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Long Profile of The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas, Texas



The Nasher Sculpture Center in the Dallas Arts District in Texas officially opened on October 2003.

The Museum features Modern and contemporary sculpture.


The Nasher Sculpture Center officially opened in 2003, but its origins began much earlier.

Art collectors Raymond and Patsy Nasher began collecting art in the 1950s. Within a few decades, they had acquired a notable collection of sculpture by world-renowned artists.

In the 1980s, several exhibitions around the world featured the Nasher's prestigious collection:

  • A Century of Modern Sculpture: The Patsy and Raymond Nasher Collection, exhibited at Dallas Museum of Art, April 5 - May 31, 1987
  • National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., June 28, 1987 - January 3, 1988
  • Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, April 4 - June 5, 1988
  • Forte Belvedere, Florence, Italy, July 8 - October 16, 1988
  • Tel Aviv Museum of Art, January 1 - March 31, 1989.

In 1997, "Ray Nasher announces his intention to build the Nasher Sculpture Garden adjacent to the Dallas Museum of Art." And in 1999, he selected the Renzo Piano Building Workshop (RPBW) to design the site.


The Museum's mission according to their website: "To be an international focal point and catalyst for the study, installation, conservation, and appreciation of Modern and Contemporary sculpture."


The Nasher Sculpture Center is located in downtown Dallas, in the Dallas Arts District, which is the largest arts district in the USA.

The Museum is easily accessible by the DART rail system, bus and car.

Museum's Conservation Department:

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

The Nasher collection of sculpture consists of various media such as stone, bronze, resin, wood, wax, etc. while the sculptures range in size from gigantic outdoor pieces to smaller fragile works.

According to the Museum's website: "Art conservation and a commitment to multidisciplinary scholarship of modern and contemporary sculpture are key components of the Nasher Sculpture Center’s overall mission. An exciting and integral part of art preservation at the Nasher is maintaining a dialogue with living artists, art fabricators and artist foundations. These primary resources help preserve the artist intent and aesthetic, educate the development of treatments, and the materials used for treatments."

"With a significant portion of its collection outdoors, the conservation department handles issues common to sculpture gardens and parks. Due to Dallas’ quickly changing and diverse climate, including extreme summertime heat and winter ice storms, the preservation of the collection’s outdoor works requires a diligent maintenance program."

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The Nasher Sculpture Center's acquisitions include major works by some of Modernism's renowned sculptors such as Anthony Caro, Max Ernst, David Smith, Pablo Picasso, Henry Moore, Joan Miró, Alexander Calder, and Isamu Noguchi.

Noteworthy Facts:

"360: Artists, Critics, Curators Speaker Series" is a series of talks focused on sculpture and conducted by art professionals such as artists. Please check the Museum's website for the specific details.

Employment Information:

The Nasher Sculpture Center posts its employment opportunities on its website in the various departments such as administrative, curatorial, educational, marketing and security.

How to Apply for a Job:

To apply for any job listing that is posted on the Museum's website, send your résumé, with a cover letter to the appropriate person listed.

Museum's Contact Info:

Nasher Sculpture Center, 2001 Flora St., Dallas TX 75201. Tel: 214-242-5100

The Nasher Sculpture Center's website

Museum Hours:

  • Mondays closed
  • Tuesdays 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Wednesdays 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Fridays 11:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Sundays 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
  • Closed Holidays
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