The Best Local Galleries in Dallas

Photo of Shyla Watson
9 February 2017

Unlike large museums owned and operated by the state, art galleries are usually privately owned and create a much more intimate experience for the artist to distribute work and for patrons to appreciate it. Read our list to discover the best galleries in Dallas, TX.

Martin Lawrence Gallery Sign Close-up | ©Thomas Hawk/Flickr

Martin Lawrence Gallery

Gallery featuring famous artwork

Martin Lawrence Galleries has locations in major cities all across the United States, and one of their best locations is the gallery in Dallas. The space exhibits work from famous artists such as Warhol, Renoir, Picasso, Lichtenstein, and Rembrandt. Pieces from these artists, and more, range from original paintings, prints, sculptures, and limited edition graphics. Martin Lawrence also hosts annual auctions, so that collectors and the like may purchase unbelievable pieces. Their website conveniently features a glossary of different art styles and terms, so people can brush up on their knowledge before going to the gallery or placing a bid at auction.

500X Gallery and Visitors | ©ruthieonart/Flickr

500X Gallery

Old Texas gallery

This trendy, bohemian gallery is converted from an early 20th century tire factory, creating a cool, retro industrial vibe. 500X mostly displays work for local up and coming artists, making it a great contribution to the neighborhood as it creates a safe space for art, and artists, to grow. They often feature college – and similar – exhibitions, and, just like other galleries, there’s an opportunity to purchase artwork, but at a much more reasonable price than upscale galleries. Many of the opening nights of exhibits serve food and cocktails, so it’s a great place for a date or fun, cultured night out with friends. If you’re an artist looking to get featured, check out 500X!

Installation at McKinney Avenue Contemporary | ©cybertoad/Flickr


Nonprofit gallery

The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, also known as the MAC, is a nonprofit gallery which supports all disciplines of art. Currently closed for renovation, the MAC reopens in 2016, and will once again display experimental and traditional pieces. Being a nonprofit, the gallery has close ties with educational programming, so the MAC often hosts lectures and discussions, on a range of topics, for artists, by artists, and the Dallas art community. The gallery has become an important staple of Dallas’ art culture, and it’s important that it stay in business! Admission is free, but if you’re able, you should donate or even become a member to keep this great establishment as a growing and thriving community gallery.

Artist and His Work at Barry Whistler Gallery | ©Dean Terry/Flickr

Barry Whistler Gallery

Contemporary art gallery

This contemporary Dallas gallery displays modern paintings, photographs, sculptures, and various installations. Though they aren’t currently accepting new pieces, they house many different rotating exhibitions annually. Most of the pieces are usually on display for a month or so, so stop by and check out the phenomenal works of local Texan artists before they’re gone! Barry Whistler also has a few publications, some of which are even on sale for a small price. Follow their blog for updates on special showcases, exhibition openings, and more.

Ray Phillips Abstract Art Piece at Samuel Lynne Galleries | ©rayphillips/Flickr

Samuel Lynne Galleries

Popular Dallas art space

One of the most popular galleries in the Dallas area, Samuel Lynne displays remarkable art. Many of the pieces are bright, modern, and abstract, although this sometimes varies, as exhibits are not permanent. The director of the gallery has been a curator for over 25 years and obviously has an incredible eye for art, whether it’s created by newbies, mid-career artists, or established creators. The people that work at the gallery are knowledgeable, friendly, and excited to help visitors learn more about art, and there are frequent educational panels, video screenings, and talks by and about the artists. For locals and visitors alike, this is Samuel Lynne Gallery is a must-see!

By: Shyla Watson

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