Tyler Visual Arts, Galleries and Museums
Tyler's lifestyle has the characteristics, feel, benefits and safety of a small town, but also has a cosmopolitan atmosphere with the advantages of a variety of arts and cultural activities including a diverse choice of art galleries and museums.
Tyler Museum of Art
The highly-respected Tyler Museum of Art, located on the campus of Tyler Junior College showcases both permanent, rotating and visiting collections.
The Museum contains two major exhibition galleries on the ground floor, the North Gallery and the Bell Gallery. There is also a library, classroom, café, and gift shop.
The museum's growing permanent collection features over 1,200 works including paintings, prints, photographs, and sculpture by artists such as James Surls, Vernon Fisher, Alexander Calder, and Charles Umlauf.
The Museum is currently engaged in the design of an expanded facility.
Gallery Main Street
Gallery Main Street serves as a cornerstone of the Downtown Business, Arts and Culture District as a fine art gallery showcasing the work of area artists.
Occupying the beautifully renovated lobby at the Plaza Tower located at 110 N. College Avenue, the gallery offers Tylerites and visitors the opportunity to view fine art created by area artists. Exhibits at the gallery rotate on a continuous schedule, so there is always something new and beautiful to see.
Each exhibit opens with a Saturday evening reception that features music, an opportunity to meet the artists, refreshments and more. Exhibit openings are free and open to the public.
Gallery Main Street is also home to many arts activities, including workshops. Check its calendar of events for more information.
Downtown Art Alley
The Art Alley project was created to introduce a space for local artists to collectively display their talents and reactivate a connective alley in Downtown Tyler. The project fosters a vibrant space where local artists could collectively display their talents and reactivate a connective alley downtown while creating an art destination for our community.
This project features over 40 local artists who produced 43 uniquely hand-painted murals. Art Alley also includes a Community Panel, allowing visitors to create their own works of art within the alley.
The Alley is located behind the 200 Block of W. Erwin St., connecting College Avenue and Bois d’Arc Avnue.
UT Tyler Meadows Gallery
The Meadows Gallery is located within the R. Don Cowan Fine and Performing Arts Center on the campus of The University of Texas at Tyler and features rotating exhibitions throughout the year.
The Meadows Gallery exhibition schedule includes nationally known guest artist exhibitions, our Annual International Exhibition, faculty curated exhibitions, MFA thesis exhibitions, and a student juried exhibition each summer.
The Annual International Exhibition takes place each January and is juried by an invited guest artist, historian or critic. Recent jurors include Cotter Luppi, Mark Williams, Barry Whistler, Richard Ash and Elizabeth Yarosz-Ash.
UT Tyler Fine Arts Complex Gallery
The Fine Arts Complex Gallery is located in the new Fine Arts Complex on the campus of The University of Texas at Tyler. The FAC Gallery provides a place for invited artists, undergraduates and graduate students to display their works.
Featuring BFA Senior Exhibitions and other student-driven collaborations, this gallery provides students with a clean space to install, view and photograph work inside the complex.
In conjunction with special topics art history courses, students have curated special exhibitions from the Tyler Museum of Art’s permanent collection, given talks on the work and hosted opening receptions in the gallery.
Longview Museum of Fine Arts
Not far from Tyler is The Longview Museum of Fine Arts, a non-profit organization which seeks to create interest in, and promote knowledge of, the visual arts throughout the City of Longview and vicinity by exhibiting, interpreting and preserving works of art and providing educational opportunities to a diverse audience.
LMFA’s Permanent Collection of nearly 1,000 works of art includes paintings, woodcuts, photographs, sculpture, lithographs, serigraphs, collages, and works on paper. Works center on early Texas Regional art from the 1930s -1970s. The museum’s collecting philosophy makes room for consideration of all culturally and historically significant works from the 19th century to the present.
The Museum is located at 215 East Tyler Street in Longview.