Journeys in Art + Culture

Art Wise, based in Austin, Texas, creates and manages art centric study tours for small groups of travelers. With a pulse on the art world, Art Wise searches for opportunities to view special exhibitions and historic architecture in Central Texas and the U.S. We believe that our collective joy of learning, combined with engaging conversations, produces memorable experiences. 

"Art enables us to find ourselves 
and lose ourselves at the same time."
Thomas Merton

EXPERIENCE: From day trips in Texas to tours in the U.S., Art Wise provides the logistics so you can enjoy the study tours of our colleague and your guide, Art Historian, Karen Pope, PhD. In addition to three decades of academic teaching, docent training, and informal lecture series, Karen has, since 1995 offered by popular demand, lecture programs, art museum day trips and art history-rich study tours in the U.S. and internationally through Art inSight Adventures in Art History. Her goal is to expand her companions' understanding of art history, regardless of their backgrounds. 

ENGAGE: Join our tours, travel with friends and make new friends while visiting extraordinary sites and viewing beautiful art. With a maximum of twenty participants on our overnight trips, we are able to insure personal attention for each traveler. Karen provides knowledgeable commentary and engaging conversation that enhances our tours exponentially, while Art Wise arranges curated details that make your trip unforgettable. 

ENJOY: Travel hassle-free so you can savor the experience. Art Wise coordinates state of the art coach transportation, lodging at celebrated historic hotels with modern amenities and impeccable service, with full breakfast included daily, and dining at renowned regional restaurants. All reservations, museum and event tickets are arranged prior to the trip to avoid long lines. Travel insurance, through Travel Insured International, is provided for your convenience. Flawless logistics insure that your trip runs smoothly and seamlessly.

Meet Art Wise Tour Manager

Barbara Newey, Art Historian 


Born and raised in Dallas, Texas, Barbara is happily married to Mike. They have two sons and two grandchildren.  Barbara's path to Art History began with her passion for travel, art and design. She combines her enthusiasm for art history with discerning eye for detail to create tours for travelers who appreciate art and cultural experiences.  

Meet Art inSight Teacher and Guide

Karen Pope, PhD, Art Historian

Karen Pope, PhD, has graciously invited Art Wise to join her "Adventures in Art History". In January 1995, she created Art inSight Inc. Embarking on its 24th year, Art inSight enjoys art history friendships around Austin, around Central Texas, and around the country. Karen is a beloved lecturer and enthusiastic guide. I look forward to this opportunity to join her on the next chapter.

I would love to hear from you! 

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