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 

Sarah Luna and Michelle Gardella

Sarah Luna and Michelle Gardella

June 28 – August 28, 2021 

The Dougherty Arts Center is proud to host two Austin-based photographers; Sarah Luna and Michelle Gardella. Discover Luna's process of sculpture and photography, and her use of color, energy, and form to create a visual poem in luminous mo:ments. Then experience Gardella's eleven years of devotion to photographing River Story, a series exploring the reunification of women with water, and what it means to belong. Viewing is available by reservation only. 

Learn more about each artist here.

Make a reservation to view the exhibit here.

Coming Up in 2021

Jonathan Jackson

September 4 – October 9, 2021

Jonathon Paul Jackson

Jackson's newest work West Texas Expressions uses a process of photography and hand application, and reflects on the work of Monet to create a visual journey during current circumstances when the ability to travel is limited.


Marty Lewis

September 4 – October 30, 2021

Marty Lewis

In this exhibit, The Other Side of Yesterday, Lewis finds joy in the tattered and broken nature of old books and vintage prints. The mixed media techniques he uses in to combine and reimagine these items are traditional, but the stories he creates with them are new and touches on mythology, religion, relationships, and politics.

Learn more about this artist here.


Veronica Ceci 

September 4 – October 30, 2021

Veronica Ceci

Ceci’s series, Keeping House, reconfigures the viewer's relationship to the human element of institutional cleanliness by making undervalued labor conspicuous through intense materiality, repetition, and iconography.


B Shawn Cox 

October 16 – November 17, 2021 

B Shawn Cox

Cox creates from personal or found vintage photographs and aims to capture, reinterpret, and share a moment in time. With his series Westward, Faux!, Cox delves specifically into iconography and subtext supporting and challenging the myth of manifest destiny.


Leticia Mosqueda 

November 6, 2021 – January 8, 2022 

Leticia Mosqueda

Mosqueda has devoted years developing her vibrant color palette and careful consideration of her subjects to best celebrate the cultures and people of Mexico. In her series My People and Their Traditions, the pride she has for her country is palpable as the viewer examines her work and discovers the diversity of its inhabitants.


Cara Jackson 

November 6, 2021 – January 8, 2022 

Cara Jackson

Iconic Texas is inspired by the plants and animals Jackson has encountered while hiking and camping in the public parks of Texas. She draws upon her graphic design background to define abstracted forms, and explore color relationships with flat areas of paint, leaving hints of texture for interest when viewed at a close distance. 


The ART of Peace 

December 4, 2021 – January 8, 2022 

The ART of Peace

The Art of Peace is a collective of five Austin figurative artists including J. C. Amorrortu, Lawrence Jolly, Meena Matocha, Rhea Pettit, and Linda Wandt. Though the artists may have different styles (loose, alla prima to detailed realism), they do hold the desire to share a story through their art in common. 


DAC Demo Days

Join us every second Saturday this spring and summer for DAC DEMO DAYS! The Dougherty Arts Center's Gallery Artists are joining forces to provide you with virtual demonstrations that highlight unique art techniques and are sure to get your creative juices flowing.

Learn more and register here.


Totally Cool Totally Art 2021

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.


ArtsResponders

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