Old Jail Art Center

Old Jail Art Center



201 S. Second

Albany, TX 76430


1,460 Days of Collecting: Selected Acquisitions Since 2014

Old Jail Art Center

February 17 - May 12, 2018

An exhibition featuring works recently acquired by the Old Jail Art Center. Over the past few years, the center has acquired works by David Bates, Ed Blackburn, Dennis Blagg, Vernon Fisher, Randy Twaddle, Joseph Havel, Helen Altman, Otis Jones, James Surls, Gene Owens, Bill Bomar, Kelly Fearing, Cynthia Brants, George Grammer, Bror Utter, and Dickson Reeder, among others.

Lily Cox-Richard: Sculptures the Size of Hailstones

Old Jail Art Center

February 17 - May 12, 2018

Lily Cox-Richard's works "focus on systems and networks that exist all around us, yet often go unnoticed-the electrical wiring and plumbing between walls, the sprawling mycelium of fungus underfoot, and the goods created by cottage industries. She often transforms these systems into art, asserting their strength in formal terms by crafting buckets into columns, pallets into plinths, and baskets into niches."

Matt Kleberg: Warp and Weft

Old Jail Art Center

February 17 - May 12, 2018

"Matt Kleberg creates intriguing and ironic visual works by drawing inspiration from architectural facades, textile designs, altars, and modernist paintings. Lines become stripes, stripes become panels, and rhythmic panels become settings—a simple, direct, yet impactful approach."


Student Art Show

“Since 1998 the Old Jail has celebrated Youth Art Month by hosting a Student Art Show Competition for ages 13-18. This competition provides local teens...

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Focus Lecture: Katie Robinson Edwards

Katie Robinson Edwards, the curator of the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum in Austin, will discuss midcentury Texas art, specifically highlighting the artists of the Fort Worth...

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Order Among Chaos

A show of paper, wood, and plywood structures by artist Ronald Watson. “Watson utilizes strict systems of order, artistic intuition, and the viewers’ perception to...

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Kelly O'Connor: Oz / Odessa

A show of works by San Antonio-based artist Kelly O’Connor. In her site-specific installation in the Old Jail’s cell galleries, O’Connor draws parallels between the Emerald City...

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Bill Bomar: Texas Moderns

A show of works by Bill Bomar (1919-1991). Bomar was a member of the Fort Worth Circle of artists and co-founded the Old Jail Art Center.

Intimate View: The Ramsey Collection

A small show of works on paper from the collection of Ray and Frances Ramsey. The show will include drawings and prints from Eugene Delacroix, Francisco Goya,...

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Ted Larsen: Line Out

A show of sculptures by New Mexico artist Ted Larsen. For his exhibition in the Old Jail Art Center’s jail cell, Larsen plans to install his...

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What Lies Beneath

An exhibition featuring works by nine artists who utilize the mediums of collage, montage (photographs or film), and assemblage. Artists include Andy Coolquitt, Matthew Cusick, John...

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OJAC Archives Dedication

An event celebrating the reopening of the Old Jail’s Robert E. Nail, Jr. Archives.

Dan Phillips: Blackest Cloud

An exhibition of works by artist Dan Phillips. Trained as a cabinet and furniture maker, Phillips creates custom furniture pieces out of a studio in Dallas. Additionally,...

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Margaret Meehan: Bye Bye Blue

An exhibition by Dallas-based artist Margaret Meehan. For this show, Meehan created work “based on multiple versions of an erased and reinvented past of the historical...

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Exile and Isolation

An installation of work created by self-taught artists. The show includes pieces by Hector Alonzo Benavides, Robert Adale Davis, Helen Burkhart Mayfield, Ike E. Morgan, Royal...

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Linda Ridgway: The Sound of Trees

“Dallas artist Linda Ridgway manipulates molten bronze and applies carefully considered patinas to create seemingly fragile and ethereal objects.”

Texas Moderns: BROR UTTER

This exhibition will focus “on Utter’s best-known period, the 1950s and 1960s, as well as his lesser-known but exemplary prints. The exhibition will be the first significant retrospective...

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The Real Show

A group exhibition exploring unique depicted realities beyond “realistic” rendering. Includes works by Seth Alverson, Daniel Blagg, Dennis Blagg, Julie Bozzi, Jason Cytacki, Ann Ekstrom,...

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Student Art Show: Talking Back

5-12th grade artists were invited to submit artworks that “talk back” to one of five works in the museum collection and exhibitions. Thee winning pieces...

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The Spiritual Image

A fantastically wide-ranging selection of paintings, sculptures, drawings, and objects from the Old Jail Art Center’s collection that reference, elicit, or are inspired by spiritual...

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Natasha Bowdoin: HEX∆M

Intricately layered collages by artist Natasha Bowdoin, taking some inspiration from the initials HEX∆M carved into the limestone blocks that form the OJAC’s 1877 jail....

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Camp Bosworth: El Otro Lado

Marfa-based Camp Bosworth makes elaborate, gold-and-silver-leafed carved wooden objects that explore issues of violence, culture, and industry (legal and illegal) along the Mexican border.

Ken Little: The West Texas Triangle Series

The great San Antonio performance artist, songwriter, musician and sculptor Ken Little is the selected artist for the 2014 West Texas Triangle exhibition.

Allison V. Smith: Going West

Carefully edited views of the familiar, this time in far West Texas, courtesy of Dallas-based photographer Allison V. Smith.

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