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

Artwork of Jonas Criscoe

The Real Texas Me

Jonas Criscoe

May 7 – June 11, 2022

Artist Reception: May 11, 2022
Artist Talk: May 25, 2022

Jonas Criscoe’s mixed media collages explore nature’s ability to reclaim the spaces and objects that we abandon. Utilizing various scavenged materials and appropriated imagery, Criscoe mimics the effects that wear and exposure has on materials to impart a sense of history and nostalgia through the surfaces of his works. Overlaid upon these facades are idioms of graffiti that act to reclaim these spaces with the voice of the individual, building up a densely layered patina— an aura of touch.

Hayley Labrum Morrison artwork

Of(f) the Body 

Hayley Labrum Morrison 

May 7 – July 2, 2022 

Artist Reception: May 11, 2022
Artist Talk: May 25, 2022

Teachings of purity, modesty, and meekness are central to a young Mormon woman’s spiritual curriculum. "Of(f) the Body" examines the effects these definitions of worthiness can have on the female spirit, mind, and body. 

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Pillow Fort 

Mary Wendel 

May 7- July 2, 2022 

Artist Reception: May 11, 2022
Artist Talk: May 25, 2022

A pillow fort can be any place that allows you to think and process, being surrounded by things you love that inspire you or maybe just a familiar atmosphere reflecting abstract thoughts. Wendel paints portraits of people, often herself and other fellow Austinites, in spaces like this Wendel wants viewers to tap into the strength and safety of the creative space where difficult emotions are welcome and great ideas flourish, contemplating their own pillow forts


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