Mission Statement

The Mission of the South Texas Institute for the Arts (the Institute), doing business as the Art Museum of South Texas, is to operate educational facilities and an art museum which advance the awareness, knowledge, appreciation and enjoyment of the visual arts for residents and visitors of South Texas.

To meet its educational mission, the Institute will present a variety of programs which include classes, lectures, films, performances and other activities which inspire community interest in the visual arts. These programs will be offered at the Art Museum of South Texas, the Antonio E. Garcia Arts and Education Center, and other outreach venues that serve the Institute’s mission.

In operating an art museum, the Institute will actively collect, conserve, exhibit, research and interpret outstanding works of visual art with interest in art of the Americas and of the region.


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Past directors

  • 1959-1960     Rowena McNeel
  • 1960-1961     Pati Reiss
  • 1961-1980     Cathleen Sparks Gallander
  • 1981-1987     Richard Collier
  • 1988-1989     Marilyn Smith (Interim Director)
  • 1989-1990     Albert Augustus Teller
  • 1991-1992      Lillian A. Murray
  • 1993-2007     William G. Otton
  • 2007-2019     Joseph B. Schenk
  • 2019-              Sara Sells Morgan



Centennial Museum

  • Corpus Christi turned over its Centennial Museum to two local art organizations, South Texas Art League and The Corpus Christi Art Guild.
  • The first documented Corpus Christi Art Foundation exhibit sponsored by Corpus Christi Caller-Times and was held on the Mezzanine Floor of the Driscoll Hotel
  • A petition was created and approved by the city to turn the building into a Center for the Arts under the Corpus Christi Art Foundation.
  • The building is renamed the Centennial Art Museum and there was a large increase in museum activity.

The Art Museum had outgrown its space, and a group of prominent civic leaders and philanthropist began a private sector movement to fund and build a new art museum


1972 Art Museum Area
Art Museum Area in 1972

  • 1902 Shoreline – AMST Philip Johnson Building opens to the public
  • The Art Center of Corpus Christi in South Bluff Park is created at 100 Shoreline, in concurrent with the opening of the Art Museum of South Texas.
October 4-6, 1972

The opening festival of the Art Museum of South Texas building on Shoreline Drive is held.


Several large-scale Modernist works were accepted which easily fit into the museum’s gallery spaces.


Dorothy Hood is shown at the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi


1986 Museum Office
Museum Office in 1986


The Legislature of the State of Texas appropriated special funding to have the Art Museum of South Texas affiliated with Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and administered as a cooperative joint venture


The Corpus Christi Creative Arts Center and Center for Hispanic Arts merged with the Art Museum under the auspices of the South Texas Institute for the Arts.


Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi acquired a major portion of Hood’s estate including her archives and studio contents.

  • A major expansion designed by internationally renowned architect Ricardo Legorreta, doubled the gallery and exhibition space of the Art Museum. The expansion was funded by private sector donations and community support.
  • William G. Otton retires as director of the Art Museum of South Texas
October 2007

Joe Schenk becomes director of the Art Museum of South Texas


Art Museum of South Texas engaged Susie Kalil to serve as Guest Curator and Author for the Dorothy Hood Project.


The Color of Being/El Color del Ser: DOROTHY HOOD (1918-2000)” the major retrospective exhibition opens at the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi.


Los Tejanos: Chicano Art from the collections of Cheech Marin exhibitions opens.

June 2019

Joe Schenk retires at director of the Art Museum of South Texas

December 2019

Sara Sells Morgan becomes director of the Art Museum of South Texas

Board of Trustees


  • Judge Robert Pate, Chair
  • Jordan Anderson, Immediate Past Chair
  • Gus Barrera, Chair-Elect
  • Jim Moloney, Treasurer
  • Pam Brower, Secretary


  • Jason Aigner
  • Nelwyn Anderson
  • Blissie Blair, Honorary
  • Ruben Bonilla, Jr.
  • Becky Brackett
  • Pam Brower
  • D’Anne Buquet
  • Barbara Canales
  • Ed Cantu
  • Mary Ann Beckett Cavazos
  • Louise Chapman, Emeritus
  • Charlene Chessir
  • Caitlin Chupe
  • Kresten Cook
  • Kylie Kinnett Cooper
  • Andy Crocker
  • Phil Denniston
  • John Dykema
  • Derek Frazier
  • Robert Furgason
  • Jessica Gignac
  • Sofia Pacurar Gignac
  • Celso Gonzalez-Falla, Emeritus
  • Deborah Greer
  • Jennifer Grove
  • Paulette Guajardo
  • Sandy Hartensteiner
  • Mark Hartlaub, Ex-Officio
  • Nancy Hawn
  • Catherine Hilliard
  • Mary Hime
  • Ben Holland
  • Janie Hoskins
  • Rose Huegele
  • Michael Hunter
  • Al Jones, Emeritus
  • Linda Jordan
  • Ken Kellar
  • Shyqeri (Shoocha) Kuqi
  • Leanne Libby
  • Ernesto Lira
  • Lesley Lomax
  • Marco Longoria
  • Alyssa Barrera Mason
  • Sandra McBurnett
  • Joe McComb, Ex-Officio
  • Arlene Medrano, Ex-Officio
  • Maureen Miller, Emeritus
  • Sean Mintz
  • Nancy Morrow
  • Jorge Ollervides
  • Setal Patel
  • Armi Pigott
  • Bernard Paulson, Emeritus
  • Kelly Miller, Ex-Officio
  • Stephen Raffaele
  • Phillip Ramirez
  • Mack Ray
  • Pat Rousseau
  • Andy Saenz
  • Edward Schiller
  • Sharon Sedwick
  • Brad Snyder
  • Tim Stephens
  • Celika Storm, Emeritus
  • Sean Strawbridge
  • Mariana Thomas
  • Tinker Trombley
  • Jennifer Vogt
  • Jo Vann Weichert
  • Seth Weiland
  • Lorette Williams
  • Fernando Yarrito

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