The Dallas Museum of Art. The Nasher Sculpture Center. The Crow Collection of Asian Art. Everyone knows about these major Dallas mainstays, but true art lovers know that the gallery scene at the Dallas Design District is a treasure trove of inspiring, eye-popping and innovative art.
Did you know there are 30+ galleries to be found in the DDD? While we can’t cover every single one, here’s a small sampling of what you'll see when you go gallery-hopping in the Design District.
Since 1978, Dallas Contemporary has presented challenging ideas from regional, national and even international artists through its non-collecting and non-profit gallery. With a variety of educational programs, exhibits and monthly free public tours, you won't want to leave Dallas Contemporary off your list of DDD galleries to visit.
Dallas Contemporary, 161 Glass St.
American artist Christopher Martin opened his first gallery in Dallas and has gone on to open spaces in Aspen and Santa Fe. Known for painting "in reverse" (from foreground to background), he started working with acrylic paint on acrylic and canvas. In 2006, he started working in a third medium: metallic prints. The gallery features works by Martin as well as several other artists’ sculptures in stone, glass, wood and metal.
Christopher Martin Gallery, 1533 Dragon St.
LMB Art Glass
Visitors to LMB Art Glass will find unique, hand-blown pieces by artists from all over the country, from jewelry to vases to free-form focal pieces. Owner Brooke Weidenbaker inherited her mother’s love of glass art and brought it to Dallas right in the heart of the Design District. If you’re not already a glass art lover, you will be after walking through this gallery.
LMB Art Glass, 1644 Irving Blvd.
Carol Benson-Cobb, a self-taught abstract artist and entrepreneur, opened her gallery in the DDD in 2014. There you’ll find original pieces, mixed media art and reproductions with a focus on custom colorization. You can also see her textile collection — each piece of which is digitally printed on imported Belgian linen and encased in an acrylic box — as well as wallcoverings as art installations.
Benson-Cobb, 2100 N. Stemmons Fwy.
Mary Beaudry has been a presence in the Dallas art scene for more than 25 years. Get a taste of cutting edge up-and-coming artists and established veterans at her Beaudry Gallery. You’ll enjoy taking in (and maybe even taking home) the gallery’s one-of-a-kind pieces, which range in style from abstract to stylized realism.
Beaudry Gallery, 1425 Dragon St.
Laura Rathe Fine Art
Leading contemporary art venue Laura Rathe Fine Art presents work from mid-career to established artists and closely advises private and public collectors. Laura Rathe aims to bring art out of the intimidating and into the accessible for anyone interested in learning more.
Laura Rathe Fine Art, 1130 Dragon St., Suite 130
Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art
Find a little bit of everything contemporary at Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art, from paintings and prints to sculpture, glass and ceramics. Showcasing artists from all over North America, the team at CSCA also offers consultation services and advises designers, architects and individual collectors to help them find exactly what they are looking for.
Carneal Simmons Contemporary Art, 1415 Slocum St., Suite 105
And that’s just a small peek of what the Dallas Design District has to offer Dallasite art lovers. Whether you’re looking to find a piece for your home or office or just need to feed your creative soul, the DDD is here for you. Make sure you check out our online directory for a list of all the Design District galleries.