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Interact with creativity at the Art Museum of South Texas

Experiencing augmented reality at the Art Museum of South Texas are Karol Stewart, the museum’s coordinator of community services, and Dr. David Squires, assistant professor in the Master of Science Program in IDET at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi.

You'll feel it the moment you step through the entryway: Creativity coming to life in the Art Museum of South Texas. With an interior bathed in brilliant light and centered by stunning views of Corpus Christi Bay and the Harbor Bridge, this cultural destination offers artistic inspiration for all ages.

Interactive exhibits, a permanent collection of more than 1,500 works of art, rotating exhibitions, and a full schedule of classes, lectures and performances, makes the museum an attraction where the whole family can learn to enjoy and appreciate the artistic creations on display at this Corpus Christi institution. Even the building is of note: internationally renown architect Philip Johnson designed the striking white structure to take full advantage of the city's brilliant light and heat.

Here, you'll find a focus on exceptional visual art and craft of Texas artists, as well as works from nearby states, Mexico and the Americas. The permanent collection offers paintings, prints, collages, sculptures, ceramics, and exquisite wood carvings.

Visitors can explore an extensive collection of modernist Texas artist Dorothy Hood's works, documents and personal library, as well as the works of Texas-based artist Billy Hassell, known for his colorful interpretations of the natural world.

Each year, the Art Museum features about 15 traveling exhibitions. Curators balance regional and national works with a mix of artists at different career stages. Interactive exhibits include the chance to create a Dorothy Hood-style painting the creators can email to themselves. The electronic “painting” station is a leftover from the award winning exhibit of Dorothy Hood exhibit in 2017.

Another popular past exhibition featured actor and comedian Cheech Marin's collection of Texas art, entitled “Los Tejanos: Chicano Art from the Cheech Marin Collection.” The exhibit drew thousands and was one of the most popular in recent years.

Families with children will find plenty of hands-on activities. Young children will especially enjoy the Museum's interactive ArtCade Creation Station, where they can express themselves through a variety of artistic media. Older children, teens and adults can explore their creativity in the Blanche Moore Digital Studio. If all that creative energy works up an appetite, stop by Hester's Cafe on the first floor for lunch, coffee, or a snack.

You'll find the Art Museum of South Texas at 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd. on the Corpus Christi waterfront. The Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. The Museum is closed on Monday. Admission cost $8 for adults, $6 for seniors over 60 and active military, and $4 for students 13 and older. Children under 12 and students at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi enjoy free admission. Check out the website and follow the museum on Facebook.

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