f asked where the most distinctive art in Texas is to be found, some might point to Marfa, the now tony enclave for creatives in the Big Bend region that grew legendary after minimalist Donald Judd created large-scale installations and other works after he moved there in the 1970s. Others might take you to Houston, where the Rothko Chapel continues to invoke “a stillness that moves.”
But the official visual arts capital, as of the June passage of a House Concurrent Resolution by the Texas Legislature in June 2021, is San Angelo, the city of 100,000 in west central Texas. Among other works, the city is home to:
San Angelo Economic Development expects a resurgent oil and gas industry to drive employment growth. Forthcoming assets include the San Angelo Rail Park, a 180-acre on the city’s north side from South Plains & Lamesa Railroad that will serve as a multi-commodity transportation interchange. San Angelo-based shortline operator Texas Pacifico Transportation is investing $100 million phased into the rehabilitation of the South Orient Rail Line, as the area anticipates the impact of the opening of the reconstructed Presidio-Ojinaga International Rail Bridge, destroyed by fires in 2008 and 2009.
Adam Bruns has served as managing editor of Site Selection magazine since February 2002. In the course of reporting hundreds of stories for Site Selection, Adam has visited companies and communities around the globe. A St. Louis native who grew up in the Kansas City suburbs, Adam is a 1986 alumnus of Knox College, and resided in Chicago; Midcoast Maine; Savannah, Georgia; and Lexington, Kentucky, before settling in the Greater Atlanta community of Peachtree Corners, where he lives with his wife and daughter.