Art Galleries

Without a doubt, Galveston is a city that places a high value on artistic expression and the arts.

In fact, the Texas Commission on the Arts has even designated the Galveston Downtown Cultural Arts District as an official Cultural Arts District. With this designation, Galveston joins an elite group of communities around the country whose investments in creative and artistic ventures are revitalizing neighborhoods and spurring cultural tourism. The city boasts a thriving community of painters, sculptors, mixed media artists, and other creatives, and you can see samples of their work when visiting local art galleries. Many galleries are located in the historic downtown area— a work of art in and of itself.

View Local Artists’ Work

To experience the creative flair of Galveston firsthand, visit the art galleries, which have helped shape the city’s reputation as a world-class cultural destination.

Rene Wiley painting of beach scene

René Wiley Gallery

The René Wiley Gallery is a family-owned and operated gallery situated in an elegant and historic downtown building. Here, you can view the work of award-winning oil painters René Wiley and her daughters, Rachel Wiley-Janota and Samantha Wiley. Rene’s work is known for its distinct depiction of softly lit historic city buildings, harbors and wetlands, and local sea life. The gallery also showcases the work of several other accomplished local artists, such as sculptor James D. Phillips, known for his striking tree carvings.

Shawne Moore Gallery

Shawne Moore is a local artist who has driven across the USA at least 15 times. During her travels, she has seen breathtaking landscapes, architecture, and wildlife. As an artist, Shawne wants to inspire people to seek out beauty in the world around them and bring some of that beauty into their life and home.

G. Lee Art Gallery

For even more creative inspiration, check out the G. Lee Art Gallery on Galveston’s famous and lively Strand, where you can also find many restaurants and other attractions. This vibrant gallery features the original acrylic and watercolor paintings of the widely talented and much-loved Galveston resident, the late George Douglas Lee. The collection is considered one of Galveston’s most unique art showcases.

Galveston Arts Center

Believing contemporary art can inspire, engage, provoke and inform, the Galveston Arts Center presents dynamic and innovative work created by new cutting-edge visual artists. As a non-collecting, non-profit museum, The Center advances the practices and visions of emerging artists through the production of vibrant art exhibitions, interdisciplinary research and supporting media. Collaborative, wide-ranging education and outreach programs create a public forum to engage diverse audiences in an exploration of thought-provoking ideas that inform contemporary art and our experiences in a complex world.

Add to Your Collection

Looking for the perfect souvenir? Take a piece of Galveston’s creative spirit home with you by purchasing a piece of local art. Commission a striking painting to complement your collection or add a dash of southern charm to your home. Most galleries around Galveston sell the art that is on display.

Elizabeth Punches Studio & Gallery

A wonderful place to purchase paintings from a local artist is the Elizabeth Punches Studio & Gallery, located in the Postoffice Street Arts & Entertainment District. The gallery hosts live silent auctions, and the artist also accepts private commissions.

Heard Gallery

Artist Ray Heard of the Heard Gallery has developed several distinct styles of oil painting over the years and also accepts commissions. While he is known for his paintings of beach scenes, local architecture, and sea life, his imagination and skill enable him to paint pretty much anything. Allow him to create a perfectly customized oil painting for a special wall in your home.

The Third Coast Gallery

The Third Coast Gallery sells paintings by national and international artists. They also sell other artistic creations, such as sculptures and custom-made jewelry. The gallery was an original participant in the first ever Galveston Art Walk. It is located in the historic 1874 Hanratta building on Ships Mechanic Row.

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2309 Mechanic
Galveston, Texas 77550

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2227 Post Office St
Galveston, Texas

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2219 Postoffice St
Galveston, Texas 77550

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2217 Strand St, Suite 107-B
Galveston, Texas 77550

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2029 Strand St, Suite 4
Galveston, Texas 77550