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Long Profile of The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) in Dallas Texas

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Established:

The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) in Dallas, Texas officially opened to the public in October 1994.

The MAC exhibits contemporary art by both local and international artists. Exhibited works include painting, sculptures, installations, photography, video, film, and mixed media.

The MAC also has an in-house theater group, Kitchen Dog Theater. The MAC hosts lectures, literary readings, performances, and video and film showings.

History:

The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) opened in 1994 as an art space for contemporary art. Over 275 artists have shown their works at The MAC.

The MAC is located in an 18,000 square foot building, which was previously a leather company. It was renovated in 1994 by building designers Steve Lawson and Truett James. The renovation included "3,700 square feet of visual art exhibition space, a 2,400 square foot black box theater, coffee shop and bookstore."

In March 2000, the Heldt/Hall Theater was added.

Mission:

The Museum's mission according to their website: "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."

Location:

The Museum is located in the uptown area of Dallas.

The Museum is easily accessible by the DART rail system, bus and car.

Museum's Conservation Department:

Art conservation is the practice of researching, analyzing, and preserving or restoring artwork for future generations.

Since the MAC does not have a permanent collection, they do not have a conservation department.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The MAC does not make acquisitions as it does not have a permanent collection. Instead it is a site for short-term art exhibitions.

Some well-known contemporary artists who have shown at The MAC include James Drake, Mary Beth Edelson and Kara Walker.

Noteworthy Facts:

The MAC sponsors their Annual Membership Exhibition as an opportunity for both emerging and established artists to showcase their art.

Every year a theme is chosen by the MAC staff and Board of Directors.

Blue Yule

Blue Yule is the MAC's annual fundraiser in which artists donate Christmas ornaments that they create. By donating, the artists then receive a complimentary Artist Level membership to The MAC.

The MAC PAC

The MAC PAC stands for The MAC Professionals + Artists Collective. This is a group whose members are active in the contemporary art scene and are involved in the various museum committees such as planning, programming, and exhibitions. Membership benefits also include private art tours of artists' studios and collectors' homes, a discount at the MAC bookstore, and various happy hours and opening receptions.

Employment Information:

The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) does not post its employment opportunities on its website.

How to Apply for a Job:

To apply for a job, you may want to call first to see if there are any jobs available, and if so, then you may wish to send your résumé, with a cover letter to the MAC.

Museum's Contact Info:

McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC), 3120 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75204. Tel:214-953-1212

The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC)'s website

Museum Hours :

  • Mondays closed
  • Tuesdays closed
  • Wednesdays 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Fridays 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
  • Saturdays 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
  • Sundays closed
  • Closed Holidays
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