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Long Profile of the Austin Museum of Art AMOA-Arthouse in Austin, Texas



The Austin Museum of Art AMOA-Arthouse in Austin, Texas consists of two sites: The Jones Center and the Laguna Gloria. The Jones Center for Contemporary Art opened in 1998. The Laguna Gloria Art Museum was created in 1961.

AMOA-Arthouse exhibits contemporary art by both emerging and mid-career artists. Works such as paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, and installation art are displayed.


According to the Museum's website: "On November 1, 2011, Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) and Arthouse at the Jones Center (Arthouse) merged into a single museum."

"AMOA and Arthouse at the Jones Center united to create a new entity to serve our diverse community better, ensure financial stability for future generations, and increase capacity to present innovative and engaging programs and exhibitions at both the Jones Center and AMOA’s ancestral home, Laguna Gloria."

"Just as small businesses and corporations sometimes merge to form a single, stronger entity, nonprofit arts organizations are increasingly joining forces. The boards of both institutions have shown foresight in orchestrating the integration of AMOA and Arthouse."

"The resulting combined entity — with reinvigorated energy and a new story to tell — will strive to engage both existing and new segments of the community in Austin, Central Texas, and beyond."


The Museum's mission according to their website: "The museum provides rich environments for a wide range of audiences to investigate and experience excellence in modern and contemporary art. The museum accomplishes this through innovative exhibitions, education, interpretative programs and direct access to the creative process."


Austin Museum of Art AMOA-Arthouse has two locations: The Jones Center and Laguna Gloria.

The Jones Center is located at 7th Street and Congress Avenue in downtown Austin. It is easily accessible by the Cap Metro downtown bus routes.

Laguna Gloria is at 3809 W. 35th St.

Museum's Conservation Department:

Art conservation is the practice of researching, analyzing, and preserving or restoring artwork for future generations.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The AMOA-Arthouse does not make acquisitions of artworks like a traditional art museum does. Instead it creates "commissions, exhibitions, and public programs" bringing contemporary art and culture to the public.

Noteworthy Facts:

The Art School at Laguna Gloria offers art classes for all ages: toddlers to adults, and in all media: painting, photography, ceramics, jewelry, etc.

Artists who are interested in teaching at the Art School are invited to submit dynamic art course ideas for consideration. Please check the Museum's website for further information.

Employment Information:

Austin Museum of Art AMOA-Arthouse will post its employment opportunities on its website in the various departments such as administrative, communications, curatorial, design, educational, marketing and security.

In addition, the Museum offers internships and volunteer positions in the various departments. When jobs are not available, working as a volunteer or an intern may help you get 'your foot in the door' for the time a job does become available.

How to Apply for a Job:

To apply for any job listing that is publicized, send your résumé, with a cover letter to the appropriate person listed.

On-line applications are also available for volunteers and interns.

Museum's Contact Info:

Austin Museum of Art AMOA-Arthouse:

The Jones Center, 700 Congress Avenue, Austin, TX 78701. Tel:(512) 453-5312

Laguna Gloria, 3809 West 35th Street, Austin, TX 78703. Tel: (512)458-8191

The Austin Museum of Art AMOA-Arthouse's website

Museum Hours of The Jones Center:

  • Mondays closed
  • Tuesdays 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Wednesdays 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Thursdays 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Fridays 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Saturdays 11:00 am – 7:00 pm
  • Sundays 12:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Closed Holidays

Museum Hours of Laguna Gloria Galleries:

  • Mondays closed
  • Tuesdays 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Wednesdays 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Thursdays 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Fridays 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Saturdays 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Sundays 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Closed Holidays
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