First Lady Supriya Jindal carries on a tradition in Louisiana of displaying art from Louisiana artists in the Governor’s mansion.

Louisiana artists’ work fills the drawing room, the dining room and the hallways, offices and bedrooms, transforming the mansion into a showcase for Louisiana talent.

This is a tradition begun and handed down by former Louisiana first lady Alice Foster during her project to refurbish the mansion in 1996. Foster began by creating the Louisiana Governor’s Mansion Foundation, a nonprofit entity dedicated to both maintaining and preserving the mansion.

The project also called for artwork by Louisiana artists as part of the mansion’s decor. All of the work is on loan, and pieces are often changed out when artists request return of their work.