Laguna Gloria

3809 W 35th St
Austin TX  78703

Phone: (512) 458-8191

The Contemporary Austin - Laguna Gloria, formerly known as the AMOA-Arthouse at Laguna Gloria, is the former home of Clara Driscoll and site of a 1916 Italianate-style villa on the shores of Lake Austin in Austin, Texas. It was the original home of the Austin Museum of Art and still houses some of its collections. The building is now one of two sites of The Contemporary Austin.The building is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.HistoryBefore the influx of white settlers, Native Americans visited the site for its nearby spring . The land that includes the property was originally owned by Stephen F. Austin, who in 1832 wrote that he wished to build a home there. This never came to pass.In 1914 the property was purchased by Hal Sevier, editor of the Austin American, with his new wife Clara Driscoll. They completed their villa two years later, inspired by a honeymoon visit to Lake Como in Italy. Clara, an avid gardener, spent many years planting native and foreign plants around the site and designing the terraced gardens that remain to this day. In 1943 Driscoll donated the homesite to be used as a city museum.In 1961, the site was converted to the Laguna Gloria Art Museum and became an important part of the Austin arts scene. Soon after, the museum began offering art classes, and in 1983, a 5300sqft facility was built specifically for the growing art school.

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Art Ride Creekside

Art Ride Creekside
02:45 pm - 11/18/2017

At Laguna Gloria

Art themed family-friendly bike ride with stops at some of Austin's most inspiring works. All ages welcome and encouraged. Begin your afternoon at The Contemporary...

Artist Talk: Carol Bove

Artist Talk: Carol Bove
01:00 pm - 11/18/2017

At Laguna Gloria

The Contemporary Austin presents an outdoor exhibition of Carol Bove's work in the meadow. Come see the sculptures and gather to hear the artist discuss her work...

Beginner's Bird Walk: Laguna Gloria

Beginner's Bird Walk: Laguna Gloria
07:30 am - 10/07/2017

At Laguna Gloria

Join Travis Audubon guides on an easy-paced hike at Laguna Gloria! Beginner's Bird Walks are great opportunities to try out birding for the first time, improve your...

Girls Performance & Advocacy Spring Concert

Girls Performance & Advocacy Spring Concert
06:00 pm - 04/30/2017

At Laguna Gloria

Arrive at 6pm and enjoy the gorgeous Laguna Gloria grounds and sculpture garden all to yourselves! At 7pm, the fabulous GPA girls choir will perform a fantastic...

Second Saturdays Are for Families: HOME TWEET HOME

Second Saturdays Are for Families: HOME TWEET HOME
11:00 am - 01/09/2016

At Laguna Gloria

FREE for all guests, brought to you by HomeAway. Be a good neighbor by designing a modern birdhouse to keep your feathered friends warm this winter. Feeling hospitable?...

Second Saturdays Are for Families: Hidden Histories

Second Saturdays Are for Families: Hidden Histories
11:00 am - 11/14/2015

At Laguna Gloria

Saturday, November 14 11A-3P with performances at 12, 1, and 2P FREE for all guests, brought to you by HomeAway. Peek inside the history of the Driscoll Villa at...

Green Screen Film Series: Warhol's SLEEP

Green Screen Film Series: Warhol's SLEEP
06:30 pm - 11/05/2015

At Laguna Gloria

FREE, reservations recommended: bit.ly/1LMIIQ2 *Gates open at 6:30P, film at 7:15P, gates close at 1A. *Due to the weather forecast, the film will be screened...

La Dolce Vita Food and Wine Festival for Art Education

La Dolce Vita Food and Wine Festival for Art Education
07:00 pm - 10/15/2015

At Laguna Gloria

Thursday, October 15, 2015, 7-10PM Laguna Gloria TICKETS: bit.ly/ldv2015tix Visit us at our festival page! facebook.com/LaDolceVitaATX Held on the beautiful grounds...

Strange Pilgrims: Members' Preview and Book Signing

Strange Pilgrims: Members' Preview and Book Signing
12:00 pm - 09/26/2015

At Laguna Gloria

Saturday, September 26, 12-2PM Laguna Gloria Members are invited to join us to celebrate the opening of the multi-site exhibition Strange Pilgrims at The Contemporary...

Second Saturdays Are for Families: ICE PAINTING

Second Saturdays Are for Families: ICE PAINTING
11:00 am - 08/08/2015

At Laguna Gloria

Saturday, August 8, 11am-3pm Laguna Gloria $10 per family /$5 Member families Chill out with other cool artists as we create drippy watercolor paintings using ice...

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