A view of the Modern Art Museum, the oldest art museum in Texas, from across from the reflection pond (FWPP Photo/Raul Mosley)

Welcome to the Fort Worth Portrait Project’s Page about Art in North Texas

Because Fort Worth is rightly branded as a city of cowboys and culture, the Fort Worth Portrait Project gives special emphasis to the unfolding story of art in our city and region. On this page, you will find features about some of the most respected art museums in the country and profiles about individual artists working in a wide range of expressions. The entries in bold are the more developed features.

Art Galleries, Museums, and Other Organizations

Few cities are fortunate enough to have the quality of Fort Worth’s art museums–and to have them all within walking distance. In our city’s Cultural District, you can find some of the best collections of European, American, contemporary, and western art. Private galleries near the downtown area also feature works from notable contemporary artists from around the world. On top of it all, you don’t have to darken the door of a museum to see art in cowtown. Fort Worth Public Art has installed many works throughout the city.

A bronze sculpture by Wes Smith welcomes visitors to the 2nd floor of the National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame in Fort Worth (FWPP Photo/Raul Mosley).

Art Festivals and Related Events

The crown jewel of the Fort Worth art calendar is the Main Street Arts Festival which has been attracting prominent artists from across the nation to this downtown event since 1986. More recently, ArtsGoggle has grown into a can’t-miss event for local artists looking to display their works to a crowd that grew to 30,000 along Magnolia Avenue on the Near Southside for the October 2016 event.

Rick Abrams from Deland, Florida, displays his paintings at the 2015 Main Street Arts Festival (FWPP Photo taken with permission/Raul Mosley).

Artists

Glass

Since 2007, SiNaCa Studios on the Near Southside of Fort Worth has been the epicenter of artistic glass production and instruction in North Texas. While the work they produce is beautiful–and it is–what makes the studio most remarkable is its community involvement, an approach that embodies the best of the Near Southside mindset. SiNaCa produces the prestigious Heart of Gold award for the Arts Council of Fort Worth in addition to providing opportunities for groups to collaborate on a project, as seen in this gallery featuring the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s Cowtown Society.

Karen Wiley (center), President of the Fort Worth Arts Council, presented awards crafted by SiNaCa Studios to Willa Dunleavy, Executive Director of the Fort Worth Youth Orchestra, and Miguel Harth-Bedoya, conductor of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. These awards were presented at the 2015 Heart of Gold luncheon (FWPP Photo/Raul Mosley).

Photography

Well before the advent of social media, the most legendary photographers in Fort Worth were the Swartz Brothers who documented the city for over 30 years beginning the late 1800s (see the video below featuring local historians Scott Barker and Quentin McGown.) No discussion of photography in Fort Worth would be complete without mentioning the photography collection of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art which houses over 45,000 images spanning the history of photography itself.

While everyone has multiple cameras these days, Fort Worth is still home to noteworthy photography including coverage of the social scenes around Sundance Square Plaza by Brian Luenser, the documentation of buildings and signs by Dave Mathews, and the visual story-telling of the Fort Worth Stockyards by Lola Lavender-Hardisty. Today’s photographers compete for attention in an overcrowded environment that has grown from 3 billion photos snapped in 1960 to upwards of 800 billion images captured per year these days. 

Jewelry

Megan Thorne Jewelry: "Megan began her career as a fashion designer of fine lingerie, so you may find her love for patterns, textiles, and lace delicately passed on to precious metals and gemstones throughout our collection. At Megan Thorne Fine Jewels we seek to style fluid femininity with timeless vintage notes as a subtle sparkle of personal expression."

Painting

Describing herself as "an odd child who wanted to be a waitress," Barbie Moore's "Oh Maranda, What Have You Done?" explores a female theme. She shared that this work is "an appropriate catch-all for the many females that continue to fascinate me and are somehow embedded into my work. An artist’s theme can often be seen and felt throughout the years, collections, and even individual pieces. Women in relational situations are repeated again and again, as I examine the facets of us all - like diamonds."

Wood

This intricate bowl was made by David Brown of Brown Wood Craft (FWPP Photo/Raul Mosley).

Watercolor

Amy Tigner transitioned from oils to watercolors because of the "clarity of the medium and the watery element involved in the process, which represents for me the continuing flow of life. At this point in my life, I am painting exclusively in watercolors, and the subject matter is most often something to do with nature. I try to depict the shared bond we have with nature, one that we should not forget."

Crafts and More

A hemp hat by Acorns and Alchemy was on display at the 2015 Prairie Fest on the east side of Fort Worth (FWPP Photo/Raul Mosley).