The Julia C. Butridge Gallery is now accepting Exhibit Proposals for 2018.

The deadline to apply for an exhibit is February 2, 2018.  

The Julia C. Butridge Gallery is located in the Dougherty Arts Center, a multi-cultural community arts center with a 150 seat theater, youth and adult arts school, and the gallery’s 2600 square feet of exhibit area in one central and two adjacent spaces all with a track lighting system.  Located in the heart of the arts district adjacent to the Long Center and Butler Park, the Dougherty is a facility of the Parks and Recreation Department, providing personal and professional development opportunities for citizens through the making and sharing of creative arts.

Audiences and participants of the Dougherty cross disciplines, backgrounds, and levels of exposure to various arts experiences.  We are proud to support emerging through professional artists.  This collision of creative activity contributes to the Dougherty’s long reputation among the arts community as an accessible and nurturing venue and incubator.  Our audiences know us for the diversity of work that has made this center Austin’s oldest neighborhood arts center with an inspiring skyline and a lively arts environment.

How to Apply for the JCB Gallery 2019 Season:

Please submit your application via by the deadline of February 2, 2018.  The online application includes:

1. An Exhibit Proposal, including a description of the exhibit.

2. Artist(s) Statement relating to the body of work to be exhibited

3.  Digital Images:  Please name files with a number and artist last name. 

  • Individual artists must submit 10 – 20 Digital Images of artwork completed in the past 5 years. 
  • Small groups of up to 6 collaborating artists must submit 5 – 8 Digital Images by each participating artist of work completed in the past 5 years. 
  • Organizations must submit 2 - 5 Digital Images by each participating artist of work completed in the past 5 years.

4. Complete Image List of all artworks submitted. Please include image file name, artist name, title of piece, year created, medium and dimensions that match the image file names that are uploaded. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

How often do the exhibits change?

  • The Julia C. Butridge Gallery strives to provide as many opportunities for artists to exhibit as we can accommodate.  To achieve that goal, our exhibits change every 4-6 weeks.  

How are the exhibits selected?

  • Applications are reviewed and selected by a different panel of jurors each year (names are not disclosed) to promote a balanced season. Applicants are not guaranteed a slot.  Final gallery selections and programming are approved by the Dougherty Arts Center Management.  The criteria used by the panel is broad.  Jurors rate applications on criteria such as quality, content, and how the work represents or speaks to Austin audiences.  Additional criteria is taken into consideration, such as showing strong and relevant themes, creating a season diverse in mediums, subject matter, artists and/or collaborations, and with the exception of our education partners, how recently the artists exhibited in the JCB Gallery. 

What restrictions are there for works of art?

  • Few restrictions are placed on the specific work selected.  However, during months with high volume of activities for children, we schedule work that is more appropriate for audiences of all ages.  Graphic subject matter will not be selected.

Can works of art in the exhibit be sold to the public? 

  • Artists may sell work directly to the public unless they are a City of Austin employee.  The Julie C. Butridge Gallery does not take a commission, and the Dougherty staff does not handle purchases for the artists. 

Who is responsible for hanging the exhibit?

  • Once offered a spot on the season, exhibiting artists  install and promote their own exhibit.  Artists provide all their own hardware and tools, and install the work and labels.  The Dougherty staff will prepare the walls between exhibits, and will light the exhibit.

Is the artwork insured while it is at the JCB Gallery?

  • Exhibits are afforded property insurance coverage under the Fine-Arts Floater on the City of Austin property insurance policy.  The artist is responsible for the deductible amount, and also for obtaining Commercial General Liability Insurance for installation and deinstallation. 

Will the JCB Gallery provide marketing?

  • The JCB Gallery includes descriptions and some images of exhibits in Dougherty Arts Center marketing, which may include a website, brochure, newsletters, calendar listings, or other outlets as available.  However, artists are responsible for promoting their own exhibit.

How do I apply to have an exhibit?

  • Applications and images will be accepted on  Applications are due March 1, 2017 for consideration in the 2018 season.

When will I know if my exhibit is selected?

  • Applicants will be notified by March 30, 2018 for the 2019 season.
Who can I contact if I have any questions?
  • Contact the Gallery Assistant at

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

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