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Arts & Culture
 

 

Arts & Culture

If you love art and want to uncover some amazing artists' talents - from painting and sculpture to children's illustrated artwork and glass blowing - Abilene is a truly textural artist community to be discovered.

 


 

Galleries

River Oaks Gallery
3301 S. 14th
Ste. 26B
325-793-1616

Abilene Frame-N-Art is the home to the River Oaks Gallery. Owner Linda Stricklin, an artist in her own rite, showcases local talent and hosts artist receptions once a month rotating out shows to bring these talented artists to the community.
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ACU Cockerell Gallery
1133 N. 2nd
325-889-7975

This wonderful space located in Abilene’s Historic Downtown District showcases student and faculty artwork from Abilene Christian University. It gives young, up-and-coming artists a public space to show their work and give them exposure.
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Le Musee Imaginaire
1060 N. 2nd
325-670-9880
www.jodyklotz.com

Owner Jody Klotz is a skilled art dealer specializing in fine 19th and 20th Century European artwork. This euro-inspired art gallery showcases some unique and special pieces.
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Outdoor Sculpture Tour
All around Abilene’s Historic Downtown District
325-677-1161

www.abilenecac.org

Abilene is home to numerous outdoor sculptures placed throughout it’s Downtown District. Take a tour and see these wonderful pieces of large-scale artwork and learn about the artists. For a map and more information, contact the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council at 325-677-1161.
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Museums

The Grace Museum
102 Cypress St.
Tues.-Sat.; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Free every Thursday from 5 to 8 p.m.
325-673-4587
www.thegracemuseum.org

This landmark building houses three museums in the historic Grace Hotel – The Art Museum, The History Museum and The Children’s Museum. The Grace celebrates its 100 year anniversary next year and plans to host an exhibit of Texas Art from 1909-1959 called The Texas Scene. The Grace is a crown jewel in the Abilene art community and is known nationally as a true fine arts museum.
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The Center for Contemporary Arts
220 Cypress Street
325-677-8389
www.center-arts.com

“The Center” is an alternative space with four galleries that offers visitors more than 26 annual exhibitions of artwork by contemporary artists working in a variety of media.
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National Center for Children’s Illustrated Literature
102 Cedar St.
Tues. – Saturday, 10 .m. to 4 p.m.
325-673-4586
www.nccil.org

The NCCIL (pronounced “nickel”) is only one of three museums of its kind in the country. Hosting exhibits of original illustrations from some of the most beloved children’s books and their artists – the NCCIL provides children the opportunity to fall in love with art through these wondrous illustrations.
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Other Cultural Organizations

Abilene Civic Center
100 N. 6th
325-676-6211
www.abilenetx.com

This large performance space presents live entertainment in the form of concerts, plays, etc. It’s a central gathering place that gives audiences the opportunity to see everything from Willie Nelson to the Vienna Boys Choir – and everything in between.
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Abilene Philharmonic
402 Cypress Street, #130
325-677-6710
www.abilenephilharmonic.org

One of Abilene’s oldest performing arts organizations - Music Director, David Itkin, is now in his third season with the orchestra experiencing unprecedented growth.  During his tenure, more season seats have been sold than at any time in the orchestra’s 57-year history.
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Paramount Theatre
352 Cypress St.
325-676-9620
www.paramount-abilene.org

Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, this theater is central to Abilene’s Historic Downtown District. It presents a myriad of events including films, concerts, musical productions, opera, dance, private parties and corporate meetings. The building's outstanding technical facilities and unique atmosphere make it one of the showcase theatres of the entire Southwest.
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Abilene Ballet
1265 N. 2nd
325-675-0303
www.abileneballettheatre.org

ABT is the only regional ballet company in Abilene’s history. They offer a rich program of dance classes to encourage and nurture young dancers. They perform in partnership with many Abilene organizations.
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