Austin is world-famous for its huge music scene, but this city is also quickly becoming known for possessing a vibrant arts community. Not sure where to see artwork here? Head to these exemplary art museums and galleries in Austin to fully appreciate the arts in this multi-talented city.
Nestled on the south side of campus at the University of Texas, the Blanton Museum of Art boasts gorgeous architecture and design as well as an impressive collection of modern and classical artwork. There's an entire wing devoted to European artwork from the Renaissance to the Baroque Period for art history lovers as well as some of the finest modern American and Latin-American works in the country. This art museum also has an airy, chic cafe and a museum shop where you can find a variety of inspiring gifts.
This quirky, unconventional gallery on South Congress has been an Austin institution for over 20 years. Located on South Congress Avenue among hipster bars and clothing boutiques, Yard Dog features a gallery and an eclectic shop providing a welcoming atmosphere with live music and opening night events. This art gallery also offers a range of folk and pop art created by musicians in a variety of mediums that are especially appreciated by Austin locals.
Also located on South Congress, the stunning Jones Center was recently renovated, landing LTL Architects a prestigious Best of Design award. A light-filled, loft-style gallery with a spacious rooftop deck, the center features rotating exhibits by artists from all over the world. Part of the Contemporary Austin Arts Organization, the Jones Center also has 14 acres of outdoor sculpture garden and exhibition space at Laguna Gloria, situated next to Lake Austin.
Just a short walk from Zilker Park and the Barton Springs Pool, this serene green gem just outside the city center is not to be missed. Featuring works by Charles Umlauf, a longtime resident of Austin, UMLAUF Sculpture Garden and Museum offers a tranquil and magical afternoon getaway. Take a guided tour, enjoy the sculptures alone on your own time, or enjoy tehm with a group at one of UMLAUF's twice-weekly morning yoga classes.
Founded in 2010, grayDuck was originally located in South Austin but moved to its current location on East Cesar Chavez and Mildred Streets. The gallery space is a lovingly-restored 100 year-old house in a neighborhood energized by art and music, offering a wide Austin welcome to artists and neighbors alike. Enjoy opening events and talkbacks with artists both local and international as well as film, music, poetry, and live performances.
Dedicated to enriching Austin's arts community, Mexic-Arte Museum showcases the best in traditional and contemporary Mexican, Latino, and Latin-American art and culture since 1984. Located in the bustling heart of Downtown Austin, this innovative arts organization features both a large exhibition space and educational programs. In keeping with its mission to make this vibrant cultural icon accessible to all, general admission to this art museum is only $5 with further discounts for students, seniors, and service members.
Founded in 2007, the Austin Art Garage was created to give local art enthusiasts from all socioeconomic levels a chance to enjoy and invest in art created within Austin. Nestled conveniently on South Lamar Boulevard, the Art Garage believes the city is brimming with artistic talent and wants to showcase the works of local artists while fostering a no-hassle process for buyers. Along with featuring a regularly-updated catalog of irresistible pieces available for purchase, the Art Garage hosts regular openings and community events.
Austin is one of the most creative cities on the planet- maybe it's something in the air? Whatever it is, come and indulge your artistic sensibilities at these art museums and galleries in Austin.
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