This vibrant regional art museum opened in 1972 and features the work of artists from throughout Texas and other states, as well as Mexico. In addition to seasonal exhibitions and special programs, the museum offers exhibitions from its collection of over 1500 works. The building features floor-to-ceiling windows and was designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson and is made largely from white shellcreete and plaster. Highlights of the museum include the collection of modernist painter Dorothy Hood and Texas artist Billy Hassell.
Corpus Christi has had an art museum since 1945, when the city turned its Centennial Museum at South Bluff Park over to local artists and their supporters. The Centennial Museum (which is vacant now and in need of restoration) was used as an art museum until 1970 when civic leaders and donors raised funds for the construction of a new facility which opened in 1972.