Since 1980, The Old Jail Art Centre, strive to be a beacon for arts and culture in Shackelford County, Texas. It is home to a permanent collection of more than 2000 art works.
The art works include paintings, modern drawings and prints by well known American artists, such as Hart Benton, Sloan and Thomas, European artists, such as Renoir, Picasso, Miro, Modigliani and Klee. Contemporary British art, regional collections of the Fort Worth Circle, Taos Modern artists as well as emerging Texas artists also found a place in this wonderful, historic art centre.
They made it their mission to provide art; created by local and non-local artists, performing arts; also local and from outside performers, to residents, and, visitors from elsewhere. Also providing, resources for local history, their greatest aim is to become and be the primary resource for culture in their region.
Also acclaimed as a fine art museum, they offer an education program that includes a Distance Learning program that reaches far beyond the state boundaries.
Being an outstanding example of 19th Century Classic Architecture that still exists; the old jail building was added to the National Register of Historic Places. Included in the select nationwide group of museums that are accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, entrance to the jail is always free to all.