Take a trip around the country by visiting a single destination—the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Located in the heart of Fort Worth’s Cultural District, the Carter explores the breadth of American creativity through an expansive collection, world-class exhibitions, and more. The museum collects the best examples of American artistic creativity by some of the biggest names in art history. From paintings and sculptures to photographs and works on paper, there’s something for everyone in the Carter’s galleries, and it is all included in free admission! Plus, exhibitions are regularly changing, so there’s always something new to see at the Carter.

Wishing you were visiting a national park this summer? Travel to the Carter and be sure not to miss the gallery of landscape paintings, where you can find a new way to explore the country’s famous parks and beautiful vistas. Featuring an exceptional collection of Hudson River School artists, let art take you back in time to the nineteenth century, when artist explorers strove to capture the soul of the nation in their depictions of its untouched wilderness. Hanging alongside these masterworks are clever juxtapositions of contemporary works, which offer a modern spin on the same themes.

Thomas Cole (1801-1848), The Hunter’s Return, 1845, oil on canvas, Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Fort Worth, Texas

Are you a fan of Texas art? In addition to the extensive, world-class collection, the Carter is committed to collecting and exhibiting the best examples of art from the state. Currently you can find two massive sculptural installations by Texas artists at the Carter. James Surls’ giant, otherworldly sculpture Seven and Seven Flower grabs your attention the second you walk through the doors. The acclaimed Texas artist transformed pine and steel into giant, suspended blossoms that cast mesmerizing shadows on the shellstone walls. A fan favorite, Plexus no. 34 by Dallas-based artist Gabriel Dawe fills the museum’s sunlit atrium. Created with more than 80 miles of sewing thread, this large-scale, site-specific installation looks like frozen, rainbow vapor. You’ll remember both artworks long after you visit the Carter.

Plexus 34 by Gabriel Dawe, installed at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, August 2016

Looking for something you can see only this summer? The exhibition of the season for Lone Star travelers is Texas Made Modern: The Art of Everett Spruce. Featuring the work of modern artist Everett Spruce, this exhibition takes you around Texas, showing you the landscape and its people in ways you’ve never seen before. Spruce was the most celebrated Texas painter in the first half of the twentieth century. His work was widely collected by museums and collectors across the country, and his depictions of Texas changed how the state was viewed by others. Texas Made Modern surveys more than 50 years of the artist’s career and looks at the evolution of the artist’s style over time. If you like modern abstractions or surreal visions, sweeping landscapes or figural portraits, this exhibition has it all, and you won’t want to miss it! Opening late summer, check cartermuseum.org for the latest dates and events.

Everett Spruce (1908-2002), Southwest Texas Landscape, 1936, oil on board, Geralyn and Mark Kever Collection

Make the Carter your summer stop and discover new ways to see the world around you through the wonder of American art! For hours and information to help plan your visit, or if you can’t make it to the museum, visit cartermuseum.org. Admission is free to the collection and exhibitions.

Visit www.cartermuseum.org or call 817-738-1933 for more information.