McKinney Avenue Contemporary
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.