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Ann Crouch Original

Local artist Ann Crouch started managing Sunset Art Center following the death of her husband, C.W. Crouch, in 2001 who had purchased the building nine years prior.


Ann wanted to fulfill her lifelong dream of housing a one-of-a-kind art facility for area residents so her first step was to open Panhandle Art Center, also known as PAC.


PAC was comprised of a co-op of artists who shared space, collectively hung their art, networked and hosted art shows for a small fee.


Later, to further enhance the center, Ann reached out to several local artists and offered them gallery space in the mall for a nominal fee.


Within five short days, Ann had rented all 15 available galleries and had to open up another wing of the building to accommodate the interested artists.


Then, in 2004, Ann was able to fulfill yet another dream with the grand opening of the Amarillo Art Institute, which is a 25,000 square foot non-profit school that offers painting classes, clay classes and fiber arts. 


Through Amarillo Art Institute workshops, people from across the country have the opportunity to study with some of the finest artists in the world.


Visiting artists and customers traveling through the area are consistenly amazed at what one woman’s dreams have accomplished.


Sadly, in 2017, Ann unexpectedly passed away and per her wishes, the Crouch Foundation was formed to carry on her dreams.


Thank you, Ann Crouch, for all you did for artist in our area.  

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