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Best Galleries 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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Wally Workman Gallery

Wally Workman Gallery showcases different artists every month, covering fine art and contemporary art collections. Be sure to check for opening night receptions and preview showings for each new exhibition. The gallery fills up 2 floors with many different artists' works, and has been on the Austin art scene since 1980.

Austin, TX, United States
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The Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery

From the works of the great Picasso to contemporary local and international artists, The Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery is a haven for art lovers. Timely exhibitions leave the beholder spell bound. Taking a step further, the gallery also engages its visitors with lectures and seminars on art, thereby imparting valuable knowledge and gainful insight. Catering to one's art needs and dispensing an art delight in the city, the gallery is worth a visit. For further information, log on to their website.

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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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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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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