Our History, Our Board, Our Staff

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GAC/ Building History

The Galveston Arts Center, a non-profit 501(c) 3 organization, was incorporated in 1986 as the primary center of contemporary art serving a culturally diverse, eight county area between Houston, Corpus Christi and Beaumont. Housed in the historic First National Bank building (1878) at the corner of 22nd and Strand, the GAC was first founded as the Centre on the Strand in 1968. At that time, the Junior League of Galveston County donated the building for use as an art education center.

From 1971 to 1986 the Galveston Arts Center, under the Galveston County Cultural Arts Council, Inc., grew to offer quality programs in the form of exhibitions, art education and public festivals for all the Galveston County area. In 1986, The Galveston Arts Center became a separate non-profit organization.

Due to damage incurred by Hurricane Ike in 2008, GAC was forced to move temporarily to a nearby location on the corner 25th and Market Streets in Galveston. For the initial renovation of the building on the Strand, and in support of continued programming, the Junior League committed funds along with other organizations including the Moody Foundation, the Harris and Eliza Kempner Foundation, Houston Endowment Inc., the Brown Foundation and individual donors. Through this support and the dedication of our board members, staff, and independent artists and teachers, GAC was able to continue nearly all of the pre-Ike programing and events from the temporary location while simultaneously running a years-long capital campaign to restore the damaged historic building. Restoration was completed in 2015, and today GAC is back and the building is more beautiful than ever.

Meet Our Staff

Lisa Shaw , Executive Director  lisa@galvestonartscenter.org

Lisa Shaw, Executive Director
lisa@galvestonartscenter.org

Dennis Nance , Curator  dennis@galvestonartscenter.org

Dennis Nance, Curator
dennis@galvestonartscenter.org

Sandy Cherry , Bookkeeper  sandy@galvestonartscenter.org

Sandy Cherry, Bookkeeper
sandy@galvestonartscenter.org

Cristal Aldrete,  Administrative Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator  cristal@galvestonartscenter.org

Cristal Aldrete, Administrative Assistant/Volunteer Coordinator
cristal@galvestonartscenter.org

Reyna Collura , Director of Education  reyna@galvestonartscenter.org

Reyna Collura, Director of Education
reyna@galvestonartscenter.org

 
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Meet Our Board

President, Joyce McLean

President, Joyce McLean

Immediate Past President, Doug McLean

Immediate Past President, Doug McLean

Vice President, Brent Bell

Vice President, Brent Bell

 
Treasurer, John Smith

Treasurer, John Smith

Secretary, Karla Levy

Secretary, Karla Levy

Member at Large, Steve Fisher

Member at Large, Steve Fisher

 
Jeri Kinnear

Jeri Kinnear

Caroline Jansen

Caroline Jansen

Linda Darke Swaynos

Linda Darke Swaynos

 
Vivian Hernandez

Vivian Hernandez

Joan Finn

Joan Finn

Junior League Representative, Amanda Hancock

Junior League Representative, Amanda Hancock

 
Becky Trout Unbehagen

Becky Trout Unbehagen

Ulli Budelmann

Ulli Budelmann

Selah Tacconi

Selah Tacconi

 
 

Past Presidents

  • Doug McLean

  • Robert Lynch

  • Keith Bassett

  • Armin Cantini

  • Tim Beeton

  • Micki Avery or Pearl Molly 07-08

 

Lifetime Members

  • Peaches Kempner

  • Zoula Zein-Eldin

 
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Shop

 

STORE HOURS

11 AM-5 PM, Tuesday-Saturday
Noon-5 PM on Sunday

OPEN FOR ARTWALK

Featuring original creations by:

 

  • Jan Harell

  • George Bowes

  • Martha Terrill

  • Dennis Lavalley

  • Karla Mock

 

All sales directly support both the artists and the mission of the Galveston Arts Center.

Watch this space for exciting new changes to the ArtWorks museum store, coming in winter 2019!