Located in Austin’s art district, the Wally Workman Gallery was founded in 1980 in a 100-year-old historic building. The gallery features two stories specializing in emerging talent. There are over 50 artists currently on display. Another new exhibit in an old house is the grayDUCK Gallery. This modern gallery opened in 2010 in a refurbished 100-year-old house. It highlights local and national artists while creating a welcoming atmosphere for everyone.
Women & Their Work has been bringing exhibitions and performances to Austin for 41 years. It featuring contemporary work created by women from Texas and beyond. The People’s Gallery, located within Austin City Hall, showcases two and three-dimensional pieces from locals artists. The gallery seeks to present exhibits that reflect the artistic and cultural diversity of the city.
Russell Collection Fine Art is home to many original works, including Picasso, Renoir and Matisse. There are also special exhibits and lectures available. The Lora Reynolds Gallery was established in 2005 and features one main exhibit space. This exhibits change six to eight times a year. The gallery features all forms of media, including drawing, painting, sculpture and more.
For an outdoor activity, visit the HOPE Outdoor Gallery. It opened with the help of contemporary artist Shepard Fairey, and it provides muralists, street artists and community groups a location to display outdoor art. Also visit Austin Art Garage, which features work from new and emerging artists. Both galleries offer artists from various socio-economic backgrounds the opportunity to expose their growing talent.
Austin’s largest contemporary art gallery is Ao5, located on South Lamar Boulevard. It has been open for over 20 years and features artist receptions and events each month. And don’t forget Yard Dog, which has been showcasing folk art from the Deep South since 1995.
Austin may be the fourth largest city in Texas, but it is packed full of Texas culture. These art galleries, along with the artists that they feature, are just waiting to be discovered.