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 and make a reservation 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

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.

Winter 2020 Exhibits

Explore the work of Veronica Ceci, Marty Lewis, and the Art of Peace artists who create artwork inspired by the drive to be better humans and highlight our connections rather than differences.

Enter Our Winter 2020 exhibits page.

Fall 2020 Exhibits

Discover painters Jonathan Paul Jackson, Emma Hadzi Antich, and Leticia Mosqueda. These artists were scheduled to exhibit during the Fall of 2020. Due to COVID-19, their shows have been postponed but you can still explore their art practice on our Fall Exhibits page
Enter Fall Exhibits Page Here

Encuentra la versión en español aquí.


Visit our interactive webpage to learn more about photographers Amar Gupta, Sarah Luna, and Michelle Gardella. Enjoy beautiful images celebrating the concepts of being, belonging, and community.


Summer 2020 EXHIBITS

Visit our interactive webpage to learn more about exhibiting artists, Nora McMillen Burke, Jon Nelson, and Marianne Levy and explore works including whimsical sculptures and paintings rich with symbolism



Delve into the work of Cara Jackson, B. Shawn Cox, and Layla Luna and view artworks ranging in media from acrylic and flashe paint to origami and fiber.


Spring 2020 EXHIBITS

Learn more about Susannah Haddad, Austin Community College, and Nancy Wood and explore works ranging from ceramic Sriracha bottles and abstract landscape views, to digital renderings of the Texas Hill Country.


Two Minute Studio Tours

Local Austin artists show you where the art happens! Learn more about DAC 2020 artists and discover their studio spaces with these two-minute video tours!

See the Tours Here 

Live & Local
An Austin Museum Day event!

Discover locally made artwork by browsing a resource page with images and websites of artists who are part of Dougherty Arts Center JCB Gallery and Austin Art-O-Rama programs!
Live & Local Webpage