San Angelo Texas Museums
An undeveloped property in San Angelo, Texas, is being converted, and soon this unhappy place with a spotty history will become an open-air museum. In the area that once lay on the edge of the wild border, the Museum of Fine Arts SanAngelo is a living cultural outpost.
Located on the Concho River, the museum hosts permanent and traveling visual art exhibitions, including ceramics, Texas art and sculpture. It also features a rooftop terrace that serves as a sculpture garden overlooking the river and downtown San Angelo.
There are at least 14 large murals throughout the city of San Angelo depicting the history of Texas, Texas art and Texas history in general. There are so many of them that they are just beautiful to look at, but they are not all in the same place.
You can see artifacts and photos from 150 years of railway history in the West, as well as exhibits on the railway lines that passed through San Angelo. The museum does a great job of explaining the history of the railroad and its impact on the city and the state of Texas in general.
The depot San Angelo is unique, as it was built in 1909 by the Kansas City, Mexico and Orient Railroad. As an interesting aside: In fact, there were stagecoaches in the city at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th century.
The museum was founded in the early 1970s as part of the San Angelo Cultural District and is now the anchor of the cultural district of the city, which includes the entire city and a number of other historic buildings. On the first floor is a museum with a large collection of artifacts from the past, present and future of Texas.
The wide range of exhibits and programs provided by the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts is made possible by a generous grant from the Texas Department of Public Health and Human Services (DPS). The museum has received numerous awards, including the American Society of Art Museum and Art Gallery of Texas Award in 2003 and the National Association for the Advancement of Arts and Sciences (NAAAS) Award for Excellence in Art in the Arts in 2004. The museum's work is also made available to the public through a variety of programs and events, including the annual Texas State Fair and Texas Art Festival.
Since its foundation, the San Angelo Museum has exhibited two hundred and eighty exhibits, most of which are publications. About half of these were organized by the museum and the other half by other institutions such as the American Society of Art Museum and Art Gallery of Texas (SAMFA). Samfa is a member of the American Alliance of Museums, which accredits three of the country's six museums. Major exhibits are awarded to museums by the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. and the Smithsonian Institution in New York City.
The exhibition Art Uncommon Locations, located in the city, is a self-guided tour. Visit other 19th-century buildings on a tour of the San Angelo Museum of Art and Art Gallery of Texas' historic buildings.
The Museum of Fine Arts San Angelo has established ceramics, many of which have been acquired in the national ceramics competitions held at the Museum, as a permanent collection with concentration. In cooperation with the State University of Angelo, we have a ceramic workshop and the Club exhibits model railways. Other focal points of our collection are the collection of ceramics, glass, wood, porcelain and glass, metal, bronze, silver, copper, stainless steel, marble and bronze.
Since moving into our new building in 1999, we have expanded from 80 to 860 artworks, and other galleries and venues are located in the city center. The annual symposium and Texas Art Fair take place at various venues, including the Museum of Fine Arts San Angelo and Texas State University of Angelo.
Paintbrush Alley, located on historic Concho Avenue in San Angelo, is located in the Museum of Fine Arts and the Texas Art Fair, as well as downtown.
The architecture critic Jon Thompson was celebrated when he wrote: "The expression of the people who built it is as much a part of San Angelo's history as its architecture. The Giant, a film shot in Marfa, Texas, in SanAngelo's Paintbrush Alley, pays homage to the art of unusual places and is now coming to the Museum of Fine Arts.
This old border post is now a historic preservation museum owned and operated by the city of San Angelo, Texas. The Museum of Miss Hattie Bordello has been in operation since 1902 and was in operation until its closure. SanAngelo State Park was founded in the early 20th century as part of the Texas State Park System and is a popular destination to see local wildlife and scenic beauty.