Gleaming like a jewel on Corpus Christi bay, the Art Museum of South Texas is an iconic landmark designed by internationally renowned architects Philip Johnson and Ricardo Legorreta. Sunlight-filled galleries showcase a diverse, evolving collection of contemporary and traditional works with a focus on art of the Americas and the region. The 60,000 square-foot museum welcomes more than 100,000 visitors annually.
The Art Museum presents 12 to 15 art exhibitions per year. The annual exhibition calendar regularly features a wide variety of offerings including contemporary, traditional, Western, and wildlife art.
In 2016, the Museum opened a gallery devoted to Spanish Colonial art and it also features Pre-Columbian and related works by contemporary Hispanic artists.
The Permanent Collection is the Museum’s most significant asset. The collection is comprised of over 1,700 works of art including painting, sculpture, drawing, glass, photography, printmaking, ceramics, fabric, and fine craft. In 1994, the Museum Board revised its collecting focus to place an emphasis on the “Art of the Americas” as well as developing a comprehensive collection of works by artists associated with the state of Texas. In 2001, the Collection benefited from the addition of 1,000 paintings, prints, drawings, and collages from the estate of recognized Texas modernist artist, the late Dorothy Hood (1918-2000). Since the Museum’s collection is also used for teaching, it does contain works from other cultures and parts of the world.