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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.


Remnant Trust (Gallery 6)

July 10 – On-Going
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 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 promoting the ideas of individual liberty and human dignity.



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

August 14 – January 17

This exhibition of 103 works of art surveys a lifetime of creative insight and photographic acumen by American master Ansel Adams (1902-1984). Adams prevails as a premier artist of the 20th century, and his images established a standard for American landscape photography. The exhibition has been curated from the collection of Midland, Texas, resident David H. Arrington. An advocate of Adams, Arrington has gathered one of the largest private collections in the world, with iconic landscapes of the western United States and rare prints demonstrating Adams’ virtuoso photographic techniques.


Lubbock Camera Club & West Texas Photographic Society of Lubbock

August 23 – September 25
As a compliment to the exhibition, Ansel Adams: American Master; Selections from the David H. Arrington Collection, The Lubbock Camera Club and West Texas Photographic Society of Lubbock will be exhibiting color and black & white landscape photography highlighting the work of member photographers.

Interiors: Artists Looking Inside; Recent Acquisitions from the Museum’s Art Collection

September 20 (Seasonal Rotation)
This selection of paintings, drawings, photographs, and prints offer glimpses of each artist peeking into the interiors of homes, cafes, and daily life. All of the exhibited works are recent additions to the Museum’s art collection and many are part of the Artist, Printmaker/Photographer Research Collection (AP/RC). The exhibition is curated by Peter S Briggs, Helen DeVitt Jones Curator of Art and Michael Glenn.


Helenn J. Rumpel: Four Decades of Art

October 2 – December 20 (Gallery 1)
This exhibition will feature approximately 60 of Helenn Rumpel’s embroidered work, paintings and ceramics spanning four decades. Rumpel, who died in 2014, was a Santa Fe-based artist, best known for her “creative stitchery.” Combining vibrant colors and energetic textures, Rumpel joins threads, cloth, varieties of stitches, dyed fabrics, yarns, sparkling materials, beads, and found objects to explore landscapes and cityscapes. The subjects of her artistic world are international, spanning the mountains of her home in New Mexico, Greek villages along the Mediterranean, onion-domed churches in central Europe and Russia, rural villages in Germany and England, and Byzantine architecture. In addition to acclaim she earned in textiles, Rumpel also painted in oil and watercolor and created ceramic pieces. This exhibition celebrates her rich career as an artist.


Permanent Exhibitions

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Ice Age on the Southern Plains 

A new permanent gallery featuring megafauna from the Pleistocene
d 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.

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(Talkington Gallery)

An "Up from the Basement" exhibition from the Museum's Art Collection. The Talkingt
on 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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(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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