Austin, Texas is home to a wide array of local artists and creative minds eager to share their unique visions on a city-sized canvas. Each day more and more artistic talents finds their way to the streets of Austin, culminating in a magnificent melting pot of eclectic art galleries, ephemeral exhibits and stunning street art. With a different visual feast waiting around every corner, it’s easy to see why Austin is the unofficial cultural capitol of Texas. Check out these great Austin galleries for a look at local genius.
2200 S Lamar Blvd
This downtown art gallery hosts a variety of local artists and painting styles for sale, and the exhibits are updated regularly to feature new artists and collections. From funky folk and longhorn-inspired paintings to graphic and modern art, Austin Art Garage displays must-have original pieces for all art lovers.
Hope Outdoor Gallery
1101 Baylor St
This stunning street art gallery was created by the non-profit educational organization, HOPE Events , along with local contemporary artist Shepard Fairey. It works as an outlet for young aspiring artists, educators and community members to share their inspirational points of view in the only art park of its kind. If you want a true taste of Austin, register yourself and a group of friends for a visit to this contemporary outdoor art revolution.
1510 S Congress Ave
Located in the hip SoCo district, this art gallery features American folk art for sale from local artists. Both quaint and different, the Yard Dog is the artistic embodiment of the Austin cultural zeitgeist. Whether you’re looking for a unique artist proof or just want to enjoy the simple beauty of locally portrayed Americana, this little gallery is a great destination for all things weird.
Cathedral of Junk
4422 Lareina Dr
Tucked away in the suburbs of south Austin is a local art phenomenon known as the Cathedral of Junk . Aptly named, this appointment-only exhibit is owned and operated by Vince Hannemann from his own backyard. For a mere $10 donation, you can visit the ever-expanding cathedral and pay homage to towering structures of refuse and other abandoned materials. Some are even moved to tears by the unconventional display of common objects that draws crowds of curious visitors every day.
ART on 5th
3005 S Lamar Blvd
Boasting the largest collection of contemporary art in Austin, this downtown gallery not only features displays from local artists, but also houses a slew of different exhibits from Disney fine art to vintage movie posters. But the star of this gallery is its permanent Dr. Seuss exhibit, which showcases the secret work of iconic artist Theodor Seuss Geisel. ART on 5th is a modern, savvy and stunning addition to the Austin art scene.
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