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 Buddy Holly Center Announces Illuminance
    Dates: 02 Jun – 22 Jul, 2017

    Moontime by Beckwith ThompsonThe Buddy Holly Center announces Illuminance, a national competitive biennial competitive photography show, featuring work in response to a theme. The exhibition will be on display in the Fine Arts Gallery from June 2 through July 22, 2017.  

    The theme for this year’s show is A Musical View, chosen by Juror Brett L. Erickson. The theme explores the long-standing relationship between music and photography, and invited photographers to explore the intercourse of tone, color and image, in all its powerful permutations.

    Juror Brett L. Erickson is an internationally acclaimed photographer whose work has been shown in locations such as London, England; Laguna Beach, California; Kamloops, British Colombia; Santa Fe, New Mexico; SoHo, New York and Berlin, Germany.

    As a professional journalist and documentary photographer, his work has been featured in outlets such as, National Public Radio, American Public Media, and Nebraska Educational Telecommunications; he formerly served as the freelance Central Nebraska Bureau Chief for NET Radio (Nebraska Public Radio). His first book, PlainSky, Nebraskans, with National Geographic’s Sam Abell, was published in 2013, and he is currently working on a second involving the culture of rural rodeos in the High Plains of the American West. A sought-after workshop instructor,

    Erickson teaches yearly courses at the world’s foremost photographic educational center, the Santa Fe Photographic Workshops.

    Mr. Erickson will host a Gallery Talk during the Closing Reception at 3:00p.m. on Saturday, July 22 in the Fine Arts Gallery.

    Participating artists for this year’s Illuminance include: Kristina Arafat, Megan Betteridge, Emmitt Booher, Linda Duffy, Carol Flueckiger, George S. Gati, Steve Goff, Manuel Gonzales, Melinda Green Harvey, Chris Hanoch, Naomi Hill, Craig Kelley, Amy Kim, Michelle Kott, Ann McDonald, Sherry Peña, Lindsey Phillips, April Pilley, Thelma Pilley, Donna Rose, Melany Sarafis, Fran Sherpa, Casey Smith, Christena Stephens, Beckwith Thompson, Ashton Thornhill, Mitchell Wachtel and Jocelyn Young.

Past Exhibitions