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

  • Girls on Film: 40 Years of Women in Rock
    Dates: 01 Jul – 11 Sep, 2016
    Tina Turner, Courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Photograph by Anastasia Pantsios
    Tina Turner, Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio: June 18, 1984 - photographed by Anastasia Pantsios, courtesy of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum

    Please join us for a Gallery Talk and Reception on Sunday, August 14, 2016 at 2 PM. Shelby Morrison from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with share insights about some of the performers featured in the exhibit.

    The Buddy Holly Center is thrilled to host this traveling exhibition from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, that features over 40 images by photographer Anastasia Pantsios. Beginning with a 1969 portrait of Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane and continuing through contemporary star Gwen Stefani, the exhibition features photos of Aretha Franklin, Madonna, Whitney Houston, Bjork, Melissa Etheridge, Patti Smith, Tina Turner, and many more notable rockers.

  • Celebración 2016
    Dates: 07 Oct – 13 Nov, 2016
    Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls by Karen Hickerson
    Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls by Karen Hickerson

    Celebración is an annual exhibition of artwork, hosted by The Buddy Holly Center, exploring the history and meaning behind the Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. This exhibit includes works by local, regional and national artists, working in the medium of their choice, and sharing their interpretation of Día de los Muertos.

    Join us for Lubbock’s citywide observance of Día de los Muertos, at the annual event Procesión, an evening of activities coordinated with the International Cultural Center, Texas Tech University School of Art and the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts. Procesión is a progressive celebration that takes place this year on the evening of Friday, October 28, 2016. The Buddy Holly Center will host a live performance and a make-and-take arts project. These events are free to the public.

    Celebracion 2016 Call For Entries Flyer

Past Exhibitions