2018 Annual TAEA Conference

McAllen Convention Center

Make plans now to join us in McAllen for the 2018 TAEA Conference
Bridging Cultures . . . the Magic of Art
November 8-10, 2018

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The TAEA 2018 Conference will be held at the modern, 18.5 acre McAllen Convention Center Complex with 60,000 square foot, column free exhibit hall, more than 25,000 square feet of meeting space and multiple breakout rooms.

Hotels Near Convention Center

  • Embassy Suites
  • Cambria
  • Home 2
  • LaQuinta

All hotels are within walking distance to the Convention Center with free parking and free breakfast.

The Palms Crossing Retail and Restaurant Center is located adjacent to the McAllen Convention Center offering a variety of shopping and dining experiences. Check out this partial listing:

  • Barnes & Noble
  • BJ Restaurant
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • DSW
  • Longhorn Steakhouse
  • P.F. Chang's
  • Rocky Mountain Chocolate
  • Romano's Macaroni Grill
  • Subway
  • Starbucks
  • McAlister's Deli
  • and more
TAEA 2018 Conference Logo

Five Quick Facts about McAllen:

  1. McAllen was named the 7th Safest City in America in April 2016.
  2. McAllen is a vibrant arts and entertainment scene. The city is full of art galleries, museums, live music venues, and night life spots.
  3. McAllen has a Symphony Orchestra.
  4. McAllen's Public Library, once an abandoned Wal-Mart, was named the most beautiful library in Texas by Tech Insider website.
  5. McAllen Creative Incubator, managed by the Chamber of Commerce, provides studio and class space to local, emerging artists in the former McAllen Main Library.
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Mark Your Calendars Now!

Be sure to join us November 8-10, 2018 in McAllen for TAEA's 57th Annual Conferenceat the McAllen Convention Center.

Commercial Exhibits

Click here for detailed information about TAEA Commercial Exhibits, or contact for more information.

Conference Hotel / Location

McAllen Convention Center
700 Convention Center Blvd.
McAllen, TX 78501
Phone: (956) 681-3800

If you are planning to attend, now if the time to get your hotel reservations. TAEA has contracted with several hotels near the McAllen Convention Center to provide reasonably priced accommodations during the conference. Below is the list of hotels, our conference rate and contact information:

Hotel Rate per night Contact Information
Home2 Suites $119 Online Reservations
Embassy Suites $129 Online Reservations
Cambria Hotel $ Suites $119 Online Reservations
La Quinta Inn & Suites $109 Contact reservations and ask for TAEA group rate. 956-682-6765

Be sure to reserve your room early at one of these or other nearby hotels!


Want more information before you register?

Dear TAEA Members,

Your local committee is already hard at work planning an outstanding conference. We welcome each of you back to McAllen for the 2018 Conference. As we finalize our plans, we will update the links below so keep checking back.

2018 TAEA Conference Information

Pre-Conference STAR (Posted 08/31/2018)

Online Registration

Conference Registration Form


Travel Information

Transportation To / Around McAllen



Administrator's Letter


Special Events

Artisans Market Registration Form

Silent Auction

Saturday Evening Special Event

Statues and Monuments

Membership Showcase Form (Deadline October 15)

Distinguished Fellows Legacy Library Project


General Session Speakers

Roxanne Swentzell

Santa Contreras Barraza


Experience Institutes, Tours, Ticketed Events, and Workshops

Current Registration Numbers — When making plans to register for these conference events, you may check this list to see which events are already full.

Workshop Schedule

Experience Institutes and Tours Flyer


Exhibit Information

Exhibitor Information

Commercial Exhibits Packet

Exhibit Hall Map


Annual Reports

Coming Soon


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