What Is The Best Art Gallery In Texas?

Thom Bierdz
4 min readApr 19, 2019


For the past 11 years, American Art Awards has decided the 25 Best Galleries and Museums in America. Among the criteria: years in business, industry reputation, online activity, location, size, exhibits, educational programs, represented artists and references from artists, clients and visitors. Only one per state per year is picked.

American Art Awards: “Ao5 Gallery is the new name for ART on 5th which is Austin’s largest contemporary gallery with over 7,500 sq ft. Their roster of artists is eclectic and exceptional, from Picasso to Warhol to Dr. Seuss to Jermaine Rogers to dozens of local, regional and national painters and sculptors. Endless open space, excellent reputation, for 21 years a stunning MUST-SEE tourist spot with great appeal to international designers and collectors.

“American Art Awards names Ao5 Gallery our Best Gallery in Texas, 2019, and one of our Top 25 Galleries and Museums, 2019.”


As the only commercial gallery ever voted “Best in Austin,” Ao5 Gallery has been committed to bringing a wide selection of accessible fine art to Austin for over 20 years. This museum-like space boasts over 7,500 square feet of artwork to explore including work by over 100 contemporary artists, original and vintage posters from around the world, as well as a premier custom framing department.

Since first opening its doors on West 5th Street in 1998, this eclectic gallery has exhibited a diverse array of work from modern masters such as Salvador Dali and Andy Warhol, to their fascinating collection of the Secret Art of Dr. Seuss. Under the direction of Todd Gresley, the gallery has expanded its selection of art to include internationally renowned contemporary artists such as Gabe Leonard, Lena Sotskova, and Adam Scott Rote, as well as Austin-based street artists Jason Eatherly and The Impossible Winterbourne. The gallery is also known for its pop culture feature attractions from officially licensed artists with Disney, Marvel, Star Wars and more. All of the artwork represented at Ao5 Gallery is hand-selected by Gresley, who has more than 15 years experience collecting and selling fine art around the world.

Their new name “Ao5 Gallery” is a contemporary update to this gallery’s identity, reflecting their edgy south Austin style while still paying homage to their 5th Street roots. Ao5’s original film poster selection is unmatched anywhere else in Texas, and their fascinating collection of the Secret Art of Dr. Seuss is one of the largest in the nation! The gallery hosts multiple events per month to showcase their featured artists and introduce new ones to Austin. The staff is constantly rotating their displays of experienced and emerging artists, there’s something new to explore on every visit. Ao5 Gallery is a must for locals and out-of-town visitors alike.

Upcoming shows:


Opening Reception with the Artists: Saturday, May 11th from 7–9pm

This year for Austin’s city-wide self-guided art event, the WEST Austin Studio Tour, we will be showcasing a group exhibition of contemporary artwork selected from over 700 entries submitted by artists across the state. The collection will include all original work ranging from acrylic, watercolor, and graphite, to mixed media and sculpture. Meet the artists behind the work at our reception! RSVP: ao5west2019.eventbrite.com

Event sponsored by Treaty Oak Distilling. The exhibition will remain on display through Sunday, June 9th

Ao5 Gallery / 3005 South Lamar Blvd / Suite C110-B / Austin, Texas 78704 Mon-Wed & Sat: 10am-6pm | Thurs-Fri: 10am-8pm | Sunday: 12pm-5pm


See all 25 Best Galleries & Museums here: https://www.americanartawards.com/2019-best-american-galleries-and-museums/

www.AmericanArtAwards.com annually awards 25 museums and galleries in spring, and with their critique in autumn, awards 300 artists (painters, photographers, sculptors and digital artists).



Thom Bierdz

One of Medium’s TOP ART CONTRIBUTORS, award-winning author, actor, film-maker, painter. 12 books: 6 on art. President of WAA & AAA & ACCA.

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