Today we will all be going on a deep dive into art in Jacksonville. Our opening section will fully cover the best art galleries and museums near you.
After that we will get into a variety of other topics like local art supply stores, events, festivals, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures and statues, art classes, studios for rent, and the top frame shops in your area.
If you are after any specific section you can jump straight to it using the table of contents on the left and here is our Jacksonville art map to kick things off. The Southeast is an area that we have written about many times before if you are curious to read more.
Best Art Galleries & Museums In Jacksonville
If you want to visit the best art galleries and museums in Jacksonville you can go to:
- Museum of Contemporary Art at 333 N Laura St
- The Cummer Museum of Arts & Gardens at 829 Riverside Ave
- Southlight Gallery at 1 Independent Dr #113
- Ritz Theatre & Museum at 829 N Davis St
- The Vault at 1930 at 1957 San Marco Blvd
- Mussallem Galleries at 5801 Philips Hwy #A
- Florida Mining Gallery at 5300 Shad Rd
- Cork Art Studios at 2689 Rosselle St
- The Art Center Cooperative at 9501 Arlington Expy #430
- Stellers Gallery at 1990 San Marco Blvd
- Yellow House at 577 King St
The Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville is open from 11am to 5pm Tuesday through Saturday and from noon on Sunday as a private nonprofit visual arts educational institution and cultural institute of the University of North Florida. It serves the community and its visitors through exhibitions, collections, educational programs, and publications that aim to improve understanding and appreciation of modern and contemporary art with a focus on works created in the United States.
The Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens was built on the site of Ninah and Arthur Cummer’s house and first opened its doors in 1961 and more than 5,000 works of art have been donated, acquired, or given to the Cummer Museum since its inception. They open at 11am Tuesday through Saturday and at noon on Sunday while generally closing at 4pm except for Tuesday and Friday nights when you can stay until 9pm.
A group of over 25 local artists working together to create a new venue for progressive art is what you get from Southlight which is currently one of the cities most renowned collaborative art galleries showcasing and selling magnificent works by the region’s top experts including Kathy Stark, Nofa Dixon, Mark Howard, and Hillary Hogue. Southlight is open from 11am to 3pm Tuesday through Friday if you want to see all that they have to offer.
The Ritz Theatre and Museum opened in 1999 on the site of the old movie theater in the historic African American neighborhood of La Villa which was called the Harlem of the South during its peak in the 1920’s and 1960’s.
A variety of two and three-dimensional art is available at The Vault at 1930 which is open from 11am to 4pm Tuesday through Friday and until 5pm on Saturday plus they sell modern, abstract, impressionist, and multidimensional art.
Mussallem Galleries is open from 10am to 6pm Monday through Friday and until 5pm on Saturday displaying an expansive 90,000 square foot gallery showroom where you will discover an eclectic array of museum grade works of art including oil paintings, watercolor, and mixed media including a large collection of Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Continental, and European art.
Florida Mining is a contemporary art gallery in your area that exhibits rising contemporary artists from 10am to 5pm Monday through Friday in order to attract forward-thinking consumers and to provide exciting cultural experiences in North Florida.
Expect to find a warehouse complex of approximately 80,000 square feet centered on artist studios and galleries if you head to The Cork Arts District. CoRK is short for Corner of Rosselle & King and was created by developer Mac Easton and artist Dolf James.
The Art Center Cooperative is a non-profit company that serves your community by bringing together a concentrated group of professional local artists seeking excellence and distinction in their trade.
Stellers Gallery is open from 11am to 5pm Monday through Friday and until 3pm on Saturday after being founded in 1985 and representing contemporary artists throughout the Southeast. Located in the heart of historic San Marco Stellers Gallery can handle art consulting, framing, and installation for residential, business, and healthcare settings.
Yellow House is a place where art and action creates change in the community and their hub of activities is a small building that sits next to the CoRK Arts District we were just discussing. They are usually only open on Wednesday from noon to 7pm so plan accordingly.
Materials & Supplies Near You
These art stores in your area should have all of the materials and supplies you need:
- Reddi Arts at 1731 N Main St
- A Stitch In Time at 5724 St Augustine Rd
- Hobby Lobby at 4972 Town Center Rd #200
- Michaels at 6001 Argyle Forest Blvd
- Joann at 10261 River Marsh Dr #149
Reddi-Arts has been serving North Florida for over 65 years as art materials, bespoke frames, gifts, graphic design, and an art gallery are all available on-site.
A Stitch In Time is a locally owned needlepoint, knitting, crochet, cross stitch, and needlearts store that has been selling exquisite fiber arts in your area for over 35 years.
You probably already know what chain stores like the Michaels, Joann, and Hobby Lobby near you have to offer.
Shows & Events
There are some great local art shows and events like:
- Mandarin Art Festival in March
- San Marco Art Festival in April & November
- ArtRepublic with Many Events
Every year over Easter weekend the Mandarin Community Club organizes and hosts the Mandarin Art Festival in Jacksonville which features work from 100 artists with a local and national presence.
The historic neighborhood of San Marco hosts the San Marco Arts Festival in April and November where you will find hundreds of handmade items including glass, photography, painting, jewelry, and more at this free festival.
One of the main events hosted by ArtRepublic is a 12-day event series in November that aims to bring artists from all over the world to the city to create public art. They host other events throughout the year and ArtRepublic has brought in artists who have created 18 new public murals around town since its inception in 2016.
Art Dealers & Appraisers
If you want to buy fine art near you we suggest you head to some of the places from our original best galleries in your area list like Mussallem Galleries or Stellers Gallery. Additionally the Cork Arts District should have plenty of people that can assist with buying or selling unique works.
Visit Jacksonville at 208 N Laura St #102 is a fun walking tour that will take you past the cities thriving street arts scene and all kinds of other cool sites.
Sculptures & Statues
You may also be interested in taking photos of these statues and sculptures:
- UNF Seaside Sculpture Park at 480 1st St S
- McDowell Sculpture at 978 Chapeltown Cir N
- Memorial Park at 1620 Riverside Ave
- Springfield Park Monument at 956 Hubbard St
The UNF Seaside Sculpture Park first opened in Jacksonville Beach in the summer of 2016 and when it initially debuted it signaled the beginning of a fantastic public art program that has now extended to other towns.
Memorial Park honors the more than 1,600 Florida men and women who died serving our nation during World War I.
On August 11, 2020, the City Council passed legislation renaming Confederate Park to Springfield Park amid demonstrations sparked by the city’s and the nation’s call for an end to racism and you can still find a nice monument there today.
Jacksonville Art Classes
Whether you are trying to find private lessons or group classes for kids, teens, or adults the best Jacksonville art schools are:
- Creative Me Art Studio at 14797 Philips Hwy #112
- Wayman Academy of the Arts at 1176 Labelle St
- Lavilla School of the Arts at 501 N Davis St
- Douglas Anderson School of the Arts at 2445 San Diego Rd
- Jacksonville School of the Arts at 12525 Philips Hwy #203
- Art League of Jacksonville at 11287 Scott Mill Rd
Creative Me Art Studio offers a place for children and adults to discover their inner artist as they provide a wide range of art workshops and art-related events for people of all ages.
Wayman Academy Of The Arts is a charter school with a focus on the creative.
If you are searching for a public middle school that offers an intense art curriculum in addition to strong academics consider LaVilla School of the Arts.
Douglas Anderson School of the Arts was founded in 1922 as The South Jacksonville School, and it served grades 1-9.
The Art League of Jacksonville offers community arts education, opportunities, and arts promotion to the people of northeast Florida.
Art classes are also available at Yellow House who we mentioned earlier.
Studios For Rent Near You
Some of the best art studios for rent in your area can be found at:
- Cork Art Studios at 2689 Rosselle St
- The Art Center Cooperative at 9501 Arlington Expy #430
- Jax Art Studios at 700 E Union St #J1
The local Cork Arts District has been mentioned numerous times already and is a good place to rent out a workspace.
Artists who rent studio space at The Art Center Cooperative have 24-hour access to the building 7 days a week.
Jax Art Studios is a Jacksonville artist studio space provider where you can work with other artists in their studios or you can give a workshop or exhibit in their space.
Some of the top places for art framing in Jacksonville are:
- R&S Picture Framing at 5923 St Augustine Rd
- Mr Frame It at 2104 University Blvd W
- Chao Framing at 2415 3rd St S
- Florida Framing Supplies at 8500 Baycenter Rd #22
- Avondale Artworks at 2689 Rosselle St
- Aaron Brothers at 651-800 Commerce Center Dr
Since 1974 R & S Picture Framing has been dedicated to providing exceptional customer service, a large selection of frames, convenient drop-off and pickup of orders, and expert craftsmanship at an affordable price.
Mr Frame It has been delivering high-quality custom picture frame to both commercial and residential customers for over twenty years. All of their custom framing is done in-house by the owner Frank Aiello and manager Matt Aiello, who take pleasure in the quality and craftsmanship of all work.
For almost 40 years Chao Framing has been one of the preferred frame shops in your area.
Avondale Artworks is located in the CoRK Arts District and is an owner-operated business that offers custom picture framing, art installation services, and the building of bespoke surfaces for artwork in wood, canvas, and metal for both residential and business clients.
Aaron Brothers launched their first business in California more than 70 years ago.
Artistree is one of the world’s largest custom frame manufacturers and can provide high-quality custom framing directly to your door.
Stellers Gallery and Reddi-Arts also do framing.
You may want to check out some of our other posts on:
- The Local Orlando Art Scene
- The Local Tampa Bay & St. Petersburg Art Scene
- The Local Miami & Fort Lauderdale Art Scene
- The Local Atlanta Art Scene
Have Fun Enjoying The Jacksonville Art Scene
Well guys, we tried to cover the full art scene near you to the best of our abilities. We listed the best galleries, museums, events, shows, supply stores, dealers, appraisers, walking tours, sculptures, classes, studios, and framers in the area.
Anyone that made it this far probably knows a lot about the local art scene. Feel free to share your own tips, or to let us know if you noticed anything incorrect in the comments.
Have fun going to the galleries, museums, buying supplies, or doing anything that has to do with art in Jacksonville!