State Of The Arts

Turn to Texas’ thriving arts scene to bring more beauty into your New Year as our robust culture seeker Jonathan Spindel reports with some of our recommended choices to enjoy


Blanton Museum of Art
Nestled between downtown Austin and the UT campus, the Blanton Museum features a rotating selection of contemporary artwork as well as a well-established permanent collection. The open, brightly lit atrium space invites a leisurely stroll.

The Contemporary Austin
Showcasing two renowned and architecturally unique locations, The Contemporary Austin brings multidisciplinary exhibitions, engaging programs, and enticing special events to the city’s visual arts landscape.

Bullock Museum
See history and beauty come to live in the Bullock’s La Belle exhibition, featuring a multimedia recreation of the shipwreck that changed history. La Belle’s haunting beauty will make a lasting impression. On view through May 17.


The Crow Collection
The Mary Baskett Collection of Japanese Fashion features stunning avant-garde designs by contemporary designers who combine daring elements with conventional Japanese traditions. On view through February 22.

Dallas Museum of Art
Bouquets: French Still-Life Painting from Chardin to Matisse showcases dozens of floral still lifes from the famous painters of the well-established painting genre in France during the 1800s. On view until February 8.

Kimbell Art Museum
Faces of Impressionism explores the character and development of the portrait in French painting and sculpture from the late 1850s until the first years of the 20th century. On view through January 25th. Kibellart.og


Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Spectacular Rubens features six painted modelli, or large-scale oil-on-panel studies, by the legendary Flemish painter. The exuberant pieces capture the glorious talent of one of the world’s greatest masters. On view until May 10.

Center for Contemporary Craft
This contemporary gallery’s rotating exhibits showcase innovative style and design to inspire your new year decorations and renovations, for your home, your wardrobe, and every aspect of your lifestyle.

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Double Life, featuring works by the internationally celebrated conceptual artists, includes an immersive light and sculpture installation, a 16mm film loop, live dance presentations, and a newly-commissioned video work. On view until March 15.


San Antonio Museum of Art
Nelson Rockefeller’s Picassos features fifteen enormous-scale tapestries modeled after Pablo Picasso’s most important paintings. Woven entirely by hand, these impressive pieces bring the artist’s most moving pieces to life in a new way for viewers to enjoy. On view until March 8.

The Briscoe Western Art Museum
The Briscoe Museum preserves and interprets the art, history, and culture of the American West through engaging exhibitions, educational programs, and public events reflective of the region’s rich traditions and shared heritage.

Artpace San Antonio
This innovative gallery hosts an annual international artist-in-residence program that invites nine artists to conceive and create pivotal art projects. A visit to Artpace guarantees a surprising and moving artistic experience.