The Center for Contemporary Arts is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization founded to give local and area artists a professional venue to pursue their endeavors. All funds raised to support our ArtReach and ArtHEALS programs for marginalized populations of our community, our monthly ArtWalk event, Contemporary Art Exhibition Programs, and free admission to contemporary art exhibits in our five galleries. All donations are tax-deductible and deeply appreciated.


Where everyone is welcome to learn, explore, and express


As part of our ArtReach programming, The Center for Contemporary Arts offers a variety of arts and cultural education opportunities in the form of regular classes, workshops, camps, and speakers on a variety of topics and mediums such as painting, drawing, collage, artistic free expression, abstract expressionism, arts history, films, photography, framing, gallery practices, etc. 


Most of our classes are offered by Center Artist Members or staff. We also welcome non-member and visiting instructors who wish to use our facilities for a small portion of the course proceeds. 


For more information on a particular class or to learn how you can offer a class or workshop at The Center, contact our Curator of Education, Manny De Los Santos at 325-677-8389 or email


None available at this time.

Check back for schedule &  availability 




The Center always welcomes sponsors for our various classes and educational programs. If you are interested in underwriting a particular class or program, please contact our Curator of Education,  Manny De Los Santos at 325-677-8389 or email​​



Instructor:  Manny De Los Santos


Mondays Left: August 10, 7-9 PM - August 17, 7-9 PM

Will began again on September 14!


Free to all! (donations gratefully accepted)

NOTE: Dirty Draw-ers has moved to Monday nights!

Learn to draw the human form from a live model! Your instructor is Manny De Los Santos. Bring your own paper and art supplies. The Center provides chairs, easels, drawing boards, live models, and instruction. Stay connected via the Dirty Draw-ers FB Page


For more information or if interested in being a model ($25/session), contact Manny De Los Santos at 325-677-8389 or


(For more information please contact theTeacher directly)

Oil Painting & Stained Glass

Teacher:  Maria Branch

call: 915-525-2731 or


Teacher:  Patty Rea Wellborn


Art Lessons

Teacher: Pamela Gilbreth Watkins

Call: 325-572-3478

Contact Us

Phone: 325.677.8389

Thank you to these supporters:

Abilene Cultural Affairs Council

Dian Graves Owen Foundation

Legett and Kickapoo Foundations

Robison Excelsior Foundation

Texas Commission on the Arts

Community Foundation of Abilene

David and Sindy Durham

Mike and Julie Denny

Weatherl & Associates

Visit Us

The Center for Contemporary Arts

220 Cypress Street

Abilene, Texas 79601


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Gallery Hours

Tuesday through Saturday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. 

Closed Sunday and Monday

Open 5 - 8 p.m. every second Thursday for ArtWalk