Marfa Open Art Festival
Since 2016 Marfa Open has been proud to exhibit local, national and international artists during the course of a 2-3 week festival held in Marfa, Texas every Fall. What we do operates outside the conventional boundaries of other organizations that carry more recognition. That in no way has restricted our ability to do some really cool things and receive a positive response from both the local population and tourists alike.
A lot of what we have been able to accomplish through collaboration with our participating artists and the community around us is centered on creating immersive atmospheres and site-specific installations to present the artist’s work.
We see Marfa as something more than just a pass-through town or an Instagram photo op but rather a genuine nexus for transforming the creative atmosphere we constantly inhabit. We think what we have done so far with only private funding has been a solid example of how to respond to things and situations around us in a positive and intelligent way.
We view art as something to be experienced and we find inspiration and influence from Fluxus artists and Situationist activities. With playful delight and a lot of hard work we seek to expand our current abilities to providing a more focused and ultimately better equipped use of our space and the events and artists we are able to host.
“One of my favorite things about the festival was getting to meet and collaborate with a wonderful variety of artists from Marfa and abroad. Collaborations were constant, natural, and ever evolving. It's hard to put into words all that Marfa Open did for me. I do know that in Marfa I have found some lifelong friends and collaborators, and I can't wait to return again someday soon.”
MAYA MEISSNER | 2018 Marfa Open Artist
Marfa Open is a two week Alternative and Contemporary Art Festival held every year in Marfa, Texas. Each year we invite a number of artists from across all mediums to come to Marfa to create and show their work. The costs for transportation, housing, equipment, supplies and materials are significantly offset [and frequently covered completely] by Marfa Open.
Marfa Open is also a certified 501 (c)(3) non-profit arts organization actively contributing to our community through festival, events, residency and exhibition. Our gallery/art studio/workshop/recording studio/event venue is available to local and visiting artists across all mediums. We show and sell and support art
The Marfa Open House is located in a building that was originally the railroad station and much of the historic beauty of the space has been preserved. The spacious grounds are available for installations and performances and are an ideal setting to sit on the grand porch or balconies and chat with other artists or laze around reading a book.
We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit arts organization actively contributing to our community through festival, events, residency and exhibition. Since 2016 we have presented an annual Art Festival in Marfa, TX each Fall featuring and exhibiting the work of local, national and international artists. Our participating artists have made use of the atmosphere Marfa presents to tailor their body of work in aspect to their experience here. As one might come to find, Marfa is a unique place and with that comes the opportunity to open one’s mind to the intersection of time and space that is always there.
We work to serve as a community art center where local and visiting artists are encouraged to show and share their work.
As an organization we have many aims geared towards addressing the needs of our community. Through the creation of media content and subsequent education it is our goal to facilitate a fully operable production studio in which both citizens of Marfa and anyone else who might be interested to be able to create and produce video and media content for themselves.
In the realm of agricultural development and contribution, we seek to facilitate a community garden on our sizeable property that will offer organic, locally produced vegetables and greens to members through a CSA program as well as to our local markets and restaurant establishments.