Visual Arts

McKinney’s visual arts scene includes artists offering their creations in such a wide range of media, there truly is something to appeal to every taste. Visual arts can be found in art galleries, working studios, and even in various businesses throughout the city. See listings of art services, working studios, and galleries as well as places to create art yourself. 

Public Art

The City of McKinney promotes the cultural, aesthetic, and economic vitality of the city by integrating art into public places, civic infrastructure, and present and future development. McKinney’s Public Art Program builds our community’s identity by initiating artworks and exhibitions that enhance the vitality of our community. Artworks can also add value to new development by lending a special sense of identity, creating memorable public places, and conveying a sense of civic purpose.  

The city's GIS Department developed a cool digital map of all the public art pieces located in McKinney! It's colorful, interactive, and so full of great information! You can access it HERE.

Monarchs of McKinney

Installed throughout the downtown historic cultural district in August 2020, the Monarchs of McKinney public artwork is comprised of eight oversized steel butterflies, painted by local artists.  Can you find them all? 

Butterfly Sculpture Details

  • Steel construction
  • Raised 8’ in the air on a metal post
  • Wingspan is 4 feet 
  • Wings will be in two pieces and welded to the post at the time installation
  • Each wing is expected to weigh 40 pounds

Other Places to Experience Art 

During art-related events like Second Saturdays and Arts in Bloom (held each April), several other retail establishments and eateries offer an art experience, including: