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

Image of a person in drag at the grocery store with text 'Girls Gotta Eat Sarah Bork March 4 - April 15, 2023'

Girls Gotta Eat

Sarah Bork
March 4 – April 15, 2023

Artist Reception: Wednesday, March 8, 2023 6:30-9pm
Artist Talk: Monday, March 13, 2023 6:30-9pm

“Girls Gotta Eat” is a series of vibrant cinematic portraits of drag performers grocery shopping that playfully invites viewers to explore “how other is us”. Through Sarah Bork’s lens, the grocery store becomes a kaleidoscopic playground of comfort and self-care. These character portraits are paired with handwritten grocery lists and extensive interviews, exploring a nuanced spectrum of identity and experience beyond the traditional gender binary.    

A painting of a person

Children of Earth 

Camille Lema 
March 18 – May 20, 2023 

Artist Reception: Wednesday, March 22, 2023, 7-9pm 

Children of Earth by Camille Lema is about human connections and being grounded to the earth. Let your imagination run free with the colors and movement that each painting holds. Meet vibrant characters and see their stories play out as you follow them on their journey. 

An abstract piece of art

The Other Side 

Meena Matai 
March 18 – May 20, 2023 

Artist Reception: Wednesday, March 22, 7-9pm 
Artist Talk and Guest Lecture: Friday, April 7, 6-8pm 

Meena Matai's exhibition, "The Other Side," is a powerful exploration of the personal stories and emotions of her family and millions of others who were affected by the India-Pakistan partition of 1947. Through her paintings, she brings to life the experiences of the refugees who found themselves on the wrong side of the divide and the lasting impact this event has had on the lives of over ten million Indians and Pakistanis. As we mark 75 years since the partition, this exhibition serves as a poignant reminder of memories that are at risk of being forgotten and an important call to foster positive connections and build a supportive community. 


Totally Cool Totally Art 2021

totally cool totally art

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