Children's Museum

Children's Museum

The Grace Museum - 2nd Floor (map)

The Children's Museum at The Grace is a fully interactive space focusing on Art and Science Concepts through hands-on play.  There is also a special area just for small children under 4 years old.  

At Play: Children's Clothing and Toys

At Play: Children's Clothing and Toys

The Grace Museum - History Gallery (map)

Children’s clothing trends transformed over time similarly to fashion trends for adults. However, the clothing tended to be a little more practical than adult clothing throughout history. The current exhibition, At Play: Children’s Clothing and Toys in the History Gallery at The Grace, highlights a few of these early clothing styles and changes during the early twentieth century. Visitors can also see various toys and paintings from the same era in this exhibition, all from the permanent collection at The Grace Museum.

Allison V. Smith PLAIN VIEW

Allison V. Smith PLAIN VIEW

The Grace Museum - Wright Photography Gallery (map)

“In 2004, I quit my day job as a staff photographer at the Dallas Morning News to pursue freelance and fine art photography. Day one of being self- employed, I drove to Marfa with my future husband, our two dogs and my red Hasselblad and a bunch of film.  I took the opportunity to slow down, wait for the light and make photography. I have continued photographing Marfa and surrounding West Texas towns over the years as an ongoing study of the landscape and light. I love trying to capture the slow desert pace and the mythical light.” -  Allison V. Smith

Mary Vernon: Painting is Drawing

Mary Vernon: Painting is Drawing

The Grace Museum (map)

The Grace Museum is pleased to present a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Mary Vernon, artist and art educator with a fifty year track record of success as a professional artist and a valued mentor and teacher of artists and art connoisseurs of all ages.  

Mary Vernon: Painting is Drawing

Mary Vernon: Painting is Drawing

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The Grace Museum is pleased to present a solo exhibition of recent paintings by Mary Vernon, artist and art educator with a fifty year track record of success as a professional artist and a valued mentor and teacher of artists and art connoisseurs of all ages.  

FROM THE COLLECTION Robert Motherwell

FROM THE COLLECTION Robert Motherwell

The Grace Museum - Atrium (map)

Robert Motherwell (1915-1991) studied art and philosophy in several schools before he attended Columbia University in New York. While in New York he met several Surrealist artists with whom he exchanged artistic and philosophical theories.

FROM THE COLLECTION Josef Albers

FROM THE COLLECTION Josef Albers

The Grace Museum - Atrium (map)

Josef Albers (1888-1976) was an American-German artist best known for his iconic color square series, Homage to the Square, which he began in 1949 and major contributions to color theory.  In 1981 Mr. and Mrs. Tony Andress gifted this set of ten lithographs from Albers’ 1965 series Homage to the Square, Soft Edge - Hard Edge to the Abilene Fine Arts Museum.  This is the first time the full set of prints has been exhibited at the museum. 

Remembering Roy Helen

Remembering Roy Helen

The Grace Museum - History Theater (map)

Roy Helen Herndon Mingus Ackers was not only the “Life of the Party”, she was a businesswoman, a columnist, a mother, a wife, and a supporter of many of the charitable organizations in town. Her legacy will make a lasting impression on the community. This memorial to Roy Helen not only celebrates her colorful life, but also reveals a woman before her time – she began working in the 1940s, continued until she retired at 65, and then tirelessly volunteered her time in various capacities.

The Fine Art of Collecting

The Fine Art of Collecting

The Grace Museum - Main Gallery (map)

Mike and Elise Chitty’s interest in art began shortly after they married in 1977. As of 2017, their private collection consists of more than 400 works of art and artifacts and counting.