The Arlington Museum of Art (AMA ) is a free, non-collecting museum dedicated to Texas contemporary art. It has garnered a reputation for exhibiting innovative and critically acclaimed art as it continues to fulfill its mission to “showcase Texas contemporary art, and to educate and challenge all people to think creatively.” Located in an art moderne 1950s former department store building with a two-story expansive open gallery, the AMA is the anchor of a revitalizing, original downtown Arlington.
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The oldest art organization in Arlington, it began 48 years ago as the Arlington Art Association and fulfilled its dream to become a museum in 1989. The AMA’s goal by 2008 is to be recognized as the premiere venue for Texas contemporary art, with a broad base of support from Arlington, the Metroplex and across the state. The AMA enjoys 19,000 visitors each year with a growing membership base of almost 600. The museum originates 8 to 10 exhibitions annually in its main floor, mezzanine, rooftop and education area galleries, featuring works by emerging and established Texas artists on contemporary themes. To accompany exhibits, the museum provides informal notes, gallery talks and an Artivity Guide for children. A variety of education programs, built upon a direct experience of art in the museum’s rotating exhibitions, provide children, families and adults with unique, interactive and hands-on visual art experiences. These programs help foster a lifelong interest in the visual arts, which in turn ensures the next generation of members and arts supporters. In 2004-05 the museum served approximately 2700 children in mostly free programs and more than 19,000 visitors overall.
The AMA has received local, regional and national recognition for its exhibitions, programs, and publications.