Art Museum of South Texas Is Corpus Christi Landmark
PHOTO CREDIT: Brian McCord
The Art Museum of South Texas has been a landmark on the Corpus Christi Bay since 1972.
Completed in 1972, the museum serves as the cultural center for fine art in Corpus Christi. Operated by the South Texas Institute for the Arts, the museum works to advance the awareness, knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts for residents and visitors of South Texas.
The permanent collection of the Art Museum of South Texas contains more than 1,300 works of art in the media of painting, sculpture, prints, drawings, collages, mixed media, ceramics, and textiles, with a focus on fine art and craft of the Americas with particular interest in Texas and surrounding states, including those in Mexico. The museum schedules about 15 distinct exhibitions annually.
Designed by internationally renowned architect Philip Johnson, the three-level facility is constructed entirely out of white concrete and plaster, with expansive floor-to-ceiling windows that provide stunning views of the Corpus Christi Bay.
Approximately 12,000 of the building's 30,000 square feet belong to galleries. The center is also equipped with a gift shop, cafe, outdoor courtyard, auditorium, and interactive kids' playroom.