Category Archives: Featured

2017 Still Life Exhibition (MARCH)

March 1 – 31, 2017
Reception Sunday, March 12, 2-4 pm

Although the French refer to still life as “nature morte” meaning “dead life,” the art form generally means a collection of still objects that had been alive, such as fruit, cut flowers or dead animals, thus “still life.” Over the centuries this genre has evolved to include most any collection of inanimate objects, whether or not portrayed realistically.  It is common for artists to learn still life drawing or painting early on in their studies. So whether it is an artwork from your past or a new project, bring out your still life paintings or drawings and celebrate this art form that has endured throughout history. All media welcome.

Curator: Terri Nelson
tvaagallery.stilllife@gmail.com

Prospectus: WordPDF

2017 Earth Day Exhibition (APRIL)

April 3 – 28, 2017
Reception Sunday, April 22, 2-4 pm

Twenty million Americans took to the streets on April 22, 1970 to protest the deterioration of their environment due to the ravages of the industrial revolution.  By the end of that year, the first Earth Day had led to the creation of the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the passage of the Clean Air, Clean Water, and Endangered Species Acts. By 1990, Earth Day was a global event, mobilizing 200 million people in 141 countries. Today, in spite of climate change deniers and well-funded lobbyists, Earth Day has become the largest secular observance in the world, celebrated by more than a billion people every year, and a day of action that changes human behavior and provokes policy changes. All media welcome.

Curator: Shari Hornish
sharihornish@yahoo.com

Prospectus: WordPDF

2017 A Winter’s Tale Prospectus (FEB)

2017 A Winter Tale -TVAA Downtown GalleryA Winter’s Tale Exhibition
February 1 – 28, 2017
Reception Sunday, February 05, 2-4 pm

For A Winter’s Tale, artists are invited to submit work in any medium that reflects any aspect of winter: cold, snow, ice, bare trees, a warm fire in the fireplace, the desolate beauty of a winter landscape, animals or people in a winter scene, iceskating on a frozen lake, people celebrating winter holidays, etc. All media is welcome.

Curator: Jan Partin
jparti01@sbcglobal.net

Prospectus: WordPDF

2017 New Members Exhibition (JAN)

New Members Exhibition
January 9 – 31, 2017
Reception January 22, 2-4 pm

Each year TVAA recognizes new members of the organization with their own exhibition. The TVAA Downtown Gallery invites all artists who have joined TVAA during 2015 to show their work in the 2017 New Members Exhibition. There is no theme for this show, and all media is welcome.

Curator: Jan Partin
jparti01@sbcglobal.net

Prospectus: Word | PDF

Clay – A Tribute to Toby Wallace (Oct)


October 3 – 31, 2016
Reception October 23, 2-4 pm

The late Toby Wallace was an integral part of the team at the TVAA Downtown Gallery, and at the time of his unexpected death, was the interim President of the Texas Visual Arts Association. Toby was a clay artist who continually strove to create new designs and new glazes for the pots he created, His work has been and continues to be one of our best selling items at the Gallery. This show is a tribute to his work as a clay artist and his contribution to the Gallery. We invite all artists who work with clay to submit for this show. We are looking for work that can be wall-mounted or is free-standing as well as work that is best displayed on pedestals.

Curator: Jan Partin
jparti01@sbcglobal.net

Prospectus: Word | PDF

TVAA Downtown Gallery
Plaza of the Americas – Suite G-207
700 N Pearl (PO Box 347)
Dallas, Texas 75201
tvaagallery@sbcglobal.net
469-332-0183

Frida Kahlo – Without Boundaries (Nov)

Frida Kahlo – Without Boundaries
November 1 – 30, 2016
Reception November 6, 2-4 pm


Frida Kahlo has been a popular cult figure and artist for a variety of reasons: As an artist, Kahlo overcame much physical suffering as a young woman, and later, while struggling to find her way as an artist in a male-dominated culture, both personally and artistically. Research into her life reveals her strong interest in politics, art, animals, her rejection of society’s values, and her magnetic bond to her husband Diego Rivera. For artists wishing to explore this fascinating and surprising artist, a wealth of information is on the Internet, and images of her paintings are also available to those interested in seeing her creations, which are extraordinarily personal and autobiographical. For this show we are requesting art about, influenced by, or in the style of Frida Kahlo. All media welcomed.

Curator: Mary Ann Turner
macavari@netscape.net

Prospectus: PDF | Word

TVAA Downtown Gallery
Plaza of the Americas – Suite G-207
700 N Pearl PO Box 347
Dallas, Texas 75201
tvaagallery@sbcglobal.net
469-332-0183

A World Full of People (Sept)

A World Full of People
September 1 – 30, 2016
Reception: September 24, 2-4 pm


Our landscape is full of people of all types, traits and traditions. Imagine them as individuals or groups, and tell their story. Perhaps a portrait is called for, or a photograph of a crowd. Maybe your subject is active or completely immobile. People are the focus of this show, and it is your vision we want to experience!

Curator: Jenny Keller
jennykeller1@sbcglobal.net

Prospectus: PDF | Word

TVAA Downtown Gallery
Plaza of the Americas – Suite G-207
700 N Pearl PO Box 347
Dallas, Texas 75201
tvaagallery@sbcglobal.net
469-332-0183

Call of the Wild (Aug)

Call of the Wild
Exhibition: August 1 – 31, 2016
Reception: August 21, 2-4 pm


Call of the Wild, for this show, pertains to wildlife and nature. Wild – characteristic of, appropriate to, or expressive of wilderness and/or wildlife. Artists are invited to submit work in any medium that depicts the wildness of the natural world and/or it’s inhabitants.

Curator: Jan Partin
469-231-6347
jparti01@sbcglobal.net

Prospectus: PDF | Word

TVAA Downtown Gallery
Plaza of the Americas, Suite G-207
700 N Pearl (PO Box 347)
Dallas, Texas 75201
tvaagallery@sbcglobal.net
469-332-0183

Open Show (July)

Open Show
Exhibition: July 1 – 29, 2016
Reception: July 10, 2-4 pm


July is full of summer fun, whether you like fireworks and circuses or swimming in serene lakes on a sweet summer’s day! Travel America or tour the world. Perhaps you are feeling a bit abstract in the hot weather; it matters not. Show us your ideas in your own unique style!

Curator: Jenny Keller
214-727-8148
jennykeller1@sbcglobal.net

Prospectus: PDF | Word

TVAA Downtown Gallery
Plaza of the Americas, Suite G-207
700 N Pearl (PO Box 347)
Dallas, Texas 75201
tvaagallery@sbcglobal.net
469-332-0183

TVAA 2016 National Juried Art Exhibition (Dec)

Texas Visual Arts Association
2016 National Juried Art Exhibition

Texas Visual Arts Association (TVAA) is pleased to announce an open call for submissions for the 2016 TVAA National Art Competition & Exhibit, juried by Andrea Karnes, Curator at the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and Gabriel Ritter, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. The competition is open to 2D artworks in any medium. 3D artworks are also acceptable with the provision that they be delivered and installed by the artist. The exhibition will be displayed at the Mesquite Arts Center in December 2016. Prizes totaling $2000 will be awarded to the best works in the competition.

• Entry Deadline: September 14, 2016
• Early Bird Entry Deadline: August 14, 2016

Artists are invited to submit up to three (3) images of artwork for a $45 fee ($30 early bird fee prior to August 14).

Prospectus PDF | Word
Or, you may…
Go directly to the CAFE webpage to enter.