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Lubbock Cultural District Calendar

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


From the Science Spectrum:

Butterflies Alive! Exhibit

Butterflies Alive is a once-in-a-lifetime experience for the whole family that you won’t want to miss! Butterflies Alive brings the magical experience of a wild butterfly encounter up close and personal, providing you and your family with the thrilling experience of being surrounded by not a single butterfly, but hundreds of butterflies and moths flying freely and closely. Contained within a nearly 3,000 square foot garden enclosure, flowering plants, trees, and ornate decorative features create an inspiring and mesmerizing atmosphere.


Upon entering the “Flight House”, or the greenhouse structure that contains the butterflies, moths and flowering plants, one may spot a Zebra Longwing butterfly busily flying in search of a flower’s nectar meal, or perhaps an Atlas Moth (one of the largest moth species in the world) roosting in anticipation of the evening’s approach. The well know Monarch butterfly will be easily found most days, and is a central theme of the garden. Butterflies Alive brings these beautiful winged insects to life before your eyes as never before.


A “Pupae Emergence House” is a welcome feature of the exhibit, and is where new butterflies and moths emerge safely before being released into the Flight House (new butterflies are added every week). Viewing windows into the inner chamber ensure that every visitor will get a chance to see a butterfly or moth emerge from its chrysalis. If you’re patient, you may just catch a Red Admiral drying her wings after her emergence. Daily releases, performed by Science Spectrum staff, into the Flight House are an added bonus not to be missed.


New to this year’s experience…., don’t miss the Butterfly Maze where you can experience the life cycle and transformation of a butterfly from caterpillar to adult. Then play games to find food and avoid predators like a butterfly, as well as learn to crawl like a caterpillar.



Where do the butterflies come from?

The butterflies are raised by butterfly farmers that have met certain criteria put forth by the USDA in order to successfully breed and sell butterflies commercially. All farmers are carefully screened and chosen for their care and commitment to the wellbeing of butterflies, now and into the future.


What kind of butterflies will I see when I visit?

There are dozens of different butterfly species, and a handful of moth species, that are likely to be flying in any combination at any time during the course of the exhibition. A lot depends upon the conditions in which the butterfly farmers are raising their brood. Some of the most common include:


Gulf Fritillary – Agraulis vanillae

Monarch – Danaus plexippus

Zebra Longwing – Heliconius charitonius

Giant Swallowtail – Papilio cresphonte

Black Swallowtail – Papilio polyxenes

Red Admiral – Vanessa atalanta

Painted Lady – Vanessa cardui

Blue Morpho – Morpho peleides

Owl Butterfly – Caligo memnon

Atlas Moth – Attacus atlas


While you’re here, you’ll also be able to take in the full butterfly experience by seeing  the OMNI film, Flight of the Butterflies.

Flight of the Butterflies is an interconnected scientific adventure story that spans not only thousands of miles, but generations. It’s about the remarkable Monarch butterfly migration, the most incredible migration on Earth, and the determined scientists who spent 40 years trying to discover exactly where the butterflies mysteriously disappeared when they flew south for winter.

For more information on Flight of the Butterflies, visit the film’s website at  The OMNI Theater is showing the 2D version of this film.


From the Lubbock Cultural District:

Thursday, May 23:  –

National Ranching Heritage Center
Trolley Tour
10:30am – 11:00am
3121 4th Street
Tickets are $5.00 per person and are available in the Gift Shop.
Tour information:
NRHC Facebook:
NRHC Twitter:

Take a ride on the NRHC trolley for a 30-minute guided tour through our historical park.

Trolley tours will be available every Thursday through October 3, weather permitting.

Thursday, May 23 – Sunday, May 26:  –

Lubbock Community Theatre
9 to 5
7:30pm on Thursday-Saturday and 2:30pm on Sunday
LHUCA Firehouse Theatre
511 Avenue K
Tickets:  $25.00 for adults; $20.00 students.  Tickets may be purchased by calling 806.749.2416
or by visiting their website at:

9 to 5 The Musical is based on the 1980 hit movie. Set in the late 1970’s, this hilarious story of friendship and revenge in the Rolodex era is outrageous, thought-provoking, and even a little romantic.

Pushed to the boiling point, three female coworkers concoct a plan to get even with the sexist, egotistical bigot they call their boss. In a hilarious turn of events, Violet, Judy and Doralee live out their wildest fantasy—giving their boss the boot and take control of the company that had always kept them down.

Friday, May 24:  –

Cactus Theater and Caldwell Entertainment
The 80’s Rock Mega-Hit Flashback
7:30pm – 9:30pm
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue
Floor and standard balcony $20; limited balcony box seats $40 (includes concessions with ticket)
Please note: All sales are final. The Cactus Theater does not permit exchanges, refunds or credit for future shows in exchange for unused 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.

Don’t miss an unforgettable evening at the Cactus as we pay tribute to the music of Guns ‘N Roses, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, The Police, AC/DC, Whitesnake, A-Ha, Cyndi Lauper, Tom Petty, Joan Jett, and The B-52s.

Cactus favorites Jason Fellers, Brandon Gwinn, Sheena Fadeyi, Avery Guyear, Haley Simpson and the Caldwell Collective Band guarantee to rock you!

Friday, May 24 – Sunday, May 26:  –

Grace Campus, BLNKA, Hearing the Homeless and TTU School of Theatre and Dance
The Hairy Ape
8:00pm on Friday and Saturday and 2:00pm on Sunday
Grace Campus
1301 Avenue A
Tickets:  $20.00 per ticket.  Tickets may be purchased here:

The Hairy Ape by is a 1922 expressionist play by American playwright Eugene O’Neill. It centers around a beastly laborer known as Yank who searches for a sense of belonging in a world controlled by the rich.

The classic O’Neill play presents a layered investigation of identity by an alienating society, class struggle, and reach for upward mobility. It serves as a spiritual search for ones soul in a rapidly-industrialized and oppressively technological world.

This play and visual art exhibit will be presented at Grace Campus and all ticket sales will benefit Grace Campus.

Students from the School of Theatre and Dance at Texas Tech University, Hearing the Homeless, leaders from Grace Campus, and artists with BLNKA are banding together to bring theatre and art to the clients of Grace Campus. Performing May 17th through May 26th at Grace Campus, 1301 Avenue A, the collaborators behind The Hairy Ape hope to provide visibility and resources to the nonprofit, which serves as a transitional shelter for homeless individuals in Lubbock.

“We have an opportunity to directly affect the lives of the individuals at Grace Campus. My colleagues and I are passionately working to spotlight the need that Grace Campus is satisfying and serve them in every way possible with this classic play,” explains Alec Lee Williams, Producer of The Hairy Ape by Eugene O’Neill.

Whether in a transitional capacity, due to unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances like a house fire, or due to chronic issues, Grace Campus gives the homeless of Lubbock a place to rebuild their lives. The campus has small homes with beds, men and women’s restrooms with toilets and showers, laundry facilities, and a large barn which allows people a place to engage in community activities. While these resources build a much higher quality of life for the clients, there is always a need for food, upkeep costs, and material items to maintain these facilities.

“This production will not only benefit the homeless coming through our gates seeking shelter, but demonstrate how the Lubbock community can support those in need. Our Board believes that we truly make the greatest impact in the lives of others when we work together,” Says Chris Moore, Executive Director of Grace Campus.

The mission of Grace Campus is to inspire hope, instill value, and equip the homeless in the community. It is their desire to not only provide temporary shelter for the homeless in Lubbock, but to also come alongside these individuals helping them realize their potential and ability to live an independent life that positively contributes to society.

Saturday, May 25:  –

Saturday’s at LHUCA
Tai Chi in the Gallery
10:00am – 11:00am
511 Avenue K
Free and open to the public

Find your inner balance with Tai Chi in the Gallery.  Join Meiling Jin as she leads breathing, mindfulness, and body movement and exercise to start your weekend in a healthy and peaceful frame of mind

Saturday’s at LHUCA
The Life and Art of Nancy Holt with Christian Conrad
11:30am – 1:00pm
511 Avenue K
Free and open to the public

Join us for coffee and donuts as we explore the life and art of Nancy Holt (1938 – 2014).

Instrumental in the Land Art movement, Nancy Holt created a variety of art including large scale sculpture, installation, and film. With a focus on the concept of time many of Holt’s works function as contemplative pieces that change depending on the environmental conditions. Often using astronomical phenomenon as a basis for exploration, Holt uses moments such as the summer and winter solstices within her work. Join us as we examine the life and work of an artist who is fundamental to the conversation of earth-based art.

Saturday Lectures at LHUCA is an informal conversation over the life and work of contemporary artists. It’s a stress-free opportunity to examine the art and ideas that underlie much of the modern art world. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and join the conversation.

Cactus Theater
Lone Star Skynyrd – A Tribute to Lynyrd Skynyrd
7:30pm – 9:30pm
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue
First 3 rows of floor: $25.00, Remainder of floor:  $20.00, Standard Balcony:  $15.00,
Box Seats:  $40.00 (includes ticket and concessions; present ticket at lobby counter before ordering)

Please note: All sales are final. The Cactus Theater does not permit exchanges, refunds or credit for future shows in exchange for unused 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.

Lone Star Skynyrd is the premier Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute of Texas. Featuring seasoned musicians from north Texas, the band is a virtual supergroup of regional area talent – uncanny vocals, melodic keyboards and the big guitar sound that is signature to many of Skynyrd’s legendary hits.

Lubbock Arts Alliance
The Maines Brothers Band Concert and Panhandle Dance
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Exhibit Hall
1501 Mac Davis Lane
Tickets: at, 806.770.2000 or any select-a-seat outlet center.
Direct Link:
Tickets are $45.00 on the floor (excluding service fee) and $35.00 in tiered seating area (excluding service fee).

Come celebrate the Memorial Day weekend with The Maines Brothers Band.

All the original members of The Maines Brothers Band are back together for a one-night only concert and dance playing their favorite hits including “Break the Fall” and “Amarillo Highway.”

The Maines Brothers Band members are Lloyd Maines (steel guitar, electric guitar), Steve Maines (guitar, vocals), Kenny Maines (guitar, harmonica, vocals), Donnie Maines (drums), Jerry Brownlow (bass guitar, vocals), Richard Bowden (fiddle, mandolin, trumpet), Cary Banks (keyboards), Joe Piland (sound). Sister La Tronda Moyers (the best looking of the Maines Brothers) join in with beautiful harmony vocals. Special guest will be Terri Hendrix. Also, with the Maines Brothers nephews.

LIVE MUSIC:  – (Clubs, Restaurants, Wineries, Club Comedy Shows, other)

Thursday, May 23:  –

Blue Light
William Beckman
10:00pm – 1:00am; Doors open at 8:00pm
All headliners go on at 11:15pm unless otherwise noted.  All opening acts go on about 10:00pm unless otherwise noted.  We are 21 and up unless otherwise noted.
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue
Tickets:  $5.00 at the door; ladies free


Buddy Holly Center
Summer Showcase:  Element
5:30pm – 7:30pm
1801 Crickets Avenue
Free and open to the public

Element:  R&B and funk

Join us and enjoy original Texas-made music in a family-friendly environment. Summer Showcase performances, and admission to the Buddy Holly Center during performance hours, are free to the public.

All concerts are free to the public and family friendly. Patrons will enjoy live music, food trucks, cash bar, and free children’s craft activities; all in the beautiful, shaded Meadows Courtyard. No outside beverages are allowed.

Louie Louie’s Piano Bar
World Famous Piano Show
8:00pm; doors open at 7:00pm
1703 Texas Avenue          806.749.7464
No Cover Charge on Thursday

McPherson Cellars
Patio Nights Featuring:  Craig Elliott
6:00pm – 9:00pm
1615 Texas Avenue          806.687.9463
No Cover Charge

Food Truck:  Whistlin’ Dixie

Overton Hotel and Conference Center Pecan Grill Lounge
Jenni Dale Lord
4:30pm – 6:30pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.7000
No Cover Charge

Overton Hotel and Conference Center Pecan Grill Lounge
Part Timers
7:00pm – 10:00pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.7000
No Cover Charge

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

Friday, May 24:  –

Blue Light
Shaker Hymns
10:00pm – 1:00am; Doors open at 8:00pm
All headliners go on at 11:15pm unless otherwise noted.  All opening acts go on about 10:00pm unless otherwise noted.  We are 21 and up unless otherwise noted.
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue         806.762.1185
Tickets:  $7.00 at the door


Louie Louie’s Piano Bar
World Famous Piano Show
8:00pm; doors open at 7:00pm
1703 Texas Avenue          806.749.7464
Cover:  $5.00 – $7.00

Overton Hotel and Conference Center Pecan Grill Lounge
Kevin Hoes
7:00pm – 10:00pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.7000
No Cover Charge

Triple J Chophouse and Brew Company
Alissa Beyer-Gilvin
6:30pm – 9:30pm
1807 Buddy Holly Avenue          806.771.6555
No Cover Charge

Saturday, May 25:  –

Blue Light
Tylor & The Train Robbers
10:00pm – 1:00am; Doors open at 8:00pm
All headliners go on at 11:15pm unless otherwise noted.  All opening acts go on about 10:00pm unless otherwise noted.  We are 21 and up unless otherwise noted.
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue           806.762.1185
Tickets:  $5.00


Louie Louie’s Piano Bar
World Famous Piano Show
8:00pm; doors open at 7:00pm
1703 Texas Avenue          806.749.7464
Cover:  $5.00 – $7.00

Overton Hotel and Conference Center Pecan Grill Lounge
Mike Pritchard
7:00pm – 10:00pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.7000
No Cover Charge

Triple J Chophouse and Brew Company
Dustin Garrett
7:00pm – 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

Tom Chambers Photography Exhibit “Windmills of a Mind’s Eye”
This will be a permanent exhibit at the Museum
Opened March 16, 2019
This exhibition by Tom R. Chambers comprises the Collection at the American Windmill Museum, Lubbock, Texas.

Chambers takes great delight in this project since he grew up with windmills (wind pumps) and particularly the one that his grandfather used to pump water for his herd of cattle. The signature/logo that is seen bottom-right for each photograph incorporates an image of his grandfather’s windmill (wind pump).

The prints are 11″X14″ overall and framed.

A Windmill Museum for the American Style Water Pumping Windmill and Related Exhibits on Wind Electricity. The purpose of the American Windmill Museum, 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.   More than 100 windmills displayed inside, more than 50 outside and a 6,000 square foot mural depicting the history of windmills.  Years represented by the windmills range from one manufactured in 1867 to two modern wind turbines for generation of electricity.

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 your 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, Children 6 and under are Free, Members Free, Active Military with ID Free.  Free Admission to the Fine Arts & Foyer Galleries.


Buddy Holly:  Life, Legend & Legacy Exhibition
February 1 – September 15, 2019

The Buddy Holly Center will partner with the Crossroads of Music Archive at TTU’s Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library to display artifacts and memorabilia belonging to the late Bill Griggs, a widely renowned Buddy Holly expert and collection.


The Buddy Holly Center partnered with The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation headquartered in London, England, and opened a new permanent exhibition in the Center’s Foyer Gallery that began 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.  Buddy’s dining room table is now on display as well.


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.






1719 Avenue A

Displaying art work by local artists.

For additional information please contact:  Shirley Green, Executive Director for the Lubbock Roots Historical Arts Council at or via telephone at 806.535.2475.

602 Avenue J
10:00am – 5:00pm Monday-Saturday

Showcasing Maisie Marie Alford, Shannon Cannings, John Chinn, Joe Clifford, Hannah Dean, Carol Flueckiger, Tina Fuentes, Glenn Garnett, B.C. Gilbert, Carol C. Howell, Lynwood Kreneck, Artie Limmer, Joey Martinez, Abed Monawar, Chad Plunket, Catherine Prose, Phillip Taylor, Ashton Thornhill, Sara Waters, James Watkins, and Jonathan Whitfill with work by early regional artists Peter Hurd, Henrietta Wyeth, John Miegs, and others.

Charles Adams Gallery opened in November 1985 at 2109 Broadway in Lubbock, TX. In 1997, the gallery moved to the Kingsgate Center on 82nd and Quaker Avenue. In 2010, the gallery moved to 602 Avenue J in the new Arts District.

A Lubbock native, Charles Adams moved to Manhattan in 1969 and opened an art gallery at 363 Bleecker Street in Greenwich Village. The gallery was sold in 1980 when Charles Adams moved back to Lubbock.

In conjunction with moving to the Arts District, Mr. Adams founded the Charles Adams Studio Project. The studio project, CASP, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3). The mission of CASP is to cluster artists in the Arts District by building and maintaining studio space for working artists. To date, CASP has started an artist-in-residency program by building four live/work studios at 1010 Mac Davis Lane. CASP has remodeled the old city police garage at 5th Street and Avenue J into cooperative working studios containing the Helen DeVitt Jones Print Studio, the CH Foundation Metal Studio and Foundry, and the 5&J Gallery that hosts monthly art shows. CASP has opened the Satellite Gallery, a downtown art gallery for the Texas Tech School of Art that is housed in the police garage. The CASP Print and Metals Studios are available for public use and offer classes and workshops for both beginners and professional artists. CASP has built four Work Studios at 402 Ave J and is ready to build a four additional Work Studios at that same location. There are future CASP projects that are in the works at this time and will be announced in the future.

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

Cat Boucher, mosaic; Jan Dresher, printing; Margaret Dobbs, mosaic; Roxi Hardegree, photography, encaustic, oil and cold wax painting; Rick Kincheloe, ceramic picture; Jan Lloyd, line drawings and painting; Pauline Mills, glass and acrylics; Linda Slatton, gourds.

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

601 Indiana Avenue           806.742.3667

Adventures in Study Abroad & My Hometown Exhibit
March 25, 2019 – May 31, 2019
Hall of Nations and Galleries

The “Adventures in Study Abroad & My Hometown” Photography Exhibit features the best photographs from Texas Tech students’ study abroad experiences and Texas Tech international students’ hometowns. Please help us celebrate the creativity and artistic vision of this diverse group of photographers.

Juror Robin Germany, interim director and professor of photography for the Texas Tech School of Art, will deliver a gallery talk and announce the award winners at 5:30 PM during the April 18 reception.

For more information, please call 806.742.3667

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. The Gallery is closed on University Holidays and closed between semesters.

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

Christine DeVitt Exhibition Hall
Bryan Wheeler, Slinger
April 5 – June 1, 2019

An exhibition of large-scale paintings and small digital works based on Ed Dorn’s Gunslinger, an “anti-epic,” comic-Western poem written between 1968-1975.

Helen DeVitt Jones Studio Gallery
Inguna Gremzde, Upcoming Memories
April 5 – June 1, 2019

This exhibit will guide the viewer through juxtaposition of miniature landscape paintings placed in colorful bottle tops and installation of natural elements with modern life images about lonely shoppers in shopping malls painted on transparent plastic lids, thus celebrating sense of wonder at the beauty of the natural world.

Artist’s Statement                                                  Inguna Gremzde   _ 

Gremzde’s practice explores the complex relationship between humans and nature referring to landscape as a portrait of nature. Facing the world today the landscape has become not only a portal through which to consider traditional notions of beauty and the sublime, but also a framework to examine society, identity and ecology. The exhibition conveys an ambiguity of space, place and time, whilst questioning the expanding footprint of human activity and reflects on intersection of the natural and industrial worlds.

In Gremzde’s works nature is regarded as a focus for the formation of individual and community’s identity. Growing alienation from nature, habitation in cities and dominating consumer lifestyle results in more time spent in constructed, artificial spaces monitored by surveillance cameras like shopping malls and waiting halls defined as non-places, which being real measure of our time have no identity, relations and history. The scene of nature paid close look at as opposite can open itself to reveal a secret life, a narrativity and history outside the given field of perception.

Miniature landscape paintings placed in standardized plastic bottle caps are a small world on its own without national restrictions depicting sky, fields and woods, surrounded by contemporary frame. Even not showing any trace of human presence the scenes compare contemporary consumer lifestyles with man’s historically romantic relationship with nature. These small landscapes could have been intended for looking at when seized by a vague feeling of necessity to escape from undefined urban environment. Conceptually miniature scale could be regarded as a reference to the shrinking space of unaltered nature. The work in the same time investigates the common trend of landscape being regarded as unclean and unsafe unless neatly packaged, managed, labeled and turned into commodity. Important aspect of the project was to upcycle discarded caps, attempting to reduce the amount of single-use plastic waste in the world in some way.

”13 Hours Older” consisting of 13 landscape paintings on different sized plastic lids depicts subsequent moments in time. The work references selective nature of memory with moments leaving different degrees of impact.

The warm tones captured in landscapes at sunset allow for contemplation, a sense of time passing and deep reflection. The sun setting like any other evening stars in unique theatrical performance staging a background to possibilities that might have happened in viewer’s life over the course of 13 hours and prompting a guess which moment would be picked to be relished as golden memories.

The other part of project features paintings of a figure, seeming the same person, dressed black-and-white wandering in plastic world or non-place, casting no shadow, each movement being monitored by surveillance cameras. Alone, but one of many, user of non-place is in contractual relations with it, a form of reminder being empty trolley he trundles round the supermarket. These round shaped images reminding of spy hole exploring the patterns of collective behavior and carrying a sense of dystopia masked by artificial supermarket environment are both intimate miniatures and mass-produced portraits of single figure on non-narrative shopping trip. A walk-through aisle with choices to make and decisions to take also serves as a metaphor of the life itself, for the thoughts and feelings of the human condition. The image painted on the reverse side of transparent plastic lid locks the inhabitant of the scene behind the plastic screen as opposite the directness of landscapes in brightly-coloured bottle tops.

And finally, ”Wonderful World” aims to give a glimpse of insight in biodiversity. The installation consisting of over 200 miniature abstract square compositions while preserving the examples of different species celebrates nature as an inventor of forms and textures. The work also investigates notions of possession, collection and cataloguing.

In Gremzde’s practice natural elements are often juxtaposed with plastic ready-mades from the viewpoint of materiality, also reflecting on one of a kind nature of handmade painting versus impersonality of manufactured object. The works reference their hybrid status as image, object and installation. They are mostly exhibited as a group of numerous single pieces to reveal their greatest impact through a repetitive structure on the wall. There, to a certain degree, images lose their individual character in order to expose a common formal and conceptual stand. At the same time like in any repetitive strategy the serial method boosts its single image as its formal visuality and intellectual concept get multiplied.    

John F. Lott Gallery
Luminous Lookout – Dawn Black, Kathryn Hunter, Kelli Scott Kelley, and Jonathan Mayers
May 3 – June 29, 2019

Luminous Lookout, a group of four Southern Louisiana based artists, including: Dawn Black, Kathryn Hunter, Kelli Scott Kelley, and Jonathan Mayers whose curious images address the current fragility of our time, and provokes critical thought about our place in the world.

Using representational imagery, their work visualizes narratives to inspire social dialogue and critique. Teetering moral ambiguities, existential repetitions, and anthropomorphic allegories are shared threads woven throughout all the artists’ work.

Each artist employs unique materials and processes to create their work. Using a variety of collected source material, Black examines tentative systems of power and identity through watercolor on paper to visualize sociological narratives. Hunter’s laser-cut steel and paper wall installations are populated by stitched and carved anthropomorphic silhouettes, which evoke fables and reflect on our connection to the natural world. Kelley’s enigmatic narratives are painted on antique domestic linens, referencing traditional women’s handicrafts, while engaging in an ecologically conscious art making practice. The delicate feminine cloths also serve to juxtapose the fantastical imagery. Mayers collects sediments from places he visits and imbeds the material into his pieces, creating meaningful tactile and textural surfaces, where mysterious beasts, born of the artist’s familiarity with Louisiana folklore, frolic amid meticulously render Louisiana landscapes.

Luminous Lookout artists’ haunting, curious images address the current fragility of our time and provokes critical thought about our place in the world.

Dawn Black
Dawn was born in Louisiana where she received a BFA from Louisiana State University. She earned both MA and MFA, specializing in Painting and Sculpture, from the University of Iowa School of Art and Art History. Her work is internationally and domestically exhibited and is in various collections including in the Museum of Paper and Watermark in Fabriano, Italy and the Columbus Museum of Art. In 2012, she was nominated for a Joan Mitchell Foundation Grant and received a Career Advancement Grant from the state of Louisiana. Black has attended numerous residencies including Bemis Center for the Arts, the McColl Center for the Arts, VCCA, and Lawndale Art Center. The Washington Post, Art Papers, and, among others have reviewed her work. Currently, she lives and works in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and is represented by Curator’s Office.

Kelli Scott Kelley

Kelli was born in Baton Rouge, LA. She earned an MFA from University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Her work is primarily comprised of mixed-media narrative paintings, drawings and objects. She has also collaborated with her husband, composer Bill Kelley, on surreal performances and video pieces.

Kelley has exhibited and lectured throughout the United States, and beyond, including: The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans, Galerie Califi at ArtMill Center for Sustainable Creativity in Mirenice, Czech Republic, Bangalore University in Bangalore, India, the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston, and Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art in Boulder, CO. Her work is represented by Koelsch Gallery in Houston, Soren Christensen Gallery in New Orleans, and Baton Rouge Gallery Center for Contemporary Art.

Kelley authored a book featuring her narrative artwork entitled Accalia and the Swamp Monster in 2014. A solo exhibit of the work opened in at the LSU Museum of art and then traveled to Bradbury Museum of Art, the Jung Center Gallery in Houston, the Masur Museum of Art and the Michelson Art Museum. Her work is featured in the permanent collections of the LSU Museum of Art, Tyler Museum of Art, East Baton Rouge Parish Library Special Collections and The Eugenia Summer Gallery Mississippi University for Women.

Kelli Scott Kelley is a Professor of Painting in the School of Art at Louisiana State University.

Jonathan “feral opossum” Mayers

Louisiana Creole artist, writer, and independent curator, Jonathan “feral opossum” Mayers, was born and raised in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Mr. Mayers attended Louisiana State University as a computer science major before changing his course of study and earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Studio Art with a concentration of painting and drawing in 2007. While living in New Orleans, Louisiana, he received his Master of Fine Arts degree in 2011 with a concentration in painting from the University of New Orleans. Between 2012-18 he was a founding member of the TEN Gallery + Collective. He received scholarships to attend French Immersion at Université Sainte-Anne in Church Point, Nova Scotia from both the Université (2015) and CODOFIL (2016). Mr. Mayers has exhibited works in Prospect.1-4+ Satellites, multiple Surreal Salons, Notes from the Artistic Underground, ART I-10, and Tiercé. His work is included the LSU Student Union Art Gallery Permanent Collection and the art collection of Université Sainte-Anne in Church Point, Nova Scotia. In Fall 2018 he was an artist-in-residence at A Studio in the Woods for Adaptations: Living with Change. Currently Mr. Mayers is represented by Arthur Roger Gallery in New Orleans, Louisiana, were his most recent curatorial project, Mythologies Louisianaises, accompanied by a trilingual catalogue in International Louisiana French, Kouri-vini (Louisiana Creole), and English was on display in August and September 2018.

Kathryn Hunter

Kathryn Hunter is a fine artist in South Louisiana. She works in mixed media: paper cutting, relief printing, wool & silk, embroidery, steel, letterpress, drawing, and wax. She is inspired by the color in Wes Anderson’s films and the animals on the Gulf Coast and in the Western Mountains.

She earned a BFA in printmaking from Montana State University, Bozeman in 1999 and an MFA in printmaking from Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge in 2003. In 2003, she started Blackbird Letterpress which specializes in quirky animal stationery, handmade notebooks and cards, and invitations, with a focus on good craftsmanship and good design. Visit . Her work has been commissioned by Clarkson Potter (a division of Penguin Random House), Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, Norton Simon Museum of Art, Los Angeles, and Historic New Orleans Collection.

She is a member of Ladies of Letterpress, an artist member of Baton Rouge Gallery of Contemporary Art, and her fine art is represented by LeMieux Galleries in New Orleans. Her work is part of the permanent collections of Louisiana State University Museum of Art and of the Special Collections of Skillman Library, Lafayette College, Easton Pennsylvania, among others.

Martin McDonald Gallery
Aaron Hegert, Transition
April 5 – June 1, 2019

A series of photographs taken at DIY skateparks.

Artist Statement:
The Photographs in the Transition series were taken at DIY skateparks in Indiana and Texas over the last 5 years. The DIY skatepark, a skatepark built illegally by local skateboarders, is a phenomenon that has spread across the country and the world in the last 10 years. The title Transition has a double meaning– it is the word skaters use to refer to the part of a ramp that connects the horizontal plane to the vertical plane, and also a reference to the way these disused urban spaces change when a DIY park is built. They go from being an abandoned place to being an inhabited place, from a place with no name to place with one, from being nothing to being something. The central figure in this series is a concrete embankment (a quarter pipe) added by the skaters to a corner of the lot. I consider the material, formal, and conceptual qualities of this object and the gesture it represents emblematic of a sophisticated spatial practice at work: through a few minimal concrete additions an entirely new vision of what a place is for and what can be done there is manifested. The skaters had transitioned a commercial ruin into a space of free expression and autonomy. In these photographs I adopted the same mentality as the skaters, discarding the precepts of photographic representation the way the skaters had discarded the precepts of the urban space. In an attempt to learn from this form of creative consumption, this project is an ongoing experiment that blurs the lines between documentation and participation, where each image is a reflection of one set of circumstances and the initiation of another.

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African Fabric Pillows
Exhibit is free and open to the public   

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TICKETS: General Admission (ages 18-59) $5.00; Children & Teens (ages 6-17) $3.00; (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, 2019

1:30 pm – Astrobreak
2:30 pm – Dino Prophecy
3:30 pm – Laser Vinyl

1:00 pm – Cowboy Astronomer
2:00 pm – Dino Prophecy
3:30 pm – Laser Vinyl

11:30 am – Cowboy Astronomer
12:30 am – Astrobreak
1:30 pm – Dino Prophecy
2:30 pm – Astrobreak
3:30 pm – Laser Vinyl

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

Astrobreak (all ages)
20 minutes

Astrobreak is a new program of the Museum of Texas Tech University Moody Planetarium that projects the Saturday night sky to show you what constellations and stars will be visible Saturday evening.

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.

Laser Vinyl
45 minutes

  1. Back in Black – AC/DC
  2. Karn Evil 9 /See the Shaw – ELP
  3. Jump – Van Halen
  4. Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  5. Carry on my Wayward Son – Kansas
  6. Rock-n-Roll All Night – Kiss
  7. Dream On – Aerosmith
  8. Separate Ways – Journey
  9. One of these Days – Pink Floyd

Cowboy Astronomer (all ages)
37 minutes

Explore the stars from a cowboy’s point of view! This full-dome planetarium show is a skillfully woven tapestry of star tales and Native American legends, combined with constellation identification, star-hopping, and astronomy tidbits — all told from the unique viewpoint of a cowboy astronomer who has traveled the world plying his trade and learning the sky along the way. Narrated by cowboy humorist and poet Baxter Black.

Museum Hours:  Tues-Sat 10:00 AM–5:00 PM    Sun: 1-4 PM   Closed Monday
Museum Admission and Parking are Free.
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Public guided tours of the Museum’s galleries are available for free at 3:30pm most Fridays. Please check in for your tour by 3:20pm at the kiosk in the front lobby. For additional information please call 806.742.2456 or email


What Were You Wearing Lubbock
Now through June 2, 2019

“What were you wearing, Lubbock?” is intended to combat a common rape myth that what someone is wearing causes them to be assaulted. The question “What were you wearing?” seems to be asked of every survivor when they decide to tell their story; this exhibition challenges viewers to engage with this question in an entirely new way.

This exhibition shows viewers in a powerful way that assault is never about clothing. Unfortunately, preventing sexual assault isn’t that simple.

1 in 3 women and 1 in 6 men will experience some form of contact sexual violence in their lifetime (NSVRC). Each outfit you see was curated from an anonymous story from a survivor in Lubbock.

Inspired by Mary Simmerling’s poem “What I Was Wearing” and other survivor installations, “What Were You Wearing, Lubbock?” challenges us to reflect on why we ask survivors “What were you wearing?” in the first place.

Exhibition sponsored by Texas Tech’s Risk Intervention and Safety Education Department (RISE). For more information, contact us or 806.742.2110.
This exhibition includes graphic descriptions of sexual assault, abuse, and rape. if you are a TTU student and have an experience you want to talk about, please reach out to the crisis helpline (806.742.5555) or RISE (806.742.2110).

Lunar Embrace:  Korean Ceramics and Paintings by Tae Keun Yoo
Opens March 16, 2019 – June 16, 2019

The exhibition, Lunar Embrace: Korean Ceramics and Paintings by Tae Keun Yoo, features ceramic art and paintings by Tae Keun Yoo that are reinterpretations by one of today’s prominent ceramists in Korea. In this exhibition Yoo explores the bold and startlingly modern ceramic traditions that flourished in Korea during the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910).

Joseon ceramics went through several transformations during its five hundred-year period. Yoo’s works focus on the two major movements: Buncheong and white porcelain. In addition to ceramic and stoneware, his paintings, which are inspired by the Korean ceramic and stoneware traditions, will also be included in the exhibit.

Buncheong ware is a form of traditional Korean stoneware that was popularly produced from the late 14th to the 15th century. It is known for its natural, modest, and practical characteristics. The clay has a bluish-green tone. The surfaces of the works are coated with a white slip and decorative designs that can be produced using various techniques, which include stamping, carving, and cobalt or iron pigment painting.

Buncheong wares were exported to Japan and have influenced the development of Japanese pottery and Japanese tea ceremony traditions. The technology and elements of Buncheong has influenced artists around the work seeking insight into Asian ceramic traditions, and Buncheong continues to inspire artists to this day. The exhibit will show how the tradition is practiced by today’s artists. Yoo’s works will also showcase the different techniques and styles of Buncheong.

The Joseon white porcelains are characterized by the beauty of minimalist forms, restrained use of decoration and color, reflecting the ideals and ethics of the Korean Confucian state. In particular, the Moon jar is a type of traditional Korean white porcelain which was made during the Joseon Dynasty. The full moon shape is made by connecting two hemispherical halves together in the middle. The milky white color and slightly uneven natural shape are considered to be the highlight of the Korean esthetics and spirit. A number of Joseon Moon jars are registered as national treasures by the Korean government. The exhibit will feature the Moon jars and the paintings of Moon jars by Yoo that demonstrate the philosophy and esthetics of Korea. His Moon jars show the faithful representation of the artistic tradition. His Moon jar paintings show the adaptation and creativity inherited from this era.

Through his works Yoo responds to the difficult history of Korea, such as reunification of the two Koreas and post-colonial relationships of Japan and Korea. The ChungMa YooTaeKeun Bodumda exhibition in 2016, Make the Future with Earth exhibition in 2015, and the exhibition Unification, the Beautiful Bowl in 2014, are examples of such efforts. Using clays from Japan and Korea to make one ceramic work to wish for forgiveness of past faults and to create a positive future is another example.

Yoo is a professor of the School of Design in Kyungil University, South Korea, and owns Chung-ma Pottery Lab. He studied at Kyungil University and at Miyagi University, Japan, earning a master’s degree in traditional pottery from Aichi University, Japan.

Evolution of a Museum – in Building and Purpose
February 16, 2019 opened

Evolution of a Museum – in Building and Purpose is a history of the Museum and how it has evolved as a building.  This exhibit is a part of the 90th Anniversary Celebration of the Museum. 

We Used to Play That
February 9 – June 9, 2019

The Museum of Texas Tech University, in partnership with the Texas Tech Humanity Center, takes a look at the history, culture and consumer impact of video games in a new exhibition, We Use to Play That! Video Games for a Globalized World.

The exhibition features games and memorabilia from the Learning Games Initiative Research Archive at the University of Arizona. The exhibition will be open from February 9 through June 2019.

This collection was curated by Jorgelina Orfila and Francisco Ortega-Grimaldo, both of whom work in the School of Art at Tech. The exhibit will be open until June and will have a variety of different interactive events over the course of the next few months.

“This exhibition appeals to something that is an everyday experience, but also past and recent past that is already historical,” Orfila said.

Ortega-Grimaldo and Orfila said they hope seeing these pieces will give the viewer time to consider the pace at which technology is developing and how they are using it.

The exhibit also focuses on glocalization, a term referring to the union between the global and the local markets in the gaming industry, and is an examination of how gaming is affecting culture, Orfila said.

“The idea that we wanted to put on display through the games is that there is no local or global,” “It is that the local accepts the global, and uses the global, and wants to have the global.”

Ortega-Grimaldo said this type of glocalization is achieved by releasing games to a global audience, then tailoring it through editing to the particular area’s customs and the local expectations.

Orfila and Ortega-Grimaldo stated this trend is too new to determine whether or not it is beneficial to people and culture, but it can be certain that glocalization creates small communities of people who bond over a shared game regardless of where they are from or what their background is.

“We can see that, no matter where you are, you might have similar inclinations, but this is the only way you can have those connections,” Ortega-Grimaldo said.

“This exhibition at this time gives you the opportunity to think and reflect,” Orfila said. “We don’t know where it is going, but the need to have objects seems to be the compliment and the reaction to this virtualization.”

Video games are a $100 billion global industry reaching millions of people ranging from the casual player to competitive gamers.

Video game packaging, posters, postage stamps, and consoles are all included in the exhibition. The intent is to look at games that were developed primarily for a local market, those that were developed with the intent of selling them around the world and those local games that found an international audience.

In the early 1970s, the huge success of a new type of play activity called “Pong” installed the word as a synonym for video gaming. What started at bars in the San Francisco Bay area spread in a few years to thousands of households. Video games became a phenomenon that spread around the world like wildfire. Games, controllers, accessories, paraphernalia, and game culture defined the late 20th and the 21st centuries.

Games are instances of play. French theoretician Roger Caillois characterized play as a free but circumscribed activity whose results are unknown and does not have a practical goal. Rules govern play, and those who engage in it are aware of not being acting for real.

Video games shape many people’s everyday daily routines, fantasies, and world-view. Virtual game characters and icons have spawned clothing, accessories, vocabulary, expressions, and patterns of behavior that have become central to our contemporary culture. If in the past video games’ plots took elements from films and literature, the flow has reversed. Today, video games have transformed our way to tell stories as they reflect and address social issues.

Originally developed in California, U.S, and Japan, the video game industry is today one of the fastest growing sectors in U.S economy. It has been and is a major driver of globalization. First distributed by retail stores, in our digital age any coder can create their own video game, there are as many popular games online as there are in hard copy formats, and political differences or international laws have not stemmed participation in massive multiplayer online games or exchanges among international games developers.

In our technologically based media age rapidly and video game collections reflect the history of recent technology. Young people are already nostalgic about games they played when they were kids and are now considered history. The objects in this exhibition span from the early 1970s to our current decade and show the evolution of the technology, characters, and the culture that evolved around them.

Ladies in Red
September 11, 2018 – September 2019
Main Gallery

Ladies in Red is a composition exhibition to Red That Colored the World.  It draws from the Clothing and Textiles Division collection and other garments on loan from other sources.

The color red evokes strong emotions. From the red power suits worn by First Lady Nancy Reagan to designer gowns worn by first ladies and celebrities, red clothing signifies confidence and the desire to stand out from the crowd.

In Ladies in Red, the Museum of Texas Tech University draws on its superb clothing and textiles collection to create an exhibit featuring red clothing from former first lady Laura Bush and local fashion leaders Margaret Talkington, Louise Underwood, and Carol Krueger Layne.

Ladies in Red, is a complementary exhibit to the exhibition The Red That Colored the World, that explores the history and widespread use in art and textiles of cochineal, an insect-based dye source for the color red whose origins and use date to the pre-Columbian America.

Featured in Ladies in Red is the red dress worn by Laura Bush for a Dec. 7, 2003 portrait with President George W. Bush in front of the White House Christmas Tree. Photo above courtesy of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, White House photo by Eric Draper.

Texas Tech’s use of the bright crimson red as its school color is also represented in Ladies in Red in the red suit Marsha Sharp, former basketball head coach, wore when the Lady Raider’s won the NCAA national basketball championship, shown at right, and in past Texas Tech cheerleader uniforms.

The Red That Colored the World, organized by the Museum of International Folk Art in Santa Fe, NM and circulating through Guest Curator Traveling Exhibitions, has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.



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 including 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.

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 master’s 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.

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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.
Entrance to the historical park will open each day at 10:00am and close each day at 5:00pm.
The outdoor historical park closes at 4:00pm.
The NRHC will be closed for all Texas Tech University holidays as well.
There is no admission fee, although donations are accepted.
The NRHC offers one 30-minute trolley tour of the historical park each Thursday at 10:30am from April through October at a cost of $5.00 per person. Tours will be cancelled during bad weather. Rides on the 21-seat trolley will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Trolley tickets are available for purchase in the NRHC gift shop.
Please visit our website at for additional information and a complete list of special events and programs.

Additional Closing dates:  –

May 27 – Closed for Memorial Day

July 4 – Closed for July 4 Holiday

September 2 – Closed for Labor Day


Beef Cattle Breeds History Exhibit

“The exhibit emphasizes the timeline of the industry over the past 300 years,” explained exhibit co-curator Julie Hodges, Helen DeVitt Jones Director of Education at the center. Hodges worked with Dr. Ryan Rathmann, associate professor in the Department of Animal and Food Science at Texas Tech University and holder of the John W. and Doris Jones Professorship.

“This exhibit is a unique collection of historic photographs, life-size models of cattle and interactive kiosks that will give our visitors a hands-on experience,” Hodges said. Funding for the exhibit was provided by the CH Foundation, and resources for educators will be available on the center’s website at

“While the culture that surrounds ranching has captured the hearts and minds of people from around the world, ranching at its base has always been about providing food and fiber—especially beef—for a growing population,” Hodges said.

Visitors to the exhibit will discover that Christopher Columbus brought the first cattle—Spanish Andalusian—to the Americas during his second voyage to the Caribbean Islands in 1493. In the Southwest, Spanish Andalusian cattle later became known as Texas Longhorns. Shorthorn cattle were imported to the eastern United States as early as 1783, followed by Herefords in 1817 and Angus in 1873.

McCombs Gallery

“In the Shadows: Cattle Rusting” chronicles the history of cattle rustling and turns a spotlight on cattle theft in the 21st century and what actions are being taken to curb the crime.

Macy Gallery

“Buckskin and Beads: Native American Clothing and Artifacts” is an exhibit of many pieces of clothing and artifacts that were once owned by Comanche Chief Quanah Parker, given to three generations of the Burnett family (Four Sixes Ranch) and donated to the NRHC.

McKanna Gallery

“A Yard of Turkey Red: The Western Bandanna” is a traveling exhibit on loan from the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City. It displays flamboyant neckwear that came to identify the colorful cowboys of the West and became as integral to cowboy attire as hats, boots and spurs.

Cash Gallery

“Wagons That Moved History” features six wagons important to the evolution of frontier transportation.

Flores Gallery

“Get a Grip Handgun Exhibit” features handguns from the NRHC and Museum of Texas Tech collections highlighting historically significant firearms that contributed to the evolution of handguns from the early 1800s through the early 1900’s.

Stevens Gallery

“New Additions to the Collection” features an exhibit of diverse items recently donated or added to the NRHC collection.

Burnett Gallery
“Burk Burnett Bedroom” is a permanent NRHC exhibit with items donated by Samuel Burk Burnett’s great-granddaughter, Anne W. Marion. Burnett was one of the most well-known and respected ranchers in Texas. This exhibit space duplicates one of 11 bedrooms in “the big house” at the Four Sixes headquarters.

History of the National Ranching Heritage Center:

Proctor Historical Park

Devitt Mallet Museum

J.J. Gibson Memorial Park

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.


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.


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

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

Architecture Library inside TTU College of Architecture Building
18th Street and Flint Avenue

Art is available to view 24 hours a day/7 days a week on campus

Public Art Walking Tour:   Booklet –

Explore our Collection – over 100 artworks to view

The Public Art Program at the Texas Tech University System was initiated by the Board of Regents in 1998 to enrich the campus environments and extend the educational mission at all of its universities. Through the program, public artworks are funded using one percent of the estimated total cost of each new major capital project. Since then, more than 100 items created by some of today’s leading artists have been added to the TTU System’s multiple campuses. Contact Emily Wilkinson, public art manager, to inquire about touring the public art, presentations about the collection, brochures and additional information.

ArTTrek: your official guide to the Texas Tech University System’s public art collection!


The Public Art Program at the Texas Tech University System was initiated by the Board of Regents in 1998 to enrich the campus environments and extend the educational mission at all of its universities. Through the program, public artworks are funded using 1% of the estimated total cost of each new major capital project. Since then, more than 100 items created by some of today’s leading artists have been added to the TTU System’s multiple campuses.


With this app you can:

  • Discover art nearby, utilizing your location services
  • Create maps that will guide you to different artworks in the collection, whether traveling by foot, bike, or car
  • View art using themed tours created in the app, or create your own tours.
  • Favorite your pieces within the app so you can visit again and share with your friends.
  • Play a “Da Vinci Code” style game to find art and challenge your friends to beat your time
  • Utilize social media to post photos and comment on art that you visit
  • Learn more about the art through videos of the artists themselves speaking about their work.


Planning your visit to the collection? You can still utilize the app when you are not on one of the TTUS campuses to look at pieces within the TTU System. Select pieces from the list to view in more detail and find their location to aid in your visit when you are nearby and would like to see them in person.

To download the app, please search “arttrek” (all one word) in either the iTunes Store (iPhones) or Google Play (Android phones). It is free to download.


2805 15th Street  (15th Street and Detroit)   806.742.3749
General Hours:  Monday-Friday  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Raiders of the Lost Archive
November 2018 – June 2019

A new exhibit showcasing rarely seen artifacts is now open at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library.


Since 1925 the Southwest Collection has expanded from a single archive documenting early ranches to a member of the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, which includes TTU’s University Archives; The Sowell Family Collection in Literature, Community, and the Natural World; the Crossroads of Music Archive; and an extensive Rare Books Collection. The SWC/SCL is also home to hundreds of rare maps and thousands of scholarly monographs and fictional works on Texas, the U.S., and the world. It also preserves extensive audio/visual holdings in every imaginable type of media, as well as thousands of oral histories.


The Remnant Trust, Inc., and the Vietnam Center and Archive are also housed in the SWC/SCL building. The Remnant Trust, Inc., makes available hundreds of rare manuscripts that they display freely to schools and the general public. The Vietnam Center collects and preserves the documentary record of the Vietnam War and the American Vietnam experience. It is one of the largest collections of its kind in the world.


The items on display have rarely, if ever, been exhibited. They remind us that archival and special collections are more than pieces of paper filed away in boxes. They are also the unique, tangible evidence of a person’s existence; how they lived, how they thought, and how we all remember them.


The Great War and West Texas….A Glimpse
November 2018 – June 2019
Globe Rotunda

The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library (SWC/SCL) is commemorating 100 years since the end of World War I with an exhibit titled: “The Great War and West Texas . . . A Glimpse”

World War I was originally called the “Great War,” declared at the time to be the “war to end all wars.” Beginning in Europe in summer 1914 and ending with armistice on November 11, 1918, the Great War was truly a world war; nations from six continents participated.

The SWC/SCL holds various materials related to World War I, such as the records of the 36th Division, organized from National Guard units from Texas and Oklahoma. Soldiers from this division went to France in the summer of 1918, as did Texans who served in other divisions, such as the 42nd (or Rainbow) Division.

Within the collections are various materials such as letters, booklets, postcards, photographs, and other items such as military documents. Numerous Reference Files are also available to patrons, as are newspapers and posters from the era. These collections and resources offer researchers a unique opportunity to glimpse West Texas during the Great War.

The exhibit will be on display in the SWC/SCL Globe Rotunda from November 2018 through June 2019.

Chris Oglesby Collection

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 Department of the Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library researches, designs and fabricates exhibits to highlight the vast holdings of the Archive, incorporating photographic imagery, artifacts, documents, sound and assorted other materials as well as textual information.

Exhibits are displayed in the Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library. You may also view our exhibits, at the United Supermarkets Arena, and at the Lubbock International Airport.

Hours:   9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
1500 14th Street     806.791.2723

Linda Adkins, reimagined heirloom jewelry-Main Showcase; John Bewley, fired ink creations on canvas-Atrium; Billie Briggs, chain mail jewelry-Atrium; Anita’s Felted Menagerie by Anita Condit, textiles-Main Showcase; Woodsculpture by Greg Goodnight, creations in cedar and mesquite/acoustic guitar-Main Hall; The Ironmonger by George Gray, reimagined found-steel sculptures-Main Hall; Anna Henry, handmade jewelry-Atrium; Tif Holmes, photography, portraits and landscapes-Atrium; Adam Otwell, acrylics and pastels-Main Hall; Marika Pineda, textiles-Main Hall

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.

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:  Wednesday – Friday, 2:00pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

1822 Buddy Holly Avenue  806.687.1644

Join us this month for work by artist Johnanne Reynolds
Featuring mixed media work by Josaphat R. Lee Jr. George Gray, metalwork; Deborah Milosevich, ceramics; Baron Batch, acrylic; Nick and Sarah Billalba, glasswork; Phoebe Miller, acrylic; Sarah Beth Pottery, ceramics; John Self, reclaimed art/mixed media art.

Tornado Gallery is the home of Baron Batch artwork.  David Leake prints are available at the Gallery as well.

Baron Batch originals and prints:


These events are provided for your convenience in planning your own calendars and being able to purchase tickets in advance for these wonderful events happening in the Lubbock Cultural District. Future events are subject to change.  Please note that all events happening in this time frame may not be listed at the time of publication.

Thursday, May 30:  –

Buddy Holly Center
Summer Showcase:  Mike Pritchard
5:30pm – 7:30pm
1801 Crickets Avenue
Free and open to the public

Mike Pritchard:  Rock and Roll

Join us and enjoy original Texas-made music in a family-friendly environment. Summer Showcase performances, and admission to the Buddy Holly Center during performance hours, are free to the public.

All concerts are free to the public and family friendly. Patrons will enjoy live music, food trucks, cash bar, and free children’s craft activities; all in the beautiful, shaded Meadows Courtyard. No outside beverages are allowed.

Special Celebration in honor of Louise Underwood
511 Avenue K
Free and open to the public.


McPherson Cellars
Patio Nights Featuring:  Mark Wallney Duo
6:00pm – 9:00pm
1615 Texas Avenue          806.687.9463
No Cover Charge

Food Truck:  La Diosa Cellars


Friday, May 31:  –

The Dance Warehouse
Studios Recital
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Lane

Cactus Theater and Caldwell Entertainment
A Tribute to Waylon, Willie and The Boys
7:30pm – 9:30pm
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue
Floor and standard balcony $20; limited balcony box seats $40 (includes concessions with ticket)
Please note: All sales are final. The Cactus Theater does not permit exchanges, refunds or credit for future shows in exchange for unused 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.

Some of the most powerful Country music to ever hit the market in the late 70’s and early 80’s came from Waylon, Willie and a bunch of their sidekicks. Some say this band of outlaws, Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Johnny Cash, Merle Haggard created the best country music of all time. They turned Nashville upside down and changed the face of Country music forever. Not only will you hear the music from these outlaw legends, we’ll also pay tribute to some of the other classic country icons of the era.

Will Bannister and his friends along with the Caldwell Collective Band will do their magic in presenting this wonderful tribute to Waylon, Willie & the Boys.




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