The Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi

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HISTORY

The Art Museum of South Texas had its origins in 1945, when the City of Corpus Christi turned its Centennial Museum over to a group of local arts organizations. By the 1960s, the Museum had outgrown its space, and a group of prominent civic leaders and philanthropists began a private sector movement to fund and build a new art museum.. Internationally renowned architect Philip Johnson was selected to design the new Art Museum of South Texas, located at 1902 North Shoreline Blvd.

The Art Museum opened to the public on the Corpus Christi Bayfront in October 1972. Constructed entirely out of white shellcrete and plaster, it seems to radiate with the strong South Texas heat and light. This was the purpose, as stated by Philip Johnson: "Light is the essence, and light coming in from all sides is especially bathing and soothing." The floor-to-ceiling windows offer a spectacular view of Corpus Christi Bay as well as the Harbor Bridge.

In 1997 the Corpus Christi Creative Arts Center and Center for Hispanic Arts merged with the Art Museum under the auspices of the South Texas Institute for the Arts. Many of the programs offered by these organizations continue at the Antonio E Garcia Arts & Education Center (Garcia Center), 2021 Agnes Street, which serves as an outreach site for the Art Museum.

A major expansion in 2006, designed by internationally renowned architect Ricardo Legorreta, doubled the gallery and exhibition space of the Art Museum. The expansion was funded by private sector donations and community support.

MISSION

The Mission of the South Texas Institute for the Arts (the Institute), doing business as the Art Museum of South Texas, is to operate educational facilities and an art museum which advance the awareness, knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts for residents and visitors of South Texas.

To meet its educational mission, the Institute will present a variety of programs which include classes, lectures, films, performances and other activities which inspire community interest in the visual arts. These programs will be offered at the Art Museum of South Texas, the Antonio E. Garcia Arts and Education Center, and other outreach venues that serve the Institute’s mission.

In operating an art museum, the Institute will actively collect, conserve, exhibit, research and interpret outstanding works of visual art with particular interest in art of the Americas and of the region.
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  • You will get an eyeful and your money's worth here. I went with my kid who studies art, but I enjoyed every moment. This museum has several levels including a basement. Every inch of this museum is us...  more »
  • We visited the Art Museum of South Texas several times while wintering in the area. It is museum with several interesting exhibits. It is a great way to spend a rainy afternoon in the area. Afterwards...  more »
  • Groupon friendly smaller museum right on the water. Beautiful views thru-out entire campus. The water garden and sculptures are serene. We sat outside for quite some time just enjoying the tranquility...  more »
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  • A wonderful and thoughtful house collection with traveling works and collections from around the world as well. They also have a terrific theater for screening film. Most of which follow a Q&A style showcasing filmmaker, writer, producer and or talent. Has a restaurant and awesome views of Corpus Christi Bay and surrounding points of interest. A great place for your half-way point in the day(s) of visit to CC, or a good place for lunch. Near CC Museum of Science and History, Harbor Playhouse and American Bank Center/Selena Auditorium, Heritage Park, the Water Garden and more.
  • The Art Museum of South Texas ALWAYS has great exhibitions. I last saw the Dorothy Hood exhibit, which I loved ... before that, I visited an exhibit featuring Chicano art from the notable collection of art advocate Cheech Marin ... heard that a new show is coming from his collection in 2018! Cannot wait!!
  • Great museum with assortment of exhibits. It took us about 2 hours to get through everything taking our time. Really friendly staff and discounts for A&M student and military. Great location near ocean.
  • Super! If you don't make regular visits to our art museum you are missing out on a lot of fun and great art. Memberships are affordable and benefit the whole family.
  • The Outwin American Portrait exibit is really good. Im glad this weekend is Dollar Days at the Art Musuem for me to experience this exibit. The exibit will be there until September so I recommend everyone checks it out.

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