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McKinney Avenue Contemporary Announces 2012 Annual Membership Theme

Photograph courtesy of Jessica Iannuzzi

Photograph courtesy of Jessica Iannuzzi

Trans: 2012 Annual Membership Exhibit
McKinney Avenue Contemporary
August 4 through September 1, 2012

Art drop-off dates are July 27, 28 and 31, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) announces the 2012 annual Membership Exhibition theme: Trans. The MAC Staff and Board of Directors requests MAC members to submit works of art in all media from visual to performance art and literary reading relating to the theme Trans. The Membership Exhibition will open with a reception for the artists Saturday, August 4th from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. After eighteen years in Dallas, The MAC is Barely Legal!! We’ll be celebrating our coming of age at the Membership Exhibition opening reception with a party reveling in all things barely legal. The exhibition will run through September 1, 2012.

The Annual Membership Exhibition is one of the cornerstones of the spirit and mission of The MAC – providing a place for creative expression and vigorous dialogue between artists and patrons of the arts. The Annual Membership Exhibition celebrates emerging and established artistic talent in Dallas and surrounding areas. Each year a theme for the exhibition is selected by The MAC staff and Board of Directors. Previous themes include: Meltdown, Border, XV, and Gastronomia: erótica y estimulante.


The 2012 Annual Membership Exhibition theme is Trans
[from Latin trāns across, through, beyond]

This familiar prefix introduces common words we use on a daily basis to the most obscure in the English dictionary – Transcontinental, Transesterification, Transsexual, Transgression, Transparent, Transmogrify, Transportation, Transformation…


All persons with memberships valid through September 2012 are eligible to submit artwork. Entrants must be or become members of The McKinney Avenue Contemporary at the time of submission. Membership applications and information about membership benefits can be acquired at The MAC – 3120 McKinney Avenue, Dallas, TX 752040 or A one year Artist / Student Membership is $30.

Member Artist Submissions & Requirements

Each artist can submit only one artwork but could also participate in one collaborative work.

Visual Art

Visual Art (2-D, 3-D and Electronic Media) cannot exceed 2 feet in any dimension and must be ready to install on date of delivery.

Performance Art / Literary Readings

Performance Art and Literary Readings will be presented during the opening reception.

Collaborative Works

Please contact The MAC to obtain the criteria for participation and guidelines for collaborative works.

Submission Criteria

Work that does not comply with these requirements will not be accepted. The MAC will not refund membership fees to those that have not complied with the submission guidelines.

  1. All works must be labeled with the following information:
    1. Artists first and last name
    2. Title, media and date of work
    3. Indication of top of image, if necessary, for visual art
  2. Work must have been produced within the 12 months prior to the exhibition.
  3. Work must not have been previously shown at The MAC.
  4. Dimensions of artwork, including the frame, should not exceed 2′ in any dimension.
  5. Work must be ready to hang
  6. Include a caption sheet with your name, address and contact information at the top left of the page.

The caption sheet should include:

  • Title
  • Date
  • Dimensions
  • Medium
  • Brief captions or explanatory notes of work
  • Price if the work is for sale

Drop Off Dates & Deadline

Drop off dates are July 27, 28 and 31 from 11 a.m to 6 p.m. All entries must be received no later than Tuesday, July 31 at 6 p.m. Please contact The MAC to set up an appointment to drop off your artwork if these dates/times conflict with your schedule. Out of town artists are welcomed to ship their artwork to The MAC before July 3t. Please include paid return shipment or make alternative arrangements for the return of your artwork.

Notification and Return of Work

The MAC will provide a time and date after the closing of the exhibition for all works to be collected. The MAC requests that artists who sell their work as a result of the show to arrange separately for the delivery of the work to the buyer.


The MAC is not responsible for the loss or damage of works while in transit. The MAC reserves the right to reproduce images of artwork in the 2012 Membership Exhibition on The MAC website and in any Membership Exhibition advertising or collateral associated with the exhibition. Submission of work to the exhibit indicates acceptance of conditions stated above.

A Special Thank You to The MAC’s Season Sponsors

With the help and support of these individuals and organizations, The MAC is able to continue exhibiting quality exhibitions to the public.

Individual Donors Art Gods: Susan & Claude Albritton, Deborah Colton, Trammel S. Crow, David Gibson, Nancy & Tim Hanley, Kirk Hopper, Deborah Humphrey, R.P. Washburne Benevolent Ones: Alice & Charlie Adams, Camilla Cowan, Martha Fain, Nancy Hamon, Roger Horchow, Anne & John Mullen, C. Jeff Pan, Scott Shuford, Cheryl & Kevin Vogel, Sally Warren & Jeff Jackson Champions: Jan & David Bates, Kay & Elliot Cattarulla, Kaleta Doolin & Alan Govenar, Charles Wolcott Henry, Rick Liberto, Clyde Melville, Kathleen Messina, Molly Moore, William Neisel, John F. Stephens Jr., Barbara Thomas, Shannon Wynne + Lovers + Amigos + True Blues + Artists! Art Patrons: CASETA, City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Communities Foundation of Texas, The Dallas Foundation, Harry S. Moss Foundation, Hunt Cares Campaign, Rosewood Foundation Corporate Sponsors Altruistic Giver: Kirk Hopper Fine Art, La Mode Dallas, The Plutonian Games Art Advocate: A+C Magazine, Dallas Auction Gallery Devotee: Pinnacle Performance, Norwood Flynn Gallery, Valley House Gallery In Kind Donors Kitchen Dog Theater, Brainfood, Jennifer Hees Design, Dean Corbitt, Dallas Museum of Art, DECORAZONgallery, Tod Lewis /, Quin Matthews Films, CG Ingram, David McCullough

About The MAC

Established in 1994, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary (The MAC) is a nonprofit organization that stands as a Dallas advocate for creative freedom offering the opportunity for experimentation and presentation of art in all disciplines. It supports the emerging and established artist role in society providing a forum for critical dialogue with their audiences. This relationship is cultivated through education and innovative programming. The MAC is a member of Dallas Art Dealers Association and The Uptown Association.

Call 214-953-1212 for information or visit The MAC is open Wednesday – Saturday 11 a.m. – 9 p.m.

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