Arlington Visual Arts Association (AVAA) has a 49 year history. We began in 1966 as the “Starving Artists of North Texas.” This group grew out of a painting class taught by Mrs. Josephine Mahaffey along with Mrs. Dora Nichols, a long-time educator in Arlington for whom Nichols Junior High is named. These two women founded the group as a venue for area artists to provide quality art at affordable prices to the public in order to encourage and assist in funding future art projects.
The group was soon emulated in both name and style by other groups in the area. In 1970 the name changed to The Arlington 200 Art Association. The current AVAA was formed in May 1992 from The Arlington 200 with a complete reorganization, a new format and an expanded vision.
AVAA believes that the creation and enjoyment of art is a creative outlet for everyone. The function of the AVAA is to create an atmosphere where the exchange of ideas and techniques may occur between artists. This is to be accomplished through programs and activities designed to enhance the abilities of the members. AVAA welcomes members who work in visual art from all mediums: drawing, painting, print making, photography, sculpture, ceramics, and mixed media experimentation. We encourage members to learn and grow from each other and to stretch their artistic horizons. Monthly programs include a time of fellowship and networking, an art demonstration or educational program and a mini-show competition of members creative work.
AVAA meets at the Bob Duncan Community Center in Vandergriff Park in Arlington.