Perhaps New York or other locations come to mind first for art enthusiasts. But don't sleep on the Dallas-Fort Worth area and its galleries galore. Find pieces and exhibitions from noted artists as well as local up-and-comers that make a national splash. From pictures on a wall to sculptures in a garden, the following galleries add a distinct cultured touch.
Dallas Museum of Art
The Dallas Museum of Art (DMA), founded in 1903 and among the 10 largest art museums in the country, offers a wide variety of styles on display with exhibitions like "Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist" showing from Feb. 24 to May 26. It also spans the globe to offer a collection of more than 24,000 works, keeping current with evolving galleries and frequent acquisitions. Discover late nights every third Friday of the month ($10) for tours, movies, performances and more.
Barry Whistler Gallery
Dallas-native Barry Whistler has been championing Texas- and U.S.-based contemporary artists since 1985. In addition to private collections, works from his Barry Whistler Gallery have been displayed in local museums like the DMA and other museums across Texas.
Kimbell Art Museum
Expect to find collections from masters like Monet and Picasso among the more than 350 permanent works at the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth. Get the inside scoop about the permanent collection and special exhibitions with docent-led tours. Definitive excellence is the museum's calling card, seeking quality more than completeness in its collections, including antiquities and art from all corners of the world.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Though appearing to float on water, the down-to-earth Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth presents art across a wide variety of medium from paintings and photographs to videos, sculptures and prints. The post-World War II art—more than 2,900 pieces—covers a range of styles and movements. In addition, the museum offers movies, live performances and events like gallery talks, tours and cocktails with artists.
Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden
Cheryl and David Vogel run the Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden, continuing a family tradition started by Donald and Peggy Vogel in 1954. They promote local contemporary artists, both up-and-coming and established, in addition to showing late 19th- and 20th-century Texas and international artists the likes of Pablo Picasso. Works in the 4.5-acre sculpture garden currently include those by David Dreyer and Michael O'Keefe. The gallery is a significant player on the local and national scene, organizing exhibitions onsite and showings at art fairs while providing works to private collections and museums.
Crow Collection of Asian Art
Open since 1998, the Crow Collection of Asian Art is one of a handful of museums across the country solely dedicated to Asian art. The collection of more than 1,000 works includes the "Guardian Lions" at the entrance, representing yin and yang energy, from the late Ming or early Qing dynasties. Exhibitions include "Our Asian Art Museum: The Crow at Twenty," which showcases 20 masterworks from its collection.
500 X Gallery
This is the place to find emerging artists, all within the confines of a historic tire factory and air-conditioning warehouse. It's one of Texas' oldest, artist run, cooperative galleries. Open since 1978, the 500 X Gallery features board members and guest artists, many of whom have gone on to national acclaim. Each year they present both a juried and unjuried show.