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Contemporary Arts Museum

5216 Montrose Boulevard
Houston, Texas

Phone: (713)284-8250.

Statement of Purpose:

The Contemporary Arts Museum (CAM) is a non-profit institution dedicated to presenting the art of our time to the public. As a non-collecting museum its mission is to provide a forum for art with an emphasis on the visual arts of the present and recent past; to document new directions in art through changing exhibitions and publications; to engage the public in a lively dialogue with today's art; and to encourage a greater understanding of contemporary art through educational programs.

CAM is one of the oldest institutions of its kind in the United States. Chartered in 1948, CAM is the only museum in the Southwest devoted entirely to presenting contemporary art. In November 1972, CAM opened the doors of its current building, a stainless steel parallelogram designed by Gunnar Birkerts and Associates of Birmingham, Michigan.

Exhibitions at CAM present a balance of regional, national and international artists, and stem from work created in the last 40 years. These exhibitions are presented in two flexible spaces, the large Upper Gallery and more intimate Perspectives Gallery on the Museum's lower level, as well as in the public spaces surrounding CAM.

As a non-collecting museum, CAM's character changes with every exhibition. This mutabilitity is evident in the art on view, which explores a wide range of sensibilities and media. Temporary walls also change the configuration of the physical spaces of the galleries to respond to the specific needs of each exhibition.

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Admission & Directions:

Admission is free.



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Key Personnel:

Marti Mayo, Director

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