Plan your Visit

We are currently closed for the summer break. Save the date for the opening of our Fall 2022 exhibitions on September 23!

Updated Visitor Policies

The safety of visitors and staff is our first priority. Please review our updated visitor policies prior to your visit:

  • Stay home if you feel ill. To help prevent the spread of COVID-19, we ask that you please stay home if you're not feeling well.

  • Visitors are encouraged to wear a face covering during their visit.

  • Please observe social distancing practices, maintaining a distance of 6 feet or more between yourself and others when in the gallery or elsewhere in the Art Building.

COVID–19: Steps We’re Taking

We are taking a number of precautions to mitigate the spread of COVID–19 and create a safe environment for our visitors and staff:

  • Staff are encouraged to wear face coverings and follow social distancing protocols while in the galleries.
  • High-touch surfaces will be disinfected regularly during our open hours.

  • Interactive elements have been temporarily eliminated from our exhibitions.

  • Hand sanitizer stations will be located around the building and gallery.


Free and open to the public 


Closed for Summer

Fall 2022 Exhibitions open September 23, 2022!

Our Space

The Visual Arts Center (VAC) is a 13,000 square-foot exhibition space located within the Art Building on the UT Austin campus. The VAC includes five distinct gallery spaces located on two levels of the building. Our upper-level galleries can be accessed via both stairs and an elevator, both located within the VAC.


Getting Here

Visual Arts Center
The University of Texas at Austin
Art Building
2301 San Jacinto Blvd
Austin, Texas 78712 

Maps & Directions

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Traffic Notice

In support of the construction of the new Moody Center, the university has initiated a separate project that will realign Red River Street from the 1800 block to East Dean Keeton Street. The impacts of this project affect streets commonly used to access the Art Building and Visual Arts Center.

View the latest construction updates →

If visiting the VAC by car, we advise you to access the Art Building from San Jacinto Boulevard rather than Trinity Street. Note that the one-way flow of traffic on Trinity Street has been reversed from north-bound to south-bound, with vehicles now entering Trinity from Robert Dedman Drive (just south of Dean Keeton Street) and exiting onto East 23rd Street (aka Deloss Dodds Way). The San Jacinto Parking Garage may be accessed from both San Jacinto and Trinity. 


Paid parking is available in two garages near the VAC—the San Jacinto Garage (closest) and the Manor Garage—as well as in metered spots along Dean Keaton St between San Jacinto Blvd and Red River St. All street parking on campus requires a university permit at all times. 

Public Transportation

The VAC is accessible via Austin’s public bus system. Use the Trip Planner on the CapMetro website to determine the best route and departure/arrival times.

Bikes and Scooters

Bike racks are located on the northeast corner of San Jacinto Blvd & 23rd St (aka Deloss Dodds Way). An Austin BCycle docking station, as well as dockless scooters, can also be found at that location. The VAC may be accessed via the entrance to the Art Building at the top of the steps adjacent to the bike racks.


There are two women’s restrooms and two men’s restrooms on the first floor of the Art Building. One set is located on the west side of the building, by the San Jacinto lobby; the other set is located on the east side of the building, by the Art and Art History administrative suite and the Trinity Street lobby.

There are two all-gender restrooms on the second floor of the Art Building, located near the elevator.

Please refer to the maps above for restroom locations. 


Exhibitions and programs at the Visual Arts Center are accessible to all visitors:

  • All VAC galleries are wheelchair accessible.
  • Visitors can access our upper-level galleries via an elevator located at the east end of the VAC. Please ask our staff if you need assistance locating or using the elevator.

  • Visitors can access the Art Building entrance on San Jacinto via a ramp; a power-assisted door is installed at this entrance. A curb ramp is located on the corner of San Jacinto and 23rd streets.

  • Visitors can access the Art Building entrance on Trinity Street via curb ramps on either side of the Kayem arbor on Trinity.

  • Restrooms on the first floor of the Art Building are wheelchair accessible. Visitors can access an all-gender restroom on the second floor of the Art Building via an elevator located on the east side of the building, near the Art and Art History administrative suite.

  • Various parking options for visitors with disabilities are available on campus.

  • This map shows ADA accessible doors on campus.

Please email if you have any specific accommodation needs we should be aware of in advance of your visit.

Group Tours

Please email to inquire about a guided tour for your class, group, or organization.

Gallery Etiquette

In addition to our updated policies surrounding COVID-19 (see above), we ask our visitors to follow the following rules throughout their visit:

  • Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the building, including in the courtyard.
  • Backpacks, food and drinks are not permitted in the galleries; these items should be left in the cubbies by the reception desk during your visit.
  • Photography is permitted in the galleries; visitors may also draw and take notes using pencils.
  • Strollers are permitted in the galleries.
  • Service animals are permitted in the galleries.

More to Explore

When visiting the Visual Arts Center, you may also want to consider these other campus arts destinations:

Blanton Museum of Art
Art Galleries at Black Studies
Benson Latin American Collection
Harry Ransom Center
Texas Performing Arts

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