Incorporated in 1986, the Galveston Arts Center (GAC) is an independent nonprofit organizationthat showcases innovative contemporary art.

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Help us restore and return home to our nationally recognized historic 1878 building on the Strand.
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Gallery Information

GAC is temporarily located at the corner of 25th and Market in downtown Galveston.

Museum Building

Gallery Hours
Tuesday - Saturday: 11am – 5pm
Sunday: Noon – 5pm
Closed Monday

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Welcome to the Galveston Art Center

A pacesetting institution unlike any other across the state. ―Texas Commission on the Arts (TCA)


Nature Centered

Isela Aguirre, Rebecca Braziel & Kari Breitigam












Rebecca Braziel (detail)
The Wood of Bastrop #2

2014, Mixed Media


On view through Sunday, November 23rd.

Conversations @ The Center 
Thursday, November 20th 
Time: 6:30 PM | Free Admission 

Our popular lecture series is back this fall with two area artists who will give educational presentations about their work in our intimate gallery setting at 6:30PM. Q & A to follow.
Galveston-based Rachel Wiley-Janota is an up-and-coming local painter and photographer of landscapes both urban and rural.  You may remember seeing her as the featured artist in Galveston Monthly's October 2013 issue. Wiley-Janota has had multiple exhibitions as a landscape painter. As a photographer, she manipulates images taken on her cell phone and prints them on aluminum plates to create a look and feel similar to tintypes or ambrotypes. The result is a mixture of contemporary technology, early photography materials and painterly aesthetics. 

rachelwileyHouston-based artist Lisa Qualls will talk about the seemingly different series that she has been working on about culture and identity.  Qualls's work investigates the way cultures intersect and interact. Through painting, drawing, collage and photography, she explores these ideas in both macro and microcosms.  Whether focusing on peoples and history in the southern United States or the migration of Africans to Europe, the reoccurring theme is the evolution of culture and society. 

Illustration Fridays

Next date: Friday, November 21st

Every first and third Friday, drop in at GAC between 4-6 PM for a free, casual open-studio session. Each week, an artist volunteer will set up tables and materials and introduce the Illustration Friday topic of the week (a one-word prompt.) You then pick up pencil or brush and respond to the prompt however you want to. As you work, you'll enjoy the company and inspiration of your fellow doodlers, as well as music, drinks and snacks.

Open to all. More info


Volunteer Signup

Try our easy online signup tool to volunteer for the next ArtWalk and other events:

Volunteering is a great way to meet other art enthusiests and, in many cases, get FREE admission to classes, festivals and invitation-only parties. A Galveston Arts Center staf member will contact you by the following business day to confirm your committement, fill you in on the details, and answer any questions.