Top 12 Art Museums In Austin Including Local Art Galleries.
If you are asking the question where can I see art in Austin? You have come to the right place. We have picked out the best art museums in Austin and these are the best of the best 12 places you should go to see art in Austin. Austin's art scene may not be as well-known as its music, film, and food offerings, but the city does boast a respectable showing of art galleries and museums.
1. Blanton Museum of Art
Blanton Museum of Art as the primary art collection for the city of Austin, the Blanton Museum of Art is a major resource for the community. With nearly 18,000 works in the collection, the Blanton showcases art from across the ages, from ancient Greek pottery to abstract expressionism. With a year-round schedule of traveling exhibitions, art lovers are sure to discover new and old favorites at the Blanton. To learn more about Blanton click here.
2. Mexic-Arte Museum
Mexic-Arte Museum is dedicated to cultural enrichment and education through the collection, preservation, and presentation of traditional and contemporary Mexican, Latino, and Latin American art and culture to promote dialogue and develop an understanding for visitors of all ages. To learn more about Mexic-Arte Museum click here.
3. The Contemporary Austin
The Contemporary Austin reflects the spectrum of contemporary art through exhibitions, commissions, education, and the collection. The Contemporary Austin aspires to be the contemporary art museum for Austin and an essential part of city life. Through its unique combination of urban and outdoor sites, The Contemporary will embody an eclectic and collaborative spirit. To learn more about The Contemporary Austin click here.
4. Lora Reynolds Gallery
Lora Reynolds established the gallery in March 2005 after working with Anthony d'Offay and Matthew Marks Galleries in London and New York. Work by emerging, mid-career, and established artists are presented in all media including drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, printmaking, film, and video. To learn more about Lora Reynolds Gallery click here.
5. Ao5 Gallery
Ao5 Gallery is committed to representing an eclectic variety of accessible fine art that Austinites are immediately drawn to. They constantly change their display of featured artists to attract new visitors and keep the gallery fresh. With multiple artists receptions and events each month, there is always something new to see and experience, even for frequent visitors. To learn more about Ao5 Gallery click here.
6. Mass Gallery
Mass Gallery impacts the creative culture of Austin by cultivating a physical space for open engagement with a multiplicity of interests and acts of art making. Founded in 2006, MASS is a collectively run nonprofit gallery and project space based in Austin, Texas. Consisting of a cast culled from Austin’s rich community of artists, writers, musicians, and educators, MASS members jointly contribute to the daily operations and strategic planning of exhibitions, programming, and events. To learn more about Mass Gallery click here.
7. Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum
The UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum exhibits the work of Charles Umlauf, his influences, and other contemporary sculptors in a natural setting, and provides educational experiences that encourage the understanding and appreciation of sculpture. In 1944, Charles and Angeline Umlauf purchased a carriage house that became their home at the top of a hill overlooking Barton Springs Road. In 1985, they gifted their home, property, his art studio and 168 sculptures to the City of Austin for public enjoyment and education. Landscape architect Aan Coleman designed the Garden and the internationally recognized architect Lawrence Speck designed the UMLAUF’s gallery and terrace that opened in 1991. The Roberta Crenshaw learning center was added to our site in 2001. To learn more about Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum click here.
8. Women And Their Work Gallery
Women & Their Work is a visual and performing arts organization located in Central Austin that serves as a catalyst for contemporary art created by women living and working in Texas and beyond. For 40 years, Women & Their Work has brought groundbreaking art to Austin, with exhibitions, performances, and educational workshops. Founded in 1978, Women & Their Work has actively developed the careers of more than 1900 artists, presenting hundreds of visual art exhibitions, music, dance and theater events, spoken word, literary readings, film festivals, and educational workshops. To learn more about Women And Their Work Gallery click here.
9. South Austin Museum of Popular Culture
The South Austin Museum of Popular Culture collects, conserves, and exhibits vintage posters and live music ephemera from the 1960s through today to educate future generations on the rich and unique culture that makes Austin the Live Music Capital of the World. SouthPop seeks to enrich a growing and changing the community by becoming the premier source in Texas for art and artifacts of local music history from the 1960s to the present and its impact on local, national, and international culture. To learn more about South Austin Museum of Popular Culture click here.
10. Elisabet Ney Museum
The historic home and studio of Elisabet Ney, a wildly iconoclastic German sculptor who moved to Austin in 1882, The Elisabet Ney Museum enthusiastically celebrates her art, her history, and her legacy through exhibitions and events for the whole family. The museum enjoys numerous historic designations and is a cornerstone of the Hyde Park National Register Historic Neighborhood. To learn more about Elisabet Ney Museum click here.
11. Davis Gallery
Davis Gallery & Framing continues the tradition established by Bill Davis at the Tarrytown Gallery in 1979. It serves as a home to many of the best local and regional painters, printmakers, sculptors, and ceramicists. Davis Gallery is a friendly setting for contemplation and conversation through fine contemporary art. The permanent on-site collection of works for sale represents the diversity and talent the gallery has to offer. This comfortable, expansive space also provides a meeting ground for many of the community's non-profit organizations including AMOA/Arthouse, Ballet Austin and the Austin Art Alliance. To learn more about Davis Gallery click here.
12. Mondo Gallery
The Mondo Gallery is a permanent art space in Austin, TX featuring a curated mix of original artwork and limited edition screen prints. Our goal is to showcase and promote artists from around the world and provide a physical space to view, enjoy and purchase art inspired by film, television, comics and other things we love. To learn more about Mondo Gallery click here.