McKinney Avenue Contemporary

Address: 1601 South Ervay Street
Dallas, TX 75215
Phone: 214-953-1212
Fax: 214-953-1873


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

  • 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 location in the Cedars nei...

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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 and select The McKinney Avenue Contemporary OR click HEREAny gift of at lea...

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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 artist, Judd was renowned f...

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