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.
Amon Carter Museum of American Art | An Artists’ Haven at Vagabond Treasures | Arts Council of Fort Worth | The Art Galleries at TCU | The Art Institute of Fort Worth | Artspace111 | Art Tooth | Fort Worth Community Arts Center | Kimbell Art Museum | Milan Gallery | The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth | National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame | Sid Richardson Art Museum | TCU School of Art | William Campbell Museum of Contemporary Art
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.
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.
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.
Laurie Aurand, Scattered Focus Art | Heather Bond, Art Of Heather | Adrian Quintanar, Adrian Quintanar Art | Amy Stephens, The Upstairs Gallery | Taylor Webber, Disillusioned Artworks | Jami Van Winkle, Ricochet Art Studio | Linda Chidsey, Linda Chidsey Designs | Laura Hunt, SeptemberArt | Sam Jones IV | John Monreal, Art by John | Ernie Moreno, Tattoo My Shoes | Charla Pavlik | Elva Robinson, Robinsong Art | Logan Whitney Smith | Jayce Wierzbicki, Imaginarium Delirium
Rick Abrams | Carly Allen-Martin | Daniel Blagg | Dennis Blagg | James Blake | Betsy Horn | Laura Hunt, SeptemberArt Studio | Barbie Moore | Tiara Roberts | Denise Acebo, Art By Denise | Sierra Barnes, Rock Diva Art | Robert L. Berry, Jr., Jazz Xpressions | Michelle Brandley | Pat Brown | Tom Carlton | Urban Castro | Jeff Church | Wade Clowdus, Legacy Enterprise | Trishia Crane, Suumiart | Hillary Dohoney | Heather Deaton, Tranquility Artisans | Jean Gonzales, Jean Gonzales Art | Desra Harrington, Artfully Happy | Bobby Ligon, Bobby Ligon Art | Darla Lyon | Ellen Marshall | Steve Miller, Steve Miller Studios | Mark Reese, Mark Reese Arts | Susy Salcedo, TCU School of Art | Sergio Santos | Mary Amber Shasteen | Venus, The Art of Venus | Paul Wolff, Paul Wolff Art