Fried food, carnival rides, the animal barns, and Big Tex are the mainstays of the fair experience, but don’t forget the arts! The 2015 State Fair of Texas opened on Friday, September 25 and extends through October 19. For more information see the website: http://www.bigtex.com
Artwork from the annual Creative Arts contests are on display in the Creative Arts Building. Results are already posted for the Arts: http://bigtex.com/creativearts/handbook/
The Fall Garden Program also includes an outdoor sculpture exhibit with pieces placed along First Avenue from the lagoon to the Band Shell. 25 local artists loan the State Fair sculptures so visitors can enjoy and interact with the artwork. For a list of artists click here: http://bigtex.com/fun/gardenshow/
Fair Park has a long history of spectacular art and architecture: for an overview see http://www.fairpark.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=199&Itemid=31. A recent book Fair Park Deco, published by TCU Press, is the first in-depth look at the design of the Texas Centennial Exposition.
The Texas Discovery Gardens, located on the Fair Park grounds, hosts regular art exhibits. The current exhibit is Meditation: A study with mandalas with Brenda McKinney.
The African American Museum of Dallas has a small but rich collection of African masks, folk art, sculptures, gold weights, and textiles. It also hosts art exhibits – for the current list see http://www.aamdallas.org/#!exhibition-schedule/c1kp5