Art Museum of South Texas

1902 N Shoreline Blvd
Corpus Christi TX  78401

Phone: (361) 825-3500

Art Museum of South Texas

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.

Since 1972, the gleaming white walls of the Art Museum of South Texas have been a landmark on the Corpus Christi Bay. Providing art in a variety of mediums, we bring the Coastal Bend fine art, through rotating exhibits.

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Categories: Art Museum, Community Organization, Modern Art Museum

Hours

Tue: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wed: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thu: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Fri: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sat: 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sun: 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm



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Past Events

Art Workshop for Adults: Surreal Sunset Landscape (2 of 2)

Art Workshop for Adults: Surreal Sunset Landscape (2 of 2)
01:00 pm - 05/26/2018

At Art Museum of South Texas

For age 14 years old and up. Reservations are required. Cost: Members $40/Nonmembers $55 Register and prepay online at artmuseumofsouthtexas.org or over the phone...

Open Digital Studio Hours

Open Digital Studio Hours
10:00 am - 05/22/2018

At Art Museum of South Texas

For adults and children ages 10 years old and up. Reservations required to participate in the studio hours. Cost: Members $10/Nonmembers $20 Register and prepay...

Art Workshop for Adults: Surreal Sunset Landscape (1 of 2)

Art Workshop for Adults: Surreal Sunset Landscape (1 of 2)
01:00 pm - 05/19/2018

At Art Museum of South Texas

For ages 14 years old and up, Reservations Required. Cost: Members $40/Nonmembers $55 (Each session stands alone; sign up for one class and receive a 10% discount...

Lunch Among the Masters

Lunch Among the Masters
11:30 am - 05/18/2018

At Art Museum of South Texas

Curators Conversing with Contemporary Artists Join the Art Museum for this enlightening conversation between curators and artists as they discuss the many experiences. Cost:...

Open Digital Studio Hours

Open Digital Studio Hours
02:00 pm - 05/17/2018

At Art Museum of South Texas

Join the Art Museum for our Open Digital Studio. For ages 12 and up, this is a wonderful chance to work on personal projects in our Creation Station. Cost: Members...

Mother's Day Dollar Day

Mother's Day Dollar Day
01:00 pm - 05/13/2018

At Art Museum of South Texas

Looking for something unique to do with your one of a kind mother on her special day? Bring her and the family to the Art Museum for a day filled with art and beauty!...

Super sARTurday Art Camp Preview

Super sARTurday Art Camp Preview
11:30 am - 05/12/2018

At Art Museum of South Texas

Join the Art Museum for another preview into our incredible Art Camp Preview filled with art, activities, and tons of fun. Cost: Members $5/Nonmembers $10 Register...

Moms and Tots (and sometimes Pops!) Are You My Mother?

Moms and Tots (and sometimes Pops!) Are You My Mother?
10:00 am - 05/10/2018

At Art Museum of South Texas

Join us as we enjoy storytime, arts and crafts, and snack time with children ages 2 - 5. Cost: Members $10/Nonmembers $15 Please note pre-registration is required;...

ArtWalk Dollar After Dark

ArtWalk Dollar After Dark
05:30 pm - 05/04/2018

At Art Museum of South Texas

Join the Art Museum for a night filled with art for only a dollar! Don't miss your chance to see such beautiful pieces during the night. Did we mention that TAMU-CC...

Frost Free Friday

Frost Free Friday
10:00 am - 05/04/2018

At Art Museum of South Texas

Come to the Art Museum of South Texas to enjoy a free day surrounded by art. Sponsored by Frost Bank, enjoy the incredible works that are featured in our halls. Free...

ArtRageous Tickets Go on Sale

ArtRageous Tickets Go on Sale
06:30 pm - 05/01/2018

At Art Museum of South Texas

It's that time of year once again! Grab your artRageous tickets now! Cost: General public $75/Host Committee $150 Register and Prepay online at artmuseumofsouthtexas.org...

Los Tejanos: Cheech Marin Collection Last Day to View Exhibit

Los Tejanos: Cheech Marin Collection Last Day to View Exhibit
01:00 pm - 04/29/2018

At Art Museum of South Texas

Join the Art Museum of South Texas as we enjoy the last day that Cheech Marin's personal collection of art will be in our doors. Come to the Art Museum to see this...

ArtWorkshop for Adults (Part 2 of 2) Digital Editing w Photoshop

ArtWorkshop for Adults (Part 2 of 2) Digital Editing w Photoshop
01:00 pm - 04/28/2018

At Art Museum of South Texas

Join the Art Museum of South Texas for part 2 of our Digital Editing with Adobe Photoshop. This course will allow you to take your images from good to great as you...

Moms and Tots (and sometimes Pops!) Robot, Go Bot

Moms and Tots (and sometimes Pops!) Robot, Go Bot
10:00 am - 04/26/2018

At Art Museum of South Texas

Come join us for a family fun day at The Art Museum. After reading Robot, Go Bot by Dana Rau, illustrated by Wook Jin Jung, we’ll use all kinds of geometric shapes...

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