City Arts Center from Oklahoma City is expanding its operations in the region. Having a satellite gallery in Marfa, Texas, a town with a well- established reputation in the international art arena, will stimulate further interest in CAC throughout the world. The Mission of Marfa Contemporary Gallery encourages artistic expression in all its forms through education and exhibitions. The Vision states, “we endeavor to instill in the public a lifetime appreciation of the arts and enthusiasm for creative practice.” Marfa Contemporary Gallery incorporates and enhances the existing businesses, and includes a 2156-square-foot art gallery, administration offices, a studio for artists in residence, indoor and outdoor dining areas, and a wet bar.
Project Goals: Reprogram and renovate the circa 1940’s Webb Brothers Gulf Service Station/Chrysler Dealership (located at the only stop light in Marfa) to house:
• Marfa Contemporary Gallery
• Timecar (car sharing rental)
• The Pizza Foundation
• An Artist in Residence Studio
1.Reinvigorate the historic corner site and building.
2.Be respectful of the building history.
3.Capture the spirit of Marfa.
4.Create a new presence for City Arts Center as a part of the new reinvention
5.Create a world-class art space
“Word Paintings” (inspirations):
What is the magnetism of Marfa?
• It is the effort of the journey.
• It is the endless landscape.
• It is the honesty of the place.
• It is the unexpected visual discoveries.
• It is the light.
• The light that exposes form.
• The light in a black sky.
• The light of surprise.
• The light of wonder.
Location: 100 East San Antonio Street, Marfa, Texas 79843, USA
Architect: Elliott + Associates Architects
Project Team: Rand Elliott, FAIA; Brian Berryhill, Associate AIA
Client: Marfa Land & Cattle Co., LLC
Scope: Site size is 3 lots or 75 ft. x 125 ft. Building size is 4720 sq. ft.
Cost: Withheld at owner’s request
Awards: 2014 International Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum; 2014 American Architecture Award, Chicago Athenaeum; 2014 Short-listed project, World Interiors News
Photographer: Scott McDonald – Hedrich Blessing