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October 6 2013 photo of what used to bhe the Kimbell Parking Lot - Photograph Copyright 2013 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved. No Reproduction in Any Medium Without Specific Written Permission.

J R's Photo of What Used to be the close-in Front Parking Lot at the Kimbell Museum - October 6 2013

Museums + Centers


African American Museum in Fair Park, 3536 Grand Avenue, 12-5 Tuesdays-Fridays, 10-5 Saturdays, 1-5 Sundays, we had the wrong number listed.

Beautiful and mostly Black. One of Dallas' few best museums that is actually in Dallas.

Amon Carter Museum of American Art
3501 Camp Bowie Boulevard
Fort Worth, Texas
open: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Thursday: 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sunday: noon-5 p.m. Closed Monday and major holidays.

Arlington Museum of Art,
201 West Main Street, in downtown Arlington, 1.5 miles south of I-30 off the Cooper Street exit.
Arlington, Texas 76010
817 275-4600, 10-5 Wednesday through Saturday, 1-4 the last Sunday of each month, 8
17 275-4600, E-mail to, no website ( !? )

It's not a museum. It's a city art center in a building that used to be a department store.

The Art Center,
329 East Main Street
Nacodoches, Texas 936559-0263
open 12-5 Tuesday-Sunday,
936 468-1131 

ArtCentre of Plano,
1039 East 15th at Avenue K
Plano, TX
open: 10-5 Tuesday - Saturday,
972 423-7809



Bath House Cultural Center,
521 E Lawther,
open: 12 - 6 Tuesdays - Saturdays
214 670-8749,
E-mail to to get gallery calls for entries for group shows.

Dallas' best and most community oriented City Arts Center.



Creative Arts Center,
2360 Laughlin Drive,
Dallas TX 75228
214 320-1275

Fine art and craft classes and workshops. Superb reputation. Funky building and bizarre art in front of it.

Crow Collection of Asian Art in the Arts District at
2010 Flora Street, between Harwood and Olive and adjacent to the Dallas Museum of Art.
open: 11 a.m. until 6 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, Thursdays until 9 p.m.
214 979-6430



upstairs window at the DMA - photo  2005 by J R Compton. All Rights Reserved.

photo by J R Compton and Anna Palmer

Dallas Museum of Art
1717 N. Harwood
Dallas, Texas 75201
214 922-1200

Small minded and provincial. As Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Guide to the Universe called Earth, it is "mostly harmless."


Dallas Center for Contemporary Art
2801 Swiss Texas Street  
Dallas TX 75204  
214 821-2522

Formerly DVAC - Dallas Visual Art Center. Before that it was D-Art, which is what many of us still call it, when we do not call it The Contempt for changing its direction by about 180 degrees, its targeted audience, its targeted supporters, and its name (yet again) to nearly the same name of its most direct competition — all without consulting its membership. It is an art center with museum aspirations, no longer bound by the community it "serves."

Its website (link above) is usually out of date. There are no E-mail addresses linked on their site. Either they do not wish to hear from us, or they are afraid of the no longer new technology. Very strange behavior for an organization that insists on the name, "Contemporary."

See Which Contemporary and

The Index of D-Art related stories on DARts.




Museum of Geometric and MADI Art, 3109 Carlisle Street, Dallas TX 75204, 214 255-7802, fax 214 855-5470, director is Dorothy Masterson, entry is free.

"Launched in Argentinia during the tubulent yars of Juan Peron, the MADI art movement — with sculptors, painters, architects, musicians and poets spanning several continents — is the longest-running, continually active art movement in the world today.

MADI art is considered by its followers and artists to be playful in its complexity while it conveys a sense of whimsy. As opposed to many modern art movements that tend toward representation and symbolism, the focus of the MADI movement is on the objects themselves, rather than what they mean. This philosophy, which r=frees art from standard "windows" or frames, has helped MADI art reach far beyond its original boundaries."


Granville Arts Center, 300 North 5th Street in Garland, Texas, 972 205-2780, open 9-5 Monday - Friday and during weekend performances


The Heard Museum,
One Nature Place in McKinney,
972 562-5566
Exhibit and activities free with admission: $5 adults, $3 children 3-12 and seniors, children younger than 3 free. Tours ( ages 7 and up ): $7 adults, $5 children ages 7-12. Heard Natural Science Museum & Wildlife Sanctuary
7-5 Saturdays; 1-5 Sundays; and 9-5 Mondays through Fridays




Irving Arts Center
3333 N. MacArthur Blvd., Suite 300
Irving, Texas 75062
972 252-7558

Quaint, multi-purpose, suburban art center with professional aspirations but an amateur soul.

Ice House Cultural Center,
1004 W. Page Street
Dallas, Texas 75208
214 670-7524,
open Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 1 to 6 p.m.; Closed on Sundays and Mondays.

Beautiful wall art and murals all around. Structurally interesting, yet funky building owned by an individual. The least professional of the City's area cultural centers.



Jaycee Park Center For The Arts,
2000 West Airport Freeway between MacArthur Boulevard and Story Road in
Irving, Texas,
open 12:30 to 4:30 Monday - Thursday, 1-4 Sunday,
972 721-2488

Amateur hour

The Jesuit Dallas Museum at Jesuit College Preparatory School,
12345 Inwood Road, between Harvest Hill and Forest Lane,
houses a collection of over 400 works by internationaly known artists. The museum promotes appreciationfor art and enahances a visual impact on its students, faculty, parents, museum members and the public.
open 10-3 Monday - Friday and noon-3 Saturdays,
972 387-8700

Good reputation but some of the art they show only makes me wonder.



Kimbell Art Museum
3333 Camp Bowie Boulevard,
Fort Worth, Texas 76107-2792

Main: 817-332-8451; Metro: 817-654-1034; Fax: 817-877-1264

Open: Tuesday-Thursday and Saturday 10:00­5:00; Friday 12:00­8:00; Sunday 12:00­5:00. Closed Mondays, New Year's Day, July 4, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Free, except special exhibitions. No cameras. No baby strollers during peak times.



Latino Culture Center
2600 Live Oak Street
Dallas, TX 75204-5757
(214) 671-0052
Open Tue-Sat 10am-5pm

View map.

Phone: 214.671.0045
Fax: 214.670.0633

Irasema Romero Media Relations and Development Coordinator 214.671.0049
Heath Gage Technical Coordinator 214.671.0045 Nellie Ortez Office Assistant 214.671.0045  Hortencia Rubalcava Cultural Programs Coordinator 214.671.0046



The Madi Museum, in the Kilgore Law Center, 3109 Carlisle at Bowen in Dallas, Texas. Email

The MAC (McKinney Ave. Contemporary), 3120 McKinney Ave, 214 953-1MAC. open 11 -10 Wednesdays - Saturdays. 1-5 Sundays

After more than a decade, The MAC seems to be growing up and into its early promise, finally showing Dallas artists who aren't already being exhibited in local galleries and museums.

The dark blue building on middle McKinney Avenue is also my favorite building in Dallas to photograph. And it has a rather intriguing history that I had some personal involvement with.


The Meadows Museum, 5900 Bishop Boulevard in Dallas, Texas 75275, on the campus of Southern Methodist University. Permanent collection of Spanish art, the most comprehensive outside of Spain. Open 10-5, Tuesday, Friday and Saturday; 10-9 Thursdays; and 1-5 Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays and major holidays. $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 65 +, $4 for non-SMU students. Free for Museum members, children under 12, and SMU faculty, staff and students. Free Thursday evenings after 5. For information, call 214 768-2516.

Mesquite Arts Centre,
1527 North Galloway, 8-5 Monday - Friday, till 9 Saturdays and Mondays,
972 216-6444, 972 216-8122 for programming information.

What it used to say here was simply, "amateur hour visual art." I got that impression from the brief, ungainly notes about art showings from their monthly newsletter.

When I visited the facility, I found light, contemporary municipal architecture, a lovely auditorium up front and a black box much like The other MAC's further back, for less ornate performances. The center felt cool and calm, with a spare few small 3-D pieces by Dallas 3-D artist Sandi Stein scattered very informally in back and side hallways. No paintings were in evidence.

A Sunday afternoon jazz band was playing to a small crowd out front. Between photographing T.Stone's work, I wandered the halls and asked a few questions. I liked the people. They were friendly and open. 

Only gradually did I realize that visual art could only have been an afterthought. No real gallery space was built into the Mesquite Arts Center. The show was in a hallway between the bathrooms. Two rows of track lighting shines down on the white walls between the doors to outside. Two larger pieces looked lost in the central courtyard, among wood furniture and an ugly but pleasant waterfall fountain that looked like a fireplace.

Photographically, I had trouble getting any distance inside. Either I shot individual works straight on, directly into their small arc of light, or I got a jumble of pieces down the narrow hall. The i.d cards were laser printed, but large. Many were stuck on the base, right next to the art.

I got the feeling that this suburban MAC wants visual art among their 'arts' mix, but they're clueless what to do with it.

Oh, and none of the works pictured on the invitation were in the show.


The new Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street at University Drive in Fort Worth, Texas 76107. 817 738-9215
817 738-9215

The Modern

Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, Texas 76107
Telephone 817.738.9215
Toll Free 1.866.824.5566
Fax 817.735.1161


Tuesday 10 am-8 pm
Wednesday 10 am-5 pm
Thursday 10 am-5 pm
Friday noon-8 pm
Saturday 10 am-5 pm
Sunday noon-5 pm


Tuesday through Thursday and Saturday 11:30 am-2 pm
Friday noon -2 pm
Sunday noon-2:30 pm
Reservations 817.840.2157

The Museum is closed Monday and Holidays including New Year's Day, President's Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Columbus Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Hours may vary throughout the inaugural year to accommodate demand. Please call ahead to
check for up-to-date scheduling.

Dallas' best museums are in Fort Worth. -JRC

One take on the new Modern


Museum of Biblical Art, 7500 Park Lane, Dallas, offers a unique curricula of arts, traditional crafts, and collections care workshops. For more information and registration visit or call 214 368-4622.



Nasher Sculpture Center
Hours of operation: Tuesdays – Sundays, 11-6. with extended hours on Thursdays, 11-9. Entrance fees are $10 for adults, $7 for seniors, $5 for students with a valid ID, and free for children under 12. All admission includes the audio tour. Members are admitted free of charge. For general information: 214 242-5100



Performing Arts Center of Garland,
300 North Fifth at Austin in Garland, Texas,
972 205-2780,
open 8:30-5:30 Saturday and Sunday, but call for times -- the only information I've got from them was incomplete...

Plano ArtCentre, 1039 East 15th in Plano, 972-423-7809



South Dallas Cultural Center,
3400 South Fitzhugh, noon - 8 Monday, Wednesday and Friday, noon-9 Thursdays and 10-5 Saturdays,
214 939-2787



Trinity River Arts Center (The website is for the UpTown Players and does not mention visual art) 2600 Stemmons Freeway, Suite180. 214 219-2718


The Women's Museum in Fair Park,
3800 Parry Avenue on the front, left ( north east ) corner of Fair Park, just inside the park from the intersection of Parry, Haskell and Lindsley avenues,
open 10-9 Tuesdays, and 10-5 Wednesday - Sunday. Free after 5 pm.
214 915-0860, 877 915-0860,
Email the Women's Museum

A more comprehensive list of Texas Museums is online at




Texas Area Museums + Art Centers

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1300 College Drive
Waco, Texas

Art Center of Corpus Christi - 100 Shoreline Drive, Corpus Christi, Texas 78401, 361 884-6406. Hours are Tuesday-Sunday 10:00 am-4:00 pm.

Art Museum of South Texas
1902 N. Shoreline,
Corpus Christi, Texas
361 825-3500

Austin Art Center


Blaffer Gallery,
U of Houston,
4800 Calhoun Road,
713 743-9530

Buchanan Gallery in Galveston   



The Center for the Visual Arts,
400 East Hickory
Denton, Texas,
open 1-5 Tuesday - Sunday,
940 382-2787 


The Chinati Foundtion at 1 Cavalry Row, Marfa, Texas 79843, 915 729-4362 has a permanent installation in colored fluorescent light by Dan Flavin. Occupying six former army barracks, Dan Flavin's project is the artist's largest work and a monumental example of his site-specific installations

Originally commissioned by the Dia Art Foundtion in the early 80s, the project explores on a grand scale the use of colored light in space. Flavin began the plans for the project in 1981 and completed the design six months before his death in November 1996. Flavin designed the installation in fluorescent light for six existing U-shaped buildings at the Chinati Foundation.

They are the last in a row of eleven former army barracks on the musuem grounds. Each building has two parallel tilted corridors in the back portion of the U. These corridors contain light barriers that are placed alternatively in the center or at the ends of each corridor. The tubes are installed with space between them, allowing the viewer to look through the barrier and into the other part of the corridor. That space is illuminated with another color, since a differently colored tube is attached to the back of each fixture.

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston



Digital Imaging Forum Houston  

Diverse Works Houston  



The Glassell School of Art at The Museum of Fine Arts, 5101 Montrose Boulevard, 713 639-7500 - Houston  

Holos Gallery - holograms in Houston  

Houston Center for Photography 1441 West Alabama, 713 529-4755  

Institute of Texan Cultures at San Antonio



Longview Museum of Fine Arts,
215 East Tyler Street in downtown
Longview, Texas 76606
903 753-8103,
PO Box 3484,
Open 11-5 Tuesday - Friday, 12-4 Saturday.
E-mail the director


The Menil Collection Houston  

The Museum of Fine Arts, 1001 Binz Houston  

The Museum of Texas Tech University in Lubbock  



Project Row Houses, 2501 Holman, 713 926-6368



Rothko Chapel,
3900 Yupon At Sul Ross,
713 524-9839



Tyler Museum of Art, 1300 South Mahon in Tyler, 75701, 903 595-1001 or E-mail to, open 10 - 5, Tuesday - Saturday, 1 - 5 Sunday


The Visual Art League of Lewisville,
150-A West Main Street in the Old Town section of Lewisville. The entrance faces Elm


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