Welcome to Avant-Art Gallery, a vibrant and inclusive haven nestled in the heart of Houston's Historic Gallery Row. Co-founded in 2023 by Abigail Henningsen Haley and Ally Ondarza, our gallery is dedicated to making art a dynamic and accessible experience for all.


Our mission is clear: to showcase a diverse range of contemporary artwork that transcends boundaries, fostering an environment where art exploration knows no limits. Our talented roster of artists, spanning photographers, abstract painters, and sculptors, creates a rich tapestry of artistic expression, ensuring there's something for every art lover.


Whether you're a seasoned art enthusiast or new to the scene, Avant-Art Gallery invites you to break free from preconceptions and explore a world where art is a deeply personal journey. Join us in shaping the narrative of contemporary art, one masterpiece at a time.


Visit us and discover the perfect piece that resonates with you, as we believe that everyone can find their connection to art at Avant-Art Gallery.


Owner & Co-Founder



Abigail Haley, Co-founder of Avant-Art, stands at the forefront of Houston's contemporary art scene. Armed with a Bachelor's degree in Art History from Texas Christian University and enriched by classes at the Sotheby's Institute of Art in New York, Haley blends a passion for art with industry expertise.


Her journey began in fine art and collectibles insurance underwriting at Tokio Marine America and continued at the Modern Art Museum in Fort Worth. Haley's meticulous eye and deep art appreciation flourished, setting the stage for her role at a prominent Houston gallery. There, she honed skills in art collecting, exhibition management, and promotion.


As a key figure in Houston's art landscape, Haley co-founded Christopher Martin Gallery, a premier destination for contemporary art. Today, as co-owner of Avant-Art Gallery, her commitment is unwavering — to showcase groundbreaking contemporary art, nurture inclusivity, and elevate Houston's vibrant arts community. Abigail Haley's passion, expertise, and dedication position her as a trusted voice in the industry and an integral part of the Houston art scene.


Owner & Co-Founder



Ally Ondarza's journey in the art world commenced as an intern during high school at a prominent contemporary gallery in Houston. Upon graduating from St. Edwards University in Austin with a degree in Communications, Ondarza seamlessly transitioned into the art sphere, swiftly ascending to the role of associate upon her return to the gallery.


Recognized for her exceptional skills and unwavering passion, Ondarza assumed the position of Director at Christopher Martin Gallery, playing a pivotal role in the establishment of their Houston outpost. Her career trajectory has been marked by rapid success, marked by strong industry connections and accolades for her dedication.


As Co-Owner of Avant-Art, Ondarza is resolute in her dedication to showcasing innovative, thought-provoking contemporary art. She envisions Avant-Art as a space where artists and art lovers converge, fostering connections and engagement. Ally Ondarza's passion, expertise, and unwavering commitment solidify her as an integral figure in the Houston art scene and a rising star in the industry.