There are several events and activities in store for the community in the days and weeks ahead as the Corpus Christi staple rings in 50 years on Shoreline.

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — This month, a Corpus Christi staple that celebrates art, education, accessibility and inspiration rings 50 years from now.

In recognition of this, several activities and events are planned in the days and weeks ahead for the community.

On October 4, 1972, the South Texas Art Museum opened on Shoreline to the public; the original building was designed by world renowned architect, Philip Johnson.

Those who remember or were physically present for the inauguration may remember some iconic artists who visited Corpus Christi with their art for this momentous occasion. To celebrate the 50th anniversary, for three years the museum has endeavored to bring a bit of this special day to life in the form of an exhibition.

“It’s amazing to be successful somewhere, especially in the community, especially at 50 and there’s so much history,” said AMST marketing coordinator Alexis De León.

“50 years ago they showed Frank Stella, Jasper Johns and Andy Warhol, and Andy Warhol was here with his own art! He obviously can’t be here today, but it’s amazing to have brought this show now 50 years later.”

“Warhol, Johns and Stella: Revisited”

The art museum remains free to visitors this year thanks to a sponsorship with HEB.

“I urge everyone to come see this show, it’s something you wouldn’t be able to see unless you’ve traveled extensively in the state of Texas, and who has that kind of weather?” De Leon said. “But now you can see it all here in South Texas.”

It’s an exciting time at the museum! This week, the museum began hosting back-to-school tours to see current exhibits.

On Thursday, October 20, the museum will host its monthly “Third Thursday” presented by Kleberg Bank and Weird Corpus featuring local vendors.

On Saturday, October 22, the museum will host the 50th Anniversary Community Day celebration which will include live music performances by local bands and area high schools, arts activities, visits from guest artists, demonstrations , food trucks and free fun for the whole family.

Elizabeth’s, located inside the museum, is also celebrating its first anniversary with various specials this month.

In a few weeks, on November 3, the museum will host its biggest fundraiser of the year: ARTBall: Avant-Gold.

According to De León, the museum hosts two major fundraisers: artRageous in the spring and ARTBall in the fall, both of which help fund summer and winter educational programs and continue to bring exhibits to the museum.

Tickets and sponsorships are going fast. If you are interested, you can click here to visit the museum event page to learn more.

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