Must Visit Art Galleries in Dallas

Art is a necessity in life. Without it, humanity would be forced to suffer through an expressionless, drab existence. Art inspires innovation, expresses our deepest emotions and mirrors our behavior in ways that may be critical but above all illuminating. Art is a driving force for humanity to continue growing, continue accepting and continue to learn from each other. Here are some of the best art galleries worth a visit in the Dallas, Texas area that will no doubt inspire you.

Southwest Art Gallery


4500 Sigma Rd.


Dallas, TX 75244




One of the oldest and largest art galleries in Dallas, Southwest Art Gallery has been in business for over 40 years. Their 16,000 square foot gallery features a wide variety of artwork, including contemporary, western, impressionist and traditional. Southwest art also has numerous sculptures, bronze and antiques in addition to a custom framing department. Upcoming events include an exhibition for Clinton Broyles’ new artwork, be sure not to miss this.


Dallas Museum of Art


1717 N. Harwood St.


Dallas, TX 75201




Operating since 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) is one of the largest art museums in the country. Though not an art gallery, the DMA is a place worth visiting. With over 24,000 works spanning 5,000 years of history, it’s safe to say the collection her is beyond amazing. The museum also hosts various events such as lectures, concerts and literary events. Upcoming events include Late Nights when the museum is open until midnight, and Second Thursdays with a Twist, a look at the intersection between art, history and pop culture. Not to mention the museum has a free general admission.


Kettle Art Gallery


2650 Main St.


Dallas, TX 75226




Located in the heart of Dallas’ art and music scene, Kettle Art Gallery is one of the best stops to make. Deep Ellum is a neighborhood known for its creativity and unique vibrancy. Many of the art pieces you’ll find here are from local and emerging artists. Kettle Art Gallery boasts that it’s a gallery “run by artists, for artists.” Kettle Art Gallery has been operating for the last 12 years with the sole mission to inspire, educate and develop local talent. Current exhibitions include the “Holiday Presence,” exhibition. This show features art, gifts, and small works made by local artists. The exhibit will run through December 24, so be sure to get there as soon as possible.


Talley Dunn Gallery


5020 Tracy St.


Dallas, TX 75205




Formerly known as Dunn and Brown Contemporary, the Talley Dunn Gallery exhibits established and emerging artists. A list of artists includes Trenton Doyle Hancock, Melissa Miller and Gary Panter. Talley Dunn Gallery has been in operation for more than 20 years and prides itself on the ability to deliver the best service possible, guiding both new and seasoned collectors through every step of the art buying process. Special events include artist talks and studio visits. With over 10,000 square feet of space, this gallery is an amazing place to visit and peruse some of the best art collections in the country.


Dallas Contemporary


161 Glass St.


Dallas, TX 75207




Dallas Contemporary has been in operation since 1978. Located in the Design District of Dallas, Dallas Contemporary is a non-profit art museum committed to presenting new and intriguing works from artists. With 37,000 square feet of space, Dallas Contemporary uses the European model of Kunsthalle (art hall) which utilizes this space to exhibit “art of the moment.” Exhibitions have included artists such as Nic Nicosia, James Gilbert, Rob Pruitt and Inez Van Lamsweerde.


The Cedars Art Gallery


1114 S. Akard St.


Dallas, TX 75215




Located on the ground floor of the historic Newland Hotel, The Cedars Art Gallery is at the heart of the Cedars Arts District. The Cedars Art District is home to a variety of artists, eclectic culture and history. Heralded as one of Dallas’ first “elegant neighborhoods,” the Cedars Art District has been home to many stands out citizens including Stanley Marcus of Neiman-Marcus. The Cedars Art Gallery offers art classes in addition to its varied collection. The gallery hosts artwork spanning several genres including representational art, photography and abstract. Be sure to stop by and check out the many different artists this gallery has to offer. You will also meet the most protective dog breeds in the area. 


Valley House Gallery


6616 Spring Valley Rd.


Dallas, TX 75254




Operating since 1953, Valley House Gallery first started as frame shop ran by Donald Vogel and his wife Peggy. The pair decided this area in northern Dallas County was the perfect spot to create a unique environment to promote the fine arts in Texas. Eventually, they expanded the frame shop to create a gallery space. Valley House also hosts an expansive sculpture garden. Valley House remains committed to the Vogel’s philosophy showing contemporary regional artists side by side with internationally known artists. Now celebrating its 50th anniversary, Valley House is an amazing gallery to visit among peaceful soothing settings.


Artists’ Showplace Gallery


15615 N. Coit Rd. #230


Dallas, TX 75248




Featuring an extensive selection of artwork from painters, sculptors and jewelry artists, the Artists’ Showplace Gallery is located in North Dallas. The venue is a spacious 12,000 square feet and dedicated to showcasing a variety of artwork. The Showplace gallery houses mostly modern art and includes exhibits by artists such as Salvador Dali, Joan Miro and Marc Chagall. Though the gallery boasts hundreds of works of art, resident artists accept custom orders for original works created specifically for buyers.


Be sure to check out these galleries when you’re in Dallas.