Mission & History

Founded in 1994, The MAC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit arts organization that stands as an advocate for creative freedom, presenting visual art in all its forms. It supports emerging to established local, regional and international artists by offering the opportunity for exhibition and experimentation and by providing a forum for critical dialogue, with inclusivity and promoting diversity as core values.

The MAC, formerly The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, opened in October of 1994 as the first venue in North Texas where contemporary art of all disciplines could be explored under one roof, striving to make the challenging world of contemporary art relevant and accessible to new and continuing audiences. The MAC has set an extraordinary record of presenting over 1,000 artists in the galleries. Nationally, Art News, Art in America, and the New York Times have recognized our exhibitions; and locally, in Dallas Observer, Dallas Morning News, D Magazine, Glasstire, Art&Seek, etc.


In the summer of 2015, The MAC moved its programming to the historic Cedars neighborhood of Dallas, where we are now located at 1503 S Ervay Street.

The MAC is located in the single story baby blue building at the corner of Ervay and Sullivan next door to Ro2 Art and across the street from Dallas Heritage Village. Parking is in the back off of Sullivan with street parking available throughout the neighborhood.



The Cedars is located just blocks from the heart of Downtown Dallas south of I-30. By car the Cedars is connected to the metroplex from major arteries: I-30, US-75, I-45, and I-35. The neighborhood is easily accessible by DART lightrail and bus. DART Cedars Station is just over a quarter mile away.