Dallas - McKinney Avenue Contemporary

1601 South Ervay Street


The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) is a nonprofit organization that stands as a Dallas advocate for creative freedom offering the opportunity for experimentation and presentation of art in all disciplines. It supports the emerging and established artist's role in society by providing a forum for critical dialogue with their audiences. This relationship is cultivated through education and innovative programming.


The MAC opened its doors in October 1994 as the only venue dedicated to the exhibition of art in all disciplines by local, regional, and international contemporary artists. Our intimate and flexible space presents art on a human scale. All visual art exhibitions, lectures and literary readings are free and open to the public. The MAC strives to make the challenging world of contemporary art relevant and accessible to new and continuing audiences. Since its opening, The MAC has set an extraordinary record: over two-hundred and seventy five visual artists have exhibited in The MAC galleries, not including our annual membership shows; full production seasons by our in-house theater group, Kitchen Dog Theater; monthly lectures by regional artists and art professionals; performance art, video and film presentations. Our exhibitions have been recognized nationally by Art News, Art in America, and the New York Times. The MAC has also received local recognition through "Best of" and "Top Ten" awards from the Dallas Observer, the Dallas Morning News, and D-Magazine. Since our inception, more than 10,000 people attended our events annually. Among some of the most internationally acclaimed contemporary artists that have exhibited their works at The MAC are James Drake, Mary Beth Edelson and Kara Walker.

Recent News

The MAC POP Garden: Go Green Launch + Happy Hour

Stop by The MAC and Cedars Socíal Mexican Modern this Saturday!In partnership with Promise of Peace Gardens and art collaborative Tierra Firme, The MAC is pleased to announce The MAC POP Garden: Go Green Launch + Happy Hour on Saturday, March …

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Summer Heat Advisory in MAC

With the hottest days of summer ahead, The MAC will be closed during July and August. Stay tuned for updates and info on our upcoming exhibitions.

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MAC Announces 'We Are All Homeless' by Willie Baronet and Group Exhibition by Stewpot Artists

As the first exhibition in the New Urban Landscape series, The MAC is proud to present We Are All Homeless by Dallas artist and SMU professor Willie Baronet in conjunction with a group show by members of The Stewpot Art Program. The MAC, in its new l…

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Cedars Open Studios, Cedars Stories and Lost Worlds

Don't miss the 13th Annual Cedars Open Studios Tour ! Artists including Michael Bosch, Mikka Bosch, Luis Carrillo, Brady Cartwright, Cricket Griffin, Blake Harris, Michael Needleman, Lindsey Owen, and Tauma Wiggins will be on-site at The MAC, selling…

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North Texas Giving Day

The MAC is gearing up for another exhilarating day of giving!How it works...Use the Giving Day website to donate to The MAC on September 17th from 6am to midnight.Simply visit NorthTexasGivingDay.org and select The McKinney Avenue Contemporary OR cli…

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Exhibition: Olaniyi R. Akindiya, Akirash: Adittu (Puzzle)

Multidisciplinary, Austin – based artist, Olaniyi R. Akindiya, (aka, Akirash) was born in Lagos, Nigeria in 1973. In 1991, he received a degree in bio-chemistry from the University of Agriculture in Abeokuta. In 1995 he received a degree in fine an…

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Exhibition: DeForrest Judd: Paintings

DeForrest Judd (American, 1916 – 1992), was best known for his depiction of nature: mountains, lakes, flowers, rocks, cactus, the Texas Gulf Coast, scenes of everyday life that were painted or drawn in a semi-abstract form. A skillfull landscape ar…

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Exhibition: Angela Chestnut: SYN – AESTHETIC

Angela Chestnut was born in Pennington Gap, VA in 1969. She graduated from University of North Texas with a bachelor’s degree in sculpture. She began painting later in her career and now lives and works in Albuquerque, NM with her scientist husband…

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The McKinney Avenue Contemporary Presents Joy Laville: The First Fifty Years

Award-winning Mexican artist Joy Laville presents a retrospective exhibition of her works over the past five decades by marking her first in Dallas in more than 30 years. During the 1980s, Laville's four exhibitions in Dallas attracted many collector…

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The McKinney Avenue Contemporary Presents Chuck and George: Magnetron Parfait...Beware!

Chuck & George present an immersive installation channeling a bit of 1970's kitsch. Consistent with their reputation for whimsy, a pyramid of Low-Tech pop art microwaves containing various items such as a turducken gravy boat, sweet piglet ***** …

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The McKinney Avenue Contemporary Presents Flor Garduño: Trilogy

Garduño will exhibit selected works from her photographic publications, including Trilogy. Trilogy is a collection of the works Garduño realized throughout many years of photography in Mexico and Europe. Her great and magnificent visual production …

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McKinney Avenue Contemporary News - February 26, 2015

While You're at The MAC......be sure to participate in Lilly Albritton's interactive exhibition honoring the Virgin of Guadalupe by pinning a milagro on the altar or tapestry! A common religious practice in the Southwest United States and Latin Ameri…

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McKinney Avenue Contemporary News - January 27, 2015

New Exhibitions 1.17.15 - 3.7.15Call and ResponseCurated by Charles Dee Mitchell and Danielle Avram Morganpart of Dallas Medianale 2015Square and Large GalleriesThe Dallas Medianale will comprise installations, screenings, and intermedia performances…

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Call for Blue Yule Volunteers!

'Tis the season for the 19th Annual Blue Yule at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary! Come support your favorite blue gallery with our special holiday fundraiser featuring handmade ornaments by local artists and art patrons. The festivities begin 5:30pm…

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McKinney Avenue Contemporary News - May 13, 2014

Currently on View at The MAC MAC@20 Part IFeaturing The MAC exhibiting artists from 1994 - 2004artist listThis year, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) celebrates 20 years in operation at 3120 McKinney Avenue. The MAC opened as an alternative…

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The MAC Announcement: 2014 Membership Exhibition Theme

The Annual Membership Exhibition is one of the cornerstones of the spirit and mission of The MAC - providing a place for creative expression and vigorous dialogue between artists and patrons of the arts. The Annual Membership Exhibition celebrates em…

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Panel Discussion with DB14 Participating Artists

The MAC is pleased to welcome DB14 for a panel discussion, moderated by artist, writer, and educator, Stephen Lapthisophon. Using examples from each artists oeuvre combined with ideas that relate to their work at large, Lapthisophon will lead an imp…

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Exhibition - Cauleen Smith Space Station Rainbow Ihnfinity

An extension of Cauleen Smith’s research during her residency at threewalls in Chicago, Space Station Rainbow Ihnfinity is a roving research capsule, designed to extract lost cultural histories, myths and realities through careful speculations…

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Exhibition - Val Curry: Universe

The MAC is pleased to announce Universe, a solo exhibition by multidisciplinary artist Val Curry. The sculptures of Universe are expressed through the iconic image of the spiral, both metaphoric and reflected in the natural world. Constructed of accu…

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The MAC Presents A Tweak Week with Masami Teraoka

The MAC is pleased to welcome Masami Teraoka to the gallery for A Tweak Week, a program directed toward educating audiences in the practices involved in creating large scale paintings. A Tweak Week offers patrons the opportunity to witness Teraoka i…

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Exhibition - Masami Teraoka: Inversion of the Sacred

Masami Teraoka was born in 1936 in Onomichi, Hiroshima-ken, Japan. He graduated in 1959 with a B.A. in aesthetics from Kwansei Gakuin University, and continued his education to receive a B.F.A. and an M.F.A. from Otis Art Institute in Los Angeles in …

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