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The Arts in Marfa

A Cultural Hotspot With International Influence

Quite simply, art in Marfa is what put this town of 1,800 on the map. Marfa is a place for creatives. For performers, for painters, for photographers. For filmmakers, for musicians, for meditators. For those that make art and for those that appreciate it. Marfa is a quiet destination in the Big Bend region of Texas that gives you the space and a slower pace to contemplate art. Marfa’s internationally-renowned art scene is inextricably linked with this iconic landscape.

In the 1970s, New York minimalist Donald Judd discovered Marfa’s enchanting terrain beneath a large cerulean sky. He purchased several buildings for art installations, forever solidifying Marfa as a global art community. Today, you can visit Donald Judd’s buildings (at the Chinati Foundation and Judd Foundation) and tour his large-scale architecture projects, paintings and designed furniture, alongside other artists’ exhibitions.

As you walk through town, you’ll encounter numerous Marfa art galleries inviting you in to discover local, national and international talent. There’s great depth in the type of exhibits you’ll see: textiles, paintings, photographs, performance pieces, mixed media, sound and light. This is a place to expand your thoughts and appreciation of the arts. Know that some galleries are by appointment, but don’t be shy—call ahead, they want you to visit. Resources like the Marfa Gallery Guide and Big Bend Galleries and Artists will help you plan your tour of the many galleries.

Marfa art museums and spaces like Ballroom Marfa dare you to think big, even in a place that celebrates minimalism. And they provide the perfect place for an art retreat in Marfa. They showcase socially-relevant works that present the world from a different angle. Marfa art galleries pay homage to the unflagging allure of traditional Western art and mythology. They are always full of surprises. Consider planning your visit around the many Marfa art festivals throughout the year.

Art in Marfa won’t tell you what to think, but it might get you thinking.

Arber & Son Editions

— 128 E. El Paso St. —

Tamarind Master Printer, Robert Arber. Robert Arber has produced limited edition lithographs and woodcuts for numerous, internationally known artists including Donald Judd, Bruce Nauman, John…

AYN FOUNDATION (DAS MAXIMUM)

— 107-109 N. Highland Ave., Brite Bldg. —

Presenting “Last Supper” by Andy Warhol and “September Eleven” by Maria Zerres. Open weekends all year and by appointment. Please call or email for hours…

Ballroom Marfa building

BALLROOM MARFA

— 108 E. San Antonio —

Ballroom Marfa is a non-profit cultural space dedicated to presenting leading and cutting-edge artists working in the visual arts, performance, film, and music. The Ballroom…

BROTHERS FINE ART MARFA

— 208 West Texas Street —

Brothers Fine Art Marfa presents contemporary artwork from national, international, and artists residing in Marfa with an emphasis on supporting creative spirits and a welcoming…

C&C Colab Gallery

— 125 N. Highland Ave. —

Thu- Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10-1pm or by Appointment LC@leanaclifton.com

Donald Judd scultpure installation at Chinati Foundation in Marfa Texas

CHINATI FOUNDATION

— 1 Cavalry Row —

Chinati is an internationally known contemporary art museum founded by minimalist artist Donald Judd. It exhibits large scale installations by a limited number of artists…

EXHIBITIONS 2D

— 400 S. Highland Ave. —

A contemporary exhibition space presenting paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations by noted American artists. The space is characterized by minimalist installation and an atmosphere conducive…

Galleri Urbane Marfa Exhibit Lounge

Galleri Urbane

— 601 E. San Antonio St. —

Galleri Urbane Marfa  – Exhibit only Lounge At the Thunderbird Hotel Galleri Urbane is a contemporary art gallery focusing on emerging and mid career artists,…

Greasewood Gallery at the Hotel Paisano in Marfa, Texas

GREASEWOOD GALLERY

— 207 North Highland —

Located in the historic Hotel Paisano, the gallery features regional artists in varied media. Multiple shows are hosted each year, check the website for details….

HACIENDA DEL ARCON

— 705 W. Bonnie St —

The headquarters for the International Woman’s Foundation, Hacienda del Arcon is a premier training center for artistic development and healthful aging. The former Officers Club…

INDE/JACOBS GALLERY

— 208 E. San Antonio —

Fine art and photography by Donald Judd, Carl Andre, John Chamberlain and other artists associated with Chinati; plus other post ’60’s artists. Photography by Ellen…

JUDD FOUNDATION

— 104 South Highland Avenue —

Judd Foundation is a non-profit organization that facilitates public access to artist Donald Judd’s permanently installed living and working spaces in downtown Marfa. The Judd…

leana clifton artist marfa texas

LÉANA CLIFTON STUDIO

— 125 N. Highland Ave. —

Thu- Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 10-1pm or by Appointment LC@leanaclifton.com

MARFA BOOK COMPANY

— 105 S. Highland —

A Gallery with exhibitions that rotate frequently featuring local and national artists.

MARFA STUDIO OF ARTS

— 106 E. San Antonio St —

The Marfa Studio of arts is a non-profit organization that provides visual art classes and activities to children and teens through the school, afterschool and…

MARTIN MARIA STUDIO

— 1308 West San Antonio —

Showing work of Tom Barnes and Uta-Maria Krapf Hours: Usually 10:00-2:00 Wednesday through Sunday or by appointment tombarnes.name utamariakrapf.name

RULE GALLERY

— 204 E. San Antonio St. —

Open by appointment – Call for more information

Shy Gallery, Marfa, Texas - photo of Marfa water tower against pink sunset

Shy Gallery

— 121 N Highland Ave —

Featuring photographic works by Lesley Villarreal. West Texas gifts. Photo studio specializing in Pet portraits. Hours: Sunday – Maybe Monday – Most likely not Tuesday…

Werrick building, Art of Werrick Armstrong, Art gallery in Marfa, Texas

WERRICK

— 100 East San Antonio —

Werrick.armstrong@gmail.com Contemporary art by Werrick Armstrong. Hours are variable–look for the “open” sign or by appointment