The McKinney Avenue Contemporary

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Basic Information

Address: 2130 McKinney Avenue Dallas Texas 75204
Phone Number: 214-953-1212
Director: Liliana Bloch

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The McKinney Avenue Contemporary
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Additional Information

Days and Hours: Wednesday through Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm

FREE and open to the public
Please schedule a guided tour two weeks in advance

Art Talks: Please see our website

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Description:         The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) is a contemporary arts center with facilities for the presentation of new work in all disciplines, including theater, visual arts, music, film & video, performance, dance, and the literary arts.


Mission:                The McKinney Avenue Contemporary is a non-profit organization offering the                                                     opportunity for experimentation and the presentation of art in all disciplines. The MAC                                             supports the artist’s roll in society by providing emerging and established artists a forum                                      for critical dialogue with their audiences. The MAC cultivates this relationship through                                            education and innovative programming. The MAC stands as a Dallas advocate for                                              creative freedom. The MAC has been a Dallas establishment since 1994. The MAC is a                                       member of Dallas Art Dealers Association and The Uptown Association.



History:                 The MAC opened in October of 1994, the first venue in North Texas where contemporary arts in all of its disciplines is explored and presented under one roof.  The MAC is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation incorporated under the name Art Venues-Dallas, The MAC.Inc.


Facility:                 The building in which The MAC is housed was established in early 1950’s as The Potts Longhorn Leather Company.  The building was renovated in 1994 by architect Truett James into a handsome and flexible facility comprised of a number of intimate and interconnected spaces: two Main Galleries of 1,747 & 1,024 square feet of exhibition space respectively, a separate New Works Gallery of 580 square feet, a newly constructed 160 state-of-the-art thrust theater (Heldt/Hall), a flexible seating Black Box theater, coffee shop, and bookstore.


Programs:            The MAC presents and originates its own exhibitions and performance programs, acts as co-presenter with other arts organizations, and serves as a venue for outside groups.  Artists may submit proposals to either the Director of Visual Arts Programming or the Director of Performance programming.


Support:                The MAC is supported financially by our membership as well as the generous support of individuals, corporations and charitable foundations throughout Texas and the U.S. Our foundation awards include City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Harry S. Moss Foundation, Summerlee Foundation, and Texas Commission on the Arts.  We have received corporate funding from American Airlines, Atomic Industries, Ben E. Keith Company, Borders Books & Music, Brainfood, Inc., Davis, Clark & Company, the Folwer Group, ExxonMobile Corporation, Glazer’s Distributors, GMR-Jaguar, Phillips Petroleum Corporation, Quin Mathews Films, Interceramic and Sullivan Perkins.


Staff:                      Liliana Bloch, Director; Emily Cheek, Gallery Coordinator; Autumn Lopez, Development Coordinator and Leslie Connelly, Facility and Gallery Liason.



Of Directors:       Claude Albritton, III, Trammell Crow, Steve Green, Del Hansard, Joe Haver, Deborah Humphrey, Quin Mathews, Susan Bascomb Matusewicz, John Stephens.


Hours:                   The MAC is open 11:00 am – 9 pm. Wednesday – Saturday.