Lubbock Cultural District Calendar

We want to keep you informed with cultural and entertainment events around the South Plains. Enjoy the events around Lubbock!


Thursday, May 25:  –

National Ranching Heritage Center
Trolley Tours
10:00am – 10:45am
3121 4th Street
Free event and open to the public

With the passing of winter, trolley tours of the historic park will resume each Thursday on a first-come, first-served basis.

Saturday, May 27: –

Cactus Theater
60’s Classic Rock:  A Tribute to The Rolling Stones, Cream and The Doors
7:30 – 9:30pm
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue
Tickets: $20; Standard Balcony:  $15;  Balcony Box Seats:  $40

Please call 806.762.3233 or visit our box office to purchase tickets.
Box office hours are:  Monday-Thursday:  3:00 – 5:00 PM*, Saturday:  3:00 – 9:30 PM*
* If Monday is a major holiday, box office not open
* If no show scheduled Friday, box office closes at 5:30
* If no show scheduled Saturday, box office not open.
You may also purchase tickets by visiting this website:

In this stellar tribute concert, you’ll hear the unforgettable songs by The Doors – including “Light My Fire”, “Riders On the Storm”, “Break On Through (To the Other Side)”, “Love Her Madly” and other big hits.  We’ll revisit the brief but notable late ’60s work by Cream – led by  Eric Clapton – a group that produced the classic rock staples “White Room”, “Badge”, “Strange Brew” and, of course, “Sunshine of Your Love.”    And, we’ll salute the group that many have called The Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band of all time – The Rolling Stones.  Just a small sampling of the songs you’ll hear include: “Start Me Up”, “Satisfaction”, “Wild Horses”, “Beast of Burden” and “It’s All Over Now”.

Featured vocalists on this show are Craig Elliott, Jason Fellers, Mark Paden and Amber Pennington…all backed by The Rhythm Machine.


Saturday, May 27 – Sunday, May 28:  –

10:00am – 7:00pm on Saturday; 11:00am to 5:00pm on Sunday
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Lane
Tickets:  $15 Saturday only; $10 Sunday only., 806.770.2000 or SAS outlet centers (Dollar Western Wear, Lubbock Memorial Civic Center, Ralph’s Records and Texas Tech Student Union)

Kick off your summer with Lubbock-Con’s second annual convention, celebrating the joys of pop culture and community outreach! Join Lubbock-Con at this two-day event highlighting multiple genres of pop culture including comics, gaming, anime and steampunk, right here in Lubbock, Texas.

Lubbock-Con services as an all-inclusive convention, to help bring Lubbock communities the opportunity to come together as a whole.

Let Lubbock-Con be your tour guide and connect you with a world of local area artists, authors, vendors, small businesses and community organizations. Featuring a variety of activities, it will be fun for the entire family!

Event includes Industry Guests:  Will Terrell, Beau Billingslea, Jay Shutz, Shaun Steven Stuble, and Zack Ward), panels, arcade room, cos-play, Miss Lubbock-Con contet, play “Superhero Sanatarium” and radio drama “The Shadow.”

Sunday, May 28:  –


Thursday, May 25:  –

Backstage Lubbock
Open Mic Comedy
9:00pm – 10:30pm
1711 Texas Avenue
Blue Light
Austin Meade
9:00pm  – 2:00am
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue         806.762.1185
Tickets are $5 at the door, Ladies Free


Buddy Holly Summer Showcase
Meadows Courtyard at the Buddy Holly Center
1801 Crickets Avenue          806.775.3566
Free Event

There will be live music, food trucks and a cash bar available as well as free children’s craft activities.  For more than 17 years, the Summer Showcase has offered original music that is free for families and the general public to enjoy.  Please remember no outside beverages are allowed.

Element:  R&B and Funk Music.

McPherson Cellars Patio Nights
Alma Quartet
7:00pm – 10:00pm
1615 Texas Avenue           806.687.9463
Free and Open to the Public
Food Truck:    Crusty’s

Overton Hotel and Conference Center
Junior Vasquez
4:00pm – 7:00pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.2000
No Cover Charge
Overton Hotel and Conference Center
Craig Elliott
7:00pm – 10:00pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.2000
No Cover Charge

Friday, May 26:  –

Blue Light
The Powell Brothers with Landon Bullard andThe Mostly Sober
9:00pm – 2:00am
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue         806.762.1185
Tickets:   $7.00 at the door

Overton Hotel and Conference Center
Danny Cadra
7:00pm – 10:00pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.2000
No Cover Charge

Triple J Chophouse and Brew Company
Kenny Maines
6:30 – 9:30pm
1807 Buddy Holly Avenue     806.771.6555
No Cover Charge

Saturday, May 27:  –

Backstage Lubbock
The Knuckle Up Tour featuring White Knuckle Riot and White Furry Bloodbath
1711 Texas Avenue            806.687.2034

Blue Light
Kensie Coppin
9:00pm – 2:00am
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue         806.762.1185
Tickets are $5.00 at the door

Overton Hotel and Conference Center
7:00pm – 10:00pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.2000
No Cover Charge

Triple J Chophouse and Brew Company
Alissa Beyer
7:00 – 10:00pm
1807 Buddy Holly Avenue     806.771.6555
No cover charge

The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 AM–5:00 PM year round.  (Also open Sundays 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (May through September)-always closed Monday.  Admission is $7.50 per person, children 5-12 $5.00, Seniors 60+ and Veterans $6.00 or $20.00 for a family of four (2 adults-2 children).  Active Duty Military and their household families are admitted free with Military I.D.
1701 Canyon Lake Drive   806.747.8734

A Windmill Museum for the American Style Water Pumping Windmill and Related Exhibits on Wind Electricity. The purpose of the AMERICAN WIND POWER CENTER, as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, is to interpret the relations of humans, the environment and technology through the medium of a museum of wind power history. 

The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM year round.
1121 Canyon Lake Drive         806.744.3786
Guided Tours are $5.00.  Reservations accepted at 806.744.3786
Agricultural machinery and artifacts, with exhibits dating to the pioneering years of agriculture on the South Plains.  Exhibits include horse-drawn plows, planters, and cultivators, restored tractors and equipment, and household items.


The Bayer Museum of Agriculture takes you from horse drawn implements to the tech-Savvy, computer GPS, driven equipment and farmers of today.

The Alton Brazell Exhibit Hall contains the museum’s large collection of historic farming artifacts. From restored antique tractors to harvesting equipment, highlights include and interactive Blacksmith Shop, a history of cotton ginning exhibit, and the largest display of pedal tractors in the United States.

The Central Exhibit hall features the Crops: Harvesting the Facts exhibit about the major crops grown in the United States, The Cotton Harvesting Experience, and the Bayer Crop Science Exhibit. These exhibits are interactive with a focus on modern agriculture, its science and practices.

In the early 1930’s, to spur the economy from the depression and help American farmers, President Roosevelt and his administration, started “The Ropes Project” and/or “The Colony”. This area was an area of approximately 16,000 acres northwest of Ropesville, Texas. Approximately 77 families received, by a lottery system, a farm ranging from approximately 120-200 acres. It included a framed two-bedroom house of approximately 792 square feet, a windmill, and a barn. This house is one of the last original houses from the project. Future plans include the addition of a windmill, chicken coop and grainary.

House donated by Larry and Rebecca Smith in loving memory of Mildred Knight Server.

Outdoor Exhibits:  A real working pivot irrigation system and a historic 1930s farmstead can be found among the tractors and machines showcased in our outdoor exhibits.


The BMA is the perfect place for your next event. The Plains Cotton Growers Conference center is complete with catering kitchen and seating for 300.

Grace’s General Store

The farm theme of GRACE’S GENERAL STORE has unique gifts and home décor. Great for your gift giving and home decorating needs.
Our General Store, named after Grace Hurst, will make you feel nostalgic for old time things you remember at you grandmother’s house.  From Colonial Tin Works we offer wax warmers in several styles of yesteryear. With wax melt choices like mulled Cider, Fresh Oranges, Vanilla Bean and all the favorite fragrances, to keep you house or business smelling fragrant.  We even carry vintage totes, with pockets, to carry your laptop and essentials.

For the farmers in your life, we have John Deere caps in toddler, youth and adult sizes. Several styles are available for children and adults. We offer John Deere toy tractors, combines, coloring books and children’s CDs.

The store offers a wide variety of books from informational, about several brands of tractors to Tractor Mac storybooks for children.  Old Time stories and illustrations by Bob Artley, include memories of a Farm Kitchen and several other favorites. Unique cookbooks including one from the original residents of the Ropesville Resettlement Project, make interesting gifts for friends or loved ones. And museum T-shirts, we have plenty of those in all sizes to pick from as well.  Stop by and shop for that special gift!


Joining the BMA helps us preserve our agricultural heritage for future generations. Benefits include free admission and quarterly invitations for special events.  While maintaining strong relationships with both the city and county of Lubbock, the Bayer Museum of Agriculture is a private museum funded through donations, grants, and membership dues. Members receive many benefits while helping to preserve our agricultural heritage through their donations.  If you are interested in preserving our agricultural history please fill out the form and become a part of this great organization.

1801 Crickets Avenue     806.775.3560
Hours of operation:  Tuesday-Saturday  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM  Sunday   1:00 – 5:00 PM  Closed Mondays and City Holidays.
General Admission:  $8; Senior citizens (60 and older) $6, Children ages 7-17 $5; Students with valid college ID $5, Members Free, Active Military with ID Free.  Free Admission to the Fine Arts & Foyer Galleries.



The Buddy Holly Center is partnering with The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation headquartered in London, England, to open a new permanent exhibition in the Center’s Foyer Gallery beginning on Friday, February 3, 2017.

The exhibition will feature an acoustic Akin guitar signed by legendary performer Sir Paul McCartney, and numerous framed certificates signed by the many Foundation musical ambassadors who recognize Buddy Holly’s inspirational musical influence in the early years of Rock and Roll.  The mission of The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation is to honor Buddy’s legacy as well as to make Buddy and Maria Elena Holly’s dream of extending musical education, including songwriting, production, arranging, orchestration, and performance, to new generations regardless of income or ethnicity or learning levels. We will empower a new generation to follow in Buddy’s footsteps.

The Foundation will periodically lend additional items for the exhibition from its extensive collection of artifacts.  The Center will use this opportunity to display other items from its collection, namely, Buddy’s bedroom furniture, acquired by the Center through the auspices of Civic Lubbock, Inc.


The Buddy Holly Gallery features a permanent exhibition on the life and music of Buddy Holly. Artifacts owned by the City of Lubbock, as well as other items that are on loan, are presented in this exciting exhibition. Included in the display are Buddy Holly’s Fender Stratocaster; a song book used by Holly and the Crickets, clothing, photographs, recording contracts, tour itineraries, Holly’s glasses, homework assignments, report cards, and much more


The Buddy Holly Center features 2,500 square feet of gallery space dedicated to the presentation of changing contemporary visual arts programs. These exhibitions are a continuation of a tradition of quality initiatives that were presented by the Lubbock Fine Arts Center from 1984 – 1998. With the relocation of the Fine Arts Center to the Buddy Holly Center in 1999, we continue the commitment to present challenging visual arts exhibitions that serve as a crucial resource for showcasing contemporary arts of the region and the nation.

Art is a form of communication independent of language… It is a way of manifesting human uniqueness. It is a way of reminding us that life is infinitely fragile, infinitely precious. – Norman Cousins

The Buddy Holly Center, a historical site, has dual missions; preserving, collecting and promoting the legacy of Buddy Holly and the music of Lubbock and West Texas, as well as providing exhibits on Contemporary Visual Arts and Music, for the purpose of educating and entertaining the public. The vision of the Buddy Holly Center is to discover art through music by celebrating legacy, culture and community.

Exhibitions and programs reflect the diverse cultural characteristics of the region and encourage interaction between artists and the community. The Center collects, preserves and interprets artifacts relevant to Lubbock’s most famous native son, Buddy Holly, as well as to other performing artists and musicians of West Texas. Changing exhibitions in the visual arts provide an arena for celebrating the technical virtuosity and creative talents of fine artists at work in a region distinguished by vast distances and a rich tradition of creative resources.

The West Texas Walk of Fame, featuring the Buddy Holly statue, by sculptor Grant Speed, is located inside the Buddy and Maria Elena Holly Plaza, just west of the Center, on the corner of Crickets Avenue and 19th Street. The Plaza is open to the public dawn to dusk, year round. The West Texas Walk of Fame, and its induction process, are a project of Civic Lubbock, Inc.

The J.I. Allison House opened on the grounds of the Buddy Holly Center in 2013. It is the home where J.I. Allison, drummer of the band “The Crickets,” lived as a teenager and where he and Buddy Holly wrote many hits including, “That’ll Be the Day.”
J.I. Allison house tour times:  Tuesday-Saturday 11 AM and 1:00 and 3:00 PM; Sunday  3:00 PM
Contact the Center for questions regarding tours.   806.775.3562

19TH Street and Crickets Avenue (directly across the street from the Buddy Holly Center)          806.775.3560


Through membership support the Buddy Holly Center has accomplished numerous musical and artistic endeavors. The Center’s exhibitions and programs enhance the quality of life for the region and aid economic development and tourism. Financial support for the Center is provided by membership, individual and organizational contributions. Our commitment to creating learning opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds is made possible by public support. Exhibition tours, outreach programs, educational initiatives and family activities will continue to be the focus for future events. We invite you to join us in supporting public interest in contemporary visual arts and in the music and music history of Texas and West Texas.






6:00 – 9:00 PM on Wednesday, 9:00 AM – Noon on Thursday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM the first and second Saturday every month.
1940 Texas Avenue          806.535.2457

Pauline Mills opened her art studio and gallery in October 2009 in a quaint building on Texas Avenue in Lubbock, Texas. A dream finally became reality.
Pauline’s goal is to give Lubbock and regional artists a chance to showcase their artistic talents.
Services the gallery offers include:
Gallery space for artist rental on a monthly basis at $50.00 per month.
Gallery can also be rented for events: meetings, photography shoots, birthday parties, and other possible events. Prices are available upon request.
GlassyAlley Classes:
Glass Mosaic Classes range from Introductory, Intermediate, to Advanced classes. Classes are normally held every Wednesday night starting at 6 p.m. and Thursday mornings starting at 9 a.m. till Noon. If enough students are taking classes the first two Saturdays of the month from 9 a.m. – Noon is open. Other class options are open during the week. Please call 806.535.2457 for more information on pricing and scheduling.
All materials are included in the price. No experience is required. No artistic ability is necessary. Classes must have at least four students.
Kids classes and a Kids Summer Art Camp are also offered.
Artists in Residence –  Pauline Mills – Mosaic art & photography, Cat Boucher – Photography, acrylics & mosaic art

3072 18th Street           18th Street and Flint Avenue        806.535.2457
The Landmark Arts SRO Photo Gallery is located in the Sub-basement of the Texas Tech School of Art Building. The Art Building is located at 3072 18th Street (near the corner of 18th Street and Flint Ave). Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed weekends during the summer), and Sunday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. On weekdays, paid parking is available on the fourth floor of the Flint Avenue parking facility. Parking is free on weekends. Admission to the School of Art Galleries is free. Closed on University Holidays.  Closed between semesters.


Mission of Landmark Arts
To promote fine arts growth and development in our community through a comprehensive program of exhibitions, symposia and workshops, publications, and hands-on experience with working artists.  As a component of the Texas Tech University School of Art, the strength of the program is in the integration of academic, professional and real-world experience afforded by its broad association with the University and the Lubbock Community of arts supporters.

Gallery hours Tuesday-Saturday   11:00 AM–5:00 PM
511 Avenue K   806.762.8606

Christine DeVitt Exhibition Hall and the Helen DeVitt Jones Studio Gallery
LatinX:  Artistas de Tejas
April 7 – May 27, 2017   **ends Saturday**

LatinX: Artistas de Tejas is an exhibition of 13 Latino and Latina artists living and working in Texas who are of Mexican ancestry. Artists are Rene Alvarado, Fernando Andrade, Richard Armendariz, Margarita Cabrera, Gaspar Enríquez, José Esquivel, Justin Garcia, Juan Granados, Cesar A. Martinez, Delilah Montoya, Dario Robleto, Anabel Toribio-Martínez, and Kathy Vargas. Seven of the exhibiting artists will be in attendance, as well as Dr. Ann Marie Leimer, art historian and catalog essayist. This exhibit is co-curated by Linda Cullum and Tina Fuentes.

Aquí Estamos: Ahora y Always                      
by Ann Marie Leimer, Ph.D.

LatinX: Artistas de Tejas is dedicated to the recognition and celebration of artists living and working in Texas who are of Mexican ancestry. The exhibition reflects the richness, depth, and diversity of media, themes, and subject matter of these thirteen artists who have deep ties to Texas. Many of the artists are Tejanas and Tejanos, Americans of Mexican descent born and bred in Texas, others “got here as soon as they could” and now make Texas their artistic, cultural, and intellectual home. They hail from various regions of the state from major urban centers such as San Antonio and Houston, to border cities such as El Paso, and to the High Plains and West Texas cities of Lubbock and San Angelo. Some claim Mexico as their birth site, having crossed the border to US citizenship later in life. Some remain lifelong citizens in the cities of their births, some others have migrated through various locations before calling Texas finalmente en casa (finally home), while still others, like migrant farmworkers, seasonally move between places of residence and places of employment. They represent various generations from those who actively participated in and came of age during El Movimiento Chicano, the movement for civil rights for people of Mexican descent in the United States that arose in the 1960s, to those who matured during the rise of globalization, the Internet, and the end of the Cold War. Significantly, the artists’ lives and artistic influences have often intertwined with legendary figures in Latinx art, such as the late Mel Casas and Sam Coronado.

Pero Primero (But First) – Nomenclature

Nomenclature is understood as a process of naming things or people, applying terms as a means of identification. Art work produced by American artists of Mexican and Latin American descent and by Mexican and Latin American citizens living and working in the United States has a long history, often responding to the unique events and cultures that have shaped a particular region. The trajectory of these art histories and the various terms used to describe them has been covered elsewhere. However, the term “Latinx” deserves some comment and clarification because it serves as an organizing metaphor for this exhibition. The use of Latinx seeks to confront, critique, and eradicate gender distinctions inherent in Spanish as a Romance language understood as privileging the masculine over the feminine. The term first emerged in 2004 as part of a larger project of equality and inclusion and gained traction via popular and scholarly networks by 2015. While some may argue that Latinx blurs or makes invisible distinct national or regional identities, it does provide a broad linguistic referent to distinguish all things Latin American.

Reading LatinX: Artistas de Tejas

The artists from this exhibition work in a range of media including drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture and demonstrate a unique relationship to their individual ethnicity and art making process. Not surprisingly, the exhibition reflects a broad array of the social, cultural, and spiritual references specific to Latinx-lived experience and to these art makers. How do we begin to read such diverse representations? The vast majority of the work in the show is intensively figurative, meaning that it positions a recognizable human form as the central device for the carrying of meaning, and story emerges as a second important device whether the treatment is abstract or naturalistic. Therefore, I suggest using figuration and narrative as skillful lenses with which to consider this exhibition.

The artists have created recognizable portraits of individuals known to them, as in the images of César A. Martínez and Gaspar Enríque that emphasize the orgullo (pride) and power of the Pachuco body, while Richard Armendariz invents characters whose imagined stories connect him with his artistic antecedents. Armendariz and René Alvarado develop a unique visual vocabulary that complicates religious figures such as John the Baptist, the Madonna, and Christ and that locates spiritual power within landscapes of earth, sky, and universe. The use of family photographs shapes the work of Juan Granados and Kathy Vargas, serving as a point of departure for a nuanced exploration of lineage and the realities of the most vulnerable family members, children. For both these artists, intensive technical processes serve to weave memory, family, and community together an integrated and complex whole.

In stark contrast, Dario Robleto digitally removes any remnant of a specific individual from pre-existing photographic portraits, a process of abstraction similar to the grief process where the person’s essence is remembered when we can no longer recall their face. What remains is light in various intensities and hues that demonstrates the power and enduring energy of the person long gone.

Anabel Toribio-Martínez and José Esquivel portray domestic interiors with people engaged in the activities of daily life. Esquivel moves from the domestic interior to the performative public spaces of the porch and front yard that imply human interaction by the very absence of its portrayal. Delilah Montoya’s project echoes that of Toribio-Martínez’s and Esquivel’s, but differs in that it depicts both interior and exterior places replete with scenes of social interaction and that it asks the viewer to consider the impact of ethnic and racial mixing as part of lineage and family history.

Fernando Andrade and Margarita Cabrera use the seemingly humble materials of graphite and found objects to animate local and regional realities of border life. The matter-of-fact manner of the human beings that populate Andrade’s drawings creates a tension between their exquisite formal rendering and the horror of his subject matter. Exposure to violence becomes a casual everyday occurrence, shaping the imaginary of current and future generations. Similarly, Cabrera’s plant forms consist of flowering cactus and yucca that simultaneously proclaim the beauty and resilience of desert life, that witness the harsh brutality of events taking place in border areas, and that symbolize human presence through the use of border control agent uniforms as the very fiber of the sculptures themselves.

Justin Garcia sustains a more abstracted investigation of place and our role in the cosmos, absenting the human figure while investigating phenomenological questions on the nature of time and human existence through explorations of the paint medium. The physical process of applying paint in thick and thin layers, of scraping and reapplying pigment, results in a tantalizing visual tale that compels the viewer to decipher. Taken together, the works produced by these artists reveal intricate, multifaceted, and deeply satisfying narratives of Texas Latinx life.

Ann Marie Leimer received a Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005, where she studied Latin American Art and Art of the Américas, and specialized in

Contemporary Chicana and Chicano Art.  Leimer is a scholar, a curator, and cultural critic. Her research interests include spirituality, ritual and performance, pilgrimage and issues of gender, sexuality, and identity. Her published work has appeared in the journals AfterimageChicana/Latina StudiesChicana Critical PerspectivesPraxis at the Turn of the 21st Century; and in the books Beyond Heritage; Blanton Museum of Art: American Art since 1900Voices in Concert: In the Spirit of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz; and New Frontiers in Latin American Borderlands. She currently serves as Associate Professor of Art and Chair of the Juanita and Ralph Harvey School of the Visual Arts at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Martin McDonald Gallery
Diane Doty, Synaptic Misfire and Migration
May 5 – July 1, 2017

A current series of paintings and drawings centering around daily observations, layering of thought and our natural world­.

Artist’s Statement
My artwork is a combination of drawing and painting. Trained in both the traditional and experimental methods of drawing and painting, I find the line between areas in art is often thin and vague.  As our world becomes more connected through technology and communication our academics also become more intertwined. Ornithology has been one of the driving forces behind my work for many years. I combine my love of birds and the natural world with my personal narratives and social agendas.

I often utilize an isolation of figure(s) for visual interest and emphasis of idea. This I believe is a direct result of growing up on the Llano Estacado where the sky is a celebrated and enveloping force in everyday life for many. It is also tightly connected to the practice of meditation and belief in the importance of clarity of mind and body.

My process involves a lengthy layering of paint and medium to create the ground for the images. I often use a large image or grouping of subject matter in connection with areas of smaller more delicate drawings. This serves to create a juxtaposition of ideas and to draw the viewer in and extend the involvement. I firmly believe that good art is an experience and requires effort and time spent on the part of the viewer. Activities like creating artwork, writing, birding, hiking and meditation can alter the way in which we see the world and shape our ideas about daily life and current events. This series combines drawing and painting on wood panels or canvas and focuses on the connection between the natural world as defined by society and our daily existence within the confines of society, domesticity and power.

John F. Lott Gallery
Josue Galvon:  A Brown Crayon Experiment:  Perdido y Encontrado (Lost and Found)
April 7 – May 27, 2017   **ends Saturday**

The Hometown Boy

“It takes a long time to be young” –Pablo Picasso.  For a long time I wanted to be somebody else, something else, and I would strive towards that. I was lost along the way and I had forgotten who I was… I found me. I was the kid beside you in class growing up you would ask to draw you something and I would! Now I feel like I’m back to being that same kid, I just grew’d up.

Artist Statement

Anybody can do what I do and I do believe every person starts out as an artist as a child.  I believe creativity comes from within and should come with ease. Each work of art is but an experiment to me. I make artwork you can hang but I also make artwork you can wear. I never really took art seriously till the spring of 2012. That was the year I took painting with the late Ippy Greer. He suggested I start experimenting with cardboard and other mixed media. I also enjoyed looking through his art books, especially the ones about Picasso. I’ve been creating since and haven’t looked back. It’s what I want to do, it’s all I see myself doing por vida. I have fun doing so, and I think when you are sure of what you want to do you should do it, of course. It almost feels like this is what I am supposed to do. I use to have hoop dreams now I slap paint. The materials I use are things I’m familiar with because of doing construction work with my dad such as: wood scraps, house paint, cardboard, and tape, lots of tape. I also often like to include crayon, charcoal, chalk, collage images, and found objects. I am very taken with prehistoric art as well as early modernism and contemporary pieces. I want to thank my family, mom, dad, and my brothers for being my best influence and for their support. My friends in “Active Arts”, the faculty down at South Plains College in the fine art building have my thanks for the support they provided.


3301 Fourth Street                 806.742.2432
TICKETS: General Admission (ages 18-59) $5.00; Children & Teens (ages 6-17) $3.00; Seniors (ages 65 & up) $3.00; University Students/Faculty/Staff $3.00 with valid ID; Kids (5 and under) Free; Active Military and their families are Free (MoTTU is a Blue Star Museum)
Tickets on sale 30 min before show time; first-come basis   No late seating and you must be present to purchase a ticket.  No re-admittance once shows are in progress.

May 16 – 31

2:00 pm – Laser Zeppelin

52 minutes

Song Remains the Same

Over the Hills and Far Away

Good Times, Bad Times

Immigrant Song


Black Dog

Livin’, Lovin’ Maid


Stairway to Heaven

Whole Lotta Love


3:30 pm – Dinosaur Prophecy

Dinosaur Prophecy (grade 2 & up)

21 minutes

Long before dinosaurs’ massive extinction 65 million years ago, many individual species simply disappeared. Visit dinosaur graveyards, study their bones, and reconstruct how these creatures lived and died to solve four famous cold cases from the age of the dinosaurs.

12:00 pm – Laser Vinyl

45 minutes

Back in Black – AC/DC

Karn Evil 9 /See the Shaw – ELP

Jump – Van Halen

Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen

Carry on my Wayward Son – Kansas

Rock-n-Roll All Night – Kiss

Dream On – Aerosmith

Separate Ways – Journey

One of these Days – Pink Floyd
2:00 pm – Dinosaur Prophecy

2:00 pm – Laser Vinyl
3:30 pm – Dinosaur Prophecy

11:30 am – Cowboy Astronomer
2:00 pm – Laser Vinyl
3:30 pm – Dinosaur Prophecy

2:00 pm – Laser Vinyl
3:30 pm – Dinosaur Prophecy


Museum Hours:  Tues-Sat 10:00 AM–5:00 PM    Sun: 1-5 PM   Closed Monday Museum Admission and Parking are Free.
3301 4th Street         806.742.2490


Opens April 21, 2017
The exhibition includes seventeen paintings created by Ken Dixon between 2000 and 2012. Dixon, a professor emeritus of the School of Art of Texas Tech University, has steadfastly explored the intersections of chaos theory, geology, neuroscience, landscape history and art history. His paintings fuse these varied disciplines into composite layers upon layers of overlapping images that reward thoughtful viewing.

Of particular interest in this exhibition is a group of paintings that exemplify Dixon’s ongoing investigations of the 19th century American landscape painters know as the Hudson River School. Dixon has made numerous trips to the northeastern United States to study the existing landscape of that region and compare his observations with paintings of the same locations painted in the mid 1800s. The exhibition also shares Dixon’s writings about his visits to the various sites.

All of the artworks in the exhibition are from the Museum of Texas Tech University’s art collection and were donated in the last several years.

February 2 – September 1, 2017
Futurescapes asks viewers to study images and consider how words both encapsulate response and influence thinking, perhaps opening new ways of seeing. These images change monthly. Concurrent with this exhibit, an interactive kiosk is traveling around campus inviting participants to select images and captions.

Contemplating the future—or possible futures—may summon images of the classic films Metropolis or Blade Runner, to name only two. It may conjure thoughts of the Rapture. It may make one smile with pleasure as the first driverless cars hit the road under the auspices of Über. We are endlessly reminded of (or threatened in the name of) our responsibilities to our grandchildren, to our alma maters, to our planet. What we put off today will have repercussions the day after tomorrow.  The future is a central concept for human life and plays an outsize role in politics, religion, economics—indeed across most fields that structure our thinking. The very unknowability of the future renders it a supremely powerful concept for motivating human action in the present.

FUTUREscapes explores this theme by asking viewers to study images and consider how words both encapsulate response and influence thinking, perhaps opening new ways of seeing. These images change monthly. Concurrent with this exhibit, an interactive kiosk is traveling around campus inviting participants to select images and captions. Research data, including your input, can be found through  and helps us better understand perspectives.

February 22 – June 18, 2017

Elegant evening clothes from the mid-19th century to the end of the 20th century will highlight how Americans have dressed for special occasions. From the finery of the 19th century to the lime green Mollie Parnis gown worn by First Lady, Lady Bird Johnson, to the first State Dinner honoring a female leader, Indira Gandhi, this exhibit shows how the popular silhouette of the era was enhanced by fine fabrics and embellishment for important events.

February 19 – June 18, 2017
Best known for his work in open landscapes, British artist, Bruce Munro transforms the Museum’s environment with light. His manipulations of this medium create unexpected associations and transforms spaces. He has crafted a newer installation, Ferryman’s Crossing, in the more controlled environment of the Museum of Texas Tech University’s gallery.

Open through December 2017
Explorium Gallery

For everyone who wonders why Lubbock is so windy in the spring, how it can be shorts weather in February and parka weather in March or what causes tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards to hit where they do, come to the Museum of Texas Tech University. Visitors will find these answers and more in a fun, interactive new exhibit that explains how weather begins and how it all works.


Hint: It all starts with the sun and the rotation of the Earth.


How Weather Works: Understanding Our Place Between the Sun and a Storm opens Sunday (June 26) and allows visitors of all ages to start at the sun, create atmospheric pressure, explore the Earth’s spin and the jet stream and learn about the many powerful aspects of storms such as tornadoes, haboobs, hail and lightning. The exhibit includes a section on how chaos, or altering one or many components of the atmosphere, can affect weather.

The exhibit showcases research led by Brian Ancell, an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences, Atmospheric Science Group, who received an Early CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation. In addition to educator resource kits for local teachers and weather summer camps for middle school-age children, he coordinated with the museum to create this exhibit, which brings weather down to eye level and highlights how human activity can affect weather patterns.

“The driving research focuses on inadvertent weather modification, or how human activities such as irrigation, wind farms and urban heat islands can change the weather non-locally, or far away from the source,” Ancell said.


The exhibit is split into two sections. The first covers the basic atmospheric principles that create weather, starting from the sun and the rotation of the Earth and ending with small-scale weather features like thunderstorms. Visitors will get to stand between the Earth and the sun and take temperature readings with an infrared gun, then learn how the uneven heating of the tilted Earth creates atmospheric pressure, which then creates wind. They also will explore the Coriolis Effect, which explains how the Earth’s rotation leads to the jet stream and how weather systems work.


Visitors then move into a simulated immersive storm experience and learn about the formation of tornadoes, thunder, lightning, hail and dust storms, with a weather alert broadcast in the background and motion-activated thunderstorm above.


The second part of the exhibit discusses chaos and inadvertent weather modification, which is the focus of Ancell’s research. Visitors will use a Plinko board representing the Texas-Louisiana coastline to show how minute variations can alter the path of pucks representing hurricanes.


This section also looks at how wind turbines remove energy from the atmosphere and how this affects the wind patterns. It will be updated throughout the duration of the exhibit as Ancell continues his research.


“Chaos is the reason why small changes to the atmosphere, such as those resulting from irrigation or wind farms, can grow to be large, modifying larger scale weather features well away from the changes in the first place,” Ancell said.

Lubbock Gallery

An “up from the basement” exhibition from the Museum’s collections.  Photographs from the WWII era pertaining to Lubbock.

The Diamond M Galleries showcase the collection of the late Clarence Thurston and Evelyn Claire Littleton McLaughlin.

One of the Diamond M galleries focuses on a large collection of leading western artists. A second gallery focuses on the works of N.C. Wyeth, a leading illustrator of the late 19th and 20th centuries. Wyeth created the illustrations for the classic books Treasure Island, Last of the Mohicans, and dozens of others. Copies of these books are also available in the gallery. He also did illustrations for major magazines of the time.
The William C. and Evelyn M. Davies Gallery of Southwest Indian Art displays an extensive collection of Southwest Native American pottery and textile. The collection is owned by the Davies and represents about 20 different Native American tribes. The rugs represent specific patterns and styles of the individual tribes. Each rug is hand woven.

The pottery of the Native American tribes includes a variety of utilitarian as well as ceremonial and trade vessels. A number of Storytellers, such as the one at right, are included in the collection.


Changing Worlds looks at dinosaurs of different types, offers theories about how the earth was formed, how dinosaurs developed and eventually disappeared.

The exhibit features the work of the Museum’s own internationally known paleontologist Dr. Sankar Chatterjee – whose work seems to establish that today’s birds were likely yesterday’s dinosaurs. Most scientists believe birds evolved during the Jurassic time. But Dr. Chatterjee has discovered Protoavis – it’s about a 210 million year old – much older than other scientists think birds developed.



The Talkington Gallery of Art combines works from the Museum’s collection with a significant donation from Margaret and J.T. Talkington, long-time Lubbock business and civic leaders. The gallery features selections from 20th and 21st Century art of the Southwestern United States. This art reflects the people and landscapes of Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and portions of Colorado and Utah.

No particular type of landscape represents the Southwest, and no singular art style defines it. The art works on exhibit sample many divergent paths that artists from the Southwest have followed, from realism to romanticism, from impressionism to expressionism, from minimalism to conceptualism, and more.

Among the artists in the exhibition are Georgia O’Keeffe, Fremont Ellis, Beatrice Mandelman, Gene Kloss, Edward Curtis, Mark Klett, John Sloan, Dorothy Brett, and William Lester.
This gallery features prehistoric megafauna from the Pleistocene Period such as mammoths, saber-toothed cats, giant camels, short-faced bears, and dire wolves. This exhibition is from the Museum’s collections and reflects the local area’s distant natural history as revealed by ongoing research activities of the Museum and the Lubbock Lake Landmark.
A new partnership between Texas Tech University and The Remnant Trust, Inc. brings a collection of original, first edition, and rare early written works to display at the Museum. These works are intended to inspire an elevated public understanding of individual liberty and human dignity through hands-on availability of the world’s great ideas in original form. The Remnant Trust, Inc. will maintain a permanent presence in the Museum.

A new display will open February 29 with works that explore the relationship between economics and political freedom. The main collection of The Remnant Trust, Inc. is housed on the Texas Tech campus in the Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library.


Art created in Central and South America before the 15th century is referred to
as Pre-Columbian art, which is artwork created before the voyage of Christopher
Columbus in 1492. Pre-Columbian cultures believed in many different deities
(gods) who controlled all aspects of life and nature. In this gallery, there are
a variety of objects made by the historical people of Colombia and Panama.
Ranging from sparkling beads and shiny gold, to earthy pots and figures, the
items in this gallery had great meaning in Pre-Columbian culture. Some items
had a practical use, like for drinking, and some were important reminders of
symbols, such as opposing forces like good vs. evil.

Rededicated in 2005, many of the interesting artifacts in the Diekemper gallery of Pre-Columbian Art were donated by Ray J. Diekemper Jr. and Lou Dunn Diekemper.
Ray attended Stanford and Harvard before moving to Lubbock, TX. He becamean independent oil operator, and he and his wife became active members of the Lubbock community participating in organizations such as the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, the Lubbock Economic Council, YWCA, Women’s Protective Services, Junior League of Lubbock, the Science Spectrum board, and both were founding members of the South Plains Food Bank. Ray passed away in 1999. Lou Dunn Diekemper is still a generous benefactor of both Lubbock and Texas Tech University.

Groups living in Pre-Columbian times made pottery for many reasons.
They made vessels of all sizes and shapes using a coil method: building the walls from a long string of clay before smoothing them out and adding pictures or shapes.  All the pottery that you see here was made by hand. Pre-Columbian cultures did not have the modern techniques that we have today. They decorated their pottery by incising (carving) designs onto the clay and painting them with minerals they found in their area.

The Museum of Texas Tech University houses a diverse range of collections including: anthropology, fine arts, clothing and textiles, history, natural sciences and paleontology. As an educational and research component of Texas Tech University, the Museum is committed to serving our diverse community, through a range of exhibitions and public programming. The Museum is a non-profit institution with free admission.

The Museum was founded in 1929 as the West Texas Museum, just four years after the creation of what was then known as Texas Technological College.

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1990, the Museum is home to more than 7 million objects. Only 3% of the nation’s nearly 35,000 museums hold this accreditation. It also is a teaching and research facility offering a masters degree in museum science.

The Museum’s Natural Science Research Laboratory maintains major natural history collections of mammals, birds, invertebrates and genetic resources. These collections are available to researchers at academic, scientific, and government institutions around the world for scientific investigation, discovery and problem-solving in the natural sciences.

Lubbock Lake Landmark, a National Historic Landmark, is an internationally known archeological and natural history preserve containing an extensive cultural record of life on the Southern Plains dating back 12,000 years.

The Museum is a participant in Lubbock First Friday Art Trail and a member of Blue Star Museums and the Green Museums Initiative.

Mission Statement

Through its collections and programs, the Museum of Texas Tech University engages campus and community to enhance understanding of self- and community identity, society, and the world; to empower people to be informed citizens of the 21st century; and to enrich lives.

Statement of Purpose

Established in 1929, the Museum is an educational, scientific, cultural, and research element of Texas Tech University. It is a not-for-profit institution by virtue of being a part of Texas Tech University. The Museum’s purpose is to support the academic and intellectual mission of Texas Tech University through the collection, preservation, documentation, and research of scientific and cultural material and to disseminate information about those collections and their scientific and cultural topics through exhibition, interpretation, and publication for primary, secondary, and higher education students, the scholarly community, and the general public. The Museum aspires to provide the highest standard of excellence in museological ethics and practices, while pursuing continuous improvement, stimulating the greatest quantity of quality research, conservation, interpretation, exhibition, and education, and providing support for faculty, staff, and students. The Museum is a multi-faceted institution that includes the main building, the Helen Devitt Jones Auditorium and Sculpture Court, Moody Planetarium, Natural Science Research Laboratory, and Lubbock Lake Landmark, an archaeological and natural history preserve.

3121 Fourth Street             806.742.0498
Experience the real West.
The NRHC is a museum and historical park located on the Texas Tech University campus.  48 historic ranch buildings and exhibits from the late 1700’s to the early 1900’s.  Buildings include a cattle baron’s home, ranch headquarters, dugouts, bunkhouse and a one-room school house that have been moved from their original location and restored at the museum.
The NRHC is open: Monday through Saturday 10:00 AM–5:00 PM.   Sunday 1:00 – 5:00 PM.   The outdoor portion of the NRHC closes at 4:00 PM each day.  No park entry after 3:30 PM.   The NRHC will be closed for all Texas Tech University holidays as well.
There is no admission fee, although donations are accepted.
Please visit our website at  for additional information and a complete list of special events and programs.


“Across Time and Territory: the National Ranching Heritage Center Story,” is a permanent exhibit covering the walls of the Don and Kay Cash Reception Hall. Material in the exhibition is present in a mural form with 3-D enhancements. Also in this area are two touch-screen monitors featuring attractive photographs of the structures in the historical park, presented in a virtual tour format, along with educational information about each building, available in both English and Spanish suitable for adults and children.
The exhibit title – “Writers of the Purple Sage” – is a word play on Zane Grey’s famous novel, “Riders of the Purple Sage.”  Published in 1912, the novel set the pattern for the modern Western and sold over a million copies.

Owen Wister, who wrote “The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains,” had his 1902 novel form the basis of four movies and a television series.  Wister’s novel defined the Western genre and paved the way for such authors as Zane Grey, Louis L’Amour and Larry McMurtry, all of whom are represented in this exhibit.

Writers such as Willa Cather, J. Evetts Haley, Tom Lea and Elmer Kelton, to name a few, allowed every one of their readers a chance to experience the American West as it once was or might have been.  Written in ordinary language about ordinary people and places, Western literature has become an important part of our national literary scope.

The permanent collection of the NRHC includes a wide range of Western and ranch-related books, many of which are first edition signed manuscripts that will be part of this exhibit.

The Blue Stevens Gallery is home to a collection of items that have been donated to the NRHC over the past several months. This Gallery features changing content as new items are donated to the NRHC.

An exhibit that examines the history and development of the lever-action rifle from its earliest form. The exhibit also features lever-action firearms from the NRHC collections.

A selection of saddles from the Texas Cattle Raisers Museum collection.
History of the National Ranching Heritage Center:

Proctor Historical Park

Devitt Mallet Museum

J.J. Gibson Memorial Park

2805 15th Street  (15th Street and Detroit)   806.742.3749
General Hours:  Monday-Friday  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
March 1 – September 1, 2017
Coke Stevenson was born in 1888 in Mason County, Texas. He owned a freight-line at 16, rose from janitor to bank president, and passed the bar exam and practiced law for more than 60 years, with only 22 months of formal education. He served two terms as Kimble County Attorney and County Judge before his election to the Texas House of Representatives, becoming its first two-term Speaker. He was twice elected Lieutenant Governor, and Governor in August 1941, serving two terms during World War II. Known as “Mr. Texas,” after the war Stevenson ran for U.S. Senate against Lyndon B. Johnson, but lost in the infamous “Voting Box #13” run-off. He returned to his law practice, friends and ranch until his death on June 28, 1975. His family donated the Gov. Coke Stevenson and Marguerite King Heap Collection to Texas Tech University’s Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library.

December 2016 – September 2017

December 7th, 1941:  The Seventy-fifth Anniversary
Oral Histories of people who were at Pearl Harbor and tattered flag loaned to the Museum.  This flag was actually on the top of a ship 75 years ago.  Forty-eight star World War II navy battle flag is courtesy of Howard Mercer, Signalman aboard LCI(M) 353 assault ship. The ship’s commander ordered Mercer to lower this flag and hoist a new one after receiving news of the Japanese surrender.

A new exhibit in the Coronelli Rotunda at the Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library commemorates this pivotal event in American history and features excerpts from oral histories and manuscripts permanently housed at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University.

Chris Oglesby collection, exhibit now at SWC/SCL 

The Crossroads of Music Archive, located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library (SWC/SCL) at Texas Tech, is proud to announce that the Chris Oglesby collection is now open for research. Oglesby donated his research materials for his book “Fire in the Water, Earth in the Air: Legends of West Texas Music” to the archive in January 2016. His collection contains biographies, correspondence, literary works of the author and others, photographs, song lyrics, audio interviews and more.

An exhibit curated by the archivist for the Crossroads of Music Archive, Curtis Peoples, Ph.D., and fabricated by Lyn Stoll, is located in the Coronelli Globe Rotunda at the SWC/SCL located on the Texas Tech campus at 15th Street and Detroit Avenue. The exhibit is a small collection of snapshots highlighting some of the artists found within the book, including Tommy Hancock, Terry and Jo Harvey Allen, Joe Ely, Kimmie Rhodes and others.

Sept. 1, 2016, marks the 10th anniversary of the book’s publication.

For more information, contact Curtis Peoples 806.834.5777 or

May 1, 2014 –
A new exhibit at the SWC/SCL explores Walt Whitman’s controversial masterpiece, Leaves of Grass. From its first appearance in 1855 until Whitman’s death in 1892, this collection of poems was often the target of censors due to its frank portrayal of sensual pleasure.

The Marc Reisner Collection is now open for research.

The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Building

A gallery along the north side of the building houses permanent displays on the Southwest Collection as well as the other units of the University Library, which have offices in the facility. Those offices include the University Archives, the Archive of the Vietnam Conflict and the Library’s Rare Books Collection. Additionally, the facility is the home for editorial offices of the West Texas Historical Association and its annual yearbook.

Offices in the building open onto a rotunda beneath the third tower. The Library’s 1688 Coronelli Globe is displayed in the rotunda.

Behind the offices are the non-public areas of the facility where documents and materials are processed. The building includes an accessioning area where materials are received and logged in. From there materials, whether paper records, photographs or films/audiotapes/video tapes, go to their specific areas for processing before they are taken to the stacks or the appropriate vault for storage.

Upstairs the stacks area offers a climate-controlled environment that provides a constant temperature and humidity as well as a positive ventilation outflow which helps prevent the intrusion of bacteria or fungi which could damage valuable books and documents.

Additionally, the facility has a conservation laboratory funded by the Hoblitzelle Foundation. The Hoblitzelle Conservation Lab will provide an appropriate environment for state-of-the-art preservation of valuable and one-of-a-kind materials.

The Exhibits and Outreach team of the Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library researches, designs and fabricates both in-house and traveling exhibits to highlight the vast holdings of the Archive, incorporating photographic imagery, artifacts, documents, sound and assorted other materials as well as textual information.

In-house exhibits are displayed in the Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library. You may also view our exhibits at the Texas Tech Visitor Center, Lubbock City Hall, and at the Lubbock International airport.

If you would like to propose an exhibit, please contact Lyn Stoll at (806) 742-3749 or write to

Southwest Collections/Special Collections Library
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
2805 15th Street  (15th Street and Detroit)   806.742.9010

Created in 1989, The Vietnam Center and Archive is home to the largest collection of Vietnam related material outside the U.S. National Archives.  The Vietnam Center and Archive collects and preserves the documentary record of the Vietnam War, and supports and encourages research and education regarding all aspects of the American Vietnam Experience.

About the Vietnam Center

In May 1989, a group of Vietnam veterans from West Texas gathered at Texas Tech University to discuss what they might do, in a positive way, about their experiences in Vietnam. That group’s immediate decision was to form a Vietnam Archive and begin collecting and preserving materials relating to the American Vietnam experience.

In November 1989, the Board of Regents of Texas Tech University established the Vietnam Center, with the dual missions of funding and guiding the development of the Vietnam Archive and encouraging continuing study of all aspects of the American Vietnam experience.

The group of veterans who first met in May 1989 were invited to form a board to provide guidance and support for the Vietnam Center. Since then, the Vietnam Center Advisory Board has met regularly to provide advice as the Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech has evolved. Many of the veterans who attended the first meeting in May 1989 continue to advise the Vietnam Center today. In this way, the Vietnam Center remains very closely connected to America’s Vietnam Veteran community.

The mission of the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University is to support and encourage research and education regarding all aspects of the American Vietnam experience; promoting a greater understanding of this experience and the peoples and cultures of Southeast Asia. Its functions are threefold: support for the Vietnam Archive and the collection and preservation of pertinent historical source material; promotion of education through exhibits, classroom instruction, educational programs, and publications; and encouragement of related scholarship through organizing and hosting conferences and symposia, academic, educational, and cultural exchanges, and the publishing of scholarly research.

Ogden Williams Collection

The Vietnam Center seeks to provide a forum for all points of view and for all topics relating to Indochina, particularly – but not limited to – the American military involvement there. At our conferences and symposia, we encourage the presentation of papers by veterans and others who directly participated in and supported wartime events as well as by individuals who opposed the war. We encourage participation by our former allies in South Vietnam but also offer the same participation to those who supported the government in Hanoi.

Similarly, we place equal importance upon preserving records relating to all aspects of the Vietnam War. It is as important to us to preserve the records of US veterans, military and civilian, who served in Southeast Asia as well as civilians active on the homefront to include the antiwar movement. We want to preserve a complete history of the war. To do otherwise would be a disservice to history.

In addition to the Vietnam Archive and its component projects, the Vietnam Center administers a number of special projects and events, including scholarships, outreach programs, and Conferences and Symposiums, as well as numerous publications, including the Friends of the Vietnam Center newsletter and the Modern Southeast Asia series in association with the Texas Tech University Press.

The Vietnam Center is also raising money for a new state-of-the-art facility that will house The Vietnam Center, Archive, and Museum. If you are interested in supporting this endeavor, please visit The Vietnam Center Building Site. If you are interested in supporting the Vietnam Center and Archive in other ways, you can contribute to our scholarships or you can donate artifacts and materials to The Vietnam Archive.

About the Archive

The Vietnam Archive mission is to collect and preserve the documentary record of the Vietnam War. The first collection received by the Archive – a package of letters from a Navy hospital corpsman to his family while serving in Vietnam – symbolizes our commitment to preserve the record of individuals and provide greater understanding of their experiences. While the Vietnam Archive continues this commitment as its primary objective, it has expanded its collection policy to include records of veterans’ organizations and scholars of the period as well as other individuals and organizations who share experiences from the war in Vietnam.

A hamlet elder uses a wood cane to feel his way along one of the walk ways at Binh Hung. The rainy season floods the hamlet and surrounding land, turning it into a sea of mud. But, life goes on as usual.: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts – American Friends of Vietnam [VA005624]

A hamlet elder uses a wood cane to feel his way along one of the walk ways at Binh Hung. The rainy season floods the hamlet and surrounding land, turning it into a sea of mud. But, life goes on as usual.

Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts – American Friends of Vietnam

The Vietnam Archive has collected millions of pages of material and tens of thousands of photographs, slides, maps, periodicals, audio, moving images, and books related to the Vietnam War, Indochina, and the impact of the war on the United States and Southeast Asia.

The preservation of historical records provides the principal means for future generations to fully understand the past. Monuments call to mind significant events, but only records provide the basis for historical narratives, insight and understanding. In this way, the Vietnam Archive stands as a living memorial to all those who played some part in the nation’s “Vietnam experience.” Using the Archive, all those who are interested can study and better understand the people, places and events of this critical time in history.


The Archive accepts donations as small as a single item or as large as hundreds of boxes. Donations do not have to be organized and do not have to pertain to a famous person, event or organization. We accept papers, books, films, audio, moving images, and artifacts. If you are interested in donating to the Vietnam Archive, look for more information in our Information for Donors section.


There are two ways to conduct research using Vietnam Archive materials: in person and online, using the information provided in the Information for Researchers section and, more importantly, through the Virtual Vietnam Archive.


Contact information for all of the elements of the Vietnam Center and Archive is available. If you are having trouble finding what you are looking for on this website, try our help page or site map.


Over the past few years, the Vietnam Archive has made a concerted effort to record the histories of veteran’s organizations and their members. The Veterans’ Association section of this website provides more information about our efforts in this area.

Information for Veterans

Reunions Attending/Attended


Created in 2008, the Vietnamese American Heritage Project (VAHP) supports the Vietnam Archive’s mission to document the war from all perspectives by providing documentation of the post-war social and political history of Vietnamese Americans who immigrated to the United States during and after the Vietnam conflict. A component of the archive, the VAHP is comprised of a full time Vietnamese American Heritage Archivist and one part time student assistant who collect, preserve, and make accessible to the public materials that document the experiences and contributions of Vietnamese Americans in American society. The VAHP aims to enhance the study of the Vietnamese immigration and resettlement experience by providing reference services to researchers and increasing Vietnamese American participation in the archive’s Oral History Project, conducting outreach activities, and developing cooperative relationships with other institutions dedicated to preserving Vietnamese American’s rich heritage.

More Information about the Vietnamese American Heritage Project

Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association Collection


The goal of the Teachers Resource Web is to aid educators and students who teach and take classes on the Vietnam War. The site is intended to assist teachers and students at all levels – from primary school to college. Site materials are designed to accommodate a range of teaching and learning situations from a single 50-minute lecture that is part of a general US history class to a semester or quarter-long dedicated course focusing exclusively on the Vietnam War.

More Information about the Teachers’ Resources Web


Richard H. MacKinnon Collection [VA066112]

The Vietnam Graffiti Project is dedicated to preserving and providing access to a remarkable array of historical material from various ships that supported United States military forces in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. The materials you will find here include bunk canvases, ships logs, nautical charts, and other artifacts and documents. The collection provides insight into life onboard these ships, especially troop transports.

More about the Vietnam Graffiti Project


The Combined Document Exploitation Center (CDEC) Microfilm Collection consists of 954 reels of documents captured from North Vietnamese and Vietcong forces during the Vietnam War. Materials from this collection are being added to the Virtual Vietnam Archive daily, and plans are underway to make the entire collection available online, including original metadata collected when the materials were filmed.


In addition to its mission of collecting materials concerning Vietnam, the Vietnam War, and Southeast Asia, the Vietnam Archive currently administers two projects, the Oral History Project and the Virtual Vietnam Archive.

The Oral History Project

In 1999 the Vietnam Center and Archive initiated the Oral History Project (OHP). The history of the wars in Southeast Asia is not complete without the inclusion of the voices of those who were in some way involved. To that end, the mission of the OHP is to create and preserve a more complete record of the wars in Southeast Asia by preserving, through recorded interviews, the recollections and experiences of all who were involved in those wars. There is no political agenda in the development of the Archive or the Oral History Project. Anyone can participate, whether an American veteran, a former ally or enemy of the U.S., an anti-war protester, a government employee, a family member of a veteran, etc. The more breadth and depth the OHP has in its participants, the better and more authentic the collection and preservation of the history of the wars will be.

The Virtual Vietnam Archive

Earl R. Rhine Collection [VAN018343]

The Virtual Vietnam Archive enables scholars, students and all others interested in this remarkable period in our world history to conduct research directly from universities, schools, libraries, and homes. Of equal importance, it will enable Vietnam veterans – those who actually served – to access records that might be of importance to them in their continuing efforts to understand their own experiences. It will facilitate the research and writing of participants’ memoirs, and will give high school and college students an important and authoritative source of information as they seek to understand the complexities of the Vietnam War.

When the Virtual Vietnam Archive project is complete, it will include a record for every item in the Vietnam Archive. All non-copyrighted items are available online, free of charge. The Virtual Archive currently includes finding aids for all Vietnam Archive collections, and over 4 million pages of materials online, including documents, photographs, slides, negatives, audio and moving image recordings, artifacts, and oral histories. New items are being added daily.

The Virtual Vietnam Archive employees a number of full-time employees, and numerous part-time student workers, both graduate students and undergrads. Materials are digitized using a variety of equipment, including HP flatbed scanners, Fujitsu high-speed and flatbed scanners, an EPSON large bed scanner, Nikon slide scanner, HP large format scanner/plotter, Otari reel-to-reel and cassette digitization system, an Elmo 16mm film digitizer, and an 8mm film digitizer. Digitized materials are stored on three Dell servers, with backup copies stored onsite in a cold storage vault. The Virtual Vietnam Archive utilizes a relational database system (Cuadra Star) produced by Cuadra Associates.

Michael Ray Goode Collection [VA050136]

Institute of Museum and Library Services Primary funding for the Virtual Vietnam Archive has been provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information about the people and organizations who have made the Virtual Vietnam Archive possible.

Digital copies of materials in the Virtual Archive are available. See our pricing list and guidelines for more information.

For questions concerning the Virtual Vietnam Archive, contact us at 806-742-9010 or
Hours:   9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
1500 14th Street     806.791.2723

Lubbock Christian University 60th Celebration –  Juried Student Exhibition 2017
May 5 – May 25, 2017  **ends Thursday**
On loan from the LCU Gallery.  Mixed media, including all winners

Other Ongoing Exhibits:

Rick Vanderpool  – The Cross in America – Photography Series – ongoing

Greg Goodnight – Reclaiming the Land – Woodsculpture – through May
Donna Rose – A Walk in the Woods (new photography exhibit)  May – October 2017
West Texas Watercolor Society People’s Choice winners – Splash of Red – ongoing

Linda Adkins – Heirloom Jewelry Expressions


The Legacy Event Center is a beautiful venue for local artists to display their work and features various exhibits throughout the year. The West Texas Watercolor Society calls the Legacy its home and meets monthly to hone their talents through workshops and collaboration. In return, they host shows throughout the year and exhibit their work in ever-changing exhibits. The artwork and jewelry is also for sale with a portion going to the Legacy and the YWCA programs.

Hours:  Monday-Friday  11:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday    11:00am – 2:00pm
*We work next door in the shop and are happy to open the gallery anytime during the day.
Larry Simmons (806) 441-8564
1822 Buddy Holly Avenue  806.687.1644

Artists:  Baron Batch, Lee Ware, Heidi Simmons, Val Williams, Benna Ellis, Texas Leatherworking, Barbara Beller, Renee Steger Simpson, Tony Greer
Tornado Gallery is the home of Baron Batch artwork.

Baron Batch originals and prints:





Saturday, June 3:  –

Sounds of West Texas Concert
Cactus Theater
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue
Tickets:  $15 and $20  Tickets can be purchased online (by clicking on the exact seats wanted and purchasing right then) at the Cactus Theater website: or can be purchased at Cactus Theater box office, by phone-(806.762.3233), or in person. The box office is open 3:00-5:30 pm M-Th and 3:00-9:00 on Fri and Sat (when shows are going on.)  Tickets may also be purchased at the door the night of the concert.
The doors will open at 6:15, there will be some door prizes at 6:45, and this classic music concert will begin at 7:00 p.m.  This unique concert is one for the whole family, with fun jingles, and door prizes for lucky audience members.  This show will feature fantastic local talent performing a mix of classic songs in country, pop nostalgia, folk, and rhythm & blues.  There will be some patriotic music with a special tribute to our military, with some touching moments, and special guests to be presented.   The emcee will be Billy Don Hampton and performers on the show will be: Larry Allen, Kaci Brice, Steve Burrus, Brenda Hopkins, Mike Huffman, Jay Lemon, Darryl Lippe, Donnetta Lippe, Donnie Martin, Johnny Richardson, Jordan Sheets, Tatum Sheets, Betty Smith, Keith Smith, John Schmitz, Baxter Vaughan, Mark Wallney, Rick Ward, Terry Westbrook, Steve Williams, and special guests representing each war since World War II.

Friday, June 9 – Saturday, June 1,  Friday, June 16 – Saturday, June 17, Friday, June 23 – Saturday, June 24, Friday, June 30 – Saturday, July 1:  –

Lubbock Moonlight Musicals
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
Moonlight Musicals Amphitheatre
413 East Broadway
Tickets:, 806.770.2000 or any select-a-seat outlet center

Saturday, June 10:  –

American Wind Power Center
Panache on the Prairie
6:00pm – 11:00pm
1701 Canyon Lake Drive
Tickets:  available at the AWPC on May 1st.  Tickets are $600.00 to sponsor a table of 8.  $75.00 for individual tickets.  You may call 806.747-8734 to inquire about tickets.
For additional information regarding this event please call 806.747.8734

Prime Rib dinner with all the trimmings. Cadillac Jack will perform from 7:00pm to 11:00pm.  Proceeds from the event will go to the general operating fund for the American Wind Power Center.

Saturday, June 17:  –

National Ranching Heritage Center
Summer Stampede Western Art and Gear Show and Western Swing Dance
6:00pm – 11:00pm
3121 4th Street
Tickets:  A limited number of tickets are available for the show and must be purchased in advance either online at or by calling 806.834.0469. The cost is $85 for the general public and $75 for RHA members.

Sponsored by Capital Farm Credit, the annual event will feature more than 80 original pieces by 28 artists and craftsmen. The show and sale will begin at 6 p.m. in the NRHC main gallery followed by a 7 p.m. dinner on the patio and an 8 p.m. dance to the Western swing music of Jake Hooker and the Outsiders.

“A portion of the proceeds will benefit the educational and restoration programs of the center,” said Executive Director Jim Bret Campbell, emphasizing that the art and gear show “is unique for this part of the country.”

“We take a lower commission than most galleries and don’t require a bidding process,” he said. “Buyers can meet the artist, pay the posted price and take the artwork home that day.”

Summer Stampede provides a unique mix of art that combines both Western paintings and gear, including spurs, stirrups, bits, belt buckles and jewelry. Even though Summer Stampede is relatively new among Western art shows, Campbell said sales have been equivalent to other long-established shows.

Artist participation is by invitation only. Those scheduled to exhibit are Peter Robbins, David Griffin, Tyler Crow, Baru Forell, Edgar Sotelo, Bob Moline, Teal Blake, Buckeye Blake, Mary Baxter, Billy Klapper, Brian Asher, Wayne Baize, TK Riddle, Jan Mapes, Russell Yates, Mary Ross Buchholz, Mejo Okon, Jason Scull, Garland Weeks, Stewart Williamson, Herman Walker, Jayson Jones, JaNeil Anderson, Kim Machey, Doug Clark, Mike Capron, Michael Tittor and Toni Arnett.

Saturday, August 12:  –

Lubbock Arts Alliance
Presents:  The Maines Brothers Band Live in concert
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Lane
Tickets:  will go on sale Monday, May 1st:  Ticket prices: $45 below the breezeway (excluding service fee) and $35 above the breezeway (excluding service fee). , 806.770.2000 or any select-a-seat outlet center.
To celebrate 51 years of making music, all the original members of The Maines Brothers Band are back together for a one-night only concert singing their favorite hits including “Break the Fall” and “Amarillo Highway.”

Join Steve Maines, Kenny Maines, Lloyd Maines, Donnie Maines, Jerry Brownlow, Richard Bowden, Cary Banks, Joe Piland, La Tronda Moyers and other family members for this memorable event!


Call for Artists

Texas Tech University Public Art System


Project Summary: The Texas Tech University System seeks to commission a professional artist to create site-specific exterior sculpture(s) to be placed outside the College of Visual and Performing Arts’ Theatre and Dance Complex, located at the Texas Tech University campus in Lubbock, TX. Construction of the facility’s addition will be completed by December 2018.

The Charles E. Maedgen Theatre, built in 1964, houses faculty offices, classrooms, a black box theatre and a 400-seat proscenium theatre that has hosted over 170 University Theatre productions and many theatrical competitions. The 50,000 GSF Theatre and Dance Complex addition will include features such as a new lobby, updated black box theatre, classrooms, rehearsal spaces, green room, scene shop expansion, a CADD lab, and faculty/staff offices.

Safety is imperative; durable, low-maintenance materials are recommended to withstand West Texas’ intense weather conditions. The public art will serve to enhance and highlight the new entrance to the building. The current entrance will still be prominent; however, the public art at this location should attract visitors more directly to the new entrance and welcome them to the theatre. Ideal submissions should incorporate light into the piece as many visitors will be here during both the day and night. This piece should be outdoors and available to the community, as well as integrated into the environment. Water features are highly discouraged, but the selected artist will have an opportunity to collaborate with landscape architects for the project.

This piece should imply movement or a kinetic element and be interpretive and abstract. The sculpture should have a light and airy feel. Any concepts that may be considered polemic or political should be avoided. Also, human forms, theatrical stereotypes, and literal sculpture should be avoided. Artists should attempt to create a design that speaks to the artistic expressions that will take place within this building, as well as welcome visitors to their experience in the Maedgen Theatre. We are seeking art that represents metaphorically the act of theatre.

Outdoor public art near this location include “Summer Tree Autumn Tree” by Corinne Ulmann, “Headwaters” by Larry Kirkland, and a reproduction of the ancient Greek sculpture “Zeus or Poseidon of Artemision” by an unknown artist (see photos in additional resources at Paintings by Tina Fuentes are in the current Maedgen Theatre lobby. Please keep in mind that all art pieces are nearby but not in direct view of this future installation.

To be considered, submissions must comply with the requirements outlined in this document. Objects that are mass-produced or of standard manufacture are not eligible for consideration.

Selected finalists will receive a maximum of $2000 for travel and design fees following the submission and presentation of a Design Proposal and a model.

Location: Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX

Budget: $220,000

Application Deadline: June 15, 2017 at 3 p.m. (central)

See full RFQ here:

Apply online here:

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At the Science Spectrum:

Science Spectrum Summer Camps 2017


Ages 4-5, 9:00am-12:00pm

$60 Members/ $69 Non-Members

Three day camps

Snack provided

  • June 6-8: What’s the Matter?
  • June 13-15: Jungle Boogie
  • June 27-29: Jr. Vets
  • July 11-13: Sci Art
  • July 18-20: Planet Pals
  • July 25-27: That Makes Sense!
  • August 1-3: Bubbleology
  • August 8-10: Legos in Space


Ages 6-8, 9:00am-3:00pm

$105 Members/ $120 Non-Members

Three day camps

Bring sack lunch

Snack provided

  • June 6-8: Get in the Game
  • June 13-15: Amazon Adventures
  • June 27-29: Test Lab
  • July 11-13: Robo Camp
  • July 18-20: 3rd Rock From the Sun
  • July 25-27: Make-It or Break-It
  • August 1-3: Go For Launch!
  • August 8-10: Partial Eclipse of the Sun


Ages 9-12, 9:00am-3:00pm

$105 Members/ $120 Non-Members

Three day camps

Bring sack lunch

Snack provided

  • June 6-8: Game Makers
  • June 13-15: Eco Engineers: Amazon Challenge
  • June 27-29: Vet School
  • July 11-13: Mystery at the Museum
  • July 18-20: Robo Camp
  • July 25-27: UnMaker Camp
  • August 1-3: We Have Liftoff!
  • August 8-10: Partial Eclipse of the Sun


Pre-registration and payment of camp fees required.

Call 806-745-2525 x234 to register, or go to for more info.









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