Texas Tech University

Art on the South Plains

Driving into Lubbock from the south you notice suddenly, just as you pass Post, the quick, steady climb of over 150 feet in elevation to land on the Caprock. The West Texas Caprock is like no other Texas. Montana may be known as the "big sky" state, but those Rockies get in the way of the perfect 180 degree views of the sky dome that we get every day and night over the Llano Estacado.

Montana may be known as the "big sky" state, but those Rockies get in the way of the perfect 180 degree views....

Flying in from the east, just after flying over the Caprock Escarpment, you will see millions of acres of farm land, with irrigation circles, and the occasional playa lake, creating a decorative pattern for the aerial viewer. If you fly in from the west, crossing the Mescalero Escarpment is your clue to the fact that you are over one of the largest mesas in the USA - over 37,000 square miles. Lubbock, home of the Texas Tech University School of Art, lies just east of the center of this massive plain. Sited at naturally occurring fresh water springs, this city of about 300,000 persons has been continuously inhabited for over 15,000 years.

Lubbock! We are the Hub City. From here we have quick access to Santa Fe-Taos to the west, the third largest art market in the USA, Marfa to the south, home to both the Chinati and Judd Foundations with their vast holdings of Donald Judd artworks and works by related artists, Amarillo to the north with "Cadillac Ranch," Robert Smithson's last earthwork, "Amarillo Ramp," and other land art works, and Dallas–Fort Worth to the east with their art museums and vast art holdings. Austin, with its music and art scene, is just a bit further to the south.

Lubbock! Where the Arts Collaborate.

Lubbock is a community where the arts collaborate. School of Art works closely with the Charles Adams Studio Project (CASP), the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA), the Lubbock Arts Alliance, the Museum of Texas Tech, and the Schools of Music and Theatre & Dance in the J. T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts to provide stimulating and at times challenging arts experiences in this fine community.


Windmills of the High PlainsRobert Bruno House at Ransom CanyonLubbock Dust StormJuddCASP Live-Work StudiosLHUCA