Fort Worth boasts a robust arts scene. From housing masterpieces at notable museums to a vast collection of art adorning the streets, there is something at every corner. Even better - they're free to see.
Since 2001, Fort Worth Public Art has enriched the city’s public spaces with more than 100 commissioned, acquired and donated artworks. Rebecca Lowe’s Molly (the backlit longhorn head that adorns City Hall), Lawrence Ludtke’s JFK Tribute at General Worth Square and Norie Sato’s Water Crossing Markers along the Chisholm Trail Parkway are three of the more well-known projects that FWPA has commissioned. With several dozen such projects strewn about Cowtown, finding these cultural gems could make for a fun family scavenger hunt. FWPA’s website (fwpublicart.org) includes a full list of projects and addresses.
Fort Worth Murals
Fort Worth's creative class is one to be rivaled. And they are beautifying the walls of the city like never before. From the popular Near Southside and West 7th areas to Sundance Square and Downtown, the city is gleaming with freshly painted walls. One neighborhood has quickly become to go-to spot for the beloved selfie -- The Foundry District. Inspiration Alley has dozens of murals and mini mantras spread throughout.
Fort Works Art
Fort Worth's grassroots art scene is buzzing right now. Our neighbors to the east have even taken notice. Galleries like Fort Works Art have helped shape this scene by showcasing the works of local artists as well as becoming a resource for both seasoned collectors and the everyday individual. Learn about the current exhibits here or stop by Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Fort Worth Community Arts Center
The Fort Worth Community Arts Center is located among the stalwart museums of the Fort Worth Cultural District and services the community by offering diverse space for visual and performing arts. View the calendar for a full list of events and exhibits; open to the public 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
Fort Worth Mini Park in the SoMa District
On the southeast corner of West Vickery Boulevard and South Main Street is a pink shipping container that hosts a monthly series of artworks. With the help of Art South and Art Tooth, students from Dunbar High School have selected sculptures on display. Follow Art Tooth (@arttooth) for updates on future featured artists.
The Collective Brewing Project
Contemporary art is the perfect accoutrement for an artisan ale, according to The Collective Brewing Project. The Near Southside brewpub has hosted Art + Collective for the past three years. Various paintings, prints and drawings adorn the walls -- even better, you can purchase the art to take home.
Westbend Public Art
The Westbend Public Art Program is showcased throughout the trendy, new shopping center taken shape alongside the Trinity River. A photo exhibit by the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, multiple murals and Laura Kimpton's LOVE sculpture complete the space. Be on the lookout for the latest addition: Visit Fort Worth's "Y'all Means All."
The Basement Lounge
The Basement Lounge hosts a monthly series of works by the Fort Worth Art Collective (FWAC). FWAC is possibly the longest running art collective in Fort Worth. The nearly 30 members have organized and presented shows for the past several years. If you are interested in a survey of Fort Worth’s most active painters and sculptors, The Basement Lounge (located in the Ridglea Hills area) is a great place to start.
The education-minded nonprofit Art Room is currently showing Contemporary 2019, a show of seven local, regional and national artists. Art Room has a number of community workshops and summer programs for children as well. The gallery has limited hours so please call ahead at (682) 250-3128.
Free rings true for the major museums that make up the Cultural District. The Amon Carter Museum of American Art is always free (closed until September 14 for renovations), the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth is free on Fridays and half-price on Sundays, and the Kimbell Art Museum's permanent collection is free year-round.
Sid Richardson Museum
Located in Sundance Square, the Sid Richardson Museum is a free museum that features permanent and special exhibitions of paintings by the premier Western artists, Frederic Remington and Charles M. Russell. The works on display are the legacy of the late oilman and philanthropist, Sid Williams Richardson, acquired by him from 1942 until his death in 1959.