Happy Holidays from the Art Center of Waco!


Art Center officials looking for new location
Waco Trib Article Posted October 22, 2017

As we welcome the season of giving, we at The Art Center of Waco reflect on how gracious our members and friends have been to us during the center’s displacement. The board and staff would like to extend special thanks to MCC, who gave us a home for many years, Cultivate 7twelve, the Mayborn Museum, and Interior Glow for their generosity in our time of need.

Currently, our base of operations is at Cultivate 7twelve at 712 Austin Avenue. It’s refreshing to be downtown and in such a creative environment surrounded by artists and entrepreneurs while our building search committee pursues a new long-term home for the Art Center. Because issues with our building forced us to move much earlier than we planned, we are not offering Cookies & Coloring or Squish, Scribble, Splat! classes in the Spring of 2018. We are taking this break to focus on planning and development so that we may better serve the Waco community. Taking this time to plan will also help us honor our commitment to take the Art Expedition mobile art exhibit to more schools community events in early 2018.  Read more here...

Art Center of Waco board members and staffers likely won’t be going back to the building they called home for more than 40 years, after a structural problem forced its evacuation Oct. 4.

Board President Jill Michaels said the departure, forced by a critical support beam pulling away from an exterior wall, likely will be permanent as Art Center board members, administrators and supporters accelerate their search for a new building or space.

McLennan Community College officials closed the building, which it leases to the Art Center of Waco, after an inspection found the structural problem was getting worse. The action temporarily moved the center’s current photographic exhibition and Art Center staff to Cultivate 7twelve, a gallery and arts space in downtown Waco. (continue reading at WacoTrib.com)

Posted October 12, 2017

Thanks to everyone who came and experienced a new concept last weekend at the Waco Cultural Arts Festival! Our Art Expedition trailer showcased an exhibition of work by professors from Baylor, MCC, and Tarleton State. For pictures of Art Expedition at the 2017 Waco Cultural Arts Fest, please visit the gallery here.
The trailer will be traveling around to area schools, bringing a field trip right to the children of Waco and McLennan County, including scheduled trips to West Avenue Elementary, Lorena Elementary, China Spring Elementary and more! If you are a teacher or know a teacher who would like to have the Art Expedition at their school for their grade 3-5 students, please visit our website and submit an interest form.
If you’re not a teacher or a student, you will be able to find it at other downtown events throughout the year, like select Farmer's Market Saturdays, the Texas Food Truck Showdown, etc.


Location News
Posted October 4, 2017

The staff of the Art Center are relocating in light of recent revelations about the safety of the historic building.

After being informed that work needed to be done before it was safe to inhabit the 100-year old Cameron summer home, Art Center director Meg Gilbert moved quickly to ensure the full slate of programming would be able to proceed as planned. Gilbert and program coordinator Claire Sexton will be using office space at Cultivate 7twelve, the downtown art and community space housed in the former home of the Croft Gallery that was also home to Creative Waco's Waco 52 exhibition over the summer.

The Art Center's new educational initiative, a mobile art gallery in a trailer will launch as planned at the Waco Cultural Arts Festival in Indian Spring Park. The next children's class, Cookies & Coloring will happen as scheduled on Friday, October 13 at 4 pm, in classroom space at Cultivate 7Twelve, 712 Austin Avenue, Waco TX 76701.

The Art Center's next exhibition, This, That, or The Other: Emerging Trends and Vernacular in Photography will open as scheduled on Friday October 13 at 7 pm at Cultivate 7twelve's downstairs gallery space. The juried exhibition of the Society for Photographic Educators (SPEC) happens in conjunction with the south-central district's annual conference, hosted in Waco this year by co-chairs Jennings Sheffield of Baylor University and Chris Ireland of Tarleton State. The exhibition will be on view on the second floor of the downtown gallery until Saturday, October 28, 2017 and the Cultivate 7twelve "Transformation" exhibition will be on view on the first floor until November 1.