Ballroom Marfa is a dynamic, contemporary cultural arts space that provides a lively intellectual environment where varied perspectives and issues are explored through visual arts, film, music and performance. As an advocate for the freedom of artistic expression, Ballroom Marfa's mission is to serve international, national, regional and local arts communities and support the work of both emerging and recognized artists working in all media.
Ballroom Marfa is particularly interested in helping artists and curators achieve projects that have significant cultural impact but would be impossible to realize in a traditional gallery or museum setting.
Ballroom Marfa is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization.
Ballroom Marfa was founded in the spring of 2003 by Virginia Lebermann and Fairfax Dorn as a center for public exploration of contemporary art and culture. Vance Knowles joined Ballroom Marfa's staff in the summer of 2003 as the Film & Music Director. In addition to music and film programs, Ballroom Marfa produces two to three major exhibitions each year. Its exhibition program focuses on presenting work of national and international importance, along with emerging artists. Housed in a converted dancehall that dates to 1927, Ballroom Marfa includes two galleries totaling 4,500 square feet and a 6,000 square-feet courtyard.