Milwaukee Art Museum, 2012

Happy International Museum Day!

I hope everybody got to enjoy their day at the museums! I’m 28 years old and I still get those 3rd-grader-year-field-trip-feels whenever I visit the museum, especially the art museums.

Ever since 2012, I’ve made a pact with myself to continue building my art bucket list of viewing as many local art festivals and making time to view new art exhibits in Chicago. 4 years later, I’ve built my art bucket list to overseas and all around the United States.

The ultimate goal? Visit every city’s art museum at least once.

Yeah, I may be my own starving artist by saving my freelance earnings to continue my travels, but the best things in life are the experiences you get to make for yourself.

New Orleans Museum of Art interior entrance, 2015

This year, I’ve tried my best to visit a new art museum each month, but you know how life goes — busy work life and sickness can get in the way — but I’m excited to at least have half of the year booked and set for art adventures. With the help of friends and family lending me their homes during my travels, this year’s art bucket travel list has led me back to the Philippines (where I haven’t been back to in 10 years), Paris and new places in the west coast and south other than my typical Los Angeles and Dallas trips.

I think the best art museum memories I have were seeing the fine art master pieces I’ve learned about in my art history class back in high school and even back to my summer art classes at the Art Institute of Chicago when I was in grade school. It’s breathtaking to see an original Picasso, Van Gogh, Degas, Dali, and so forth. Even though career-wise I’m a graphic designer, the fine arts always has a special place in my heart.

Espace Dalí, Montmartre, Montmartre, France 2013

Although art can be found inside buildings, the other best part of it is seeing it on the outside of them. I have so much respect for street artists sharing their vision with us in the public — absolutely no limitations to their canvas. Blogging for Threadless has pushed my commitment even further to travel, like truly travel and explore, each new city to find street art.

Bonifacio Global City, Taguig, Philippines

So here’s to the remainder of the year of more art adventures and celebrating art museums everywhere.

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