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East Texas Art Guide

Updated: Nov 30, 2020

Over the long Labor Day weekend, we took a day to explore art in East Texas, specifically the Tyler, Texas area. After meeting my parents for lunch (they live in Lufkin, and Tyler is a frequent halfway meeting point) we took the rest of the day to see what art we could discover in Tyler and along the road back to Dallas. We were somewhat limited by Sunday business hours, but I'm happy to report that there was still plenty of art to experience between Tyler and Dallas!

Mural with a female figure in circle.
Mural outside of Tyler, TX. Photo by James Khattak.

Most of the art we saw was street art and murals. But that was great! This type of art is always free and always available to everyone, so we are thrilled to share so much of it, like this 1950s-era glass mosaic.


Art on the Wisenbaker Buiding in downtown Tyler, TX. Photo by James Khattak.

Lots of pretty decorative architecture to see, too.


We were also happy to learn that the Tyler Museum of Art has Sunday hours. It had been on our radar for a while, as its curator, Caleb Bell, has been doing some cool things in Dallas and elsewhere. I was eager to see what was showing in his home museum, and I wasn't disappointed!

The museum was in the process of turning over exhibitions, so we were limited to one gallery, which was showing "Books, Books & More Books: Works by MANUAL." (On view through Nov. 10.)

These photographic prints, a collaborative project with the Literacy Council of Tyler, were so striking.

"Though created within the classic genre of still life, the artistic duo sees its work in the Book Project more as “staging discrete dramas on a very small stage,” they wrote. “What we may be doing in this extended project is just a different form of ‘romance’ with the book than is reading and researching.” - Book Project MANUAL artists Suzanne Bloom and Ed Hill.
"The Italian Library (Florence)" MANUAL.

This photo is the epitome of my "I want to go to there" aesthetic.

"Visual Bibliography (2015)" MANUAL.

"Mondrian on Daybed" MANUAL.

My photos don't come close to doing justice to these beautiful photographs. If you are in or anywhere near Tyler, I urge you to go see them for yourself.


We stopped at The Foundry for an essential road coffee to enjoy on our way back to Dallas. While were there, we discovered The Mockingbird.