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Welcome

Welcome to the new website of the Port Aransas Art Center. Here you will find information about art classes for all ages, monthly exhibitions and opening receptions, special events, how the Art Center operates, how you may make a donation and how to become a volunteer, about artist-made gifts and fine art that is available for purchase, and how you may contact us. The Art Center features a year-round exhibition of art in a variety of media in addition to special monthly shows. Click on Exhibition | Monthly on the menu above for more information. The public is invited to visit the Art Center free of charge.

Be sure to sign-up for email (click on Email Sign-up on the menu at the top of the page). Thank you for visiting!

Mission

The mission of the Port Aransas Art Center is to provide a place where artists and art patrons may gather, and to encourage, educate and support one another in a pleasant gallery and classroom setting where fine art is produced and presented for sale. Toward these ends, the Center offers art classes for all ages, art exhibitions, and a wide range of activities to encourage social interaction.

History

The Port Aransas Art Center was formed in 1995 by a group of artists who wanted to provide a place where artists and art lovers could gather, and to encourage, educate and support one another in a pleasant gallery and classroom setting where fine art could be produced and presented for sale. In 1996, the Port Aransas Art Center was granted its IRS designation as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.

The Center eventually outgrew its small gallery and classroom space, and moved to the current 4,000 square foot location at 104 N. Alister Street in Port Aransas, Texas in 2017. Since it was established, the Port Aransas Art Center has expanded its exhibitions, educational classes for students of all ages, and it has attracted greater community interest.

Today, the Center has more than 400 members. Of these, more than 225 are artist-members who show their work at the Center. Numerous area businesses and individuals participate as event sponsors. To see our GuideStar profile, follow the link.

The Port Aransas Art Center is a thriving center for the visual arts and a bellwether for quality of life for Port Aransas, Mustang Island, Padre Island and other neighboring communities. Artists from all over the area, Austin, San Antonio, Dallas, Houston and all points in between, plus Winter Texans from all over the United States and Canada enjoy visiting, displaying and offering their work for sale at the Port Aransas Art Center. In addition, guests may register for art classes and workshops of all kinds guided by talented professional artists. We hope to see you soon at the Port Aransas Art Center!