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The Julia C. Butridge Gallery is now accepting Exhibit Proposals for 2021.
The deadline to apply for an exhibit is February 16, 2020.  

The Julia C. Butridge Gallery (JCB 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 2021 Season:

Submit your application by the deadline of February 16, 2021.  Please scroll down to view application. The online application includes:

1. An Exhibit Description.

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

3.  Digital Images:  Please name files with artist name and a number. John Smith_1.jpg  

  •  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 and larger groups 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 number, artist name, title of piece, year created, medium and dimensions of all images 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 4-8 weeks. Length of exhibits are determined by exhibit space and the scheduling and/or occurrence of other events that affect the gallery.   

 How are the exhibits selected?

  • Applications are carefully reviewed 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 by Dougherty Arts Center Management, 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 artist(s) exhibited in the JCB Gallery. 

How often may an artist apply and/or exhibit? 

  • An artist may apply each year that a Call for Exhibits is opened, however, priority consideration will be given to artists who have NOT exhibited in the gallery within the last 5 years of the season for which applications are currently being accepted. 

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 Julia 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 help promote their own exhibit.  Artists provide all their own hardware and tools, and install the work. The Dougherty Art Center staff will prepare the walls between exhibits, guide artists through specific installation standards and policies, and will focus the lighting.  

 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 City of Austin is not liable for any damage in an amount falling below the deductible.  The artist is responsible for obtaining Commercial General Liability and Host Liquor Liability Insurance for installation, deinstallation and related events if determined necessary.    

 Will the JCB Gallery provide marketing? 

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

 How do I apply to have an exhibit? 

  • Applications and images will be accepted on submittable.com  Applications are due February 16, 2020 for consideration in the 2021 season. 

 When will I know if my exhibit is selected? 

  • Applicants will be notified by March 16, 2020 for the 2021 season.

 Who can I contact if I have any questions?

  • Contact the Collections Assistant & Preparator at JCBGallery@austintexas.gov


Incomplete applications will not be considered.
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