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Temporary Exhibitions

Antarctica – Pioneering American Explorations of the Frozen Continent (Main Gallery, Gallery 6 & Balcony)

January 30 – December 20
Exploration and Adventure! This exhibition highlights expeditions into the unknown of Antarctica and Texas Tech University’s own Dr. F. Alton Wade. Learn about the fate of the Snow Cruiser, an innovative research facility on wheels. Discover the preparation it took to explore a dangerous climate that could be 70 degrees below zero. Sled dogs, penguins, ancient animals and a mummified seal add life to this frozen continent and exhibition.



40th Annual Western Federation of Watercolor Societies Exhibition (Gallery 2&3)

April 16 – July 16

The annual juried exhibition of the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies presents work from artists who are members of at least one of twelve regional watercolor societies, including the Arizona Watercolor Association, Colorado Watercolor Society, Idaho Watercolor Society, Nevada Watercolor Society, San Diego Watercolor Society, Southern Arizona Watercolor Guild, Southwestern Watercolor Society, Texas Watercolor Society, Utah Watercolor Society, Watercolor Society of Oregon, and the West Texas Watercolor Society. The Western Federation was founded in 1974 and held its first show in 1976.

The 2015 juror, Linda Baker, selected works by ninety-six artists from among a combined membership in the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies of more than 5,000 artists. The works are in a variety of water-based media including, for example, casein, gouache, tempera, acrylic and transparent watercolor.

This exhibition has been organized by the West Texas Watercolor Society and has been made possible in part through a grant from the city of Lubbock as recommended by Civic Lubbock, Inc. The project is also supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.


Through the Needle's Eye (Gallery 1)
Embroiderer's Guild of America 20th National Exhibit

May 3 – September 6
The Embroiderer's Guild of America's National Exhibit Through the Needle's Eye, is a showcase of the best in artistic and technical embroidery. This juried exhibit features contemporary embroidery from across the nation. The works include both traditional and contemporary embroidery techniques employed to create clothing, wall-pieces, jewelry, vessels and sculpture. The exhibition shows the diversity of embroidery and how this age old art form continues to be practiced by artists of the 21st century. For the Museum of Texas Tech venue the works will be complimented by pieces made by skilled embroiderers from the region, many of whom are master embroiderers. Embroidered pieces from the Clothing and Textile Collection of the Museum of Texas Tech University will round out the offerings. The wonderful 1820s school girl samplers, 18th century embroidered purses, embroidered household linens and other works from the permanent collection will be showcased.


Ansel Adams: American Master (Gallery 2&3)
Selections from the David H. Arrington Collection

August 14 – January 17
This exhibition is a collection of 103 photographic works of art surveying a lifetime of creative insight and photographic acumen by American master, Ansel Adams (1902-1984). Adams prevails as a premier American artist of the 20th century and his images established the standard for American landscape photography. The masterful photographs have been curated from one of the largest collections of Adams art work in the world. Midland, Texas, resident David H. Arrington, an advocate and student of Adams' artistic methods, has gathered together not only many hundreds of Adams' original works but the most iconic and finest prints that the artist ever completed. He has generously shared his collection with the Museum.


In Addition Two: Embracing Digital Techonlogy– Recently Acquired Artworks for the Museum's Collections (Gallery 4)

An "Up From the Basement" exhibition from the Art Division. During the last year over 1,000 artworks were added to the Museum's collections. The artworks on exhibit represent just a small fraction of the prints, drawings, and paintings recently acquired.


Permanent Exhibitions

Ice Age on the Southern Plains Ice Age logo

A new permanent gallery featuring megafauna from the Pleistocene Period of prehistory like 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 past as revealed by ongoing research activities of the Museum of TTU at the Lubbock Lake Landmark. An "Up from the Basement" exhibition.

World War II on the Southern Plains (Lubbock Gallery)

An "Up from the Basement" exhibition from the Museum's collections. Photographs from the WWII years of pertaining to the city of Lubbock.


AZ<>NM<>TX – 20th and 21st Century Art in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona. Talkington logo(Talkington Gallery)

An "Up from the Basement" exhibition from the Museum's Art Collection. The Talkington Gallery features selections from 20th and 21st Century art of the Southwestern United States. This region ranges from scorching deserts, broad horizontal vistas, near bottomless canyons, rugged mountain ranges to rich, but rare, river valleys in Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and portions of Colorado and Utah. No particular type of landscape represents the Southwest, and no singluar 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.


Gotta Catch 'Em All – Collecting, Preserving, and Displaying Insects (Explorium Gallery)

An “Up from the Basement” exhibit from the Museum’s Natural Science Research Laboratory Invertebrates Collection.


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Beyond Expressions in Clay (William C. and Evelyn M. Davies Gallery of Southwest Indian Art)

A new long term exhibition that focuses on works by Pueblo peoples of theSouthwesternUnited States. It showcases both traditional and innovative pottery from a range of time periods. Long-time collectorsBill and Evelyn Davies have provided the Museum with this collection of Southwestern Native American works. Many of the pieces in the new exhibition were donated to the Museum forming the Davies Collection, and some are on loan from these veteran collectors.








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