Arlington Museum of Art

The Arlington Museum of Art is a non-collecting art museum dedicated to displaying and preserving contemporary Texan art and championing creativity and innovation. Established to provide easy access to art for both the cultural and economic development and enrichment of the community and visitors from outside the Metroplex, the Arlington Museum of Art features four floors of permanent and traveling exhibitions that challenge and inspire.

The Museum also presents an array of art-related educational programs and workshops for visitors of all ages that are centered and developed around practical learning experiences in the fine arts and aim to establish Arlington as a cultural hub in North Texas. Photo: Arlington Museum of Art

»History

History


The Arlington Art Association was established in 1952 by Howard and Arista Joyner, who also founded the Art Department at the University of Texas at Arlington and the then Tarrant County Junior College. The Arlington Art Association was founded to promote art activities throughout the community and encourage cultural enrichment and sponsored shows for local artists, juried art exhibits and art auctions for college scholarships.

The Arlington Art Association raised enough money to create a permanent home for the Arlington Museum of Art, which was opened in 1989, with its first show of contemporary art going on display in 1990. The Museum’s original collection focused on cutting-edge contemporary art from Texas with many curated exhibitions led under the expert guidance of Joan Davidow, to which new programs such as artist lectures and gallery talks were added. In 2012, the Museum began to broaden their horizons and take a new direction in art with culturally significant and historically important exhibitions focusing on fine arts in the North Texas area.

Today, 28 years on, the Arlington Museum of Art is a non-collecting art museum dedicated to displaying and preserving contemporary Texan art and championing creativity and innovation in all genres of the world. Photo: Arlington Museum of Art

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»The Star of Texas

The Star of Texas


The Star of Texas is one of the Museum’s special public art projects, which was developed in conjunction with the City of Arlington to introduce and promote the city’s new brand: “ARLINGTON: The American Dream City.” The aim of the project was not only to promote art and culture to both the local community visitors coming into Arlington but also to showcase the work of local artists and encourage neighborhood collaboration and participation.

A total of 20 ‘star’ sculptures will be designed by local artists and will be installed throughout the city to remain for the next three years. People are invited and encouraged to interact with the stars to experience the city and its talented resident artists, as well as enjoy all that Arlington has to offer. Photo: Arlington Museum of Art

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»Education

Education

The Arlington Museum of Art offers a Summer Art Camp for scholars and students that include art mediums, skills, and techniques related to the Museum’s most current exhibit. Classes are instructed professional art educators from the Arlington Independent School District and Camp students get to create a portfolio of works during the camp and receive a Museum artist T-shirt. Photo: Arlington Museum of Art

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»Visitor Information

Visitor Information


The Arlington Museum of Art is located at 201 W Main Street in Arlington and is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Sundays. Docent-led tours of special exhibits are available for groups of five or more visitors and need to be booked at least 24 hours in advance. The Arlington Museum of Art can be rented for special events such as weddings, banquets, meetings or other parties.

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201 W Main St, Arlington, TX 76010, website, Phone: 817-275-4600 Photo: Arlington Museum of Art

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