Founded in 1956, the Irving Art Association is a 501c(3) non-profit civic and social community visual arts organization serving the residents of Irving and the surrounding area. Member benefits include local exhibit opportunities for burgeoning and established local artists, member fee discounts for workshops, free art demo's, and many volunteer opportunities. We need the support of active members to be able continue to offer art activities to our members and the community.







        The Irving Art Association was founded in 1956 as a painter's group in the home's of its members. The group continued to grow, and in 1967, the Irving Jaycees donated the land, now known as Jaycee Park, to the City of Irving provisionally that the land always be used as a public park. On the property, the Jaycees built a structure so the painters group, then becoming The Irving Art Association, would have a permanent home in the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts. The original structure was then what is now the small (West) gallery. In time the Irving Art Association gained recognition under section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue Code as a non-profit, civil and social organization. In 1975, the Irving Art Association raised the funds necessary to expand the building and added the full kitchen, and the large (East) gallery. In November 2003, the hippo sculptures that reside in the park pond, created by David Iles for the Irving Art Association, were dedicated and donated to the City of Irving.


        The purpose of the IAA, according to our constitution and bylaws [Article Two] shall be, "(1) To encourage the recognition of Irving as a center of artistic endeavor in the media of the visual arts. (2) To educate the public in the visual arts by programming lectures, demonstrations, exhibitions, workshops, classes, and critiques. (3) To promote development of young artists through awards, scholarships, and classes. (4) To operate exclusively for educational purposes by engaging directly in support of such purposes or by making distributions to other organizations for the use by distributes, in support of such purposes, all within the meaning of section 501c(3) of the Internal Revenue code of 1986, as amended, or corresponding, provisions of any later Federal tax laws."


        The IAA is governed by the Board of Directors, which is made up of volunteers from the membership. You must be an active current member to serve on the board. The board consists of a President, one or more Vice Presidents, Secretary, Treasurer, and committee chairpersons. The board meetings are open for the members to observe, and after the meeting is closed, any member in attendance is welcome to approach any committee chair and offer volunteer assistance. The board meetings are held monthly on the second Wednesday of each month. You may also contact the Executive Board members and committee chairs through email.

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        The Irving Art Association has many regular activities, including free art groups, our regular monthly members meeting the fourth Tuesday of each month, plus we have a reception for each new exhibit, and the occasional holiday party, or holiday themed activity. Since the IAA is a community organization, members and non-members alike are welcome to participate in all non-fee based activities. Other activities, such as fee-based workshops and exhibits may have members only participation, or be open to non-members with a discount fee to members.

Recurring Activities and Groups:

Tuesday Painters         Tuesday Painters is the oldest continuing group in the IAA. The group started in 1956, and has continued for over six decades. Each individual working in their preferred medium, everyone brings their own supplies, and joins in the conversation and fun. Tuesday Painters is a work at your own pace on your own unique projects gathering. Creative support is always available to participants, and everyone from beginners to advanced painters are welcome. You don't have to call to make a reservation. Just grab your supplies and head to the gallery on Tuesday. Tuesday Painters is a free IAA sponsored activity for adults. No children, please.

Each Tuesday, 10:30 am to 3:00 pm

Thursday Art Group         Bring your own supplies and spread out on a table to create whatever you want. Draw, paint, collage, sculpt, or mix your medias and assemble your dreams. John Lee Hunter will be on hand to share ideas and conversation about art. Everyone is welcome, family and friends alike at no charge, though we do have a policy of no unattended children at the gallery under any circumstances.

Each Thursday, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm

Saturday Afternoon at the Gallery         Join us and other art enthusiasts at the gallery on Saturday afternoon for a bit of creativity, and socializing. Rachel Gregory will be your host. Everyone is welcome, family and friends alike at no charge, though we do have a policy of no unattended children at the gallery under any circumstances.

Each Saturday, 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Collage CutUps         Join the crazy Collage CutUps the 2nd and 4th Friday evening of each month from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at the Irving Art Association gallery. We have plenty of supplies on hand, but feel free to bring your own, or bring extra to share. Elmer's Glue and Mod Podge are always welcome since that is what holds everything together. Families welcome, 13 and up. No unattended children at the gallery under any circumstances.

2nd and 4th Friday evening, 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm