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Welcome

Welcome to the new website of the Port Aransas Art Center. We continue to fine-tune the contents of the website, so stay tuned. Questions? Use the secure contact form to reach us. And be sure to sign-up for email, as we plan on using email for most of our Art Center communications going forward. 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.

The Port Aransas Art Center is a thriving center of the visual arts and more to 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 displaying and selling their work at the Port Aransas Art Center. In addition, guests can take classes and workshops guided by talented professional artists. “Locals,” tourists and artists all enjoy taking classes, and finding one-of-a-kind art treasures in our art gallery and in the Gift Shop.