Dallas and Fort Worth Art
Contributed by Brandy Davis - Dallas Area Resident and Art Enthusiast
Famous Art Museums
DFW is known for its world-renowned art museums. Dallas features the Dallas Museum of Art (now offering FREE Admission), the Nasher Sculpture Center, and the Trammell Crow Center and Crow Collection of Asian Art.
Fort Worth is home of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, the Kimbell Art Museum, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the Sid Richardson Museum.
Interesting and Offbeat Art Museums
Venture off the beaten path and visit the area’s lesser-known museums to see some of the best underground, overlooked, and misunderstood art out there. The Dallas Contemporary is an art museum quite unlike any other with interesting, edgy, and sometimes sexy exhibits.
Galleries You Won’t Want To Miss
Galleries are in abundance in these big Texas cities. Consider visiting Gallery 414 for some offbeat exhibits, or head to 500X Gallery to see some of the hottest upcoming artists in Dallas. In Fort Worth, Artspace 111 is a must see. This gallery has amazing works both indoors and out. Fort Worth is also home to the Rebecca Low Sculptural Metal Gallery and Studio, a unique gallery that is a mix of the elements.
Art Schools in the Area
The University of North Texas has a strong arts program. While the main campus is in Denton, there are branches located around DFW. This school features art shows and galleries throughout the year with works by its up and coming artists. See the newest techniques in photography, painting, sculpting, and more by students who will shape the direction of future art. UNT galleries include the Cora Stafford Gallery, The Lightwell Gallery, the North Gallery, and the UNT Gallery.
Booker T. Washington High School for the Visual and Performing Arts is an exclusive magnet school filled with budding teenage artists full of youthful creativity and teenage angst. This school trains everyone from dancers, to musicians, to painters. This school holds several public events throughout the year that features close to 100 works of art, in all mediums, created by juniors and seniors. These works are out of this world; everything from grungy street type art to contemporary pieces.
Area Artists You Should Know
The DFW area is a mecca for upcoming, established, underground, grungy, and classic artists. This area loves art, trains artist, and inspires some of the best work out there right now. While there are many artists you should know from this area, Daniel Blagg is one of the lesser-known artists that works with neons and depict symbols of urban blight. Corey Godfrey is another artist that has sparked a lot of recent media attention. This artist works with yarn to create brilliant masterpieces that look painted.
Fairs and Festivals You Won’t Want To Miss
Art fairs and festivals are held year round in this creative arts loving community. Some of the more unique events include the ArtCon convention, the Deep Ellum Arts Festival, and an event known simply as Underground. Other fun, and more mainstream, events include ArtsGoggle, the Main Street Fort Worth Arts Festival, and the State Fair of Texas, which has an entire building this year featuring butter sculptures.
City Art Worth Seeing
Driving through Dallas, Fort Worth, and the surrounding city will expose you to many types of art; from the classic to the illegal graffiti type. One of the more interesting areas in Dallas is CorinthPark’s Graffiti Art. This is an art loving community filled with street artist, amazing graffiti work, and professional art galleries.
Both Dallas and Fort Worth are filled with beautiful and historical architecture. The Dallas Arts District is a must see for those craving unique architecture and rich atmosphere. This 19-block, 68.4-acre area has everything from buildings that look like they came from the future to architectural art remnant of the past. Be sure to see the Wyly Theatre and The Spire if you want a glimpse into futuristic buildings. There is an assortment of gothic churches guaranteed to inspire dark, creepy, and opulently beautiful art; Check out the Cathedral Shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe on Ross Avenue, the St. Paul United Methodist Church on Routh Street, and the First United Methodist Church on Ross.
In Dallas, be sure to drive the Kimball Art Museum. This museum is just as famous for its architecture as it is for its art. In 2013, a second building designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano will be opening. It has been said to be just as impressive, if not more so, than the main building.
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