Made up of a Western Art collection, a Rare Books and Manuscripts collection and an American Indian collection, the Stark Museum of Art in Orange, Texas focuses on the stunning land, dramatic people, and diverse wildlife of the American West.
The art collection includes work from over two centuries and spans the explorations of the nineteenth century to the artistic colonies of the twentieth century. Artists represented include Frederic Remington, Charles Marion Russell, and Georgia O’Keeffe.
The Rare Books and Manuscripts collection includes letters and manuscript journals by artists such as John James Audubon, Paul Kane, and Charles Marion Russell. The collection also holds first-edition publications on natural history, such as Audubon’s personal copy of The Birds of America.
The American Indian collection consists of art created by members of the tribes of the Great Plains, Southwest, Eastern Woodlands, and Northwest Coast. It includes examples of Plains clothing, body ornaments, beadwork, baskets, pottery, kachina carvings, and Navajo rugs and blankets.
The Stark Museum of Art presents special changing exhibitions to explore themes in greater depth, and the museum’s foundation continues to acquire additional works of art for their collections. (KCE)
Stark Museum of Art Information
- Public Transportation: Poor
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours: Tuesday–Saturday 10 a.m.–5 p.m. Closed Sundays, Mondays, and major holidays
- Admission: Free
- Tour: Free docent-led tours are offered for groups of 10–72 adults. Tours must be scheduled in advance.