Amarillo Museum of Art

Temporary exhibitions and permanent collection consisting primarily of 20th century and contemporary American art. Exhibits and collects Indian and Southeast Asian sculpture, middle-eastern textiles, Japanese woodblock prints.

The Amarillo Museum of Art is dedicated to enriching the lives of the diverse people of the Texas Panhandle area, bringing them together for the experience of art through exhibitions, education and collections.

In 1967, a small group of community leaders formulated the idea of creating a regional art facility. They had a great vision for the Amarillo Art Center, as it was then named, to “provide quality visual arts programming to the residents of the Texas Panhandle, eastern New Mexico, and western Oklahoma through collections, temporary exhibitions representing a variety of media and periods, educational programming, preservation, and research.” By 1970, the Amarillo Art Center Board of Trustees joined with Amarillo College, a two-year community college chartered in 1926, to raise funds to construct a complex for the visual arts, performing arts, and music studies. In 1972, the Center moved into its new home, which was designed by renowned architect Edward Durrell Stone as part of the Fine Arts Complex on the Washington Street campus. In 1994, the Center was renamed the Amarillo Museum of Art (AMoA).

Initially the Museum was a non-collecting arts institution. In 1979, a policy change led to establishing a permanent collection, which now totals more than 1800 works. The collection includes both Asian and Western art, primarily modern and contemporary American art.

The Museum’s primary focuses are temporary exhibitions and education. Each year the Museum presents approximately fifteen art exhibitions representing original works in all media, periods, and styles, ranging from cutting edge to traditional. Educational programming includes lectures, gallery talks, art classes through our Museum School, events such as artafterdark, 5 in 5, and 22HUNDRED which encourage community engagement, outreach to schools throughout the Texas Panhandle, school tours at the museum, teacher in-service programming, outreach to senior facilities, digital programming, collaborations with local cultural organizations and colleges, and Family Days to name a few.  The Museum also makes a conscious effort to recognize and encourage local and regional artists through a variety of events.

Having been accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1979, the Museum makes a significant contribution to intellectual and cultural resources in the Panhandle by committing to excellence in maintaining museum standards and best practices. Public attendance for 2016 was more than 40,000 and AMoA outreach touched the lives of over 7000 students with the assistance of our strong core of volunteers and supporters.

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Dorothea Lange (American, 1895-1965) Migrant Mother, with three children, California, February, 1936 Gelatin silver on paper, 14 x 11 inches Gift of Steven W. Plattner   Georgia O'Keeffe (American, 1887-1986) Train Coming in - Canyon, Texas 1916 Watercolor on paper, 9 3/4 x 8 1/4 inches Collection of the Amarillo Museum of Art Purchased with funds from National Endowment for the Arts, Amarillo Area Foundation, AMoA Alliance, Fannie Weymouth, Santa Fe Industries Foundation, and Mary Fain   Bag face, Shahshuvan Persia, n.d. Wool, pile, 29 ½ x 29 ½ inches Gift of Dr. and Mrs. William T. Price   Theodore Waddell Snake River Paints #4, 1994 Oil and mixed media on canvas, 78 x 90 inches Gift of Mike and Dalia Engler In honor of Carol Kreycik Engler   Eizan Azuma sugata Genji awase, [Collection of eastern fashion and the tale of Genji], a bust portrait of a courtesan on a stair. Signed Kikugawa Eizan hitsu. Published by Shimizu, c. 1820 Woodblock print on paper, 15 x 10 inches approx. Gift of Dr. and Mrs. William T. Price  
South Van Buren Street 2200
Amarillo 79109 TX US
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