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About TVAA

The TVAA mission is to encourage artists and to promote art in Texas.

Enriching the Dallas art scene: The Texas Visual Arts Association inspires communication and cooperation between artists and the Dallas community by providing exhibitions in painting, sculpture, printmaking, pastels, watercolors, computer generated art, photography, and mixed media. TVAA offers educational workshops, seminars, and tours of major museum and private collections. TVAA served in  promoting the development of the Dallas Arts District and The Contemporary, originally known as D’Art. It has a history of supporting worthwhile causes including the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation, the SPCA of Texas, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and the Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity.

The Texas Visual Arts Association sponsors several annual exhibitions: a Membership Exhibition, a National or Regional Open Exhibition, a Citation Exhibition for members only, and a Signature Member Exhibition.  In addition, an Annual High School Exhibition is sponsored by TVAA, encouraging students from the Dallas area to compete for awards and scholarships. All these exhibits are judged by qualified art critics, museum directors and curators, gallery owners, and art educators.

Since 1947, the organization was known as the Dallas Chapter of the Texas Fine Arts Association. In 1986 it was reincorporated as the Texas Visual Arts Association (TVAA) and acquired a new state leadership with members from east, south and west Texas.  The organization maintains approximately 300 members each year, all in diverse media, to produce the most interesting exhibitions for the community.

Bringing art into public spaces:In 2001 and 2002 TVAA was invited by NorthPark Center to open an art gallery for the holidays in cooperation with the Texas Sculpture Association and the Southwest Watercolor Society.  Under the supervision of TVAA, the Signature Gallery was a great success with sales for many of the Signature Members of all three associations.

In August of 2006, the Texas Visual Arts Association was invited by the Plaza of the Americas in downtown Dallas to open a gallery on its main floor. This has given TVAA and the Plaza of the Americas the opportunity to become a viable part of the Dallas Arts District.  It also offers TVAA members opportunities to exhibit with changing monthly exhibitions and to showcase artistic talent.

Board of Directors

Meet the TVAA 2014 Board of Directors.

Toby Wallace
Interim President
Sue Dhaliwall
Interim 1st Vice President, Membership
Liz Netherland
Interim 2nd Vice President, Exhibitions
Deepa Koshaley
Director, TVAA Downtown Gallery
Candy Howard
3rd Vice President, Fund Raising
Constance Hargis
Karen Thompson
Interim Historian
Terri Nelson

Zane Steadman



Find addresses, directions, and hours of operation for the locations of most TVAA events on this page.

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TVAA Downtown Gallery
Plaza of the Americas 700 N. Pearl Street, Suite G207
Dallas, Texas  75201

Gallery located on Level L, Suite G207.
Hours: Monday – Friday, 10am – 4pm Parking: Metered parking is available on Pearl and Crockett Streets. Parking in lots on Crockett and San Jacinto is $6.00. Plaza (paid, underground) parking is entered from San Jacinto. Take DART to Pearl Station, cross Bryan St. to Plaza of the Americas.
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Mail address:
TVAA Downtown Gallery , Box 347, Plaza of the Americas 700 N. Pearl Street, Suite G207, Dallas, Texas  75201

TVAA mailing address: TVAA, PO Box 12467, Dallas, TX 75225


Texas Visual Arts Association is a non-profit organization operated for the encouragement and enrichment of visual artists in all media. The primary goal of TVAA is to provide a venue for the education and exhibitions of professional artists as well as to provide an opportunity for artists of diverse backgrounds to promote public awareness, involvement and support from the community.

With a 60-year history in Dallas, TVAA has been fortunate to have many sponsors for its programs. Donations from our past sponsors have included merchandise, gift certificates from local businesses, and generous cash donations, which have been used as awards for its major exhibitions. These donations have primarily been used for the four major art exhibitions each year – the High School Exhibition each spring, the Membership Exhibition in May, the National Exhibition held every other year in the summer, and the Citation Exhibition in the fall.

The Texas Visual Arts Association has in the past received major grants from Atlantic Richfield Foundation, Bank of America Texas, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, the 500 Inc., Dallas Arts District Foundation, First American Financial and Real Estate, Howard Rachofsky Foundation, Southwestern Bell Foundation, Mr. C. M. Netherland, Mr. & Mrs. Jake Hamon, Mr. & Mrs. Robert Hoffman, Mr. & Mrs. John Rauscher, among others.

Many corporations in Dallas have provided beautiful sites for exhibitions of TVAA. These include NorthPark Center, Art Cenre of Plano, 14th Street Gallery of Plano, Trammell Crow Center, the Dallas Public Library, First National Bank, Texas Commerce Bank, City Place, Crescent Court. Dallas City Hall, Medical City Hospital, and the Plaza of the Americas, who have provided space for the TVAA Downtown Gallery serving the artists of Dallas.

As a non-profit charitable organization, the Texas Visual Arts Association depends upon donations from corporations and individuals in the community to help sponsor its many exhibitions and programs. Call us today to discuss your interest in support Dallas area art through TVAA.

For more information about any of the above information or to make arrangements to become a sponsor please contact Candy Howard, Sponsorship Coordinator, at (469) 374-4883, or by email at