The city of Dallas is the hub of the art scene in North Texas. Here you’ll find everything, from classical art to emerging local artists displaying their art in offbeat galleries. If it’s quirky, modern, local, international or historical, Dallas has a place for it.
The 68 acre, 19 block arts district in downtown is the largest urban arts district in the United States. Museums that you’ll find within walking distance of one another inside of the arts district include the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Crow Collection of Asian Art. Stopping for a bite to eat at one of the gourmet food trucks while you admire the AT&T Performing Arts Center, The Meyerson Symphony Center and the historical and award-winning architecture makes for a fun and fascinating walk.
Head three blocks east of downtown to the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas and you find a creative and unique vibe buzzing with local artists. The 1960′s and 70′s saw an influx of artists drawn to the lofts in the industrial warehouse area and it remains an artistic pocket of the city to this day. The history laden buildings display incredible murals and house multiple small galleries tailored for local and emerging artists. Each year, Deep Ellum hosts a three day arts festival featuring hundreds of artists and their original works.
The Bishop arts district in Oak cliff, south of downtown Dallas, also offers an eclectic art scene with multiple galleries. Small, locally owned businesses are the norm and that includes artists. This little indie section of Dallas is a big part of the Dallas art scene. The yearly Oak Cliff Art Crawl features local artists and musicians, a bazaar, open mike poetry and lots of tasty food.
In all, the city of Dallas has amazing and diverse galleries that appeal to art lovers from all walks of life. Whether you’re looking to connect with history through art or you’re looking for small galleries and festivals where the unknown artists can shine, Dallas is the place. (Kate Koop, Dallas Visual Art blogger)