Amarillo Art Museum
The Amarillo Art Museum
Planning for the Amarillo Museum of Art
started in 1967 when a group of community
leaders decided to create and maintain an
art museum for the benefit of the citizens
of Amarillo. The museumís facilities were
dedicated to a woman named Betty Bivins
Childers. Childers was the primary driving
force behind the realization of communityís
vision of having a center for the arts.
In 1970, the Board of Trustees and Amarillo
college partnered to raise funds for a Fine
Arts Complex. Two years later, in October
1972, the Concert Hall, the Museum and the
Music building were opened to the public.
The art complex was designed by architect
Edward Durell Stone. Stoneís notable works
include the John F. Kennedy Center and
several government embassies across the
Stone designed the 24,000 square foot art
museum in the late International style.
The main construction
materials used are steel and concrete, while
the exterior walls are clad in brick.
Every year, the museumís six galleries are
programmed with sixteen exhibitions that
include varying loan exhibitions and pieces
from permanent collections.
exhibitions are made up of contemporary art
in all media, art from the different world
and historical art shows of
European and American master works. Pieces
from the permanent collection include 17th
to 19th century European paitings, 1st
century BC to mid 19th century Asian art,
textiles from the Middle East, and early to
mid 20th century art and photography.