The Julia C. Butridge Gallery is located in the heart of the arts district adjacent to the Long Center and Butler Park at the Dougherty Arts Center, a multi-cultural community arts center providing opportunities for creative expression to citizens for over 41 years. Visitors enjoy an exceptional 2,000 square feet of exhibit space in the main gallery, and an additional 480 square feet in newly renovated gallery space. The natural collision of creative activity at the arts center contributes to the gallery’s longstanding reputation among the arts community as an accessible and nurturing venue and incubator, ideal for emerging and established artists. The gallery is free and open to the public.

On Display

Tyeschea West layered photo work Ms Okoro Two

Conversation Bleed

Tyeschea West
July 30 - Sep 3, 2022

Artist Reception: August 3, 2022 from 7-9pm
ArtistTalk: August 24, 2022 at 7pm

Conversation Bleed showcases layered photography as a conceptual tool to examine how we connect. Ideally, the general hope is to focus on the energy and aura of a person before any judgments are made, but unfortunately, this is not very common. We tend to make assumptions based on superficial information before we hear someone speak. Tyeschea West's work seeks to encourage the opposite.
What does it mean to fully see someone? Blurring the lines can make us curious and more motivated to make things clear. Will this inspire us to truly engage and take the time to see what is really there?

art piece by Chantel Lesley

En Medio de la Nostalgia

Chantal Lesley
July 9 – September 3, 2022

Artist Reception: August 3, 2022 from 7-9pm
Artist Talk: August 24, 2022 from 7-9pm

Lesley creates a visual narrative that reflects the loss of ethnic roots, exploring the isolation and confusion felt from multiple cultures. This project consists of photographs constructed from Lesley’s memories and life events.
“I rely on symbolism to relate to my cultures and combine them to find a new meaning representing my experience.” -Chantal Lesley.


Totally Cool Totally Art 2021

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Part of the City of Austin Parks & Recreation Department, Totally Cool Totally Art (TCTA) is a unique enrichment program providing free classes to Austin's teen community. Teens learn various art techniques by working directly alongside professional artists. View the TCTA 2021 Virtual Exhibit page to learn more about the program and see a sample of all they accomplished.

Find the TCTA exhibit here.


The Austin Parks and Recreation Department’s Division of Museums and Cultural Programs is launching ArtsResponders: Social Practice Responds to COVID-19. Discover the two artists selected by the Dougherty Arts Center, Caroline Walker and Sarah Wilson.

Learn more about their projects here