The Foundation Office and Gallery are located in the
Creole Cottage, 132 Rue Magnolia, Biloxi, Mississippi 39530.
Our gallery features rotating exhibitions of Bongé’s work and is open to the public from 9.30 a.m.- 5.00 p.m. Monday through Friday, except for holidays, and at other times by appointment. The DBAF participates in city sponsored arts events.
Originally located on Lameuse Street and moved twice by the city of Biloxi, the new home of the Dusti Bongé Art Foundation dates from the 1830s to the 1870s and follows an early Louisiana folk floor plan.
The classic design includes two large rooms across the front of the building, one with a fireplace, which house Dusti Bongé’s paintings and watercolors. Two small rooms in the rear, joined by a tiny galley, have been remodeled into a kitchen and bathroom.
As the first free public library in Mississippi, in addition to serving as a private school operated by the Kings’ Daughters of Biloxi, the cottage has withstood 140 years of hurricanes, including Katrina.
Prior to its current location on Rue Magnolia, it stood across the street from Biloxi’s City Hall as a proud reminder of the Coast’s historic past.