6 Must See Art Galleries in Austin


Austin has a thriving arts community, artists in the Texas capital are committed to local arts scene and the quality of the museums and galleries reflect that.  The city’s cultural reputation is strengthened by the innovative exhibitions, educational programmes and important art events that run throughout the year.  Here are 6 of the must see museums and art galleries you should while in Austin.

Art on 5th

Art on 5th opened its doors back in 1988with its first showing, a collection of paintings by Andy  Warhol and Pablo Picasso.  The gallery spans over 6,000 square feet and features modern and contemporary art by local and international artists.  The gallery has changed over the years to suit the changing art community in Austin and today it has one of the largest collections of the Secret Art of Dr. Seuss.

The Contemporary Austin

Formerly the AMOA-Arthouse in the Jones Center, it was rebranded under the new name back in 2013 with a new exhibition programme.  The Contemporary reflects the changing Austin art community and strives to blend music, film within the community.  It features artists from all over the world including Tom Sachs, Charles Long and Orly Genger.

Women & Their Work

Founded in 1978 the gallery serves up contemporary art created by local women and female artists from around the world.  They are active in the community and provide performances, and exhibitions meant to expand the conversation on contemporary art.  They strive to educate and promote the value of art created by female artists.

Gallery Black Lagoon

Austin natives David Lujan and Singer Mayberry established Gallery Black Lagoon back in 2010, to provide exhibition space for Austin’s visual arts community.  They support both new and established artists and have shown the art of more than 250 artists.  The gallery itself features a stunning mural facade and is a popular hot spot for themed events.

Pump Project

Pump Project is a non profit organization that provides a community for creativity.  The complex serves as home to more than 50 artists who work with various mediums including ceramics, painting, jewellery and print.  The gallery gives first time artists the chance to show their work in large and small group exhibitions.  Artists without the resources to lease space in Austin can find gallery and exhibition space here at the Pump Project.

Art Galleries in Austin

Wally Workman Gallery

Set in a historic building in the middle of the art district, the Wally Workman Gallery first opened its doors back in 1980.  There are two floors of exhibition space with a small number works nestled in individual rooms.  The gallery features works from more than 50 emerging and established artists.  One of Austin’s most popular contemporary art galleries, exhibit openings are always well attended with a diverse group of people.