Where is the new Katy Contemporary Arts Museum? “In the heart of Katy’s Museum District,” boasts the brand-new institution’s website. That appears to be shorthand for “right across from the Katy Railroad Park and Tourist Center“; the Katy Heritage Museum and Park and “G.I. Joe” Museum are a half-mile northeast. The white concrete-and-brick building at 805 Ave. B, at the corner of First St., was originally built in 1953 for the Katy Lumber Company. The museum chose the structure for its easy access to I-10, among other features. Like its more sophisticated metal-clad sorta-namesake in Houston, admission is free; but art blogger Robert Boyd notes there are plans to expand the 5,000-sq.-ft. facility to house an actual permanent collection:
“It’s ambitious, that’s for sure. But for now they have a Kunsthalle-type space in an older lumber company’s building, which seems just right for an art space,” he writes. Yeah, but this is still Katy. Related plans for new cultural institutions announced on the museum website include a Union Pacific Railroad sculpture garden and a Texas Gun & Trophy Museum.
- Tales of the Unexpected: The Katy Contemporary Arts Museum [The Great God Pan Is Dead]
- Contemporary Art Museum opens in Katy [Houston Chronicle]
- Art museum set to open in Katy [Katy Times]
Photos: Robert Boyd