Plan Your Visit

Location

The University of Texas at Austin
Art Building
23rd and Trinity Streets
Austin, Texas 78712

Admission

Free and Open to the Public

Hours
Mon By Appt
Tues – Fri 10–5
Sat 12–5
Sun Closed

Contacts

(512) 471-1196  //  info@utvac.org

Maps + Directions

VAC Map

From I-35
Exit Manor Road
Drive west on Manor Road (becomes Clyde Littlefield)
Turn right on Robert Dedman
Turn left on 23rd Street
Turn right on Trinity Street
The Visual Arts Center is on the left

From Mopac (Loop 1)
Exit Windsor Road
Drive east on Windsor (becomes 24th Street)
Turn left on Guadalupe
Turn right on Dean Keeton (26th Street)
Turn right on San Jacinto Boulevard
Turn left on 23rd Street
Turn left on Trinity Street
The Visual Arts Center is on the left

Parking

Parking is available in various parking garages around campus. The closest parking garage to the VAC is the San Jacinto parking garage, which has an entrance north of the VAC on Trinity Street. Some fees apply. View location information and rate information for the San Jacinto parking garage.

Some street parking is also available on San Jacinto and Trinity streets weekdays after 5:45 pm and on weekends with a UT parking permit. Please check parking signs when using street parking to avoid fines. Parking meters can also be found on Dean Keeton.

$3 CLICK & PARK NOW AVAILABLE! Purchase your parking in advance at a discounted rate of $3 for all free VAC public programming events and receptions at this website

Log online to pre-purchase discounted parking up till 10pm the day prior to any event. This dashboard permit allows the purchaser to park in street spaces along Robert Dedman Drive, Trinity Street and San Jacinto Blvd from 5:45pm through midnight the night of any selected VAC event.

BONUS! On the occasion where Texas Performing Arts is hosting a performance on the same evening as a free VAC event, the $3 CLICK & PARK permit will also be honored in the San Jacinto Garage. Simply show the garage attendant your printed permit for entry.

$3 CLICK & PARK permits will be valid the day of the event from 5:45pm until midnight only and in accordance with signage along Robert Dedman Drive, Trinity Street and San Jacinto Blvd. Arrive early to guarantee a good spot and as always, please read signs carefully.

Forgot to purchase parking in advance? No problem. You can pay for event parking when you arrive for that evening. Please note, if you have not purchased your parking in advance, you pay an average of $12 to park on campus. There is no longer free parking on campus, but if you are able-bodied and willing, parking along E. Dean Keeton Street is metered and often free at times of VAC events.

Public Transportation

The VAC is accessible via public transportation. Check the Capital Metro website for bus schedules, directions and fare information, or call (512) 474-1200 or (800) 474-1201 for route information.

Biking

Bike racks are located on the northeast corner of San Jacinto and 23rd streets, one block west of the main entrance on Trinity Street.

Accessibility and Special Needs

Please call ahead or inquire with a gallery attendant to make arrangements for any assistance you may require. The Visual Arts Center and its programs are wheelchair accessible.

Saturday Walk-In Guided Tours

Join us every Saturday at 2pm for a tour of the Visual Arts Center. With rotating exhibitions in multiple gallery spaces, each week’s tour focuses on a different theme and conversation topic. Meet at the front desk for a guided experience with plenty of time for questions and reflections. Tours last about 45 minutes; no reservations are necessary.

View more information about upcoming tours and themes

Group Tours

You may schedule a free, staff-led group tour of the VAC’s current exhibitions. During these tours, visitors will engage in conversation about the work on display and the architecture of the building. Please contact Gallery Manager Emily Kelly at emilykelly@utvac.org or (512) 232-2348 to schedule a tour.

Gallery Etiquette

  • Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the building, including in the courtyard.
  • Food and drinks are not permitted in the galleries.
  • Photography is not permitted in the galleries; however, visitors may draw and take notes in the galleries using pencils.
  • Strollers are permitted in the galleries.

Directions to the VAC Offices

The VAC administrative suite is located in the southwest corner of the Art Building. The wooden stadium stairs in the West Lobby (across from the auditorium, ART 1.102) lead up to the VAC offices in ART 2.106.