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Art in Dallas

Dallas is a leading national art center with excellent museums and contemporary art galleries. The density of the Dallas art community gives students opportunities to see significant works of art and where they might lead. The Division of Art’s Pollock Gallery brings to SMU numerous exhibitions focused around intense learning. The Meadows Museum at SMU not only boasts Velázquez, Picasso, El Greco, Goya, and Murillo in its permanent collection but features several international exhibitions each year. Art in the Meadows School asks students to have something to say and to have the discipline to say it.

Other significant regional resources include:


The Dallas Museum of Art is a major Museum which houses a large collection from diverse cultures and many centuries. Located in the Arts District, it offers many opportunities to the community through events, collections, and exhibitions. Other opportunities such as internships and artist awards are a few other unique programs offered through the DMA to young upcoming artists.

The Nasher Sculpture Center, designed by Renzo Piano, houses a wonderful collection of modern and contemporary sculpture. Also well known for its beautiful sculpture garden, the Nasher is a wonderful Dallas resource.

The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, created by architect Tadao Ando, shows an impressive collection of post-1945 paintings, sculptures, photographs, and video art. Besides its wonderful exhibitions and collection, it offers an engaging lecture series providing a wonderful opportunity to local students.

The Kimbell Art Museum offers a small but outstanding collection of European, Asian, Latin American, and African Art, and is housed in Louis Kahn’s seminal building. Located directly across from the Modern, these two museums together provide Fort Worth with an outstanding art and cultural resource and experience.

The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is located across from the Ft. Worth Modern and Kimball. This museum is housed in a recently expanded Philip Johnson building, and has one of the world’s best collections of American photography and a very strong collection of American paintings and sculpture. Offering an array of exhibitions, publications, and programs the Amon Carter seeks to connect visitors with masterworks of American Art.

The Dallas Contemporary is a non-collecting institution whose aim is to present new and challenging ideas from regional, national, and international artists. The Dallas Contemporary engages the public via its exhibitions, lectures, educational programs, and events.

Gallery and Art Spaces

Oil and Cotton provides creative space for education, exhibition, performance and exchange between the public and the art community. They offer classes, workshops, as well as a place to browse and purchase art materials. Blending an appreciation of the past with current multidisciplinary art practices, Oil and Cotton encourages their students to engage in the expressive languages of both music and visual art.

Oliver Francis Gallery is dedicated to showing experimental works and projects of emerging and established artists, locally and internationally, with focus on installation, new media, performance, and conceptual work. Bursting onto the Dallas Art scene in 2011, Oliver Francis has been a huge success with an extreme contemporary relevance to the Dallas’ art scene.

Central Trak is the University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency. It provides space for eight artists to live, work and exhibit, and serves as a community center for broad intellectual discourse around the arts. While the Residency promotes artistic experimentation through its support of production, the companion Gallery encourages critical engagement with the local urban context through its exhibitions and related programs.

Reading Room is a project space dedicated to the intersection of visual and text-based culture though exhibitions, readings, and performances.

Fort Worth Contemporary Arts offers a platform for innovative contemporary art from an international context. Its regular changing exhibition program seeks to reflect significant developments in art and its critical reception. Fort Worth Contemporary Arts is part of The Art Galleries at TCU.

Brand 10 Art Space is a not for profit venue for the presentation of contemporary work. The space is interested in encouraging visual discussions among selected artists.

The Public Trust is a contemporary art gallery located in Deep Ellum, which prides itself on showcasing the talents of working artists, musicians and designers from all over the country.

Marty Walker Gallery is committed to exhibiting contemporary art focused on inventive use of materials and/or process-oriented works as well as outstanding works in video, photography, sculpture and painting.

Since Conduit Gallery's inception in 1984, the focus of Conduit Gallery has been to forge a link between contemporary artists’ work and the public. The gallery represents established mid-career artists and young, new talent. The program includes three exhibitions which run concurrently, including the Project Room, committed to showing works by artists not represented, often experimental or small.

Barry Whistler Gallery, established in 1985, primarily focuses on Texas artists exhibiting and selling contemporary paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings, and photography as well as installation and performance works.

Holly Johnson Galleryhas devoted itself to the representation of emerging, mid-career, and internationally known artists from throughout the United States.

Galleri Urbane Marfa+ Dallas is a leader in the presentation and promotion of contemporary art in Marfa and Dallas, TX. The Dallas showroom is an extension of their main gallery in Marfa, TX. They present work of emerging and mid career artists in painting, sculpture, photography and conceptual work that is both visually and intellectually stimulating.

Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden, a modernist-style gallery, along with a beautiful 4+ acre sculpture garden, is located in its original North Dallas location. Valley House Gallery represents established and emerging contemporary artists working in traditional media (including painting, sculpture, works on paper, and photography.) The gallery also deals in 19th and 20th century American and European art, and specializes in reintroducing significant Early Texas art.

500X is Texas’ oldest, artist run, cooperative gallery. Established in 1978, 500X provides one of the best exhibition spaces to up and coming artists in the city of Dallas. The gallery is located in a historic circa 1916 tire factory and air-conditioning warehouse and has over 3000 square feet of exhibition space.

Private Collections

The Rachofsky House was designed by Richard Meier to showcase and rotate this extensive contemporary art collection.

The Power Station is a not-for-profit initiative dedicated to providing a platform for ambitious contemporary art projects in Dallas, Texas. Housed in a Power & Light building constructed in 1920, artists are invited to respond to the raw character of the architecture, offering an alternative to the traditional gallery and museum context. Geared toward an international audience and most immediately, the community of Dallas, the bold programming serves as a catalyst to provocate public discourse around art and culture.

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