The Contemporary Austin at Laguna Gloria

3809 W. 35th, 512/458-8191

Devaki Knowles

A sublime blend of form and function, nature and art. What we know now as the Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria got its start as the Laguna Gloria Art Museum on this lakefront estate back in 1943, when arts patron Clara Driscoll donated her Mediterranean-style villa and the 14 acres of rolling, tree-shaded land around it for a museum. In the decades since, the museum has added much to the property: buildings for studios and an arts school, an amphitheatre by the shore, and, most recently, the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria, where contemporary works by internationally renowned artists have been commissioned for the grounds and may be enjoyed against a backdrop of greenery, sunlight, and the sound of water lapping at land.
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