Old Jail Art Center

Old Jail Art Center " ... Albany's Old Jail Art Center has become the best small-town museum in the state - and maybe in the nation." Rebecca S. Cohen:Texas Monthly
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The mission of the Old Jail Art Center is to be the primary cultural resource for the region, providing visual art, performing art, and local history resources for residents and visitors alike, and fostering memorable experiences for all.

10/18/2018

A quick notice that tonight's Third Thursday Studio will be rescheduled due to weather. Stay warm and dry, everyone!

Did you join us for the Fall 2018 Exhibition Openings at the OJAC? On view through 2 February 2019:Texas Moderns: Sam Gu...
10/05/2018

Did you join us for the Fall 2018 Exhibition Openings at the OJAC?
On view through 2 February 2019:

Texas Moderns: Sam Gummelt
René Treviño: A New Codex
Cam Schoepp: broken/time

Check out this staff blog by OJAC Registrar Amy Kelly and learn the story behind the title of the newest piece in the OJ...
07/06/2018
37th Hour

Check out this staff blog by OJAC Registrar Amy Kelly and learn the story behind the title of the newest piece in the OJAC permanent collection.

http://theojac.org/blog/2018/6/28/new-accession

Recently the OJAC acquired 37th Hour , a large and colorful painting by Brooklyn based (but Texas born) artist Matt Kleberg. I was curious about the title so I did some digging on my own, but came up short and even more perplexed. What I had considered as possibly inspired by Southern Gothic writin

06/25/2018
Spoken: Ardon Judd Oral History Project

https://vimeo.com/276916535
The OJAC is excited to share a sneak peek of Spoken: the Ardon Judd Oral History Project debuting this October. This project demonstrates the importance of preserving regional history, while also making that history accessible for the enjoyment of current and future generations. #ojac #yearofconservation

http://theojac.org/blog/2018-year-of-conservation

This is "Spoken: Ardon Judd Oral History Project" by The Old Jail Art Center on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

Western Swing 2018
06/18/2018

Western Swing 2018

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06/02/2018
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We recently featured Helen Altman at Glasstire.com, and you can see her work in person at Old Jail Art Center in Albany Texas. It's opening tonight!

Joining us for Western Swing 2018 this Saturday? Take a Sneak Peak at one of our exciting live auction items: An Exclusi...
05/31/2018

Joining us for Western Swing 2018 this Saturday? Take a Sneak Peak at one of our exciting live auction items: An Exclusive Suite and Concert package for 4 at the Taylor Swift Reputation Tour- AT&T Stadium in Dallas, TX this October! Including:
• Private Suite Access
• All Food and Drinks included from Legends Club
• 1 Premium Parking Pass

Joining us for Western Swing 2018 this Saturday? Take a Sneak Peak at one of our exciting live auction items: A fabulous...
05/30/2018

Joining us for Western Swing 2018 this Saturday? Take a Sneak Peak at one of our exciting live auction items: A fabulous Multi-course Dinner and Wine Pairing for 5 couples at Rancho Loma Vineyards in Coleman, TX. Private outdoor service overlooking gorgeous vineyard views!

Did you know that your ticket to the 2018 OJAC Western Swing Fundraiser supports 5 students for a full year of Art-To-Go...
05/17/2018

Did you know that your ticket to the 2018 OJAC Western Swing Fundraiser supports 5 students for a full year of Art-To-Go School Outreach visits?!

Join us for this special event on June 2nd to enjoy dinner and dancing under the stars while making a difference in your community!

http://theojac.org/western-swing-2018

Art-To-Go is the OJAC’s primary educational outreach program, serving over 3,500 area students each month. Participating K-12 campuses receive 8 FREE campus visits followed by a fully-funded field trip to the museum in May. Monthly programs investigate cultural and social awareness themes through the lens of the OJAC collection. Each program includes a multimedia presentation, exploration and discussion of collection art or artifacts and a coordinating studio activity.

#arttogo #arteducation #schooloutreach #westernswing2018 #ojac #artforall

Fun pics from this weekend's Kodomo no Hi Family Festival! We had a great time celebrating Children's Day with tradition...
05/10/2018

Fun pics from this weekend's Kodomo no Hi Family Festival! We had a great time celebrating Children's Day with traditional Japanese games, music, crafts and snacks!

OJAC Spring Exhibitions Opening
04/03/2018

OJAC Spring Exhibitions Opening

Thanks to all who joined us for today's Family Festival celebrating West African cultures! Visitors enjoyed traditional ...
02/24/2018

Thanks to all who joined us for today's Family Festival celebrating West African cultures! Visitors enjoyed traditional games, music, crafts and food from Mali, Ghana, Nigeria and Cameroon. Families competed at our life-size Achi game, added to our community Adinkra mural, viewed student artwork and went on a cell-phone scavenger hunt for African artifacts! Mark your calendars for our next Festival on May 5th celebrating Kodomo no Hi (Children's Day in Japan!)

Did you forget to reserve your spot for Third Thursday Studio this week? Bring a friend and create a slab box with perso...
02/13/2018

Did you forget to reserve your spot for Third Thursday Studio this week?
Bring a friend and create a slab box with personalized glaze and designs!
Participants create with an experienced art educator in a fun and laid-back workshop environment. BYOB!

MEMBERS: DON'T FORGET TO USE YOUR FEBRUARY MEMBERSHIP APPRECIATION DISCOUNT FOR THIS EVENT! (Insert Code at Checkout to receive 20% discount. Forgot your code? Contact Kenna at 325.762.2269)

$15 members I $20 non-members
All supplies provided
Click to Pay & Register below, or call 325.762.2936

http://theojac.org/eventslist/2017/2/16/third-thursday-studio-8kjzf-s6lg2-j6h5p-l7xsp-ffc24

Show some love to the OJAC collection this week in celebration of Hearts for Arts! — An international museum tradition...
02/13/2018

Show some love to the OJAC collection this week in celebration of Hearts for Arts! — An international museum tradition.
Swing by the OJAC any time to place a heart by your favorite art or artifact on exhibit, and enjoy the "lovely" displays across the museum. •
#heartsforarts #ojac #artforall

February is Member Appreciation Month @ the OJAC! Our members play an integral role in allowing the OJAC to provide art ...
02/02/2018

February is Member Appreciation Month @ the OJAC! Our members play an integral role in allowing the OJAC to provide art for all that is free for all.
Members: Please enjoy these opportunities during our Member Appreciation Month!
• 20% off one item in the OJAC Shop!
• FREE giveaway during your visit to the museum!

We are truly grateful for the support of our members, and hope to see you at our upcoming events! Photo by: @ogrowald. #ojac #artforall
http://theojac.org/eventslist/2018/2/1/members-appreciation-month

This month in Art-To-Go, students in Region 14 explored the Israeli tradition of Tu Bishvat- a January celebration of tr...
01/31/2018

This month in Art-To-Go, students in Region 14 explored the Israeli tradition of Tu Bishvat- a January celebration of trees! During the rainy season in Israel each year, students and families plant trees, sing songs, enjoy picnics with fruits and nuts, and celebrate all the good things that trees provide.
K-1st students created stamped tree prints, 2-3rd created 3D recycled sculptures inspired by the artwork of Gene Owens, and 4-6th graders created Fractal Tree Sculptures inscribed with Tu Bishvat word problems.

As 2017 comes to a close, we celebrate long-time staff Dorothy Walker, who retired this month after 25 years of dedicate...
01/04/2018

As 2017 comes to a close, we celebrate long-time staff Dorothy Walker, who retired this month after 25 years of dedicated service to the Old Jail Art Center!

Happy 37th Birthday to the Old Jail Art Center! Stop by this week and celebrate with us--Enjoy fabulous exhibits and lea...
12/19/2017

Happy 37th Birthday to the Old Jail Art Center!
Stop by this week and celebrate with us--
Enjoy fabulous exhibits and leave with free OJAC swag!
(While you’re here, enjoy our DIY Holiday Gift Workshop - open 10am-5pm each day. Craft some terrific gifts and stocking stuffers for friends, teachers, and neighbors! Gifts range from $2-$10; pay only for what you make!)

This month in Art To Go, students across Region 14 celebrated Native American Heritage Month with an exploration of Inui...
11/22/2017

This month in Art To Go, students across Region 14 celebrated Native American Heritage Month with an exploration of Inuit culture! K-12 students investigated artifacts from the museum collection, then enjoyed the music, art and games of indigenous Arctic people living in the United States. K-2nd graders created Inuksuk landmark sculptures. 3-6th graders carved acrtic animals into "soap-stone" then pulled a print from their carvings. 7-12th graders inscibed animal imagery and thier Inupiaq initials into a hollow "bone," then fashioned a bilboquet from it (a version of a "ball and cup" game).

11/22/2017
Inuit Bilboquet

This month in Art To Go, students across Region 14 celebrated Native American Heritage Month with an exploration of Inuit culture! K-12 students investigated artifacts from the museum collection, then enjoyed the music, art and games of indigenous Arctic people living in the United States. K-2nd graders created Inuksuk landmark sculptures. 3-6th graders carved acrtic animals into "soap-stone" then pulled a print from their carvings. 7-12th graders inscibed animal imagery and thier Inupiaq initials into a hollow "bone," then fashioned a bilboquet from it (a version of a "ball and cup" game).

Great crowd for this season's Taco Tailgate at the OJAC! Go Albany Lions!
11/16/2017

Great crowd for this season's Taco Tailgate at the OJAC! Go Albany Lions!

Thanks to everyone who attended this weekends Family Festival. We had a blast celebrating Diwali- the Indian Festival of...
11/16/2017

Thanks to everyone who attended this weekends Family Festival. We had a blast celebrating Diwali- the Indian Festival of Lights!

Have you registered for tonight's Third Thursday Studio? Bring a friend and your favorite beverage and create a modern w...
11/16/2017
Third Thursday Studio

Have you registered for tonight's Third Thursday Studio? Bring a friend and your favorite beverage and create a modern weaving in a fun and laid-back workshop atmosphere! 6-8 pm. Reserve your spot by calling 325.762.2269 or go to http://theojac.org/eventslist/2017/2/16/third-thursday-studio-8kjzf-s6lg2-j6h5p

Each Third Thursday, Adult visitors are invited to "try-out" a new art medium (from paint to clay, stained glass, weaving, welding, encaustic... just to name a few!) Participants create with an experienced art educator in a fun and laid-back workshop environment. BYOB! This month, bring yo

Drop by the OJAC from 5-6 pm this Saturday, Nov. 11 with your copy of My Guitar Is a Camera by Watt Casey Jr. and have i...
11/06/2017
Picture This | Austin, 1970s, Hippies, Rednecks, Antone’s, The Armadillo, Live Music – TLM

Drop by the OJAC from 5-6 pm this Saturday, Nov. 11 with your copy of My Guitar Is a Camera by Watt Casey Jr. and have it signed by the artist!
This book includes fabulous photography and stories of legends such as Eric Clapton, Willie Nelson, Muddy Waters, Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King and more!

Purchase your copy today at www.theojac.org - while quantities last!

https://texaslifestylemag.com/entertainment/music/picture-this-austin-1970s/

There are still spots available at tonight's Third Thursday Studio! Come by from 6-8 pm- bring a friend and your favorit...
09/21/2017

There are still spots available at tonight's Third Thursday Studio! Come by from 6-8 pm- bring a friend and your favorite beverage! Learn a fun and simple printing process and create a personalized stationery set with your design!

Big Thanks to OJAC artists in residence Dan Peeler and Charlie Rose for another terrific puppetry workshop! This year's ...
08/09/2017

Big Thanks to OJAC artists in residence Dan Peeler and Charlie Rose for another terrific puppetry workshop! This year's cultural focus was Mexico, so we created marionette Quetzalcoatl's!

@puppetoon #summercamp #marionette #quetzalcoatl #ojac #artforall

Drop by for FREE LUNCH any time between 12-1pm at the OJAC and purchase your copy of children's books by the OJAC Puppet...
08/09/2017

Drop by for FREE LUNCH any time between 12-1pm at the OJAC and purchase your copy of children's books by the OJAC Puppeteers! Great presents for your kids, grandkids, nieces, and nephews! Puppeteers are here to sign your copy!

We had a terrific month of Teacher In-Service at the OJAC! Scroll to see pics of local classroom instructors at our Hist...
08/03/2017

We had a terrific month of Teacher In-Service at the OJAC! Scroll to see pics of local classroom instructors at our History of Printmaking, Art of Reading, Hispanic Arts and Culture and Local History Workshops!

Terrific group of Spanish Language and Art Instructors at our Teacher Workshop this week! Classroom teachers explored tr...
07/14/2017

Terrific group of Spanish Language and Art Instructors at our Teacher Workshop this week! Classroom teachers explored traditions, celebrations, artists and history of Hispanic and Latin Cultures. Each participant left with a packet full of fun lesson plans, games and projects!

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06/30/2017

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https://youtu.be/oPnxvci3upkHurray! Our current Cell Series Exhibit- 'Joel Sampson: Sound Advice' has made Glasstire's T...
06/22/2017
Glasstire Top Five: June 22, 2017

https://youtu.be/oPnxvci3upk
Hurray! Our current Cell Series Exhibit- 'Joel Sampson: Sound Advice' has made Glasstire's Top Five this week!
If you are town for Fandangle, make plans to bring your entire crew to the cells and view this collection of colorful, interactive works. Create music with your feet, enjoy light displays and more cowbell than you can imagine!

Terrific Crowd at Western Swing 2017 this year! Thanks to all who came out for this fabulous exhibit opening and fundrai...
06/09/2017

Terrific Crowd at Western Swing 2017 this year! Thanks to all who came out for this fabulous exhibit opening and fundraiser benefitting OJAC Education Programs!

Sneak Peak at our 3rd Live Auction Item to be featured at Western Swing on June 3rd! The "Sports and Art Weekend" packag...
05/31/2017

Sneak Peak at our 3rd Live Auction Item to be featured at Western Swing on June 3rd! The "Sports and Art Weekend" package includes 4 tickets and 1 premium parking pass to the Rangers v. Orioles game on July 29th!
This package also includes a 1 night stay at an Air B&B in Ft. Worth’s Cultural District and 4 temporary NARM cards (allowing free access to Ft. Worth Art Museums).
To register as an absentee bidder contact Kenna, at 325.762.2269 or [email protected]

Sneak Peak at our 2nd Live Auction Item to be featured at Western Swing on June 3rd! “The Suite Life,” a V.I.P. expe...
05/25/2017

Sneak Peak at our 2nd Live Auction Item to be featured at Western Swing on June 3rd! “The Suite Life,” a V.I.P. experience at AT&T Stadium for the Justin Bieber 2017 Purpose World Tour Concert on July 29th. This package includes all food and drinks in the Legends Club, 10 concert tickets in close proximity to the stage and private suite access! Two premium-parking passes are also included.
Join us for this fun event benefitting OJAC Educational Programming, your support helps us fulfill our mission of providing art for all.
For WS tickets follow link below
http://theojac.org/eventslist/…/6/3/western-swing-fundraiser
To register as an absentee bidder contact Kenna, at 325.762.2269 or [email protected]
#thesuitelife #purposeworldtour #justinbieber #vip #attstadium #ojac #artforall

You might have heard of the OJAC's school outreach program, Art-to-Go...but did you know that we also offer Art-To-Go in...
05/24/2017

You might have heard of the OJAC's school outreach program, Art-to-Go...but did you know that we also offer Art-To-Go in Español? This program, geared for 7-12th grade Spanish Language classrooms, examines Hispanic and Latin Arts and Culture through the museum collection.
This month of May, we explored the Mexican Revolution, the history of Broadside Newspapers and the political satire of artist José Posada. Inspired by current news and events, students illustrated their own Broadsides in the style of Posada's Calavera cartoons.

José Guadalupe Posada (1852 - 1913) was a Mexican political printmaker and engraver whose work has influenced many Latin American artists and cartoonists with its satirical acuteness and social engagement. Many of his most popular images used skulls, Calaveras and bones to make political and social critiques.

Sneak Peak at our "Weekend Out West" couples get-away, one of the live auction items that will be featured at Western Sw...
05/22/2017

Sneak Peak at our "Weekend Out West" couples get-away, one of the live auction items that will be featured at Western Swing on June 3rd! One night stay for two couples at the historic @gagehotel with dinner and wine from "12 Gage" Restaurant. 🌵Join us for this fun event benefitting OJAC Educational Programming!
For WS tickets follow link below
http://theojac.org/eventslist/2017/6/3/western-swing-fundraiser
To register as an absentee bidder contact Kenna, at 325.762.2269 or [email protected]
#gagehotel #marathontexas #weekendoutwest #ojac #artforall #westernswing2017 Gage Hotel

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05/12/2017

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This month in Art-To-Go: K-12 students throughout Region 14 celebrated National Poetry Month AND Arbor Day! Students rea...
04/27/2017

This month in Art-To-Go: K-12 students throughout Region 14 celebrated National Poetry Month AND Arbor Day! Students read the Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, investigated a lithograph by artist Grant Wood, and created tree-themed art including haiku, acrostic and shape poems. Check out these fun pics!

Happy Earth Day 2017! Thanks to all who came out for our Family Festival this afternoon! Lovely weather for Nature-theme...
04/22/2017

Happy Earth Day 2017! Thanks to all who came out for our Family Festival this afternoon! Lovely weather for Nature-themed crafts, games and food!

Do you follow the OJAC Staff Blog? Check out this weeks terrific post by Director and Curator of Exhibitions, Pat Kelly....
04/18/2017
All-You-Can-Eat

Do you follow the OJAC Staff Blog? Check out this weeks terrific post by Director and Curator of Exhibitions, Pat Kelly. http://theojac.org/blog/2017/4/13/all-you-can-eat

As a museum Director and Curator I often hear that my “minimalist” approach to presenting work is often in conflict with what many are accustomed to. My personal theory is that often too many works in a gallery or an entire museum can be overwhelming. Have you ever been to an all-you-can-eat

A great group of Museum Professionals from the TAM 2017 Conference last night! We hope you enjoyed your Albany Adventure...
04/07/2017

A great group of Museum Professionals from the TAM 2017 Conference last night! We hope you enjoyed your Albany Adventure!

03/16/2017
Glasstire

OJAC Spring Exhibition "What Lies Beneath" on Glasstire's Top 5 in Texas this week...

Christina Rees and Brandon Zech on what to see over #SpringBreak, whether there are any bands left at #SXSW, and naked people at the museum. Read the list: http://glasstire.com/2017/03/16/top-five-march-16-2017/

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