The common misconception that art and science are so vastly different, that they never overlap, is discredited by two contemporary artists, Rusty Scruby and Shawn Smith, whose work proves that the union of these two disciplines, like the brain’s neuropathways between our right (artistic) and left (analytical) hemispheres, is the sweet spot known as creativity.
Art exhibitions at The Grace Museum focus on historic and contemporary American art and artists with Texas connections. Group and solo exhibitions are curated by the chief curator and occasionally include significant traveling exhibitions that inform the exhibition focus. Three exhibitions of fine art photography are presented annually in the Alice and Bill Wright Photography Gallery on the third floor. First and second floor art galleries change every few months to accommodate 10 to 12 unique art exhibitions each year.
The 3rd floor history gallery is dedicated to displaying exhibitions of historically significant objects that tell the story of the evolving cultural and social history of Abilene and West Texas between 1880 and 1950. Period parlor and kitchen room displays from 1910, 1928, and 1948 bring the bygone eras to life. The Mallouf Boot Shop presents a recreation of the 1940s-era workshop of longtime Brownwood boot-maker Albert Mallouf. The history gallery also presents changing exhibitions of artifacts curated from The Grace Museum history collection.