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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.

700 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX, United States, 78701
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. 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 and colorful accessories.

1311 East Chavez Street, Austin, TX, United States, 7870
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.

200 East Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX, United States, 78712
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.

916 Springdale Road, Building 3-104, Austin, TX, United States, 78702
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.

916 Springdale Road, Building 2- Unit 101, Austin, TX, United States, 78702
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.

3809 West 35th Street, Austin, TX, United States, 78703
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