While the Dallas-Fort Worth area might seem a part of the Wild West to outsiders who still remember J.R. Ewing and Southfork, the reality is the DFW fine art scene is very much alive and thriving. While famous collections like the Kimball Art Museum and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth are always major draws, the truth is you don’t have to go far to find quality shows and art walks. The Metroplex is filled with smaller displays, which makes it easy to take in art at your own schedule and on your own budget.
Public ArtWalk Dallas
The artwalk begins at the Nasher Sculpture Center and concludes with de Musica, in front of the Meyerson Symphony Center
Nasher Sculpture Center
2001 Flora St.
Dallas, TX 75201
Price: Free to attend the art walk, $10 for admission to sculpture center
Hours: Mon -Closed, Tues to Sun -11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Click here for details on the tour
If you’ve got the time and are looking for some fresh air, the Business Council for the Arts features a guide to miles of art, all for free. The 3.3 mile self-guided tour through Dallas will take you through 30 different locations. Memorials, landmarks, murals, and other works of art and architecture abound on this trip through downtown Dallas. Maps and descriptions are available for free from the website, which also has a “Calorie Burn Calculator” on it, so you can check in on your fitness while you’re taking in the sights.
Deep Ellum Arts Festival
Deep Ellum Entertainment District
Main Street (between Good Latimer and Hall Street)
The Continental Gin Building
3309 Elm Street
Dallas, TX 75226
Dates and Hours: Festival – Friday, April 6, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, April 7, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday, April 8, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Art Walk – Saturday, April 21
More information available on the Facebook page
Dallas’ most famous art community never disappoints. While any trip through the neighborhood can show you sights you just can’t see anywhere else, the semi-annual Art Festival features the best of the best. This year’s festival will feature 200 artists of various backgrounds showing off and selling their original works. Even better, this Art Walk is free to attend. For the musically inclined, there will also be four stages going with music and entertainment throughout the festival. While you’re there, check out the Continental Gin Building, another traditional hot art spot in Deep Ellum where some of the best young artists do their work.
8687 N. Central Expressway
Dallas, Texas 75225
Hours: Mon to Sat -10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sun -Noon to 6 p.m.
Click here for details on the current art displayed.
Yes, even the malls are filled with fine art in some places in DFW. Northpark has a long tradition of showcasing works from some pretty famous artists, including Andy Warhol, Jim Dine, James Rosenquist and many others. Some of the pieces are very visually striking, even more so considering the surroundings.
DADA’s Spring Gallery Walk
Date: Saturday, April 21, 2012, 2 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Price: Free to attend the art walk, $10 to attend the panel discussions
Click here for details, or here for the calendar of events.
The Dallas Art Dealers Association will have a free day in April for art fans. The event will feature 40 of DADA’s top contributors including galleries, museums and individuals. There will also be two panel discussions, with the $10 admission fees for those going to the Edith Baker Art Scholarship and Artist Career Development Fund.
One Legends Way
Arlington, TX 76011
Price: Tickets available through Ticketmaster starting at $16.16.
Hours: The audio-guided art tour is available Mondays and Wednesdays, with the guided tour on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Tour times are 10 a.m., Noon and 2 p.m.
There is an iPhone app available to guide your tour. The brochure is available online.
You may not realize it, but the home of the world famous Dallas Cowboys is also the home of a pretty substantial art collection. While thinking of art and football intertwined might lead to thoughts of nothing more than old Leroy Neiman paintings, Cowboys Stadium is actually filled with contemporary art and sculpture, most of which has nothing at all to do with sports. Works from artists like Dave Muller, Terry Haggerty and Daniel Buren pop up everywhere. Some works are displayed as separate pieces of art, while others are subtly arranged near the workings of the stadium so that every escalator and concession stand has a deeper subtext than just part of a football stadium.
Reid Kerr has been a professional writer for television and radio for more than twenty years. Currently living in Tyler, TX, Reid has written for Examiner for four years, as well as numerous other websites, newspapers, and magazines. His work can be found at Examiner.com.