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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

  • The Semi-Arid Landscape
    Dates: 06 Mar – 19 Apr, 2015
    Blue Peeking Through Gold by Kathryn Thomas
    Blue Peeking Through Gold by Kathryn Thomas

    The Buddy Holly Center announces The Semi-Arid Landscapea new exhibition that will be displayed in the Fine Arts Gallery. Nearly 70 artists from across the region have contributed works of art in various media that showcase the drama and beauty of the semi-arid landscape.  

  • West Texas Watercolor Society
    Dates: 01 May – 14 Jun, 2015
    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.   

  • Illuminance Photography Exhibit
    Dates: 26 Jun – 15 Aug, 2015
    Illuminance is a national competitive exhibition featuring photographic work from across the nation, and beyond. 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 on Saturday, August 15th for a closing reception, award presentation, and gallery talk by juror Rixon Reed.

Past Exhibitions