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Check us out on GLassTire's Top 5!

Blackfork Bestiary and Exile and Isolation

5 March- 14 May 2016

#1 on Glasstire's top 5....Again!

Glasstire, September 24, 2015

The REal Show #1 on Glasstire's Top 5

Glasstire, August 6, 2015

Big Country Journal: Joe Barrington and one for the birds in Albany

Abilene Reporter-News, June 4, 2015



ALBANY — That raven will finally give Little Joe Hammer something to crow about. That is, if Little Joe were a real person.

“He’s kind of my alter ego,” said artist Joe Barrington. “I wrote a letter in the third person from Little Joe, saying he wanted to do the Jail Series on Joe Barrington’s recommendation.”

Barrington’s work is well-known around the Big Country. From the 21-foot tall steel longhorn bull on U.S. 380, 10 miles west of his Throckmorton home, to the pink flamingo at the corner of North First and Pine streets in Abilene.

But even though one of his two studios is only a block away, and one of his steel sculptures sits outside the Old Jail Art Center,   READ MORE....

Albany wildflower show starts with a bloom

Abilene Reporter-News, May 24, 2015



ALBANY, Texas - ALBANY — It was petal-power bringing them in Saturday at the Old Jail Art Center.  Flowers, both real and depicted, were celebrated as a reason for the season.  "This is our first Spring Garden Festival," said Erin Whitmore, education director at the OJAC. "It is conjunction with our Community Wildflower Art Exhibit."

Saturday's festival marked the opening of the exhibit. In early April, the OJAC invited artists to submit work inspired by spring blooms. Around 80 works were submitted.  "They ranged from oils to pastels, drawings to photography and textiles," Whitmore said. "It ran the gamut and the scale is pretty diverse, too. Some are really representational, while others definitely showcase the feel of the season"   READ MORE....


Glasstire, May 21, 2015  |  FULL ARTICLE HERE...

If you’re in North or Central Texas, mark your calendar for August 22: The always-cool Old Jail Art Center in Albany is hosting journalist-performer Gene Fowler as part of its ongoing Focus Lecture Series. Fowler is the Austin-based author of the beloved 1988 book “Border Radio: Quacks, Yodelers, Pitchmen, Psychics, and Other Amazing Broadcasters of the American Airwaves.”  READ MORE...

Brad Tucker: TV Dinner Commercial Break

August 16th, 2013 – MATT SZAL for Glasstire

Looper   and   Repool

Looper and Repool

Some might think that art exhibitions are an escape from the monotony of the spaces where we imprison our minds during our everyday lives, but in his new “Cell Series” exhibition, titled TV Dinner Commercial Break, at the Old Jail Art Center, Brad Tucker may beg to differ.  READ MORE...

Fandangle Season at the OJAC

June 21, 2013 - KTAB

Just Passing Through: Friends in Jail

By Charles Lohrmann for Texas Highways

Anvers, L'entree do Port (Entrance to Port of Anvers), Eugene Boudin. Collection of The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX. 

Anvers, L'entree do Port (Entrance to Port of Anvers), Eugene Boudin. Collection of The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX. 

When you spend enough time studying and enjoying works of art, inevitably an individual painting, sculpture or photograph will take on personal, almost totemic, significance. Over time, if you visit and venerate the work often enough, the relationship that develops is almost like a friendship. You remember and think about the art at odd times, wonder what other viewers think of the piece, share your thoughts about the experience, and plan to visit again next time you’re in the neighborhood. 
I have one particular group of such friends that I visit often and suggest you get to know as well. It’s an attractive group of five small-scale

Impressionist paintings in the collection of The Old Jail Art Center in Albany, on US 180 northeast of Abilene.  READ MORE...





November 30, 2012- KTAB