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.

2025 Call For Artists

JCB Gallery 2025 Call For Artists

The Julia C. Butridge Gallery has extended the deadline to submit exhibit proposals for the 2025 gallery season! 

Located at the Dougherty Arts Center, the Julia C. Butridge Gallery is well known for its diverse exhibitions of artists and their work. There is no fee to submit an exhibit proposal and all related exhibits and events are free and open to the public. 

Applications are open now through March 17, 2024. 

To submit please visit: 


On Display

Artwork left to right from Rebecca Bennett, Leslie Kell, Elena Lipkowski

Thin Spaces

Rebecca Bennett, Leslie Kell, Elena Lipkowski
February 3 - March 16, 2024

Artist Reception: February 7, 2024, 7-9pm
Artist Talk: March 6, 2024, 7-9pm

“Thin Spaces” offers a unique perspective on how our relationships with the natural world can serve as a conduit to a deeper understanding of the ethereal, revealing the subtle magic when nature and spirit intertwine.

Rebecca Bennett, through the sensual qualities of oil, uses her alchemist skills to create layered abstractions that delve into the interplay of color, line, and texture. Her intention is to encourage viewers to interpret their own experience within the artwork rather than merely observing the work itself.

Leslie Kell employs her own distinctive technique to create her unique visuals, blending elements of design and photography. She seamlessly weaves her photographs into the intricate spaces and patterns of her drawings, unraveling hidden depths within each composition.

Elena Lipkowski, in a fusion of digital collage and hand-embroidery, explores the inherent dualities of the Thin Space encounter. Here, long vistas coexist with intimate details in a dialogue between digital and tactile, pixel and thread, technology and tradition.


Artwork from Dougherty Arts Center Staff.

Off The Clock

Dougherty Arts Center Staff Exhibit
February 3 - March 30, 2024

Artist Reception: February 7, 2024, 7-9pm

Off The Clock invites you to explore the creativity that defines Dougherty Arts Center’s talented team. From vivid brushstrokes to digital masterpieces, each piece offers a glimpse into the imaginative minds that contribute to our dynamic workplace, revealing the unique perspectives and artistic endeavors that flourish within our community. As you wander through the gallery, discover the depth of talent and inspiration that fuels our collective spirit and propels us forward. Join us in recognizing the dedication, passion, and creativity that makes Dougherty staff truly exceptional.


Upcoming Exhibits

A photograph of a child wearing a cap of flowers

Scent of Austin  

Ziesook You
March 23-April 20, 2024

Artist Reception: March 27, 7-9pm
Artist Talk: April 17, 7-9pm

Ziesook incorporates symbolism inspired by Broq-pa floral traditions to capture intimate, multi-layered portraits. She began working with this theme in 2016, taking photos of her twin daughters, and has since expanded her subjects to include single mothers, seniors, and people with multi-cultural backgrounds. Since moving to Austin two years ago, Ziesook has begun work on her “Scent of Austin” series, utilizing flora and fauna from central Texas in her photographs of Austinites.  


A collage artwork

Paper Trails

Bernie Diaz
April 6 – June 1, 2024

Artist Reception: April 10, 7-9pm
Artist Talk: May 22, 7-9pm

Bernie Diaz manipulates words and images to create assemblages that redirect and obscure origins. Incorporating historical processes of revision, omission, and embellishment, he creates glyph-like arrangements that seek completeness from fragmentation. His process involves scavenging, cutting, layering, and rearranging materials to achieve a sense of completeness from seemingly unrelated parts informed by his ongoing identity formation as a border-dwelling, queer, Tejano. 


A collage artwork made up of paper flowers, plants and stamps

Part to Whole

Katie Conley
April 6 – June 1, 2024

Artist Reception: April 10, 7-9pm
Artist Talk: May 22, 7-9pm

Part to Whole is a collection of collages meticulously crafted from postage stamps. Each intricate detail plays a vital role in the larger design and is the result of hours of careful consideration. Testing the size, shape, color, and subject matter of each stamp, Katie Conleys ensures harmony in every composition, often surprising viewers with her sourced material.