USA art hotspots for 2018

The USA is home to many of the world’s greatest artists from Andy Warhol to James McNeill Whistler. There are fantastic art galleries and museums and street art hotspots in cities and towns across the USA. Here’s where to find cool art scenes in the USA. 


Art of the city, Philadelphia 

Famous for its prominent art scene and world-class museums, the World Heritage City of Philadelphia will play host to several inspiring art festivals and shows this summer, including the Kensington Kinetic Sculpture Derby and Arts Festival and Brandywine River Museum of Art’s Antiques Show, in May, followed by the Rittenhouse Square Fine Art Show in June, which will host live art demonstrations and display works from global artists.

Historically Hip, Washington DC

A whisker away from Washington D.C., Virginia’s pretty port town of Alexandria blends its historic colonial past with a cool and casual dining and arts scene that makes visitors feel instantly at home. Walk the Old Town’s cobbled streets, with its independent restaurants and boutiques, before exploring the waterfront’s Torpedo Factory Art Centre, home to over 80 working artists' studios. 


Texas’ bohemian ghost town

It may be known as a ‘ghost town’ but Terlingua, near Big Bend National Park in Texas, is alive and kicking. Born from the mercury mining boom in the early 1900s, it’s now home to an artsy community and an annual international chilli cook-off, plus the straight-out-of-a-western Starlight Theatre saloon. 

Art appreciation in Orlando, Florida

While Mickey and co. are the major draw for Orlando, Florida, there’s plenty more beyond. Thornton Park District is within walking distance of Downtown and offers events such as a Wine & Art Walk, Thornton Thursdays with street DJs and live music, and a Sunday farmers’ market with yoga at Lake Eola Park. 

Fort Lauderdale Hollywood Murals

Join the free Downtown Hollywood Mural Tour on the third Saturday of every month to see contemporary outdoor murals at key locations in Downtown Hollywood, Fort LauderdaleFlorida - and sometimes catch a muralist at putting finishing touches on their wall. Recent additions includes pink-haired mermaids with large doe eyes, a serene woman in a red dress floating in a pool of deep blue and a Mona Lisa smiling in black and white.   

188 Arts District, Las Vegas 

Art aficionados will love the vibe in Downtown Las Vegas, particularly the 188 Arts District, known locally as the centre of the arts in Downtown. Home to a mix of independent businesses, quirky art galleries and vintage clothing and antique shops, there’s plenty to explore. On the first Friday of each month you’ll find live music, food trucks, active artists and small galleries at ‘First Friday’, an event to support the local art scene in a fun-filled evening from 10pm-4am. 


Dallas Arts District

You’ll find the largest urban arts district in the USA in Dallas, boasting 68 acres of museums and park space. Deep Ellum, east of Downtown Dallas, is home to the ‘42 Murals project’ - with local, national, and international artists showcasing their work through murals painted on historic buildings in Deep Ellum. Deep Ellum Arts Festival is a free, three-day event from 6-8 April 2018, featuring 200 bands and a block party.

New York City art scene

Explore New York City’s street art for free or embark on a three-hour adventure through Brooklyn and Queens learning about graffiti and street art with Brooklyn Street Art Graffiti Private Tour by Foot and Subway. Spend the day with the Alternative New York Street Art Tour in the Lower East Side which is well-known for its diverse ethnic neighbourhoods and astonishing street art, or delve deep into the dynamic Brooklyn neighbourhoods of Bushwick and Williamsburg, through an exploration of local culture, notable artists and street art communities.

Denver’s River North Art District 

A former industrial district in Denver has been renamed ‘RiNo’. Historic warehouses and factories now house jazz bars, restaurants, brewpubs, art galleries and working studios that are home to creative businesses ranging from visual artists, designers and furniture makers, to craft distillers and brewers, winemakers and small-batch coffee roasters. Meanwhile, you’ll also find street art murals in alleys and on buildings through the area.

Murals madness in Baltimore, Maryland

There are plenty of places to discover street art in this up-and-coming and incredibly arty city. Baltimore's Graffiti Alley is the only legal art space in the city where artists can create freely. Located between Graffiti Warehouse and the Motor House performance space which also houses workspaces for local artists. Singer Billie Holliday grew up in Baltimore and regularly performed around the city - you can find murals and statues dedicated to her  here. At 20 locations across the city including Mount Washington and Carroll Park, love is spelled out by artist Michael Owen in the Baltimore LOVE Project Murals.   


The living canvas, Richmond, Virginia 

Each year, the Richmond Mural Project brings in artists from all over the world to paint walls in Richmond, Virginia. The RVA Street Art Festival is a homegrown celebration of street art. The festival reimagines overlooked and forgotten areas of the city with murals by local, national and global artists, with any proceeds benefitting local arts charities. 

Posted on: 18/03/2018

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