About BMFA

Our History


In 1935, in the midst of the great depression, a group of eight women from Brownsville began meeting together in each other homes to discuss their passion for art. Those early meetings would lead to the formation of the Brownsville Art League, comprised of men, women, students, and young children from Brownsville, Matamoros, and the surrounding communities. It is said that the founders and the early members of the Brownsville Art League were known to meet in all types of sundry places, including backyards, churches, and even the old morgue at Fort Brown.

Founders Of The Brownsville Art League


Our Mission

Cultural Enrichment

The Brownsville Museum of Fine Art strives to contribute to the art education and cultural enrichment of the community, exhibit works of art, arrange for and offer educational programs for children and adults, and encourage and develop the appreciation and advancement of art throughout the community.


Dedication To Education

The Museum’s children programs have earned the organization a commendation from the Texas Art Education Association for outstanding service to the community. With support from sponsors we will continue to build on our success.