If you’re visiting the US and you’re a huge art lover, it’s important to know which cities to visit so you waste no time. Let’s take a look…
1. Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston is the largest city in South Carolina and is bursting with art. It’s been voted top for the best art scene in the US for many years! This is perhaps due to Gallery Row, a neighbourhood and family of art galleries featured on Broad Street. It’s home to more than 50 galleries and attracts art lovers from all over the world. You can easily spend a whole day here strolling from gallery to gallery. It’s known for selling unique pieces by very respected and well-known artists. Other famous galleries include Principle Gallery, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Gibbes Museum, Atrium Art Gallery, The Sylvan Gallery. But there’s so many more!
2. Miami, Florida
Miami isn’t just known for its white sandy beaches and warm climate. It also has a great reputation for being an art hotspot featuring world-class art! All art-lovers have heard of the annual art bacchanal Art Basel Miami Beach festival that happens annually, right? It features over 270+ world-class galleries from over 28 countries. So it’s no surprise that thousands attend each year. It’s also home to many other world-famous galleries. Such as Pérez Art Museum Miami, Rubell Museum, David Castillo, The Bass, The Margulies Collection at the WAREhOUSE, Vizcaya Museum & Gardens and Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami.
3. Berkeley, California
Now, let’s head to the West Coast! Berkeley has to be included in this list because it’s home to UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archives. A visual centre that combines art and movie theatre that has become very well-known all around the world. It holds regular ticketed events showcasing exclusive art pieces and films. Berkeley is also home to many other top US art galleries. Such as 4th Street Fine Art, ACCI Gallery Arts and Crafts Cooperative, Art House Gallery & Cultural Center, The Compound Gallery & Studios, SLATE Contemporary, Expressions Gallery, The Lightroom and Thousand Oaks Art Gallery.
4. Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fort Lauderdale is a very vibrant city bursting with colourful contemporary art. It has a great art community with so much to offer. There are many top picks of art galleries and museums to visit. These include NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, Bonnet House Museum & Gardens, MAC Art Galleries – Fort Lauderdale, FL, Wiener Museum of Decorative Arts, Young At Art Museum and Stonewall National Museum & Archives. You will also find that many different art festivals and events are running all throughout the year. So, make sure you check them out before booking your trip. You won’t regret timing your stay with one of these unforgettable events.
5. New Orleans, Louisiana
New Orleans is world-renowned for many things, including its distinctive music, remarkable art scene and vast celebrations/festivals. Famous art galleries and museums include Jonathan Ferrara Gallery, Rodrigue Studio, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Ogden Museum of Southern Art, Mardi Gras World. And so many more. There are also art festivals ALL year-round. The most popular include Arts Market of New Orleans (from May-December), Christmas New Orleans Style and Piety in Exile Holiday Market.