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The 66th edition of Art City Austin, organized by Art Austin, took place on Friday, April 29 to Sunday, May 1, 2016 at the Palmer Event Center. The event returned to the site of the old City Colosseum where the festival originally launched in 1950. Residents of Bouldin Creek were treated to both indoor and outdoor art exhibitions from over 100 artists, as well as three days of concerts, and dozens of events spread across the city.

Did Art City Austin make you catch the art bug? Dying to indulge in Austin's quirkiest and most creative galleries? Here's our list of the top Austin neighborhoods for art lovers.

East Austin

Known far and wide as the hipster capital of Texas, East Austin is home to two incredible buildings that host several award-winning galleries.

The Flatbed Building

The corner of East Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Alexandre Ave inconspicuously features four incredible galleries tucked away in the 18,000 square foot industrial Flatbed Building.

  • The Photo Méthode Gallery explores photography from local and national photographers.
  • Gallery Shoal Creek features large scale contemporary canvases and three-dimensional installations.
  • CAMIBAart focuses on materials-based contemporary art, predominantly featuring local artists.
  • Flatbed Press and Gallery features contemporary art from all over the world, and sells the work created by its printmaking studio.

The Flatbed Building, although seemingly unimpressive from the outside, is a must-visit for art lovers!


Let's head on down to the Canopy building, a haven for local artists at the corner of Springdale Road and Lyons Road. Canopy features three impressive galleries that no art connoisseur should miss.

  • Big Medium is a non-profit organization that hosts exhibitions from local artists and plans tours of galleries around Austin.
  • The Modern Rocks Gallery features photography from some of the greatest rock music photographers, including exclusives like outtakes from the famous Nirvana "Nevermind" album cover shoot.
  • The Art.Science.Gallery. is focused on the fusion of art and science in a fun and relaxed environment.

These galleries are definitely worth checking out!

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University of Texas and Downtown Austin

University of Texas

An art tour of Austin wouldn't be complete without a visit to the University of Texas in downtown Austin.

  • The Blanton Museum of Art is one of the most impressive university art galleries in the country.
  • The Visual Arts Centre provides a dynamic exhibition and research space through five separate galleries.
  • The Harry Ransom Center features collections of literature, film, photography, art, and the performing arts, including the Gutenberg Bible and the First Photograph!
  • Women & Their Work Art Gallery features innovative work from women in Texas.
  • The Landmarks public art project features impressive displays on the main campus.

Make the UofT area your permanent home by checking out our University of Texas real estate listings or any of our nearby Central Austin homes for sale.


Located just west of downtown, Clarksville has become home to some of the city's greatest artists. West of North Lamar Boulevard, historic West 5th and 6th Streets are packed with incredible galleries.

  • Capital Fine Art specializes in prominent contemporary artists and important estate pieces.
  • The Wally Workman Gallery, a 100 year-old house, specializes in emergenging talent.
  • Artworks is home to fine art and mezmerizing blown glass works.
  • Stephen L. Clark Gallery features amazing local photography.
  • The Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery features contemporary art displayed next to famous works by Renoir, Pissarro, Picasso, and other 19th and 20th century masters.

This historic neighborhood is an art lover's dream!

To check out homes available in historic Clarksville, take a look at our Clarksville real estate listings!

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