The Old Jail House Art Centre can be found in the Shackelford County’s, first built, permanent jail building. Through the years additional buildings were added, for example, more exhibition and operation space, as well as a very important education wing. The original building, being an outstanding example of 19th Century Classic Architecture, was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
The Old Jail is treasured throughout Texas as being unique amongst its peers. This art centre is also included in a select group of accredited, museums. Accreditation is strictly done by the American Alliance of Museums.
A thriving educational program, that includes a distance-learning studio, as well as, taking art directly to rural area schools, is operating from the old jail primises.
The art collections include original works by well-known artists from Europe and Britain as well as outstanding art collections from Asian and Pre-Colombian artists. A granite sculpture, “Sun Symbol”, by, Jesus Bautista Moroles, forms the centrepiece of the “Marshall R. Young Courtyard”. Other significant sculptures can also be found in the courtyard.
The Old Jail Art Centre also collects and showcases works of young and upcoming artists at the annual, “Emerging Artist” exhibition. The Old Jail Art Centre aims to encourage young artists through both the exhibition of their work, as well as, purchasing their art works.
Educational art programs and art exhibitions are scheduled throughout the year, to serve the Art Centre’s audience of visitors, from around the world, and children, and youth and adults from the community and surrounding county.