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Best Contemporary Art in Austin

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The Contemporary Austin (Jones Center)

As one of the galleries of the Texas Fine Arts Association, The Contemporary's Jones Center focuses on nurturing fine art in Central Texas. This gallery brings together artists, curators, art writers, collectors and the general public to appreciate exquisite Texan artwork. TFAA is dedicated to contributing to the growth of art and art education in the state; it offers exhibitions of modern artists, seminars and panel discussions in order to achieve this goal. It can accommodate educational visits of school students and teachers. It also offers art classes for children and adults on topics such as mosaics, photography, collage, watercolor and glass painting, metal art, jewelry design, pottery and digital art.

Austin, TX, United States
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Women and Their Work

This nationally recognized gallery presents a multitude of events in visual art, dance, theater, music, film and literature. Ongoing exhibitions include works by female Texan artists and nationally-renowned artists. The gallery has been featured in Art in America and on National Public Radio. It was also the first organization in Texas to receive a grant in visual art from the National Endowment for the Arts. They also have a gift shop that sells interesting knick-knacks such as colorful accessories.

Austin, TX, United States
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Blanton Museum of Art

With a collection of more than 17,000 works of art, this is one of the most visited museums in the city and also the largest University art-space in the country. It is located in the University of Texas campus and houses a large variety of Latin American art, American art and European work. With an atrium that extends 70 feet (21.3 meters) above the stone floors, this museum offers a unique, natural space. Temporary exhibits are constantly changing, with fresh work being showcased regularly. This research-based museum also offers lectures by artists, museum curators and art historians from across the country.

Austin, TX, United States
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Yard Dog Art Gallery

This unique art gallery focuses on visionary folk artists of the American South. Featured artists have included self-taught painter Purvis Young, mud painter Jimmy Lee Sudduth and Sultan Rogers who creates cartoon figurines. Many of the eclectic artists shown at Yard Dog Art Gallery tend to work in isolation, creating from a place of intense drive and passion. If you are not in the market for a large painting, a variety of handmade gifts are also offered. Secure online ordering is also available.

Austin, TX, United States
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South Austin Popular Culture Center

Austin art from the 1960s is on display here at the South Austin Popular Culture Center for all to come and see. Visitors can visually notice the changing times in the production art in the gallery. Appointments can also be made, call or see the website for more information.

Austin, TX, United States
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Big Medium

Big Medium is a non-profit community initiative that aims to promote local artistic talent, and provide budding artists with studio space and exhibition opportunities. In addition, the organization also provides tours of its spaces and the paintings within it. This East Austin location is their headquarters, while they also have another studio in West Austin. This location consists of five buildings, where one can find art from a number of artists such as Chun Hui Pak, Dave Kucko, Melissa Borrell, Terri McGee, Hollis Hammonds, Andrew Saldana and many others. Call ahead before visiting.

Austin, TX, United States
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Art on 5th

For a fabulous collection of modern art, this is one of the best galleries in the city. Here, you can find everything from original prints of Dr. Seuss to works by Rauschenberg and Warhol, located in the former Children's Museum space in West Towne Common. Don't think you're limited to looking; most of the works on display are also available for purchase.

Austin, TX, United States
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Pump Project Art Complex

This non-profit organization provides a studio for artists to come and let their creative juices flow into a tangible piece of art. There is also an on-site gallery for anyone to come and see. The complex prefers e-mail for any questions; the contact form can be found on the website.

Austin, TX, United States
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The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria

Laguna Gloria is just one of The Contemporary's Austin museums. The museum is housed in a building that is a historic landmark. Laguna Gloria also has beautiful grounds and gardens that are open to visitors to stroll and explore. The grounds at Laguna Gloria are also home to the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture park.

Austin, TX, United States
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