Texas Tech University

The Diamond M Collection Unfolding

Explore the Diamond M Collection in a two-part series.

Series 1: Spring – Summer 2023

Series 2: Summer – Winter 2023


As the Museum celebrates the Texas Tech Centennial throughout 2023, explore the Diamond M Collection through a new lens in a new space. Delve into the collection in a series of two thematic exhibitions, on view in the Museum's Gallery 4 all year long. Inspired by the 1977 sculpture titled The Mustanger by Paul Wylie, these groupings respond to dynamic juxtapositions or contrasts in collection works, from stillness to motion, companionship to command, and solitude to communion.
Series one features paintings, sculptures, and drawings that span almost 100 years and evoke extremes of stillness and motion demanded by life in a remote, uncompromising, and immense land. Artists depict a tumultuous energy in the striving inherent in ranch work, battle, flight, and the hunt. Artists also portray quietude, such as in the promise of early morning or in the time-slowing heat of the afternoon sun. 

Audiences are invited to participate! 

Share your voice to help the Museum create the next long-term exhibition from the Diamond M Collection when it returns in 2024 to the Diamond M galleries. Your responses will be used to explore possible exhibition themes and artworks for future display. 
Completing a short survey by clicking here
Snap a selfie with your favorite piece and tag it to #museumTTYOU. 

About the Diamond M Collection

The Diamond M Collection encompasses 351 works of art and was developed over six decades, beginning in the mid-1930s, through the vision and pursuits of C. T. and Claire McLaughlin. It was displayed in the Diamond M Museum in Snyder, Texas beginning in 1964 and was donated to the Museum of Texas Tech University in the early 1990s. The collection holds 19th and 20th century American art and illustrations; works by a small number of European artists; and objects in jade and ivory from China. The collection features 21 paintings by famed illustrator Newell Convers Wyeth of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, whose illustrations accompanied such literary works as The Mysterious Stranger by Mark Twain and The Last of the Mohicans by James Fenimore Cooper.