Art collectors can shop Houston galleries through a new Texas-based site

Like every other business that has had to pivot during the coronavirus pandemic, artists, gallery owners and those who support them have also had to innovate. Empowered by this creativity, the team behind the Dallas Art Fair launched a new digital marketplace for contemporary art collectors to discover, connect and buy from galleries across Texas.

Called Cultural place (no relation to your beloved CultureMap), the site went live on July 9th. It’s a natural extension of Dallas’ first-ever online art fair, which generated nearly $3 million in sales for participating galleries over 10 days last spring, according to organizers.

The aim is to support small local galleries in the region that could benefit from increased financial assistance and year-round visibility.

“Culture Place will enable dealers to continuously connect with our collecting audience, engage more deeply in conversations about art in today’s world, and facilitate the sale of art when the opportunity arises. physical commitment has evaporated,” says John Sughrue. , founder of Culture Place and president of Dallas Art Fair, in a statement. “We have cultivated meaningful relationships and friendships with our gallery owners over the past twelve years and aim to continue to help them showcase their artists’ work to the world.”

The market will primarily focus on Texas galleries, but will also welcome galleries and programming from neighboring states, they say. Weekly tours of artists’ studios, conversations and other online programs will enhance the site, and galleries will be able to update their works every 60 days.

Collectors can easily search for works of art by gallery, artist and title, then make their purchase securely through the Culture Place site. The works are shipped to buyers.

“Culture Place is an ongoing digital exchange aimed at promoting a cultural lifestyle,” Kelly Cornell, director of Culture Place and Dallas Art Fair, said in the release. “We will continue our mission to connect our audience to a curated offering while highlighting the best of our region.”

At the time of launch, the participating galleries are:

  • Bill Arning Exhibitions (Houston)
  • David Shelton Gallery (Houston)
  • Inman Gallery (Houston)
  • McClain Gallery (Houston)
  • Moody Gallery (Houston)
  • Nancy Littlejohn Fine Arts (Houston)
  • Laura Rathe Fine Arts (Dallas/Houston)
  • 12.26 (Dallas)
  • Duct Gallery (Dallas)
  • Cris Worley Fine Arts (Dallas)
  • Dark and dirty place (Austin)
  • Erin Cluley Gallery (Dallas)
  • Urban Galleries (Dallas)
  • Holly Johnson Gallery (Dallas)
  • Liliana Bloch Gallery (Dallas)
  • Ruiz-Healy Art (San Antonio)
  • Sean Horton (present) (Dallas)
  • Valley House Gallery and Sculpture Garden (Dallas)
  • William Campbell Contemporary Art (Fort Worth)