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April 25, 2019 — Glasstire

A New West Texas Travel Guide from the Old Jail Art Center

November 30, 2018 —  BRANDON ZECH for Glasstire


The Old Jail Art Center, a non-profit art organization located in the small Texas town of Albany, has recently released a new West Texas travel guide. Covering most of the region, from Albany to Marfa and San Angelo to Lubbock, the fold-up map features the normal cultural stops you’d expect — like the Grace Museum in Abilene, the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, the Museum of the Southwest in Midland, and the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts in Lubbock.

It also includes more obscure attractions along the way, many of which have stops all across the region, including: various Texas forts, decommissioned intercontinental ballistic missile silos, and various Works Progress Administration post office murals. READ MORE…

March 31, 2017 — Glasstire

Kelly Takes Reins at OJAC

Glasstire, June 4, 2016

The Old Jail Art Center in Albany, TX has recently announced the appointment of Patrick Kelly as the organization’s new Executive Director. Kelly has a long history at the OJAC—he first began working for the organization as a Preparator/Facilities Manager in the early 90s and became the curator in 1997. Since then, he has steadily built a reputation for his solid, very interesting program of the best artists working in Texas today. He is also a practicing artist. READ MORE..

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

September 24, 2015 — Glasstire

The REal Show #1 on Glasstire's Top 5

August 6, 2015 — Glasstire

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

June 4, 2015 — Abilene Reporter-News



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

May 24, 2015 — Abilene Reporter-News



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....


May 21, 2015 — Glasstire

Looking Back on Texas Art in 2014

January 1, 2015 — Glasstire

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...