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Fine Arts Gallery

The Buddy Holly Center features 2,500 square feet of gallery space dedicated to the presentation of changing contemporary visual arts programs. These exhibitions are a continuation of a tradition of quality initiatives that were presented by the Lubbock Fine Arts Center from 1984 - 1998. With the relocation of the Fine Arts program to the Buddy Holly Center in 1999, we continue the commitment to present challenging visual arts exhibitions that serve as a crucial resource for showcasing contemporary arts of the region and the nation.

Art is a form of communication independent of language. It is a way of manifesting human uniqueness. It is a way of reminding us that life is infinitely fragile, infinitely precious.


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    The Buddy Holly Center announces its new exhibition displayed in the Fine Arts Gallery Private Collections: A Look at Lubbock Artists. This exhibition focuses on a select group of artists whose works are represented in private and public collections in the Lubbock area.  Featured artists include Kathy Hinson, Ann McDonald, Susan Nall and James Watkins. The exhibition will be on display March 7 through April 19, 2014.

    The Private Collections: A Look at Lubbock Artists Gallery Talk will be FREE and open to the public on Saturday, April 19, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the Buddy Holly Center.

Upcoming Exhibitions

West Texas Watercolor Society Spring Exhibition
May 2 – June 8, 2014

The Buddy Holly Center will host the annual spring exhibition of the West Texas Watercolor Society.  Initially organized in 1962 and formally chartered by the State of Texas in 1973, the Society was instituted for the purpose of promoting the highest aesthetic standards in the art of watercolor painting.  Artists from across the region will present their creations in a wide range of watercolor styles and methods. 

Mavericks, Misfits, & Musicians: The Art of Joe Garnett  
June 20 – Aug 10, 2014

This summer exhibition will feature the diverse work of artist Joe Garnett. Before he began painting portraits of famous musicians such as Buddy Holly, Willie Nelson and Janis Joplin, Garnett gained popularity designing well-known record album covers and movie posters.