Well hello and welcome to this post about art in Jacksonville. Galleries, museums, supplies, schools, shows, events and more will be discussed in detail on this page.
Your time is valuable so we will try to get right to it. The best Jacksonville Art Galleries and Museums where you can see some of the finest exhibits in the area will start us off.
Some of the most popular art stores in town where you can find all the supplies and materials you could ever need will be up next. Then we will give a quick shout out to the best shows and events the area has to offer.
On a sunny day you could go an art walking tour or see some of the most unique statues and sculptures near you. When you are ready to take your game to the next level there are some intriguing local art schools to choose from no matter if you prefer group classes or private lessons.
There are also some art studios for rent around the city where you can get the ball rolling on your next project. Appraisers, dealers, and framing shops will also be topics we discuss as things move forward.
The Southeast is an area that we have written about many times before.
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 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 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, built on the site of Ninah and Arthur Cummer’s house, first opened its doors in 1961. More than 5,000 works of art have been donated, acquired, or given to the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens since its inception.
Southlight is a group of over 25 local artists working together to create a new venue for progressive art. It is currently one of the cities most renowned Collaborative Art Galleries showcasing and selling magnificent works by your region’s top experts including Kathy Stark, Nofa Dixon, Mark Howard, and Hillary Hogue.
The Ritz Theatre and Museum opened in 1999 on the site of the 1929 Ritz Theater movie theater in the historic African American neighborhood of La Villa. During its peak in the 1920’s and 1960’s, La Villa was called the Harlem of the South.
The Vault 1930 provides a variety of two and three-dimensional art plus they sell modern, abstract, impressionist, and multidimensional art. Mussallem Galleries has 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. There is also a large collection of Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Continental, and European art.
Florida Mining is a contemporary art gallery that exhibits rising contemporary artists in order to attract forward-thinking art consumers and to provide exciting cultural experiences in North Florida.
The Cork Arts District is a warehouse complex of approximately 80,000 square feet centered on artist studios and galleries. CoRK, short for Corner of Rosselle & King, was created by developer Mac Easton and artist Dolf James and is located on Rosselle Street.
The Art Center Cooperative is a non-profit company that serves your local community by bringing together a concentrated group of professional artists seeking excellence and distinction in their trade. Stellers Gallery, founded in 1985, represents contemporary artists throughout the Southeast.
Located in the heart of historic San Marco, Stellers Gallery offers art consulting, framing, and installation for residential, business, and healthcare settings. Yellow House is a place where art and action creates change.
The hub for Yellow House activities is a small building that sits in next to the CoRK Arts District we were just discussing.
Materials & Supplies Near You
These art stores near you should have all of the materials and supplies you need:
- Reddi Arts at 1037 Hendricks Ave
- 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. 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 fiberarts 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, which features work from 100 artists with a local and national presence. The historic neighborhood of San Marco hosts the local San Marco Arts Festival in April and November where you will find hundreds of handmade items such as 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 the 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 signalled the beginning of a fantastic public art program that has now extended to other towns. Memorial Park in honors the more than 1,600 Florida men and women who died serving our nation during World War I.
Springfield Park is located in the Springfield neighborhood close to downtown. On August 11, 2020, the City Council passed legislation renaming Confederate Park Springfield Park amid demonstrations sparked by the city’s and the nation’s call for an end to racism. 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 hey 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.
LaVilla School of the Arts is a public middle school that offers an intense art curriculum in addition to strong academics. Douglas Anderson School of the Arts was founded in 1922 as The South Jacksonville School, and it served grades 1-9
Jacksonville School of the Arts offers music instruction for students of all ages and skill levels. Music, mommy and me, preschool music, flute, clarinet, sax, spanish, group singing classes, and more.
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:
- The Union Art Studios & Gallery at 700 E Union St #3B
- 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 Union Art Studios and Gallery is a group of local young artists who share studio space in the historic Union Terminal Warehouse. The artists have the freedom to work when and how they need to with over 7,800 square feet and 24/7 access.
Each artist gets their own private studio space to escape to, as well as access to the larger communal spaces where they may collaborate, conduct seminars and classes, entertain customers and collectors, or simply hang out for fun.
The 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. 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 the beaches region.
Avondale Artworks, located in the CoRK Arts District, 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. Residential and business clients can use their services.
Aaron Brothers launched their first business in California more than 70 years ago. Artistree, the world’s largest custom frame manufacturer, backs them up to provide high-quality custom framing directly to your door.
Stellers Gallery and Reddi-Arts also do framing. You may also 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!