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Art Expedition brings an art exhibit directly to schools and the community in the Waco area as a trailer re-designed as an art gallery. The Art Expedition program provides a low-cost, unique, and educational art experience to students who might not have the opportunity to go to an art gallery or museum.

Throughout the 2017-2018 school year The Art Expedition visited ten schools and six public events with over 2,200 people touring the exhibit. In 2018-2019 we displayed a fabulous juried show of works by BFA & MFA students from around Texas to even more people. This year we are calling on K-12 educators of any subject to submit their work! The entry deadline is August 1 and works must be on the smaller side to fit into the trailer with room for other work. Click here for more information!

The Art Center can not wait to get this art exhibition to YOUR school! If you're interested in the Art Expedition, fill out this form and we will contact you with the dates that we can accommodate.


What is it:

-The Art Expedition is a traveling art exhibit that comes to you!

-The exhibit contains high quality, juried undergraduate & graduate level works from students across the state of Texas. (This coming year’s theme:  Transitions)

-We have converted a large cargo trailer into a climate controlled, lit gallery space.

-The Art Expedition is an opportunity for students to have an informal educational experience that will help build connections between visual arts and language arts. 

-Chosen art work does not live in the Art Expedition trailer.  Instead, it is carefully transported and handled the day of each visit to ensure its safety and condition.


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Who We Serve:

-Currently our offerings are geared for either 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade classes.

-Priority is given to Waco ISD, but we are open to visiting other districts.

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What to Expect Before Our Visit:

-First, fill out our online form.  You will be asked to select a grade level (either 3rd or 4th grade) and to provide your first, second, and third choice of dates for us to visit.  Art Center staff will then contact you to work out details and schedule our visit. 

-We will work with you to identify the exact location to park the Art Expedition trailer.  (Away from carpool area and general traffic, yet still easily accessible to the students and an electrical source.)

-The trailer will arrive a day in advance so that we can park, set up, and install the art inside the gallery.



What to Expect On Our Scheduled Visit Day:

-We will provide a large group presentation (20 minutes) in a common space of your choice like a cafeteria or multi-purpose room.   (We just need a table up front.) 

-After the large group presentation (mini-lesson), students may return to their classrooms and will be escorted to the gallery in small groups (approx. 8-10 students at a time.)  Everything goes faster and smoother if your school has at least one staff member or a volunteer that can shepherd the students to and from the unit for us!

-Typically small groups need about 15 minutes to do the activity in the Art Expedition mobile gallery.  Students are paired up and are given the opportunity to apply skills taught during the large group mini lesson while looking at art in a gallery setting.  Students are taught basic gallery etiquette, ways to look at art, and tools that can be used to explore art works deeper such as the art elements, design principles, and sensory or figurative language.

Before 11:30 a.m., we can get 5 classes of students through the Art Expedition.  If your school has more classes, we can work out a multi-day visit if needed.

-Depending on the day of the week, our driver’s schedule, and your needs, we may remove the trailer the afternoon of our presentation or may be back the next day (Monday if it’s a weekend) to remove the trailer from your site. 

Sample (typical) schedule of our visit: (We will adapt to your school’s schedule.)

  • 7:30ish Art Center Staff arrive to finish setting up

  • 8:30 Large Group Lesson by Art Center Staff (20 minutes)

  • 8:50 Students return to classrooms

Classes are roughly split in half to visit the gallery (15 minute intervals):

  • 9:00 Group 1 (8-10 students) Walk to and tour the Art Expedition Gallery/Return

  • 9:15 Group 2 (8-10 students)Walk to and tour the Art Expedition Gallery/Return

  • Continue rotating through groups of 8-10 (Finish for the day by lunch time. We can schedule a multiple-day visit if your school has more than 5 classes of the selected grade.)



-Our goal is to provide an art experience that will kick-start enthusiasm and conversation for students and teachers to see the connection between visual art and language arts.  We have prepared a post-visit extension lesson specific to Visual Art and one specific to Language Arts for your teachers to use if they so desire.

-We can provide pre-visit lesson advice should your teachers wish to prepare students for our visit, but no preparation is really needed!

-Our post-visit lessons are TEKS focused.

-If your school has an art teacher, we strongly encourage them to work alongside the core-language arts teachers to help make connections.  For example, both the language arts and visual arts  post-visit lessons have finished products that could be displayed together!




-We bring an art gallery experience TO your school.

-The Art Expedition saves cost and time that a typical field trip would require your school.

-The Art Expedition provides an informal learning environment for students to engage with high quality art in an approachable way. 

-The Art Expedition, makes connections between Language Arts TEKS and Visual Arts TEKS.

-The Art Expedition jump starts conversation and units of study for students and teachers to continue exploring even after we leave. 



$250 for a half-day visit (up to 5 classes, 125 students).  $50 of this is a non-refundable deposit to reserve your date.

$175 for each additional half-day if you have more than 5 classes of the grade level you select.

How can you can prepare for the Art Expedition Visit:

-Think about where a good location would be to park the Art Expedition mobile gallery. 

  • Easy access for students to walk to and fro

  • Close enough to building so that our (long) extension cords can reach a normal indoor outlet. (Unfortunately, outdoor outlets are not rated high enough to power our air conditioner or heater.)

  • Away from bus lanes and carpool area (unless you’re willing to redirect traffic for a couple of days.)

-Think about what would be a good space to have the large group lesson (cafeteria, multi-purpose room, auditorium, etc.)

-Secure at least 1 and up to 3 available adults (staff members or parental volunteers) to help shepherd students to and from the building to the gallery.

-If your school has an art teacher, consider finding them a substitute for the morning and allow them to participate too!

-Let your art and chosen grade level teachers know that we’re coming!

  • We’ll provide lessons that they can use to extend learning, and they may also want to be thinking about this ahead of time!

-Let your custodians know that we are coming.


How do I sign my school up for an Art Expedition Visit?

-Click here


Want more information or have questions about the Art Expedition:

-Call: 254 752 4371

-Visit us at: 712 Austin Avenue (upstairs), Waco, TX, 76701




Many thanks to the Contributing artists for 2019-20:


Kristina Brown, Grow Together

Kristina Brown, Motherhood, 1st Place/Best in Show

Kristina Brown, Summer ?19

Rhonda Goff, Untitled

Merriah Jackson, My Blue Forest is a Blue Forest

Emily Martinka, Still Life on a Sunday

Emily Martinka, Red Carnation

Bradley Settles, Bandera, 3rd Place/Honorable Mention

Bradley Settles, Hay Field

Sarah Weatherly, ReMade

Contributing Artists for 2018-19:

(In alphabetical order)

Patti Waters Cummings, Transitional Waters
Danielle Demetria East, The Transfigurationof a Black Girl’s Roots
Danielle Demetria East, Time to Make a New Home Out of This Old Nest (4C to 5th Ward)
Chenxi Gao, Self Portrait with Birds
Chenxi Gao, Then & Now
Vanessa Matta, Hear No, Speak No, See a Little
Vanessa Matta, Green with Decay
Allison Overpeck, Galleries
Gabrielle Peralta, Fence Climber
Gabrielle Peralta, Nest Egg
Ellie Thorne, Hopeful Endurance
Ellie Thorne, Against the Current
Alexandra Vanderhider, Suspension
Alexandra Vanderhider, Succession
Trisstah Wagstaff, Fragments

2017-18 Contributing Artists:

(In alphabetical order)

Molly Valentine Dierks, Milk-O-Matic
Glenn Downing, Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other, Me, Wrestler
Megan Ehrhart, Island Indigestion
Virginia Green, Proportion, Movement
Timothy Harding, Studio Wall
Chad Hines, Long White Cadillac
Knut Hybinette, Untitled
Chris Ireland, Holding Still for Mother, Dad Standing in Front of Things
Susan Kennedy, Accessory Pair, Different Worlds
Jeremy Newton, Indispensable, Endurance
Winter Rusiloski, Phoenix
Hugo Shi, The Lake
Jennings Sheffield, ••- -• •— •- -• - • -•• [Glitch #1], •••- — •-•• •- - •• •-•• • [Glitch #2]
Mary Ruth Smith, Off the Rack
Karl Umlauf, Untitled
Niko Weissenberger, Pouch Vase, Geometric Slab Vase

How do I become a contributing artist for the Art Expedition:

-Click here


Thank you to our funders and sponsors for art expedition

Texas Commission for the Arts
Creative Waco
Triliji Group
Studio Gallery
Lama Frames
Lloyd Trailers