Meow Wolf lands in Grapevine this summer


Courtesy of Meow Wolf

A digital rendering of the lobby area inside Meow Wolf Grapevine.

Alondra Hernandez, Contributing Writer

Meow Wolf is coming to Texas with its fourth permanent location. Meow Wolf is a place known for vibrant colors and shapes, making exploration exciting while visitors enter a new reality.

The exhibit will partner with more than 40 artists and 50% of these artists are Texans. Dallas College alumni will be featured among the artists collaborating with Meow Wolf, including former Eastfield student Kwinton Gray, former Brookhaven student Wanz Dover, former Richland humanities instructor Sara Cardona and former El Centro instructors Carlos DonJuan and Adam Palmer.

The new addition to the Meow Wolf franchise will be landing in Grapevine. The exhibit opens in the summer of 2023. It will have 30 rooms within 29,000 square feet allocated for artists to release their imaginations and bring their visions to life.

The new location was announced in 2021.

Jose Tolosa, CEO of Meow Wolf, said: “Opening a permanent exhibition in the largest and one of the most diverse states in the country has been on Meow Wolf’s radar for years, and we are excited to be formally underway. The opportunities this state has presented have already become the touchstones of a vibrant, arts-centric portal of imaginative creativity.”

Gray said: “So excited to finally announce that I’ll be composing/creating work for the new Meow Wolf in Grapevine. This is a dream come true, and I’m so excited to be working on this project.”

Meow Wolf is an art exhibit known for inspiring creativity in peoples lives through art by exploring rooms with varying themes. According to the Meow Wolf website, Meow Wolf began in 2008 with small groups of artists in Santa Fe, New Mexico, having an interest in showing their artwork.

These collective artists grew into a bigger and better art display by creating an exhibit with intertwined rooms showing art. Creating a pique of interest to audiences they opened three permanent locations in Santa Fe, Las Vegas, and Denver. Houston will open in 2024 as the fifth permanent location.

Meow Wolf grew into a popular site. Many people around the world fly to Santa Fe, Las Vegas and Denver to see this exploration exhibit.

Local artists from these locations connect to spread art in many different ways than art hung on the wall.

This art exhibit will be partnering with over 15 North Texas food and drink vendors to provide grab-and-go items inside the entrance of Meow Wolf.

Many of these vendors are minority- and women-owned businesses. Some vendors will be Hive Bakery, Del Campo Empanadas and Judy Pie.

“The countdown is on to our opening this summer,” Kelly Schwartz, general manager of Meow Wolf Grapevine, said. “We are hiring like mad, and the construction barriers that have been put up at Grapevine Mills can barely hold the collective imagination within. I can’t wait for you to see what we are creating for you.”

Conner Gray, public relations manager for Meow Wolf Grapevine, was interviewed about the upcoming exhibit.

What are you most looking forward to with the grand opening of Meow Wolf Grapevine this summer? 

I am looking forward to the D-FW community’s reaction to our Grapevine location. By bringing together hundreds of artists in a fantastical universe of ideas and rooms, we have revolutionized the art world and created spaces where visitors can come as they are and experience awe and wonder.

These worlds are woven together by extraordinary stories, offering a unique and immersive experience. Meow Wolf is a living, ever evolving being that shapes within its community and the different dimensions that it touches.

At its core, Meow Wolf experiences its visitors as much as Meow Wolf visitors experience it. Meow Wolf lies at the intersections of an art space, community platform, event venue and museum providing a place that fosters creativity and perspective.

What makes the new Grapevine Meow Wolf different or unique from the other “portals”?

Just like the communities we inhabit, each of our sites offer its own unique story and experience.

The former retail anchor space in Grapevine Mills, known for integrating entertainment experiences into its retail spaces, will be converted for the exhibition.

While we have not yet announced the Grapevine location’s details, I can promise you it will be unforgettable.

Is there anything else potential attendees or the public should know about this new “portal”?

It’s amazing how the community is already woven into the Meow Wolf story like our other sites. Artists, vendors and our team have already had so many organic collaborations.

For instance, one of our vendors, Peaberry Coffee, makes a canned iced coffee that features artwork from one of our collaborating artists, Will Heron.

We craft immersive wonderlands with mysterious tales, welcoming all to explore and connect. People crave new perspectives and a visit to Meow Wolf can offer a mental escape, creative spark, or puzzling quest. The experience is as enlightening as you make it.