The Arts in Marfa

A Cultural Hotspot With International Influence

Note: Please keep in mind that businesses may be limited during the COVID-19 pandemic.  


Quite simply, art in Marfa is what put this town of 1,800 on the map. Marfa is a place for creatives. For performers, for painters, for photographers. For filmmakers, for musicians, for meditators. For those that make art and for those that appreciate it. Marfa is a quiet destination in the Big Bend region of Texas that gives you the space and a slower pace to contemplate art. Marfa’s internationally-renowned art scene is inextricably linked with this iconic landscape.

In the 1970s, New York minimalist Donald Judd discovered Marfa’s enchanting terrain beneath a large cerulean sky. He purchased several buildings for art installations, forever solidifying Marfa as a global art community. Today, you can visit Donald Judd’s buildings (at the Chinati Foundation and Judd Foundation) and tour his large-scale architecture projects, paintings and designed furniture, alongside other artists’ exhibitions.

As you walk through town, you’ll encounter numerous Marfa art galleries inviting you in to discover local, national and international talent. There’s great depth in the type of exhibits you’ll see: textiles, paintings, photographs, performance pieces, mixed media, sound and light. This is a place to expand your thoughts and appreciation of the arts. Know that some galleries are by appointment, but don’t be shy—call ahead, they want you to visit. Resources like the Marfa Gallery Guide and Big Bend Galleries and Artists will help you plan your tour of the many galleries.

Marfa art museums and spaces like Ballroom Marfa dare you to think big, even in a place that celebrates minimalism. And they provide the perfect place for an art retreat in Marfa. They showcase socially-relevant works that present the world from a different angle. Marfa art galleries pay homage to the unflagging allure of traditional Western art and mythology. They are always full of surprises. Consider planning your visit around the many Marfa art festivals throughout the year.

Art in Marfa won’t tell you what to think, but it might get you thinking.

Arber & Son Editions

— 128 E. El Paso St. —

Tamarind Master Printer, Robert Arber. Robert Arber has produced limited edition lithographs and woodcuts for numerous, internationally known artists including Donald Judd, Bruce Nauman, John…


— 107-109 N. Highland Ave., Brite Bldg. —

COVID 19 HOURS AND PRECAUTIONS Starting June 19 and 20, 2020 Appointments will be available for 1-4 visitors only at 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm, or 4:00pm….

Ballroom Marfa building


— 108 E. San Antonio —

Ballroom Marfa is a non-profit cultural space dedicated to presenting leading and cutting-edge artists working in the visual arts, performance, film, and music. The Ballroom…

Donald Judd scultpure installation at Chinati Foundation in Marfa Texas


— 1 Cavalry Row —

Chinati is an internationally known contemporary art museum founded by minimalist artist Donald Judd. It exhibits large scale installations by a limited number of artists…


— 400 S. Highland Ave. —

A contemporary exhibition space presenting paintings, drawings, sculptures and installations by noted American artists. The space is characterized by minimalist installation and an atmosphere conducive…

Greasewood Gallery at the Hotel Paisano in Marfa, Texas


— 207 North Highland —

Located in the historic Hotel Paisano, the gallery features regional artists in varied media. Multiple shows are hosted each year, check the website for details….


— 705 W. Bonnie St —

The headquarters for the International Woman’s Foundation, Hacienda del Arcon is a premier training center for artistic development and healthful aging. The former Officers Club…


— 208 E. San Antonio —

Fine art and photography by Donald Judd, Carl Andre, John Chamberlain and other artists associated with Chinati; plus other post ’60’s artists. Photography by Ellen…


— 104 South Highland Avenue —

Judd Foundation is a non-profit organization that facilitates public access to artist Donald Judd’s permanently installed living and working spaces in downtown Marfa. The Judd…


— 119 N. Highland Ave. —

Viewings by appointment only. Book by text or email. Masks required. About the current show: Abstract images of freight-trains running through the high-desert of…

Marfa Open

— 102 S Plateau —

Marfa Open is a 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization and art space with a goal of contributing to our community and offering resources and opportunities to…


— 106 E. San Antonio St —

The Marfa Studio of arts is a non-profit organization that provides visual art classes and activities to children and teens through the school, afterschool and…


— 1308 West San Antonio —

Showing work of Tom Barnes and Uta-Maria Krapf Hours: Usually 10:00-2:00 Wednesday through Sunday or by appointment


— 204 E. San Antonio St. —

RULE Gallery, founded in 1991, has locations in Denver, CO, and Marfa, TX. RULE represents emerging and mid-career contemporary artists and artist estates, with a…

Werrick building, Art of Werrick Armstrong, Art gallery in Marfa, Texas


— 100 East San Antonio — Contemporary art by Werrick Armstrong. Hours are variable–look for the “open” sign or by appointment