years, artist volunteers continued to fulfill the nonprofit mission, conducting working crafts demonstrations and sponsoring public craft exhibits. Artist members were on hand daily at the gallery to provide visitors with information, local perspective, and to offer some of Louisiana’s finest arts and crafts. RHINO sponsored  workshops for children and adults, organized stimulating community events, and partnered with other nonprofits and arts organizations including The New Orleans Museum of Art, Contemporary Arts Center, the New Orleans Film and Video Society, Kidsmart, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation.

RHINO closed its doors in mid-March 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. While the hope is to find a new space and a new home for RHINO and its 28-member local artists, everyone is creating new work and looking forward to the future. With this change, RHINO has shifted its efforts to the website, increasing the member representation and offering even more wonderful work through its expanded Online Store.  

RHINO Contemporary will remain a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation and looks forward to reinstituting its primary goals: supporting the work of local artists and increasing an appreciation for Louisiana arts and crafts; and creating funding to provide educational outreach from a portion of gallery sales, membership dues, and public and private grants and donations... Right Here INew Orleans!




For information about RHINO members and purchasing original art and crafts,

select the tabs online for RHINO MEMBERS and ONLINE STORE. 

 RHINO Gallery 2022 membership application, click here for PDF