Brushstrokes of Brilliance: Here are the 12 Must-Visit Austin Art Galleries

Austin, Texas has always been a town of creatives, whether for musicians or visual and performing artists. It’s what draws people to this city year after year. With happenings such as South x Southwest, ACL Music Festival, and the E.A.S.T. Austin Studio Tour, locals and visitors always have something to experience, but the remarkable art scene rivals any large metropolitan area.  

Join me on a tour of these 12 must-visit Austin art galleries. 

Must-Visit Austin Art Galleries

WCC is a heavy hitter in the local Austin art scene. So much more than a gallery, their 7,800 sq foot showroom often feels like a colorful museum with exhibitions of several modern and post-war movement artists such as Banksy, Blek le Rat, Warhol, and up-and-coming Ivory Coast artist, Aboudia. 

1. West Chelsea Contemporary

One of Austin’s longer-established and prolific galleries, Wally Workman has been curating fine art exhibits since 1980 inside their 120-year-old historic home location. 

2. Wally Workman Gallery

Self-Guided Tours

You can take a two story tour of the emerging and collected talent they represent and have propelled onto a national stage, such as contemporary artists Sarah Ferguson, Will Klemm, and my favorite, Ellen Heck. 

3. SoCo Modern

Curators Patrick Jones and Reyne Hirsch have forged a path in the fine art scene, focusing primarily on modern and contemporary art, including an array of 20th-century design elements. 

Self-Guided Tours

Opening their doors in 2021 and located in the coveted South Congress or “SoCo” area of Austin, their industrial-style building encloses the work of artists such as Banksy, Ron English, and Austin-based muralist and visual artist ZuZu. 

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