About the Live Oak Art Center

Incorporated in 1986, the Live Oak Art Center (LOAC) is an independent nonprofit organization that showcases innovative contemporary art in the 1891 Brunson Building in Columbus, Texas’ Historic District. Our mission is to promote the visual arts by presenting exhibitions, developing educational programs and providing an environment for creative expression.

The Live Oak Art Center is the only visual arts organization in Columbus with a permanent location, a rotating exhibition schedule with free admission at all times and a professional full-time staff. Executive Art Director Shawn Roberts brings contemporary and traditional art from all over the state in approximately 10 exhibitions a year, featuring the work of both emerging and established artists.

The Live Oak Art Center brings together a community of people interested in art and history.  LOAC is always free and open to the public. Founded in 1954, offering year-round exhibitions, workshops, publications, outreach programs, lectures, classes, and home to an on-site library housing books on art & photography.


1014 Milam Street

Columbus, TX 78934

Directions from Austin: Take 71 east to Columbus, exit Columbus Business, turn left on Walnut Street and left on Milam Street.  Directions from Houston: take I-10 West to Columbus. Take first Columbus exit, follow feeder to town square.  On left hand side


The Live Oak Art Center's mission is to increase society's understanding and appreciation of art and its evolving role in contemporary culture. The LOAC strives to encourage artists, build audiences, stimulate dialogue, and promote inquiry about art and related media through education, exhibitions, publications, fellowship programs, and community collaboration.

Hours & Admission

Wednesday to Friday, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Saturday 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Appointments can also be made to view the exhibit on Monday and Tuesday. Must call to set up an appointment.

LOAC's galleries are closed Sundays, Mondays & Tuesdays, during gallery installation, Thanksgiving Day, the Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Day through New Year's Day and during all banking holidays.

LOAC galleries are free and open to the public. Donations are appreciated.