Dallas Museum of Art

Dallas Museum of Art

Exhibition: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, November 13, 2011-February 12, 2012. Dallas Museum of Art Collection

As the anchoring institution of the nation's largest Arts District, in downtown Dallas, Texas, the Dallas Museum of Art (DMA) ranks among the leading art museums in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions, groundbreaking educational programs, and encyclopedic collection.

The DMA is collaborating with Artstor to share over 10,000 images from its permanent collection and exhibition installation archives via the Digital Library. Many images of the permanent collection will also be made available in Artstor's Images for Academic Publishing (IAP) program; for more information, please see Images for Academic Publishing.

The Museum's global collection represents a full range of world cultures, which encompasses more than 22,000 works and spans 5,000 years of history. The growing collection includes the most important holdings of modern and contemporary art of any encyclopedic museum in the U.S., as well as strong holdings in the arts of the ancient Americas, Africa, and South Asia, and in European and American painting, sculpture, and decorative arts. In addition, the DMA has announced a new initiative, DMX (Dallas Museum Exchange), which encourages loans to the Museum in exchange for the DMA's expertise across Museum departments with partnering institutions. The rapid growth of the DMA's encyclopedic collection has resulted in a dramatic expansion of its existing conservation programs and facilities, with the addition of a new state-of-the-art paintings conservation studio and the appointment of the Museum's first Chief Conservator in spring 2012.

Established in 1903, the Dallas Museum of Art was the first cultural institution to move downtown to the then-developing Arts District during the 1980s. The Museum's building, designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, opened in 1984, and a 140,000-square-foot addition was completed in 1993. At 515,520 square feet, it ranks today among the largest art museums in the United States. A hub of professional and community creativity, the Museum welcomes approximately 500,000 visitors annually and engages people of all ages and backgrounds with art from around the world. In January 2013 the DMA returned to a free general admission policy and launched the first free membership program in the country, DMA Friends.