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 by Mars Woodhill

Elements of Nature 

Mars Woodhill 
May 27 – July 1, 2023 

Artist Reception: Wednesday, May 31, 2023, 7-9pm 
Artist Talk: Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 7-9pm 

Sleek and modern natural materials are utilized in sculptures, mobiles and wall art as Mars Woodhill explores the Elements of Nature, an idea that has resonated with philosophers, religions and cultures throughout time.  

Artwork by Alicia Philley

Connecting Everything Through Color

A mid-career survey of the art of Alicia Philley

Alicia Philley 
May 27 – July 22, 2023 

Artist Reception: Wednesday, May 31, 2023, 7-9pm 
Artist Talk: Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 7-9pm 

Alicia Philley uses vibrant colors and precisely painted marks to tell stories of our lived environments and their impact on our bodies and minds. Mimicking the complexities of nature through fluttering lines of reflective acrylic paints, Philley alludes to motion, evanescent light, root and fungal networks, and the passage of time. 

Second Sight: A Visual Opera art by Darcie Book

Second Sight: A Visual Opera 

Darcie Book 
May 27 – July 22, 2023 

Artist Reception: Wednesday, May 31,2023 7-9pm 
Artist Talk: Wednesday, June 28, 2023, 7-9pm 

Second Sight: A Visual Opera functions as a single artwork, an abstract narrative that unfolds as the viewer-participant moves through the space. In the darkness, in the unknown, we are in a world between dimensions. Inner worlds surface and secret lives are revealed. The large installation is an immersive experience, incorporating unexpected materials, and offering opportunities for discovery. Bring your flashlights!


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 2021 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