Last updated: 6/23/2011
1902 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
1902 N. Shoreline Blvd.
Corpus Christi, TX 78401
|Tuesday - Saturday ||10:00 am to 5:00 pm|
|Sunday ||1:00 pm to 5:00 pm|
Seniors (60+) and active millitary: $4
Children 12 and under: Free
Thursdays free to all visitors.
Mr. Joseph B. Schenk, Museum Director
Deborah Fullerton, Associate Curator
Cindy Anderson, Marketing/Media Relations
Located in a region where the ethnic majority is
Hispanic (55%), the Art Museum of South Texas creates programs that bridge
Hispanic, Anglo and other audiences. The Museum is funded through a
partnership with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, the City of Corpus
Christi and donations from the private sector.
The original museum facility was designed by leading American architect
Philip Johnson, and opened to the public in 1972. A new wing is under
construction today - now 75% complete - which has been designed by another
internationally recognized architect, Ricardo Legorreta of Mexico City.
Legorreta, who received approval from Philip Johnson for his building
design, has done an excellent job of matching the original Johnson structure
and complimenting it from an architectural standpoint. The combined
buildings will double the space currently available for visual arts
exhibitions, educational programs and secure storage for our growing
The Legorreta wing, named the William B. and Maureen Miller Building, will
be complete in mid-2006. At that time, the Museum will close to the public
for a few months in order to begin initial renovations on the Johnson
structure and to move into and prepare the new building. The expanded arts
complex will re-opening toward the end of the year.
The mission of the Art Museum of South Texas is to operate educational facilities and an art museum that advance the awareness, knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual and performing arts. The Museum collects, exhibits, and interprets outstanding works of visual art with a focus on art of the Americas and this region.
Art Museum of South Texas is founded when the City of Corpus Christi turns
over its Centennial Museum to a group of local arts organizations
Art Museum of South Texas opens a new building on the shoreline of Corpus
Christi Bay in downtown Corpus Christi, designed by internationally
recognized architect, Philip Johnson
Art Museum of South Texas trustees formally commit to collecting visual
art of the Americas, with an emphasis on the arts of the region
Art Museum of South Texas and Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi form a
partnership, for the purpose of offering joint programming onsite and
outreach educational opportunities
City of Corpus Christi moves its annual funding allocation for the Art
Museum of south Texas from its general operations budget to revenues
generated by the Hotel and Motel Tax
Art Museum of South Texas merges with the Center for Hispanic Arts and the
Creative Arts Center to form the South Texas Institute for the Arts. The
Museum now offers programs and exhibitions at 2 facilities, the Museum of
South Texas on Shoreline Boulevard, and the Antonio E. Garcia Arts Education
Center in west Corpus Christi
Negotations begin with Ricardo Legorreta of Legorreta + Legorreta to
design a new wing adjacent to the current Museum structure on Shoreline
Art Museum of South Texas commits to American western and wildlife art as
a new focus area for exhibitions, collections and educational programming
Art Museum of South Texas completes the "Arts Within Our Reach" capital
campaign, securing $8.5 million for the new Legorreta wing
The expanded arts complex opens.
The permanent collection currently contains over 1,000 works of art. The Museum is actively collecting works of art for the permanent collection. A larger vault will be located in the new Legorreta addition.
Please contact the Museum staff for more information. Please note, we have only a small reference library and it is not generally open to the public, but should someone wish to borrow materials from it, they should contact Michelle Locke, Associate Curator, 361-825-3503 or Deborah Fullerton, Associate Curator of Education, 361-825-3505.
Educational programs are woven into
the themes of the annual exhibitions. Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills
(TEKS) Art Objectives underlie the art education programs of the Institute.
Four basic strands - perception, creative expression/performance, historical
and cultural heritage, and critical evaluation - provide broad, unifying
structures for organizing the knowledge and skills students are expected to
Students rely on their perceptions of the environment, developed through
increasing visual awareness and sensitivity to surroundings, memory,
imagination, and life experiences, as a source for creating artworks. They
express their thoughts creatively, while challenging their imagination,
fostering reflective thinking, and developing disciplined effort and
problem-solving skills. By analyzing artistic styles and historical
periods, students develop respect for the traditions and contributions of
diverse cultures. Students respond to and analyze artworks, thus
contributing to the development of lifelong skills of making informed
judgments and evaluations.
Programs for youth offered are:
. Arts Education for Corpus Christi Independent School District - 5th Grade and Secondary School Art Students
. Celebrate Literacy Through Dance and Drama - 2nd Grade Program
. ArtReach - Bringing Art to Outlying Rural Schools
. Art Education Teacher Workshops - ArtReach Program
. Visionarios - Discovering Tomorrow Today Youth Art Contest
. Arts-After-School Program
. Moms and Tots Program
. ArtCade Interactive Center
. Kids Club
. Art Camp
Art education activities for adults and families are as follows:
. Sunday Family Fundays
. STIA Docent Program
. Lunch Among the Masters
. Brown Bag Lunch Series
. Art Thursdays
. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi - Museum and Curatorial Practices Course
. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi - Student Internship Program
. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi - Student Docent Program
. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi - Visiting Artist Program Partnership
. Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi - Early Childhood Development Program
In addition, teachers of the Corpus Christi Independent School District
come for orientation sessions during the year to learn first-hand from our
curatorial staff about the importance of the art on display, so that when
they bring their classes for tours, they are well prepared.
We do on occasion publish catalogues to accompany exhibitions. For more information, please contact Michelle Locke, Associate Curator, 361-825-3503 or Deborah Fullerton, Associate Curator of Education, 361-825-3505., Newsletters quarterly for members, exhibition invitations as exhibitions are developed and shown.
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