About Victoria Art League
The Victoria Art League was formed to promote the creative visual arts in the Crossroads area and is open to visual artists of all levels.
The mission of the VAL is to provide opportunities for creation, exhibition, education and appreciation of visual art for children and adults.
VAL serves as a support organization of Victoria, Texas, as one of the programs to develop new and innovative ways to bring Texas Crossroads residents and the arts together by inspiring exploration, involvement, and enjoyment in the arts. As a VAL member, you are entitled to attend all of our general meetings and participate in all VAL sponsored events, including member exhibits. Our members contribute through volunteer efforts to ensure our events are successful and beneficial to all.
In 1966, the Victoria Art League was founded as the Metropolitan Art League of Victoria, complementing the existing Victoria Art Guild. The organization changed its name in 1984 to Metropolitan League of Visual Arts and in 1986 it was incorporated as the Victoria Art League, Inc. In 1997, VAL received a $15,000 grant for the purpose of trying its wings in a rented building. In the spring of 1998, it leased the gallery of the Old Farmer’s Co-op, 905 S. Bridge St., from Harold Nichols, who had restored the building and operated it as an art center for many years. The Victoria Art League’s opening event was its 1998 Spring Show, followed by a Grand Opening in August. The community’s enthusiastic support confirmed VAL’s feeling that it should continue Mr. Nichols’ tradition of creativity in this 1898 Texas Historical Landmark. In August of 1999, the organization purchased the north-east quarter of the block, including the main building and covered patio, as its permanent home. Along with owning a historical building, there have been many repairs and improvements to the building. Today the facility is not only an art gallery that includes art classes but also a venue rental and leases one apartment upstairs of the gallery.