Catherine Cuellar: The Dallas Art Scene

Dallas has an immensely extensive art scene, from world renowned museums like the Dallas Museum of Art to tons of local galleries, shops, and installations throughout the city. We couldn’t imagine that there’s anyone better than the Executive Director of The Dallas Arts District, Catherine Cuellar, to show us around the fantastic art of the city!

Catherine Cuellar: The Dallas Art Scene

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DAY 1

Catherine Cuellar - The Dallas Art Scene

Conduit Gallery

A wonderful start to experience a sliver of Dallas’s unique art scene, Conduit Gallery features both lesser-known, local artists, as well as internationally acclaimed artists.

Cris Worley Fine Arts

Cris Worley features the works of local Texas artists and has an eye for emerging ones bound for success. If you’re serious about buying art, this is a wonderful place to find pieces for the collection.

Perot Museum

Perot Museum - Catherine Cuellar: The Dallas Art SceneDivert attention from your small world, and allow your mind to explore the possibilities of the amazing planet earth and the vast universe at this natural history museum. With interactive activities and intriguing traveling exhibits, the Perot Museum is an educational experience that will leave you with a fresh perspective on the world.

McKinney Avenue Contemporary

McKinney Avenue Contemporary - Catherine Cuellar: The Dallas Art SceneSince 1994, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, or “the MAC”, has hosted over 1,300 artists whose works span a variety of medias. Come here to get a feel for the Dallas Art Scene, and all of the boundaries that it has crossed.

Dallas City Performance Hall

The Dallas City Performance Hall continually brings in riveting performances that represent a broad array of cultures and styles. The incredible building is a sight in itself, but be sure to check and see what acts are performing for your visit in advance so you don’t miss out on some classic entertainment.

DAY 2

Catherine Cuellar - The Dallas Art Scene

AllGood Cafe

An extremely well-loved neighborhood spot, this little diner, whose walls are covered in photographs and posters, is full of Dallas personality. From the fresh food from local farmers, to the live music that often fills the atmosphere, AllGood Cafe is a funky place to enjoy a tasty meal.

Barry Whistler Gallery

In the hip Deep Ellum neighborhood, the Barry Whistler Gallery hosts contemporary art from local and visiting artists. Drop in to see what the Dallas art scene is serving up. If you’re serious about expanding your art collection, this gallery takes private appointments.

The Public Trust

The Public Trust is another wonderful art space in Deep Ellum. Covering a range of media, The Public Trust features up-and-coming and established artists.

Crow Collection of Asian Art

A gorgeous space that has become vital to the Dallas museum scene, the Crow Collection of Asian Art hosts contemporary pieces from Korea, Japan, China, India, and all over Southeast Asia. 

Tei-An

Set in the swanky Dallas Arts District, Tei-An is a modern Japanese restaurant that brings the flavors of Japan to Dallas. From ramen to sushi, Tei-An artfully presents flavors that will be a welcome change from Tex-Mex.

AT&T Performing Arts Center

A massive center for the arts and an architectural wonder, the AT&T Performing Arts Center hosts opera, ballet, modern dance, concerts, or other creative showcases. Check what’s going on in their venues—from the Winspear Opera House to the outdoor Annette Strauss Square.

DAY 3

Catherine Cuellar - The Dallas Art Scene

The Dream Cafe

The Dream Cafe will not fail to deliver a delicious, fulfilling breakfast or brunch. If it’s sunny out, take advantage of their outdoor seating.

Dallas Museum of Art

The Dallas Museum of Art has a surprising collection of over 22,000 pieces from around the world. With free admission, there is no reason to not get lost among the works that represent human experience and creativity.

Nasher Sculpture Center

Nasher Sculpture Center - Catherine Cuellar: Dallas Arts SceneBeing in the presence of three dimensional work can be a truly amazing experience, and the Nasher Sculpture Center has an impressive collection of sculptures, including a Picasso and a Matisse.

La Calle Doce

All the coastal seafood dishes that you’ve been craving. La Calle Doce has been in business since 1981. In an adorable refurbished house, this is as close to getting a home cooked meal from an abuela as you could get.

Kessler Theater

A wonderful music venue- both from the sound and design perspective, you should definitely see who is playing at the Kessler Theater while you’re in town.

The Wild Detectives

Hole up with a drink and a book at this wonderful and cozy bar/coffee shop/bookstore. Let the day’s adventures melt away into the evening.

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