The Irving Art Association sponsors numerous art activities in support of its mission to promote visual arts in Irving:
Artist of the Month: A free competition open to all IAA members. Bring your paintings to the meetings held September through June. Winners will be displayed at the Center for a month and receive ribbons and prizes.
Corporate Art Appreciation Program (CAAP): CAAP program gives its member artists a unique opportunity to display their work in Irving. Venues include hotels, retirement homes, the public library, and other local businesses and institutions. Interested artists or venues can contact CAAP Chairs Frankie Couch (972-255-3468 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or Susan Murray at email@example.com.
Demonstrations: Free art demonstrations, roundtables, and Meet and Greets are regularly programmed for IAA member meetings, which are held on the first Sunday of the Month, September through June from 2-4 pm. Visitors are welcome.
Exhibits: 22 exhibits presented each year at the Jaycee Park Center for the Arts or at the Irving Arts Center.
Library: The IAA Library offers members a selection of more than 400 books and videos on art.
Membership: For only $35 per year, you can join the Irving Art Association! New levels: senior, family etc.
Members Gallery: The IAA website hosts a page devoted to member art and links to websites.
Painting Groups: Open to the public:
- Tuesdays 10-3 Tuesday Painters Group (bring a sack lunch; oil painters, please use odorless turps)
- Open Art Night. Meets every Friday evening of the month from 6:30 until 9 pm. You can work on individual or group projects.
Scholarships – Every year the IAA gives away a $1,000 scholarship to a local high school senior planning to major or minor in art. Supporting art education is one of the founding purposes of the association and awarding scholarship is a long-time tradition.
Community Fine Art School: Workshops & Classes:
All the educational art programs, including art workshops, community outreach art programs, Open Art Night programs, and the Spanish art programs have been reorganized into the IAA Community Fine Art School.
Art workshops are sponsored by IAA with artist members and outside professional artists offering workshops in many media. Fees are determined by the instructor.
The IAA also sponsors free basic adult art classes. Held on Thursday evenings, each month brings new media offerings. Spanish-speaking classes are held on Wednesday nights twice a month.