The Diamond M Gallery
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.
William C. and Evelyn M. Davies Gallery of Southwest Indian Art
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.
A Changing World
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 established 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.
Talkington Gallery of Art
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.
Ice Age On the Southern Plains
This gallery features prehistoric megafauna from the Pleistocene Period such as 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.
The Remnant Trust
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.
Quarterly rotation focus: Selected Writings of Thomas Paine
Thomas Paine (1737 - 1809) was an English-born political political philosopher and activist who argued for the reason of man over both monarchy and institutionalized religion. He is best-known for authoring the vastly distributed and power pamphlets Common Sense (1776) and The American Crisis (1776-1783) which crystalized colonial sentiment for revolution and indenpendence from Britain.
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Texas Tech University, the Museum of Texas Tech University, and the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library express grateful appreciation to the Helen Jones Foundation and the CH Foundation for their philanthropic conbributions making a permanent edowment possible for The Remnant Trust at Texas Tech University.