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The Hidden Art & Artists of Dallas, Texas


The Hidden Art & Artists of Dallas, Texas

Did you know that Dallas is home to the largest contiguous arts district in the country? Not only that, but it is home to some of the most famous international artists and art that is weaved and sometimes hidden throughout the city. Art supporters and philanthropists keen on improving Dallas through its impressive works have worked hard to bring collections to the public’s attention. Here are some of the coolest areas of town to explore if you find yourself with an eye for the arts. 


The Tin District

Inside large tin warehouses in West Dallas, south of Trinity Groves, 75+ contemporary artists are creating and designing in studios and art spaces that are off the beaten path. Street art and graffiti don the walls and alleyways, so it is easy to find once you know you are in it. The walls change daily, and any artist can come and paint over an existing mural. Here you’ll find magnificent works from everyone from Dan Lam—who recently was featured in Architectural Digest—to Zeke Williams—whose work is in the collections of Toyota Headquarters and UT Southwestern and everyone in between. 


East Quarter

The East Quarter is located between the Farmers Market, Deep Ellum, and the Central Dallas Business District. It consists of 30 properties, eight city blocks, and is all owned by Todd Interests. The company is on a mission to preserve the 100-year-old brick automobile showrooms that line the streets and captivate them. In addition to adding restaurants, retail, and housing to the area, art has also become a focus. You can find life-sized Richard Orlinski’s, a ‘Kaws’ family, and a new mural by Shepard Fairey to name a few. It is a very exciting new area of town with endless possibilities for creativity to bloom.


Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden

This hidden gem is the oldest modern art gallery in Dallas and is an amazing find for those wanting art off the beaten path. Feel free to stroll the four-acre sculpture garden created in 1959 by Clarence Roy. It’s filled with Michael O’Keefe and Deborah Ballard among others and its exhibitions change frequently. One can always find something to fall in love with and it’s open daily from 10 am to 5 pm. It is closed on Sunday.


Alison JensenDecember 13, 2022