The McKinney opened in 1994, and has gained prominence since then. It has hosted 54 exhibitions since it opened, and collects contemporary art from around the globe. Kara Walker and Matthew Barney are only two respected artists who have recently exhibited at the McKinney. Plus, all of its exhibitions and programs are free to the public.
The 18,000-square-foot building includes space for galleries, theaters and a bookstore. It has shown exhibitions featuring work by the artists Charlotte Smith, Etty Horowitz, Philip Van Keuren and Matthew Lopas.
To supplement its exhibition schedule, the McKinney hosts art talks with visiting or exhibiting artists, a French film night sponsored by the North Texas Alliance Francaise, and gallery walks.
McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC)
- Public Transportation: Excellent (The MAC is on the Trolley Line at the McKinney/Bowen station. The 21 bus stops here as well. The 39 bus at the McKinney/Sneed stop is less than a 1-minute walk)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good
- Hours: Wednesday–Saturday 11 a.m.–9 p.m. Closed Sunday–Tuesday and major holidays. Every year, The MAC closes for a two-week summer vacation, sometime in June and/or July
- Admission: Free. Suggested donation for adults is $5, for seniors and students it is $4
- Tour: Free, but must call to schedule a time
- Membership: Individual memberships range from $50 (True Blue) to $2,500 (Art God). Every membership level receives one guest privilege, The MAC’S newsletter, a car decal, invitations to exhibition previews, and discounts to The MAC events & Kitchen Dog Theater performances. There is also a membership for professional artists and students only. This membership level is $30 (Artist), and in addition to regular benefits, the Artist can put an exhibit in the MAC members Annual August Art Exhibition.