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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. - Norman Cousins


Current and Upcoming Exhibitions

  • West Texas Watercolor Society
    Dates: 01 May – 14 Jun, 2015
    Betty Blevins Let There Be Light watercolor
    Mountain Man Carpenter by Betty Blevins

    The Buddy Holly Center is pleased to 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. Please join us for two First Friday Art Trail events, May 1st, and June 5th, from 6 - 9 PM. June's First Friday will feature on-site artists demonstrations in the gallery. 

    Exhibited Members:
    Cecilia Adams  Karla Bennett  Betty Blevins
     Nancye H. Briggs  Jack Bush  Cynthia Coon
     James T. Davis  Jo Beth Gilliam  Margaret Hodgson
     Jimmie Hudson  Mary Lu Jacobus  Neal Kleman
     Reg Narmour  Dyan Newton  Tim Oliver
     Beth Pennington  Carol Peterson  Suzy 'Pal' Powell
     Joyce Runyan  Annalee Schubert  Kathryn Thomas
     Gale Webb  Tiffany Winters  

  • Illuminance Photography Exhibit
    Dates: 26 Jun – 15 Aug, 2015
    Wish Upon A Star by Melany Sarafis
    Wish Upon a Star by Melany Sarafis - Best of Show

    Illuminance 2015 is a national competitive exhibition featuring photographic work from thirty-two artists. This biennial event provides an opportunity for photographers at all levels to share their artwork. This year's juror is Rixon Reed of Santa Fe's photoeye gallery.

    2015 Theme: The Feeling of the Rural Night. From Brassaï’s Paris de Nuit (Paris by Night) to Todd Hido’s recent body of work of homes and streets after dark, photographers have captured the distinctly different feeling that pervades nighttime. The curtain of darkness can enhance mystery and intrigue, elicit fear or wonder, and create a wide variety of responses that are different from a person’s daytime experience. 

    Join us at The Buddy Holly Center at 3 PM on Saturday, August 15th for a closing reception, award presentation, and gallery talk by juror Rixon Reed.

Past Exhibitions