In 1967 the Amarillo Art Center was formed by a small dedicated group of Panhandle residents who had great vision for a visual arts center serving Amarillo and the Texas Panhandle.
By 1972 the Center became a reality, designed by the renowned architect, Edward Durrell Stone as part of the Fine Arts Complex on the Amarillo College Washington Street campus. With an independent board of trustees the Center began what has become over forty years of excellence in quality visual arts programming. In 1994 the Center became the Amarillo Museum of Art. In 2011 the mission was revised as follows: The Amarillo Museum of Art is dedicated to enriching the lives of the diverse people of the Texas Panhandle area, bringing them together for the experience of art through exhibitions, education, and collections.
Museum today serves the nearly 500,000 residents of the Texas Panhandle - an area the size of the state of Pennsylvania and serves as an art resource for the entire 26 county Panhandle region and their school districts.
The Amarillo Museum of Art is accredited and embraces the professional standards of fiscal responsibility, managerial expertise, and commitment to community programs.
The Museum plays a significant role in reducing the intellectual and cultural isolation often experienced in the Panhandle. With roughly twenty-five exhibitions each year, the Museum offers visitors the opportunity to experience original works of art ranging from 18th-19th Centuries European Art, Asian and Southeast Asian Art to Contemporary American masters.
Our current programs include Gallery Talks/Conversations with guest lecturers; artafterdark a popular casual evening of art+music and food+drink; Funday held on occasional Sunday afternoons with exhibition related programs; senior programs, held both on-site and off-site targeting seniors in assisted living centers; school tours with education lab experiences; at-risk youth workshops; workshops with visiting artists; the Museum School which conducts fall and spring classes; the Museum Summer Camp series which includes as many as 20 camps; and special collaborations with local art groups and Amarillo College.
AMoA has made a conscience effort to recognize and encourage local and regional artists through four major events each year: AMoA OPEN an invitation to local artists to display one work with over one hundred and fifty artists with attendance exceeding 400; 12 x 12, a one night only exhibition and sale of works by the invited local artists with proceeds split between the artists and AMoA. An average of 100 artists participate and attendance exceeded 350. The third major event hosted by the Museum is the Panhandle Invitational Student Exhibition. During the exhibition, students in their senior year are awarded scholarships to Amarillo College and West Texas A&M University to pursue a career in the arts. The final event is the Amarillo College and West Texas A&M University Student and Faculty Exhibitions, a part of the Museums exhibition schedule since the beginning in 1972.
AMoA Board of Trustees 2015-16
Lilia B. Escajeda, President
Jack Craft, President-elect
Judy Carter, Treasurer
Mike Ladd, Secretary
Joan Urban, Past President
Dr. Russell Lowery-Hart, AC President
Board of Trustees
Michele Fortunato, AC Board of Regents
Denise Olson, AISD Representative
Sloane Snure Paullus
Dana Walton, Alliance President}
Kim Mahan, Managing Director/Financial Officer
Kay Kennedy, Director of Development
Alex Gregory, Curator of Art
Rob Weingart, Collection Manager/Preparator
Julie Talley, Curator of Education
Deana Craighead, Director of Public Programs
Taylor Willis, Administrative/Advancement Assistant
AMoA is recognized for exceptional exhibitions and innovative educational programs that attract thousands of visitors annually to its galleries and events. The museum has developed a reputation for presenting art in a thought-provoking yet accessible manner. AMoA has also made a strong commitment to 20 and 21c art through its acquisition and exhibition programs. In addition, AMoA has a strong and diverse Asian collection.
Qualified candidates for open positions must possess a compatible commitment to quality, innovation, teamwork, and sustainable growth.
There are no open positions at present.
Work Study positions are limited to Amarillo College students.
Preferred interns should possess or be working towards a degree in Art History, Art Education, Museum Studies