3 Must-See Cultural Attractions in Corpus Christi

Jean Jones
(June 17, 2014)


1. The Art Museum of South Texas

The Art Museum of South Texas, located in Corpus Christi, is both a spectacular attraction in its own right (designed by renowned architect Philip Johnson, who also designed a number of our country’s most iconic buildings including the Seagram Building in New York, IDS Center in Minneapolis, and PPG Place in Pittsburgh) and a cultural destination with quality exhibits, both temporary and permanent. Some past exhibits include Ansel Adams, Frida Kahlo, Dorothy Hood, and Edward Steichen, as well as innumerable up-and-coming artists and craftspeople.

The permanent collection contains more than 1,500 works in painting, sculpture, prints, drawings, collages, mixed media, ceramic and textiles, with a focus on the art and craft of the Americas with particular interest in Texas and surrounding states, including those in Mexico. Some people say this is a great spot for a romantic evening (the views of the water are amazing), so consider it as a part of an evening out, too.

2. Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra

Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. It’s not all Mendelssohn and Mozart at the Corpus Christi Symphony Orchestra. This 70+ musician orchestra mixes things up with Motown, Pop and other genres, offering something for everyone who’s moved by music. The Orchestra uses the Performing Arts Center (PAC) on the Texas A&M University Corpus Christi campus as its principal performance site. This venue, opened in 2005, is both breathtaking (the lobby features a 50-foot glass-walled lobby that faces Ocean Drive and gives visitors an unobstructed view of the Corpus Christi Bay and the city’s skyline) and is known for its “acoustically superb” Concert Hall. 

3. Corpus Christi Ballet 

Corpus Christi Ballet. This group was formed nearly four decades ago and has been sharing the skills of professional dancers ever since. The company does two primary performances during the year, and is involved in educating youth about the art of dance. The company, which includes five principal soloists and showcases the talents of the Corpus Christi Ballet Orchestra, performs both more traditional productions (like The Nutcracker) but branches out, too, offering productions like Remembrances, a ballet that honors victims of the Holocaust. 

Corpus Christi has a lively, vibrant and diverse arts community, and we encourage residents and visitors to check out more of the cultural attractions this city has to offer. Springs residents, we’d love to hear from you – what has surprised and delighted you about Corpus Christi’s art, music or performance art opportunities? Let us know and we’ll post some of our favorites!

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