Lubbock Cultural District Calendar

We want to keep you informed with cultural and entertainment events around the South Plains. Enjoy the events around Lubbock!


Solar Eclipse Viewing Party!

Mon., Aug. 21st – 11:00am to 2:00pm


Did you know that a total solar eclipse will be visible in parts of the United States on Monday, August 21st, 2017?  On an arching diagonal line from South Carolina to Oregon, many cities will experience a 100%, or total solar eclipse for a few minutes.  Lubbock will experience a 78% max eclipse, when the Moon passes between the Earth and the Sun during daylight hours and partially blocks or shades the Sun’s light from reaching us.  Locally, the eclipse will begin at 11:30am, peak with max coverage at 12:57pm, and then conclude at 2:26pm.


The Science Spectrum will be celebrating this amazing astronomical event by holding a *Free public Solar Eclipse Viewing Party on Monday, August 21st from 11:00am to 2:00pm on its front lawn and in the lobby.


Free Activities at the Solar Eclipse Viewing Party will include:

  • Hands-on space science activities and experiment stations
  • Solar System and eclipse crafts
  • **Safe Solar Eclipse viewings with special helmets and optical projections
  • Live streaming of the eclipse from locations experiencing a total eclipse
  • Mini planetarium shows in the Science Spectrum’s portable digital planetarium, the SpaceBubble
  • Refreshments and fun music!


Never look directly at the Sun or a solar eclipse without approved solar viewing glasses or helmets!


Additionally, the OMNI Theater will be offering special discounted screenings of the film Solar Max in the OMNI Theater at 11:00am and 2:00pm on this day for only $5.00 per person. Solar Max is the story of humankind’s journey to understand the Sun and how we relate to it, from the earliest civilizations to today. Using modern space exploration technology, we have just now begun to understand this closest star to our world.  Like how every 11 years it violently erupts in an event know as a solar maximum.  Solar Max is being shown at the OMNI Theater from Aug. 4th to Oct. 5th, but will be discounted this one day only.


Solar Max film trailer:


*Solar Eclipse Viewing Party  activities on the Science Spectrum front lawn and in the lobby are Free to the public, but Museum and OMNI Theater admission ticket rates still apply. 


**Safe Solar Eclipse viewing glasses are available for purchase now, and will also be available on the day of the event in the Science Spectrum’s Gift Shop for $2.15 each including tax.  For those not wishing to purchase their own pair of eclipse viewing glasses, free options using helmets and optical projections will be available during the event.  


Never look directly at the Sun or the solar eclipse without approved solar viewing glasses or helmets!


Museum OR OMNI Theater General Admission Ticket Rates:

$8.00 Adults

$6.50 Children (ages 3-12)

$6.50 Seniors (60+)

Free for children 2 and under

From the Lubbock Cultural District:

Thursday, August 17:  –

National Ranching Heritage Center
Trolley Tours
10:30am – 11:00am
3121 4th Street
$5.00 fee per person.

The NRHC offers one 30-minute trolley tour of the historical park each Thursday at 10:30 a.m. from April through October at a cost of $5 per person. Tours will be cancelled during bad weather. Rides on the 21-seat trolley will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Trolley tickets are available for purchase in the NRHC gift shop.

Friday, August 18:  –

Cactus Theater
Piano Men:  Tribute to Billy Joel and Elton John
7:30pm – 9:30pm
1812 Buddy Holly Avenue           806.762.3233
Tickets:  Tickets: $20.00; Standard Balcony:  $15.00;  Balcony Box Seats:  $40.00  Please call 806.762.3233 or visit our box office to purchase tickets.
Box office hours are:  Monday-Thursday:  3:00 – 5:00 PM*, Saturday:  3:00 – 9:30 PM*
* If Monday is a major holiday, box office not open
* If no show scheduled Friday, box office closes at 5:30
* If no show scheduled Saturday, box office not open.
You may also purchase tickets by visiting this website:

Friday, August 18 – Saturday, August 19:  –

Lubbock Moonlight Musicals
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Moonlight Musicals Amphitheatre
413 East Broadway
Tickets: Adult Premium- $31; Adult GA- $23; Student GA- $15; Child Premium (12 and under)- $18; Child GA (12 and under)- $10 (including service charge)., 806.770.2000 or any select-a-seat outlet center

Join the Lubbock Moonlight Musicals for its final show of the summer season! Featuring many of the stunning songs from the film, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers will set your toes to tapping and have you humming “Bless Your Beautiful Hide” for days! Set in 1850’s Oregon Territory, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers tells the story of young newlywed, Millie and her husband, Adam. In trying to convince her six brothers-in-law to marry (and move out), Millie faces the trials of teaching them about “goin’ courtin’”. The plan goes slightly awry when Adam reads to his brothers from Millie’s book on “sobbin’ women” and they decide to kidnap six young ladies to be their brides! Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is a marvelous musical you will love for a lifetime!

Saturday, August 19: –

Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market
9:00am – 1:00pm
19th Street and Buddy Holly Avenue
Free Admission and open to the public

It’s that time of year again! The Lubbock Farmers Market is back for another season. Start your Saturday mornings with fresh, locally grown produce, as well as crafts from other local vendors!  Our first market of the 2017 season is almost here! Visit the Downtown Farmers Market for a taste of the finest in local produce, meat, dairy, cheese, baked goods and arts.  The full 2017 market season will be every Saturday from June 3rd to October 28th from 9:00 AM until the vendors sell out. We look forward to seeing you every Saturday at the Lubbock Downtown Farmers Market at 19th Street & Buddy Holly Ave.

Buddy Holly Center, Lubbock Parks and Recreation, and Lubbock Yoga Association
Yoga in the Plaza
Buddy and Maria Elena Holly Plaza
1824 Crickets Avenue
Free Event and open to the public

Develop your mind, body and spirit at our 3rd annual Yoga in the Plaza! Participants will enjoy a free yoga class on Saturdays beginning July 8, 2017 through August 26, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in the Buddy and Maria Elena Holly Plaza. This hour-long class will synchronize movement with breath and awaken strength, energy and flexibility through these open-level classes out under the West Texas sky. Each week, a different instructor, yoga studio, and style will be featured. Participants should bring a yoga mat, towel or blanket, sunscreen and water to stay hydrated. This event is hosted by Lubbock Parks and Recreation, the Buddy Holly Center, and the Lubbock Yoga Alliance. Special thanks to all of the instructors and their studios for helping us host Yoga in the Plaza. The Buddy and Maria Elena Holly Plaza is located at 1824 Crickets Avenue across from the Buddy Holly Center. For more information, call (806) 775-2685.

Instructor for August 19th –  Lauren Finck – Wheelhouse Studios – Power Vinyasa – Teen/Adult
National Ranching Heritage Center
Ranch Host Saturday
3121 4th Street
Free Event

Visitors will have the opportunity to talk with Ranch Hosts–volunteers dressed in period clothing that will talk about life during that period and the history of various structures throughout the park.

The Life and Art of Chuck Close with Christian Conrad
11:30am – 1:00pm
511 Avenue K
Free and Open to the Public

Please join us for Coffee and Donuts as we explore the Life and Art of Artist, Chuck Close.

Chuck Close (1940- ) and others:

This August, Saturdays at LHUCA will focus on modern interpretations of the human figure, beginning with a look at the close-up paintings of Chuck Close. An artist typically associated with photo-realism, Close developed a system to translate photos into large scale paintings. At this larger size, the art reveals an overly detailed view of the face as the composition.  Following a tragic accident in 1988, Close began to change his method, creating images that were abstract in nature but continuing to use the face as a departure point. This lecture will also examine other artists, such as Gerhard Richter, who also use realism in association with the figure.

Saturday Lectures at LHUCA is an informal conversation over the life and work of contemporary artists. It’s a stress-free opportunity to examine the art and ideas that underlie much of the modern art world. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and join the conversation.

City of Lubbock Public Library System
Blast from the Past:  It
1306 9th Street
Free and open to Adults and Teens.

Watch the 1990 TV adaptation of Stephen King’s It.  Adults and teens are welcome.  Please call 806.775.2834 for additional information.
Women’s Protective Services Lubbock
18th Annual Hurst Benefit Drawing
5:00pm – 11:30pm
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center Exhibit Hall
1501 Mac Davis Lane
Tickets:  Tickets can be purchased for a $100, tax-deductible donation from your nearest Hurst Farm Supply location, or by calling WPS at (806) 748-5292.

We’re also excited about our drawing items this year, which include:

At Hurst Farm Supply, we believe WPS of Lubbock is providing an essential service to those in need in our community. As part of our mission to “Harvest Hope,” we are proud to be able to help WPS through our annual benefit drawing.  The drawing is held during the “Planting Seeds for Change” event at the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center on August 19th, 2017, at 5:30 pm. Each ticket purchased admits a ticket holder and one adult guest into the event. The ticket will include a silent auction, food provided by Jeana’s Feed Bag, as well as music and dancing provided by Levi Fowler.

Sunday, August 20:  –

Hub Theatre Group and Back 40 Grill
Broadway Under the Stars
7:00pm – 9:00pm
Reagor-Dykes Stage at LHUCA
511 Avenue K
Tickets: Individual tickets $30.00; Couples $50.00  available at or call 806.939.6571

Appetizers, Wine and Broadway Songs featuring local talent:  Daniel Hogan, Desiree Soto, Frank Rendon, Kelsie Curry, Josh Reynolds, Keely Umstot.


Thursday, August 17:  –

Backstage Lubbock
Open Mic Comedy
9:00pm – 10:30pm
1711 Texas Avenue
Free Admission

Blue Light
Erick Willis
9:00pm – 2:00am
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue         806.762.1185
Tickets:   $5.00 at the door; ladies free

Buddy Holly Center Summer Showcase
En Power & Light
5:30pm – 7:30pm
1801 Crickets Avenue
Free event and open to the public

The evening will include:
Children’s activities
Cash Bar
Food truck fare   (only beverages purchased onsite will be allowed in the courtyard)

No pets will be allowed in the Meadows Courtyard. (Service animals are welcome.)

For more than 17 years, the Summer Showcase has offered original music that is free for families and the general public to enjoy.

En Power & Light performs music to encourage, excite, and open space for people to be themselves. Their soundtrack is relatable with inspirational lyrics and provides listeners a place without judgement. They include folk, blues, and soul into their captivating harmony. The trio has only been together for three years but has been on multiple nationwide tours and will continue travel in 2017.

McPherson Cellars Patio Nights
Alma Quartet
7:00pm – 10:00pm
1615 Texas Avenue           806.687.9463
Free and Open to the Public

Food Truck:  Crusty’s

Overton Hotel and Conference Center
Raised by Wolves
4:30pm – 6:30pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.7000
No Cover Charge

Overton Hotel and Conference Center
Junior Vasquez
7:00pm – 10:00pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.7000
No Cover Charge

Triple J Chophouse and Brew Company
D.G. Flewellyn
6:30pm – 9:30pm
1807 Buddy Holly Avenue           806.771.6555
No cover charge.

Friday, August 18:  –

Backstage Lubbock
Two Tons of Steel with The Forty Thieves
1711 Texas Avenue           806.687.2034
Tickets:  $8.00 at the door

Blue Light
Josh Weathers with The Hogg Maulies
9:00pm – 2:00am (doors will open at 8:00pm)
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue         806.762.1185
Tickets:  $15.00 at the door

All proceeds to benefit The American Cancer Society and The Hope Home, aiding the lost and lonely in India.

Cast Iron Grill
Jere Lowe and Steve Fillipp
6:00pm – 8:30pm
620 19th Street
No admission charge.

Triple J Chophouse and Brew Company
Shelton Rohling
6:30pm – 9:30pm
1807 Buddy Holly Avenue           806.771.6555
No cover charge.

Overton Hotel and Conference Center
Jenni Dale Lord
7:00pm – 10:00pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.7000
No Cover Charge

Saturday, August 19:  –

Backstage Lubbock
Rear Naked Choke, Brittan Church, Fluid Frequency, and Against Gravity
1711 Texas Avenue           806.687.2034
Tickets:  $5.00 at the door

Blue Light
K Phillips
9:00pm – 2:00am
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue         806.762.1185
Tickets:   $8.00 at the door

Freaky Tiki Tavern
Red Dirt Rock Acoustic Jam
2512 Texas Avenue          806.747.2805
No Cover Charge

Overton Hotel and Conference Center
Danny Cadra
7:00pm – 10:00pm
2322 Mac Davis Lane          806.776.7000
No Cover Charge
The Garden
Junior Vasquez
10:30am – 1:00pm (during The Downtown Farmers Market)
1801 Buddy Holly Avenue
No Cover Charge

The Garden
Beat Garden Band
10:00pm – 1:00am
1801 Buddy Holly Avenue
No Cover Charge

21 and up starting at 9:00pm.  Food Truck on site The Hoagie Rollers.

Triple J Chophouse and Brew Company
Mike Pritchard
7:00pm – 10:00pm
1807 Buddy Holly Avenue           806.771.6555
No Cover Charge


The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM year round.
1121 Canyon Lake Drive         806.744.3786
Guided Tours are $5.00.  Reservations accepted at 806.744.3786
Agricultural machinery and artifacts, with exhibits dating to the pioneering years of agriculture on the South Plains.  Exhibits include horse-drawn plows, planters, and cultivators, restored tractors and equipment, and household items.


The Bayer Museum of Agriculture takes you from horse drawn implements to the tech-Savvy, computer GPS, driven equipment and farmers of today.

The Alton Brazell Exhibit Hall contains the museum’s large collection of historic farming artifacts. From restored antique tractors to harvesting equipment, highlights include and interactive Blacksmith Shop, a history of cotton ginning exhibit, and the largest display of pedal tractors in the United States.

The Central Exhibit hall features the Crops: Harvesting the Facts exhibit about the major crops grown in the United States, The Cotton Harvesting Experience, and the Bayer Crop Science Exhibit. These exhibits are interactive with a focus on modern agriculture, its science and practices.

In the early 1930’s, to spur the economy from the depression and help American farmers, President Roosevelt and his administration, started “The Ropes Project” and/or “The Colony”. This area was an area of approximately 16,000 acres northwest of Ropesville, Texas. Approximately 77 families received, by a lottery system, a farm ranging from approximately 120-200 acres. It included a framed two-bedroom house of approximately 792 square feet, a windmill, and a barn. This house is one of the last original houses from the project. Future plans include the addition of a windmill, chicken coop and grainary.

House donated by Larry and Rebecca Smith in loving memory of Mildred Knight Server.

Outdoor Exhibits:  A real working pivot irrigation system and a historic 1930s farmstead can be found among the tractors and machines showcased in our outdoor exhibits.


The BMA is the perfect place for your next event. The Plains Cotton Growers Conference center is complete with catering kitchen and seating for 300.

Grace’s General Store

The farm theme of GRACE’S GENERAL STORE has unique gifts and home décor. Great for your gift giving and home decorating needs.
Our General Store, named after Grace Hurst, will make you feel nostalgic for old time things you remember at you grandmother’s house.  From Colonial Tin Works we offer wax warmers in several styles of yesteryear. With wax melt choices like mulled Cider, Fresh Oranges, Vanilla Bean and all the favorite fragrances, to keep you house or business smelling fragrant.  We even carry vintage totes, with pockets, to carry your laptop and essentials.

For the farmers in your life, we have John Deere caps in toddler, youth and adult sizes. Several styles are available for children and adults. We offer John Deere toy tractors, combines, coloring books and children’s CDs.

The store offers a wide variety of books from informational, about several brands of tractors to Tractor Mac storybooks for children.  Old Time stories and illustrations by Bob Artley, include memories of a Farm Kitchen and several other favorites. Unique cookbooks including one from the original residents of the Ropesville Resettlement Project, make interesting gifts for friends or loved ones. And museum T-shirts, we have plenty of those in all sizes to pick from as well.  Stop by and shop for that special gift!


Joining the BMA helps us preserve our agricultural heritage for future generations. Benefits include free admission and quarterly invitations for special events.  While maintaining strong relationships with both the city and county of Lubbock, the Bayer Museum of Agriculture is a private museum funded through donations, grants, and membership dues. Members receive many benefits while helping to preserve our agricultural heritage through their donations.  If you are interested in preserving our agricultural history please fill out the form and become a part of this great organization.

1801 Crickets Avenue     806.775.3560
Hours of operation:  Tuesday-Saturday  10:00 AM – 5:00 PM  Sunday   1:00 – 5:00 PM  Closed Mondays and City Holidays.
General Admission:  $8; Senior citizens (60 and older) $6, Children ages 7-17 $5; Students with valid college ID $5, Children 6 and under are Free, Members Free, Active Military with ID Free.  Free Admission to the Fine Arts & Foyer Galleries.


A Wheeler Brothers Retrospective:  The Lubbock Years
Opens:  August 4, 2017  Closes:  September 22, 2017

This dynamic exhibition showcases the work of artist-brothers Jeff and Bryan Wheeler, who were a driving force in the Lubbock art scene over the last two decades. Curated from work completed over this time, “The Lubbock Years” features individual and collaborative paintings, drawings, collages, ceramics, sculpture, photographs, and prints that, as art critic Rainey Knudson wrote, “deliberately climbs into the crusty skin of every hackneyed Texas stereotype and turns it inside out, into something wild, exuberant, fresh and new.”



The Buddy Holly Center is partnering with The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation headquartered in London, England, to open a new permanent exhibition in the Center’s Foyer Gallery beginning on Friday, February 3, 2017.

The exhibition will feature an acoustic Akin guitar signed by legendary performer Sir Paul McCartney, and numerous framed certificates signed by the many Foundation musical ambassadors who recognize Buddy Holly’s inspirational musical influence in the early years of Rock and Roll.  The mission of The Buddy Holly Educational Foundation is to honor Buddy’s legacy as well as to make Buddy and Maria Elena Holly’s dream of extending musical education, including songwriting, production, arranging, orchestration, and performance, to new generations regardless of income or ethnicity or learning levels. We will empower a new generation to follow in Buddy’s footsteps.

The Foundation will periodically lend additional items for the exhibition from its extensive collection of artifacts.  The Center will use this opportunity to display other items from its collection, namely, Buddy’s bedroom furniture, acquired by the Center through the auspices of Civic Lubbock, Inc.


The Buddy Holly Gallery features a permanent exhibition on the life and music of Buddy Holly. Artifacts owned by the City of Lubbock, as well as other items that are on loan, are presented in this exciting exhibition. Included in the display are Buddy Holly’s Fender Stratocaster; a song book used by Holly and the Crickets, clothing, photographs, recording contracts, tour itineraries, Holly’s glasses, homework assignments, report cards, and much more


The Buddy Holly Center features 2,500 square feet of gallery space dedicated to the presentation of changing contemporary visual arts programs. These exhibitions are a continuation of a tradition of quality initiatives that were presented by the Lubbock Fine Arts Center from 1984 – 1998. With the relocation of the Fine Arts Center to the Buddy Holly Center in 1999, we continue the commitment to present challenging visual arts exhibitions that serve as a crucial resource for showcasing contemporary arts of the region and the nation.

Art is a form of communication independent of language… It is a way of manifesting human uniqueness. It is a way of reminding us that life is infinitely fragile, infinitely precious. – Norman Cousins

The Buddy Holly Center, a historical site, has dual missions; preserving, collecting and promoting the legacy of Buddy Holly and the music of Lubbock and West Texas, as well as providing exhibits on Contemporary Visual Arts and Music, for the purpose of educating and entertaining the public. The vision of the Buddy Holly Center is to discover art through music by celebrating legacy, culture and community.

Exhibitions and programs reflect the diverse cultural characteristics of the region and encourage interaction between artists and the community. The Center collects, preserves and interprets artifacts relevant to Lubbock’s most famous native son, Buddy Holly, as well as to other performing artists and musicians of West Texas. Changing exhibitions in the visual arts provide an arena for celebrating the technical virtuosity and creative talents of fine artists at work in a region distinguished by vast distances and a rich tradition of creative resources.

The West Texas Walk of Fame, featuring the Buddy Holly statue, by sculptor Grant Speed, is located inside the Buddy and Maria Elena Holly Plaza, just west of the Center, on the corner of Crickets Avenue and 19th Street. The Plaza is open to the public dawn to dusk, year round. The West Texas Walk of Fame, and its induction process, are a project of Civic Lubbock, Inc.

The J.I. Allison House opened on the grounds of the Buddy Holly Center in 2013. It is the home where J.I. Allison, drummer of the band “The Crickets,” lived as a teenager and where he and Buddy Holly wrote many hits including, “That’ll Be the Day.”
J.I. Allison house tour times:  Tuesday-Saturday 11 AM and 1:00 and 3:00 PM; Sunday  3:00 PM
Contact the Center for questions regarding tours.   806.775.3562

19TH Street and Crickets Avenue (directly across the street from the Buddy Holly Center)          806.775.3560


Through membership support the Buddy Holly Center has accomplished numerous musical and artistic endeavors. The Center’s exhibitions and programs enhance the quality of life for the region and aid economic development and tourism. Financial support for the Center is provided by membership, individual and organizational contributions. Our commitment to creating learning opportunities for people of all ages and backgrounds is made possible by public support. Exhibition tours, outreach programs, educational initiatives and family activities will continue to be the focus for future events. We invite you to join us in supporting public interest in contemporary visual arts and in the music and music history of Texas and West Texas.






6:00 – 9:00 PM on Wednesday, 9:00 AM – Noon on Thursday, 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM the first and second Saturday every month.
1940 Texas Avenue          806.535.2457

Pauline Mills opened her art studio and gallery in October 2009 in a quaint building on Texas Avenue in Lubbock, Texas. A dream finally became reality.
Pauline’s goal is to give Lubbock and regional artists a chance to showcase their artistic talents.
Services the gallery offers include:
Gallery space for artist rental on a monthly basis at $50.00 per month.
Gallery can also be rented for events: meetings, photography shoots, birthday parties, and other possible events. Prices are available upon request.
GlassyAlley Classes:
Glass Mosaic Classes range from Introductory, Intermediate, to Advanced classes. Classes are normally held every Wednesday night starting at 6 p.m. and Thursday mornings starting at 9 a.m. till Noon. If enough students are taking classes the first two Saturdays of the month from 9 a.m. – Noon is open. Other class options are open during the week. Please call 806.535.2457 for more information on pricing and scheduling.
All materials are included in the price. No experience is required. No artistic ability is necessary. Classes must have at least four students.
Kids classes and a Kids Summer Art Camp are also offered.
Artists in Residence –  Pauline Mills – Mosaic art & photography, Cat Boucher – Photography, acrylics & mosaic art

3072 18th Street           18th Street and Flint Avenue        806.535.2457
The Landmark Arts SRO Photo Gallery is located in the Sub-basement of the Texas Tech School of Art Building. The Art Building is located at 3072 18th Street (near the corner of 18th Street and Flint Ave). Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed weekends during the summer), and Sunday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. On weekdays, paid parking is available on the fourth floor of the Flint Avenue parking facility. Parking is free on weekends. Admission to the School of Art Galleries is free. Closed on University Holidays.  Closed between semesters.

Mission of Landmark Arts
To promote fine arts growth and development in our community through a comprehensive program of exhibitions, symposia and workshops, publications, and hands-on experience with working artists.  As a component of the Texas Tech University School of Art, the strength of the program is in the integration of academic, professional and real-world experience afforded by its broad association with the University and the Lubbock Community of arts supporters.

Gallery hours Tuesday-Saturday   11:00 AM–5:00 PM
511 Avenue K   806.762.8606

Christine DeVitt Exhibition Hall
Steven J. Miller – Dream Window
August 4 – September 30, 2017

My paintings are narratives about human relationships, with each other and with the natural world. The goal of my work is to describe the complexity of those relationships.

I paint in a realistic style that leans towards cartoon imagery. This style is influenced by Asian art, particularly Japanese, with their use of asymmetry and flatness and the tight detail found in Persian miniatures. In my most recent series, I am employing layers of images to talk about time and memory.

Steven lives and works in Denton, Texas

Helen DeVitt Jones Studio Gallery
Julie Speed:  Excerpts from the Undertoad
August 4 – September 30, 2017

Julie Speed, multi-media artist from Marfa, Texas, showcasing 17 pieces from her series “Undertoad.”

Artist Statement

Representational art is most often understood as a straightforward pitch/catch action.  The artist has an idea. She paints a picture of the idea. The viewer looks at the work and receives the idea.

With my work it’s mostly the other around:  the composition drives the narrative, not vice-versa.  Like anyone else I read, listen to the news and things happen to me ….so of course all that gets woven in, but the main thing I’m thinking about while I’m working is how to solve what I experience as a visual math puzzle.  My ideas, thoughts, theories and stories are in there….. but it’s how the shapes, lines, weights and colors get arranged and balanced that drives me.  Also, if something strikes me a as funny I almost always leave it in even when I probably shouldn’t.

That means that there’s no right or wrong way to see these paintings. I don’t want the viewer to receive a pre-chewed narrative from me.  If I’ve made a good piece of art then it ought to be loudly asking, “When you look at this painting, what does it make you think of?”

If your answer happens to lead you to writing a poem, song, story or making your own picture in response, then I’d love to read it, hear it or see it and would appreciate it if you’d send it along to me at

(If it’s a song and you send a video file please use we transfer instead of google docs.  Or mail me a jump drive: PO Box 1526, Marfa Texas 79843. Thanks

“What does this Mean?” This is one of the most common questions posed to artists about their work. For some, their art delivers a definitive statement based on the narrative built into the art piece. However, the work of Julie Speed offers the viewer an alternative experience with the story being left open to the interpretation of the individual. Speed creates an arena of activity for the viewer to develop his or her own interplay amongst the pieces. This method of creating art only works when the artist is able to give the viewer enough of an interesting composition. Speed accomplishes this goal by creating art that interweaves diverse material into a single unified vision.

In collecting the material for her pieces, Speed frequents sources that seem familiar to the viewer because of the historic aspects of their origin. The collage materials that Speed has been collecting since she was eighteen all come from sources that recall the past through their date and damaged condition. As she states, “The rules to my game are that I’m not allowed to take apart any good books, use any internet-sourced material or my scanner and printer to blow anything up or down, so I buy what I can find at flea markets, eBay, and junk stores. Sometimes I find things while I’m out walking.”  Speed’s source material also includes aspects of previous ownership that damages the paper used. In this way, she resurrects books and prints that are no longer usable because of their damage and instead reallocates them into her work. By creating in this fashion, she takes advantage of the excesses caused by modern society while also reminding us of our past through the images shown.

In her series “Undertoad,” Speed continues her unique art of storytelling through images that range in culture from vintage copies of Gray’s Anatomy to nineteenth-century Japanese woodblock prints on Mulberry wood paper. She then continues to work the images using gouache, an opaque watercolor paint, to add new elements and also repair the collaged images that might be damaged. Speed’s mastery of the materials makes the pieces of work effortlessly fit together, with the distinction between the two materials used being almost unrecognizable.

Christian Conrad

John F. Lott Gallery  
Hills Snyder – Altered States (Part Two)
July 7 – August 26, 2017

Altered States (Part Two) is a road movie, complete with wheels, a ’59 Cadillac convertible courtesy of Buddy Holly’s Not Fade Away.

If a water tank with the name of a town on it can be called monumental; if the discarded objects that tend to pile up along the margin of human habitats can be called peripheral; if the monumental and the peripheral can be considered of equal importance; if the landscape that supports this evidence of human occupation can be called sublime; if the attempt by an artist to travel a purposeful line in order to make random discoveries can be called time well spent; then Altered States, held together by a wedge (keystone) inserted between imagination and reality, offers happiness to the lost and opportunity to the reclusive. Consider this a promise, or at least a chance to get out of the house.

Altered States is an ongoing series of interconnected exhibitions of several dozen drawings based on travels to Nowhere, OK; Happy, TX; Bonanza, CO; Lost Springs, WY; Keystone, SD; Recluse, WY; Opportunity, MT; Diamondville, WY; Eden, UT; Eureka, NV; Bummerville, CA; Nothing, AZ; Truth or Consequences, NM; Eldorado, TX; and points in between.

Hills Snyder:


U.S. 87:

Martin McDonald Gallery
Chromatica by Janelle Barrington
July 7 – August 26, 2017

A chromatic display of unique fluid abstract resin art.

Resin Fluid Abstract Art, for me, is comparable to a great relationship. It’s a style that neither the artist nor the paint have complete control over, but must compromise and work together to create the end product. The give and take, movement, hand painting, and layers that are combined make each piece completely one of a kind and can never be duplicated.

With each creation, I aspire to appeal to every person either by color pallet or unique images that are seen within. Essentially, there is something for everyone in my art and the experience varies by observer.

I find inspiration within music, nature, and space—all of which are reflected in my work.

Fluid abstract art requires a balance between myself and the colors so that they don’t become muddy or convoluted, thus giving each piece a unique, individual identity.

3301 Fourth Street                 806.742.2432
TICKETS: General Admission (ages 18-59) $5.00; Children & Teens (ages 6-17) $3.00; Seniors (ages 65 & up) $3.00; University Students/Faculty/Staff $3.00 with valid ID; Kids (5 and under) Free; Active Military and their families are Free (MoTTU is a Blue Star Museum)
Tickets on sale 30 min before show time; first-come basis   No late seating and you must be present to purchase a ticket.  No re-admittance once shows are in progress.


August 16 – 31

2:00 pm – Laser Spirit
3:30 pm – Wildest Weather in the Solar System

12:00 pm – Laser Spirit
2:00 pm – Wildest Weather in the Solar System

2:00 pm – Laser Spirit
3:30 pm – Wildest Weather in the Solar System

11:30 am – Seasonal Stargazing: Summer and Fall
2:00 pm – Laser Spirit
3:30 pm – Wildest Weather in the Solar System

2:00 pm – Laser Spirit
3:30 pm – Wildest Weather in the Solar System

Wildest Weather in the Solar System (grade 3 & up)

25 minutes

Join us on a spectacular journey to witness the most beautiful, powerful, and mysterious weather phenomena in the solar system. From a storm the size of a 100-megaton hydrogen bomb, to a 400-year-old hurricane, to a dust tempest that could engulf entire planets, you’ll be glad you live on Earth!


Seasonal Stargazing (all ages)

7 to 15 minutes

Each Seasonal Stargazing show highlights the most prominent and easy-to-find stars and constellations of the season. We’ve upgraded the old standby green-arrow show, painting the dome with choreographed circles and colorful constellation lines.

Laser Spirit

47 minutes


  • Summon the Heroes – John Williams
  • Beautiful Day – U2
  • Music – Madonna
  • Beatles Medley – The Beatles
  • Reach – Gloria Estefan
  • Santorini – Yanni
  • Rock Lobster – the B52’s
  • Birds Fly – Icicle Works
  • Patriotic Medley – Aaron Copeland & Lee Greenwood
    • Fanfare for the Common Man
    • America the Beautiful
    • God Bless the USA



Museum Hours:  Tues-Sat 10:00 AM–5:00 PM    Sun: 1-5 PM   Closed Monday Museum Admission and Parking are Free.
3301 4th Street         806.742.2490


Opens August 17,  2017 through December 3, 2017

Texas Tech University, with the generous support of the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission, have constructed an educational digital tool that introduces Texas high school students to the story of the Holocaust, that honors the heroism of our Texas soldiers who fought in WWII, but that also continues the important work of remembering this incredibly dark time in history.  The project includes not only the making of an app, but also a web resource page, the publication of a display quality book by Texas Tech University Press, and now also an exhibit that will feature all aspects of the work but will truly spotlight the stories of 21 of these Texas Veteran Liberators.

The museum exhibit, which will open in late summer and be on display until December will not only provide a context for Second World War, a history of the Holocaust and the Liberation, but will offer an interactive, engaged experience of walking between 21 free-standing panels, each one honoring a Texas Liberator featured in this project.  The exhibit will feature an Honor Roll – a wall with the names of over 300 Liberators the Texas Holocaust and Genocide Commission have recovered in their efforts to record and educate a wider public on the history of holocaust and genocide in the past and the present.

Opens April 21, 2017
The exhibition includes seventeen paintings created by Ken Dixon between 2000 and 2012. Dixon, a professor emeritus of the School of Art of Texas Tech University, has steadfastly explored the intersections of chaos theory, geology, neuroscience, landscape history and art history. His paintings fuse these varied disciplines into composite layers upon layers of overlapping images that reward thoughtful viewing.

Of particular interest in this exhibition is a group of paintings that exemplify Dixon’s ongoing investigations of the 19th century American landscape painters know as the Hudson River School. Dixon has made numerous trips to the northeastern United States to study the existing landscape of that region and compare his observations with paintings of the same locations painted in the mid 1800s. The exhibition also shares Dixon’s writings about his visits to the various sites.

All of the artworks in the exhibition are from the Museum of Texas Tech University’s art collection and were donated in the last several years.

February 2 – August 31, 2017
Futurescapes asks viewers to study images and consider how words both encapsulate response and influence thinking, perhaps opening new ways of seeing. These images change monthly. Concurrent with this exhibit, an interactive kiosk is traveling around campus inviting participants to select images and captions.

Contemplating the future—or possible futures—may summon images of the classic films Metropolis or Blade Runner, to name only two. It may conjure thoughts of the Rapture. It may make one smile with pleasure as the first driverless cars hit the road under the auspices of Über. We are endlessly reminded of (or threatened in the name of) our responsibilities to our grandchildren, to our alma maters, to our planet. What we put off today will have repercussions the day after tomorrow.  The future is a central concept for human life and plays an outsize role in politics, religion, economics—indeed across most fields that structure our thinking. The very unknowability of the future renders it a supremely powerful concept for motivating human action in the present.

FUTUREscapes explores this theme by asking viewers to study images and consider how words both encapsulate response and influence thinking, perhaps opening new ways of seeing. These images change monthly. Concurrent with this exhibit, an interactive kiosk is traveling around campus inviting participants to select images and captions. Research data, including your input, can be found through  and helps us better understand perspectives.

Open through December 2017
Explorium Gallery

For everyone who wonders why Lubbock is so windy in the spring, how it can be shorts weather in February and parka weather in March or what causes tornadoes, hurricanes and blizzards to hit where they do, come to the Museum of Texas Tech University. Visitors will find these answers and more in a fun, interactive new exhibit that explains how weather begins and how it all works.


Hint: It all starts with the sun and the rotation of the Earth.


How Weather Works: Understanding Our Place Between the Sun and a Storm opens Sunday (June 26) and allows visitors of all ages to start at the sun, create atmospheric pressure, explore the Earth’s spin and the jet stream and learn about the many powerful aspects of storms such as tornadoes, haboobs, hail and lightning. The exhibit includes a section on how chaos, or altering one or many components of the atmosphere, can affect weather.

The exhibit showcases research led by Brian Ancell, an assistant professor in the Department of Geosciences, Atmospheric Science Group, who received an Early CAREER grant from the National Science Foundation. In addition to educator resource kits for local teachers and weather summer camps for middle school-age children, he coordinated with the museum to create this exhibit, which brings weather down to eye level and highlights how human activity can affect weather patterns.

“The driving research focuses on inadvertent weather modification, or how human activities such as irrigation, wind farms and urban heat islands can change the weather non-locally, or far away from the source,” Ancell said.


The exhibit is split into two sections. The first covers the basic atmospheric principles that create weather, starting from the sun and the rotation of the Earth and ending with small-scale weather features like thunderstorms. Visitors will get to stand between the Earth and the sun and take temperature readings with an infrared gun, then learn how the uneven heating of the tilted Earth creates atmospheric pressure, which then creates wind. They also will explore the Coriolis Effect, which explains how the Earth’s rotation leads to the jet stream and how weather systems work.


Visitors then move into a simulated immersive storm experience and learn about the formation of tornadoes, thunder, lightning, hail and dust storms, with a weather alert broadcast in the background and motion-activated thunderstorm above.


The second part of the exhibit discusses chaos and inadvertent weather modification, which is the focus of Ancell’s research. Visitors will use a Plinko board representing the Texas-Louisiana coastline to show how minute variations can alter the path of pucks representing hurricanes.


This section also looks at how wind turbines remove energy from the atmosphere and how this affects the wind patterns. It will be updated throughout the duration of the exhibit as Ancell continues his research.


“Chaos is the reason why small changes to the atmosphere, such as those resulting from irrigation or wind farms, can grow to be large, modifying larger scale weather features well away from the changes in the first place,” Ancell said.


Lubbock Gallery

An “up from the basement” exhibition from the Museum’s collections.  Photographs from the WWII era pertaining to Lubbock.

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.
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.


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 establish 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.



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.

Among the artists in the exhibition are Georgia O’Keeffe, Fremont Ellis, Beatrice Mandelman, Gene Kloss, Edward Curtis, Mark Klett, John Sloan, Dorothy Brett, and William Lester.
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.
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.

A new display will open February 29 with works that explore the relationship between economics and political freedom. The main collection of The Remnant Trust, Inc. is housed on the Texas Tech campus in the Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library.


Art created in Central and South America before the 15th century is referred to
as Pre-Columbian art, which is artwork created before the voyage of Christopher
Columbus in 1492. Pre-Columbian cultures believed in many different deities
(gods) who controlled all aspects of life and nature. In this gallery, there are
a variety of objects made by the historical people of Colombia and Panama.
Ranging from sparkling beads and shiny gold, to earthy pots and figures, the
items in this gallery had great meaning in Pre-Columbian culture. Some items
had a practical use, like for drinking, and some were important reminders of
symbols, such as opposing forces like good vs. evil.

Rededicated in 2005, many of the interesting artifacts in the Diekemper gallery of Pre-Columbian Art were donated by Ray J. Diekemper Jr. and Lou Dunn Diekemper.
Ray attended Stanford and Harvard before moving to Lubbock, TX. He becamean independent oil operator, and he and his wife became active members of the Lubbock community participating in organizations such as the Lubbock Chamber of Commerce, the Lubbock Economic Council, YWCA, Women’s Protective Services, Junior League of Lubbock, the Science Spectrum board, and both were founding members of the South Plains Food Bank. Ray passed away in 1999. Lou Dunn Diekemper is still a generous benefactor of both Lubbock and Texas Tech University.

Groups living in Pre-Columbian times made pottery for many reasons.
They made vessels of all sizes and shapes using a coil method: building the walls from a long string of clay before smoothing them out and adding pictures or shapes.  All the pottery that you see here was made by hand. Pre-Columbian cultures did not have the modern techniques that we have today. They decorated their pottery by incising (carving) designs onto the clay and painting them with minerals they found in their area.

The Museum of Texas Tech University houses a diverse range of collections including: anthropology, fine arts, clothing and textiles, history, natural sciences and paleontology. As an educational and research component of Texas Tech University, the Museum is committed to serving our diverse community, through a range of exhibitions and public programming. The Museum is a non-profit institution with free admission.

The Museum was founded in 1929 as the West Texas Museum, just four years after the creation of what was then known as Texas Technological College.

Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums since 1990, the Museum is home to more than 7 million objects. Only 3% of the nation’s nearly 35,000 museums hold this accreditation. It also is a teaching and research facility offering a masters degree in museum science.

The Museum’s Natural Science Research Laboratory maintains major natural history collections of mammals, birds, invertebrates and genetic resources. These collections are available to researchers at academic, scientific, and government institutions around the world for scientific investigation, discovery and problem-solving in the natural sciences.

Lubbock Lake Landmark, a National Historic Landmark, is an internationally known archeological and natural history preserve containing an extensive cultural record of life on the Southern Plains dating back 12,000 years.

The Museum is a participant in Lubbock First Friday Art Trail and a member of Blue Star Museums and the Green Museums Initiative.

Mission Statement

Through its collections and programs, the Museum of Texas Tech University engages campus and community to enhance understanding of self- and community identity, society, and the world; to empower people to be informed citizens of the 21st century; and to enrich lives.

Statement of Purpose

Established in 1929, the Museum is an educational, scientific, cultural, and research element of Texas Tech University. It is a not-for-profit institution by virtue of being a part of Texas Tech University. The Museum’s purpose is to support the academic and intellectual mission of Texas Tech University through the collection, preservation, documentation, and research of scientific and cultural material and to disseminate information about those collections and their scientific and cultural topics through exhibition, interpretation, and publication for primary, secondary, and higher education students, the scholarly community, and the general public. The Museum aspires to provide the highest standard of excellence in museological ethics and practices, while pursuing continuous improvement, stimulating the greatest quantity of quality research, conservation, interpretation, exhibition, and education, and providing support for faculty, staff, and students. The Museum is a multi-faceted institution that includes the main building, the Helen Devitt Jones Auditorium and Sculpture Court, Moody Planetarium, Natural Science Research Laboratory, and Lubbock Lake Landmark, an archaeological and natural history preserve.

3121 Fourth Street             806.742.0498
Experience the real West.
The NRHC is a museum and historical park located on the Texas Tech University campus.  48 historic ranch buildings and exhibits from the late 1700’s to the early 1900’s.  Buildings include a cattle baron’s home, ranch headquarters, dugouts, bunkhouse and a one-room school house that have been moved from their original location and restored at the museum.
**The new summer operating hours for the NRHC are 9:00am – 5:00pm Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Entrance to the historical park will close each day at 4:00pm.  The NRHC will be closed for all Texas Tech University holidays as well.
There is no admission fee, although donations are accepted.
The NRHC offers one 30-minute trolley tour of the historical park each Thursday at 10:30am from April through October at a cost of $5.00 per person. Tours will be cancelled during bad weather. Rides on the 21-seat trolley will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Trolley tickets are available for purchase in the NRHC gift shop.
Please visit our website at  for additional information and a complete list of special events and programs.



“Across Time and Territory: the National Ranching Heritage Center Story,” is a permanent exhibit covering the walls of the Don and Kay Cash Reception Hall. Material in the exhibition is present in a mural form with 3-D enhancements. Also in this area are two touch-screen monitors featuring attractive photographs of the structures in the historical park, presented in a virtual tour format, along with educational information about each building, available in both English and Spanish suitable for adults and children.

The exhibit title – “Writers of the Purple Sage” – is a word play on Zane Grey’s famous novel, “Riders of the Purple Sage.”  Published in 1912, the novel set the pattern for the modern Western and sold over a million copies.

Owen Wister, who wrote “The Virginian: A Horseman of the Plains,” had his 1902 novel form the basis of four movies and a television series.  Wister’s novel defined the Western genre and paved the way for such authors as Zane Grey, Louis L’Amour and Larry McMurtry, all of whom are represented in this exhibit.

Writers such as Willa Cather, J. Evetts Haley, Tom Lea and Elmer Kelton, to name a few, allowed every one of their readers a chance to experience the American West as it once was or might have been.  Written in ordinary language about ordinary people and places, Western literature has become an important part of our national literary scope.

The permanent collection of the NRHC includes a wide range of Western and ranch-related books, many of which are first edition signed manuscripts that will be part of this exhibit.

The Blue Stevens Gallery is home to a collection of items that have been donated to the NRHC over the past several months. This Gallery features changing content as new items are donated to the NRHC.

An exhibit that examines the history and development of the lever-action rifle from its earliest form. The exhibit also features lever-action firearms from the NRHC collections.

A selection of saddles from the Texas Cattle Raisers Museum collection.

History of the National Ranching Heritage Center:

Proctor Historical Park

Devitt Mallet Museum

J.J. Gibson Memorial Park

2805 15th Street  (15th Street and Detroit)   806.742.3749
General Hours:  Monday-Friday  9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
March 1 – September 1, 2017
Coke Stevenson was born in 1888 in Mason County, Texas. He owned a freight-line at 16, rose from janitor to bank president, and passed the bar exam and practiced law for more than 60 years, with only 22 months of formal education. He served two terms as Kimble County Attorney and County Judge before his election to the Texas House of Representatives, becoming its first two-term Speaker. He was twice elected Lieutenant Governor, and Governor in August 1941, serving two terms during World War II. Known as “Mr. Texas,” after the war Stevenson ran for U.S. Senate against Lyndon B. Johnson, but lost in the infamous “Voting Box #13” run-off. He returned to his law practice, friends and ranch until his death on June 28, 1975. His family donated the Gov. Coke Stevenson and Marguerite King Heap Collection to Texas Tech University’s Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library.

December 2016 – September 2017

December 7th, 1941:  The Seventy-fifth Anniversary
Oral Histories of people who were at Pearl Harbor and tattered flag loaned to the Museum.  This flag was actually on the top of a ship 75 years ago.  Forty-eight star World War II navy battle flag is courtesy of Howard Mercer, Signalman aboard LCI(M) 353 assault ship. The ship’s commander ordered Mercer to lower this flag and hoist a new one after receiving news of the Japanese surrender.

A new exhibit in the Coronelli Rotunda at the Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library commemorates this pivotal event in American history and features excerpts from oral histories and manuscripts permanently housed at the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library, Texas Tech University.

Chris Oglesby collection, exhibit now at SWC/SCL 

The Crossroads of Music Archive, located in the Southwest Collection/Special Collections Library (SWC/SCL) at Texas Tech, is proud to announce that the Chris Oglesby collection is now open for research. Oglesby donated his research materials for his book “Fire in the Water, Earth in the Air: Legends of West Texas Music” to the archive in January 2016. His collection contains biographies, correspondence, literary works of the author and others, photographs, song lyrics, audio interviews and more.

An exhibit curated by the archivist for the Crossroads of Music Archive, Curtis Peoples, Ph.D., and fabricated by Lyn Stoll, is located in the Coronelli Globe Rotunda at the SWC/SCL located on the Texas Tech campus at 15th Street and Detroit Avenue. The exhibit is a small collection of snapshots highlighting some of the artists found within the book, including Tommy Hancock, Terry and Jo Harvey Allen, Joe Ely, Kimmie Rhodes and others.

Sept. 1, 2016, marks the 10th anniversary of the book’s publication.

For more information, contact Curtis Peoples 806.834.5777 or

May 1, 2014 –
A new exhibit at the SWC/SCL explores Walt Whitman’s controversial masterpiece, Leaves of Grass. From its first appearance in 1855 until Whitman’s death in 1892, this collection of poems was often the target of censors due to its frank portrayal of sensual pleasure.

The Marc Reisner Collection is now open for research.

The Southwest Collection/Special Collections Building

A gallery along the north side of the building houses permanent displays on the Southwest Collection as well as the other units of the University Library, which have offices in the facility. Those offices include the University Archives, the Archive of the Vietnam Conflict and the Library’s Rare Books Collection. Additionally, the facility is the home for editorial offices of the West Texas Historical Association and its annual yearbook.

Offices in the building open onto a rotunda beneath the third tower. The Library’s 1688 Coronelli Globe is displayed in the rotunda.

Behind the offices are the non-public areas of the facility where documents and materials are processed. The building includes an accessioning area where materials are received and logged in. From there materials, whether paper records, photographs or films/audiotapes/video tapes, go to their specific areas for processing before they are taken to the stacks or the appropriate vault for storage.

Upstairs the stacks area offers a climate-controlled environment that provides a constant temperature and humidity as well as a positive ventilation outflow which helps prevent the intrusion of bacteria or fungi which could damage valuable books and documents.

Additionally, the facility has a conservation laboratory funded by the Hoblitzelle Foundation. The Hoblitzelle Conservation Lab will provide an appropriate environment for state-of-the-art preservation of valuable and one-of-a-kind materials.


The Exhibits and Outreach team of the Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library researches, designs and fabricates both in-house and traveling exhibits to highlight the vast holdings of the Archive, incorporating photographic imagery, artifacts, documents, sound and assorted other materials as well as textual information.

In-house exhibits are displayed in the Southwest Collection/ Special Collections Library. You may also view our exhibits at the Texas Tech Visitor Center, Lubbock City Hall, and at the Lubbock International airport.

If you would like to propose an exhibit, please contact Lyn Stoll at (806) 742-3749 or write to

Southwest Collections/Special Collections Library
Monday-Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
2805 15th Street  (15th Street and Detroit)   806.742.9010

Created in 1989, The Vietnam Center and Archive is home to the largest collection of Vietnam related material outside the U.S. National Archives.  The Vietnam Center and Archive collects and preserves the documentary record of the Vietnam War, and supports and encourages research and education regarding all aspects of the American Vietnam Experience.

About the Vietnam Center

In May 1989, a group of Vietnam veterans from West Texas gathered at Texas Tech University to discuss what they might do, in a positive way, about their experiences in Vietnam. That group’s immediate decision was to form a Vietnam Archive and begin collecting and preserving materials relating to the American Vietnam experience.

In November 1989, the Board of Regents of Texas Tech University established the Vietnam Center, with the dual missions of funding and guiding the development of the Vietnam Archive and encouraging continuing study of all aspects of the American Vietnam experience.

The group of veterans who first met in May 1989 were invited to form a board to provide guidance and support for the Vietnam Center. Since then, the Vietnam Center Advisory Board has met regularly to provide advice as the Vietnam Center and Archive at Texas Tech has evolved. Many of the veterans who attended the first meeting in May 1989 continue to advise the Vietnam Center today. In this way, the Vietnam Center remains very closely connected to America’s Vietnam Veteran community.

The mission of the Vietnam Center at Texas Tech University is to support and encourage research and education regarding all aspects of the American Vietnam experience; promoting a greater understanding of this experience and the peoples and cultures of Southeast Asia. Its functions are threefold: support for the Vietnam Archive and the collection and preservation of pertinent historical source material; promotion of education through exhibits, classroom instruction, educational programs, and publications; and encouragement of related scholarship through organizing and hosting conferences and symposia, academic, educational, and cultural exchanges, and the publishing of scholarly research.

Ogden Williams Collection

The Vietnam Center seeks to provide a forum for all points of view and for all topics relating to Indochina, particularly – but not limited to – the American military involvement there. At our conferences and symposia, we encourage the presentation of papers by veterans and others who directly participated in and supported wartime events as well as by individuals who opposed the war. We encourage participation by our former allies in South Vietnam but also offer the same participation to those who supported the government in Hanoi.

Similarly, we place equal importance upon preserving records relating to all aspects of the Vietnam War. It is as important to us to preserve the records of US veterans, military and civilian, who served in Southeast Asia as well as civilians active on the homefront to include the antiwar movement. We want to preserve a complete history of the war. To do otherwise would be a disservice to history.

In addition to the Vietnam Archive and its component projects, the Vietnam Center administers a number of special projects and events, including scholarships, outreach programs, and Conferences and Symposiums, as well as numerous publications, including the Friends of the Vietnam Center newsletter and the Modern Southeast Asia series in association with the Texas Tech University Press.

The Vietnam Center is also raising money for a new state-of-the-art facility that will house The Vietnam Center, Archive, and Museum. If you are interested in supporting this endeavor, please visit The Vietnam Center Building Site. If you are interested in supporting the Vietnam Center and Archive in other ways, you can contribute to our scholarships or you can donate artifacts and materials to The Vietnam Archive.

About the Archive

The Vietnam Archive mission is to collect and preserve the documentary record of the Vietnam War. The first collection received by the Archive – a package of letters from a Navy hospital corpsman to his family while serving in Vietnam – symbolizes our commitment to preserve the record of individuals and provide greater understanding of their experiences. While the Vietnam Archive continues this commitment as its primary objective, it has expanded its collection policy to include records of veterans’ organizations and scholars of the period as well as other individuals and organizations who share experiences from the war in Vietnam.

A hamlet elder uses a wood cane to feel his way along one of the walk ways at Binh Hung. The rainy season floods the hamlet and surrounding land, turning it into a sea of mud. But, life goes on as usual.: Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts – American Friends of Vietnam [VA005624]

A hamlet elder uses a wood cane to feel his way along one of the walk ways at Binh Hung. The rainy season floods the hamlet and surrounding land, turning it into a sea of mud. But, life goes on as usual.

Douglas Pike Collection: Other Manuscripts – American Friends of Vietnam

The Vietnam Archive has collected millions of pages of material and tens of thousands of photographs, slides, maps, periodicals, audio, moving images, and books related to the Vietnam War, Indochina, and the impact of the war on the United States and Southeast Asia.

The preservation of historical records provides the principal means for future generations to fully understand the past. Monuments call to mind significant events, but only records provide the basis for historical narratives, insight and understanding. In this way, the Vietnam Archive stands as a living memorial to all those who played some part in the nation’s “Vietnam experience.” Using the Archive, all those who are interested can study and better understand the people, places and events of this critical time in history.


The Archive accepts donations as small as a single item or as large as hundreds of boxes. Donations do not have to be organized and do not have to pertain to a famous person, event or organization. We accept papers, books, films, audio, moving images, and artifacts. If you are interested in donating to the Vietnam Archive, look for more information in our Information for Donors section.


There are two ways to conduct research using Vietnam Archive materials: in person and online, using the information provided in the Information for Researchers section and, more importantly, through the Virtual Vietnam Archive.


Contact information for all of the elements of the Vietnam Center and Archive is available. If you are having trouble finding what you are looking for on this website, try our help page or site map.


Over the past few years, the Vietnam Archive has made a concerted effort to record the histories of veteran’s organizations and their members. The Veterans’ Association section of this website provides more information about our efforts in this area.

Information for Veterans

Reunions Attending/Attended


Created in 2008, the Vietnamese American Heritage Project (VAHP) supports the Vietnam Archive’s mission to document the war from all perspectives by providing documentation of the post-war social and political history of Vietnamese Americans who immigrated to the United States during and after the Vietnam conflict. A component of the archive, the VAHP is comprised of a full time Vietnamese American Heritage Archivist and one part time student assistant who collect, preserve, and make accessible to the public materials that document the experiences and contributions of Vietnamese Americans in American society. The VAHP aims to enhance the study of the Vietnamese immigration and resettlement experience by providing reference services to researchers and increasing Vietnamese American participation in the archive’s Oral History Project, conducting outreach activities, and developing cooperative relationships with other institutions dedicated to preserving Vietnamese American’s rich heritage.

More Information about the Vietnamese American Heritage Project

Families of Vietnamese Political Prisoners Association Collection



The goal of the Teachers Resource Web is to aid educators and students who teach and take classes on the Vietnam War. The site is intended to assist teachers and students at all levels – from primary school to college. Site materials are designed to accommodate a range of teaching and learning situations from a single 50-minute lecture that is part of a general US history class to a semester or quarter-long dedicated course focusing exclusively on the Vietnam War.

More Information about the Teachers’ Resources Web


Richard H. MacKinnon Collection [VA066112]

The Vietnam Graffiti Project is dedicated to preserving and providing access to a remarkable array of historical material from various ships that supported United States military forces in Southeast Asia during the Vietnam War. The materials you will find here include bunk canvases, ships logs, nautical charts, and other artifacts and documents. The collection provides insight into life onboard these ships, especially troop transports.

More about the Vietnam Graffiti Project


The Combined Document Exploitation Center (CDEC) Microfilm Collection consists of 954 reels of documents captured from North Vietnamese and Vietcong forces during the Vietnam War. Materials from this collection are being added to the Virtual Vietnam Archive daily, and plans are underway to make the entire collection available online, including original metadata collected when the materials were filmed.


In addition to its mission of collecting materials concerning Vietnam, the Vietnam War, and Southeast Asia, the Vietnam Archive currently administers two projects, the Oral History Project and the Virtual Vietnam Archive.

The Oral History Project

In 1999 the Vietnam Center and Archive initiated the Oral History Project (OHP). The history of the wars in Southeast Asia is not complete without the inclusion of the voices of those who were in some way involved. To that end, the mission of the OHP is to create and preserve a more complete record of the wars in Southeast Asia by preserving, through recorded interviews, the recollections and experiences of all who were involved in those wars. There is no political agenda in the development of the Archive or the Oral History Project. Anyone can participate, whether an American veteran, a former ally or enemy of the U.S., an anti-war protester, a government employee, a family member of a veteran, etc. The more breadth and depth the OHP has in its participants, the better and more authentic the collection and preservation of the history of the wars will be.

The Virtual Vietnam Archive

Earl R. Rhine Collection [VAN018343]

The Virtual Vietnam Archive enables scholars, students and all others interested in this remarkable period in our world history to conduct research directly from universities, schools, libraries, and homes. Of equal importance, it will enable Vietnam veterans – those who actually served – to access records that might be of importance to them in their continuing efforts to understand their own experiences. It will facilitate the research and writing of participants’ memoirs, and will give high school and college students an important and authoritative source of information as they seek to understand the complexities of the Vietnam War.

When the Virtual Vietnam Archive project is complete, it will include a record for every item in the Vietnam Archive. All non-copyrighted items are available online, free of charge. The Virtual Archive currently includes finding aids for all Vietnam Archive collections, and over 4 million pages of materials online, including documents, photographs, slides, negatives, audio and moving image recordings, artifacts, and oral histories. New items are being added daily.

The Virtual Vietnam Archive employees a number of full-time employees, and numerous part-time student workers, both graduate students and undergrads. Materials are digitized using a variety of equipment, including HP flatbed scanners, Fujitsu high-speed and flatbed scanners, an EPSON large bed scanner, Nikon slide scanner, HP large format scanner/plotter, Otari reel-to-reel and cassette digitization system, an Elmo 16mm film digitizer, and an 8mm film digitizer. Digitized materials are stored on three Dell servers, with backup copies stored onsite in a cold storage vault. The Virtual Vietnam Archive utilizes a relational database system (Cuadra Star) produced by Cuadra Associates.

Michael Ray Goode Collection

Institute of Museum and Library Services Primary funding for the Virtual Vietnam Archive has been provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For more information about the people and organizations who have made the Virtual Vietnam Archive possible.

Digital copies of materials in the Virtual Archive are available. See our pricing list and guidelines for more information.

For questions concerning the Virtual Vietnam Archive, contact us at 806-742-9010 or

Hours:   9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
1500 14th Street     806.791.2723

Ongoing Exhibits:

Rick Vanderpool  – The Cross in America – Photography Series – ongoing

Greg Goodnight – Reclaiming the Land – Woodsculpture – through May
Donna Rose – A Walk in the Woods (new photography exhibit)  May – October 2017
West Texas Watercolor Society People’s Choice winners – Splash of Red – ongoing

Linda Adkins – Heirloom Jewelry Expressions


The Legacy Event Center is a beautiful venue for local artists to display their work and features various exhibits throughout the year. The West Texas Watercolor Society calls the Legacy its home and meets monthly to hone their talents through workshops and collaboration. In return, they host shows throughout the year and exhibit their work in ever-changing exhibits. The artwork and jewelry is also for sale with a portion going to the Legacy and the YWCA programs.

The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday 10:00 AM–5:00 PM year round.  (Also open Sundays 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM (May through September)-always closed Monday.  Admission is $7.50 per person, children 5-12 $5.00, Seniors 60+ and Veterans $6.00 or $20.00 for a family of four (2 adults-2 children).  Active Duty Military and their household families are admitted free with Military I.D.
1701 Canyon Lake Drive   806.747.8734

A Windmill Museum for the American Style Water Pumping Windmill and Related Exhibits on Wind Electricity. The purpose of The Windmill Museum, as a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization, is to interpret the relations of humans, the environment and technology through the medium of a museum of wind power history.   More than 100 windmills displayed inside, more than 50 outside and a 6,000 scare foot mural depicting the history of windmills.  Years represented by the windmills range from one manufactured in 1867 to two modern wind turbines for generation of electricity.


Hours:  Monday-Friday  11:00am – 3:00pm
Saturday    11:00am – 2:00pm
*We work next door in the shop and are happy to open the gallery anytime during the day.
Larry Simmons (806) 441-8564
1822 Buddy Holly Avenue  806.687.1644

Artists:  Baron Batch, Lee Ware, Heidi Simmons, Val Williams, Benna Ellis, Texas Leatherworking, Barbara Beller, Renee Steger Simpson, Tony Greer
Tornado Gallery is the home of Baron Batch artwork.

Baron Batch originals and prints:


Friday, August 25 – Saturday, August 26:  –

Lubbock Moonlight Musicals
Seven Brides for Seven Brothers
Moonlight Musicals Amphitheatre
413 East Broadway
Tickets:, 806.770.2000 or any select-a-seat outlet center

Saturday, August 26:  –

The Life and Art of Lucian Freud with Christian Conrad
511 Avenue K
Free and Open to the Public

Please join us for Coffee and Donuts as we explore the Life and Art of Lucian Freud.

Lucian Freud (1922-2011):

Considered one of the most important individuals in modern figure study, British artist Lucian Freud created realistic paintings that had thick textured surfaces. A deeply private individual, Freud mostly painted his friends and often their pets, but reached a level of notoriety to be considered one of the most influential British artists. Although famous for his realism, Freud’s early work is characterized by abstraction and surrealism. Join us as we journey through Freud’s work as he moves from an avant-garde style to the realistic paintings for which he was made famous.

Saturday Lectures at LHUCA is an informal conversation over the life and work of contemporary artists. It’s a stress-free opportunity to examine the art and ideas that underlie much of the modern art world. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and join the conversation.

Hub City On Tap Craft Beer Festival
12:00pm – 8:00pm
VIP Early Access: 12:00- 4:00pm
General Admission: 1:00- 4:00pm
General Admission: 5:00-8:00pm
South Plains Fairground
1012 Avenue A
Tickets:  may be purchased here:

VIP Early Access:  12:00pm – 4:00pm

Includes 4 hours of sampling (12 samples with more available for purchase), a $5.00 food voucher, a hat and a souvenir glass.  $40.00

General Admission:  1:00pm – 4:00pm  and 5:00pm – 8:00pm

Includes 3 hours of sampling (8 samples included with more available for purchase at $2 each) and a souvenir glass     $25.00

Group General Admission Ticket   $160.00  10 General Admission tickets for the price of 8

Group VIP Ticket   $280.00  10 VIP Tickets for the price of 8



Must be 21 years or older
All items are subject to availability and prices can change without notice.
All sales are final.
No refunds, exchanges, or returns will be accepted.
Brewery and beer lineups are subject to change without notice.
Discounts must be applied at the time of purchasing and cannot be applied retroactively

Let’s drink, Lubbock! Join us this August at the hub of delicious beer, great atmosphere, and amazing memories for the 2nd annual Hub City On Tap Craft Beer Festival. We’ll be serving up a perfectly crafted experience at the Panhandle-South Plains Fair Coliseum. The giant side of Texas deserves a giant selection to choose from, so we’ll have 100+ craft beers from over 50 breweries available to sample. Let’s not forget there will also be live music entertainment, fun & games, and delicious food available for purchase.

Monday, October 2 – Sunday, October 8:  –

TTU JT & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts-School of Theatre and Dance
Lab Theatre
2812 18th Street – 18th Street between Boston and Flint Avenues (East side)
By Amy Herzog

Directed by Zach Dailey

Set against the idyllic backdrop of Parisian Christmastime, Amy Herzog’s Belleville examines the young picture-perfect marriage of expatriates Zack and Abby. The couple has recently moved to the French capital for two reasons: a fresh start for Abby, who has recently recovered from her mother’s death, and a prestigious job opportunity for Zack as a researcher for Doctors Without Borders. Their home is a top floor apartment in the hip neighborhood of Belleville, famous for its street art and city views. Yes, for the newlyweds, it seems the sky’s the limit.


But not all is well in the City of Love (or is it the City of Lights?). Winner of the 2012 New York Times Outstanding Playwright Award and a Finalist for the 2013 Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, Herzog’s thrilling piece is a new spin on the age-old question: when you lay your head down at night, who truly is the person lying next to you?

Language; partial nudity

Wednesday, October 11:  –

Blue Light
Corey Smith Live in Lubbock
10:00pm  Doors open at 9:00pm
1806 Buddy Holly Avenue
Tickets:  $22.00 (includes $2.00 service charge)  21 and up  Tickets can be purchased here:

Corey Smith, the fan-made man, has sold over 1 million concert tickets, 1.5 million digital singles and over 220,000 albums.  Smith has amassed an unfailingly devout fan base, not only in his native Southeast region, but all around the nation, simply by telling it the way it is.  He has released 10 albums—including 2011’s Top 20 release The Broken Record.  Corey has written every word on every album himself and he produced 9 out of 10 of the projects. Smith’s concerts, which were documented on his last live release, Live in Chattanooga, regularly sell out, with audiences singing along to such fan favorites as the coming-of-age anthem “Twenty-One,” the nostalgic time warp “If I Could Do It Again” and the group hug “I Love Everyone.”  In Summer 2015, Corey teamed up with producer Keith Stegall (Alan Jackson, Zac Brown Band) for his most recent album, “While the Gettin’ Is Good,” which was released on Sugar Hill Records.  Corey consistently tours, hitting around 120 dates per year and is working on new music for his next project.

Thursday, October 12:  –

TTU Presidential Lecture & Performance Series
Lyle Talking:  An Evening of Conversation with Lyle Lovett
7:00 PM
Allen Theatre
15th Street and Akron Avenue
Tickets:  $18 General Admission; $75.00 General Admission Season Tickets

Season and individual tickets are available through all Select-A-Seat locations (806) 770-2000 or

TTU Students – 1 free ticket with valid TTU ID at the SUB Allen Theatre information desk

Singer, composer and actor Lyle Lovett will offer insights about his creative process and offer his fans and followers stories from a recording and performing life spanning thirty years.

In a unique program, singer, songwriter, composer and actor, Lyle Lovett will be in conversation with Paul Allen Hunton, General Manager of Texas Tech Public Media, to offer insights about his creative process and stories from a recording and performing life spanning thirty years. Four-time Grammy winner, Lyle Lovett has broadened the definition of American music in a career that includes 14 memorable albums. The Texas-based musician fuses elements of country, swing, jazz, folk, gospel and blues in a convention-defying manner that breaks down barriers. He has a specific gift for storytelling and for offering us some of the most unforgettable song lyrics: “If I Had a Boat,” “L.A. County,” and “That’s Right (You’re Not From Texas)” to name a few. This program of conversation will offer his fans and followers an intimate look at one of America’s musical treasures.


Food for the Hungry
Air1 Positive Hits Tour
United Supermarkets Arena
1701 Indiana Avenue
Tickets: or 806.770.2000 or any select-a-seat outlet center.  Tickets are priced $25.00, $32.75, $43.50, and VIP $57.50 (prices include service charges).


The reserved VIP seat tickets ($57.50) include a Q&A with Skillet, Britt Nicole, Colton Dixon, Tauren Wells & Gawvi at 530pm – 6pm, VIP Laminate Pass & Lanyard (Receive at show),  Early Venue Entry at 5pm and a $5 voucher valid on Official Air 1 Tour Merchandise (Must purchase $25 or more).

Featuring GRAMMY® nominees Skillet and Britt Nicole,American Idol alum Colton Dixon, and special guests Tauren Wells and GAWVI.


Saturday, October 14:  –

National Ranching Heritage Center
National Golden Spur Award Dinner
TTU McKenzie-Merket Alumni Center
2521 17th Street  (17th Street and University Avenue)
Tickets:  $100 general admission or $75 for NRHC members are available by contacting Vicki Quinn-Williams by email,, or by phone, 806.834.0469

The ranching and livestock industries have chosen Glenn Blodgett to receive the 2017 National Golden Spur Award.  “This award recognizes that a single individual has earned notable respect and admiration from peers within the industry,” Campbell (Executive Director of NRHC) said.

Johnny Trotter, a past president of the American Quarter Horse Association, said, “When you talk about Dr. Blodgett, you have to talk about credibility. The horse business is more of a reputation-based business than it is just a horse-trading business.”

Blodgett, a native of Spearman, received his bachelor’s degree in animal science from Oklahoma State University and his degree in veterinary medicine from the Texas A&M University of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.

He was named Equine Practitioner of the Year in 1990 by the Texas Veterinary Medical Association after being cited as a driving force behind the Texas Racing Commission’s adoption of medical rules, policies and procedures.

Blue Light
Turnpike Troubadours Street Show with Red Shahan, Dalton Domino and Bri Bagwell
7:30pm; Gates open at 6:30pm
Buddy Holly Avenue by the Blue Light
Tickets:  Tickets to this event will be $30 at the gate or $25 with fees on this site in advance for 21 and up. There will be 250 available tickets for minors (18-20 years of age) for $30 online and $35 at the gate.   Purchase tickets here:


Line-up starting at 7:30pm Bri Bagwell, Dalton Domino, Turnpike Troubadours


Thursday, October 19 – Sunday, October 22:  –

TTU JT & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts-School of Theatre and Dance
Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare
7:30pm Thursday-Saturday; 2:00pm on Sunday
Maedgen Mainstage Theatre
2812 18th Street – 18th Street between Boston and Flint Avenues (East side)
Tickets:  Tickets are $18 for individuals; $5 for students with a valid ID.  Free student rush tickets are available on a limited basis to Texas Tech students. Call (806) 742-3603 for tickets and information.

Directed by Bill Gelber.  As the soldiers return to Messina to take up their civilian lives, the after-shocks of the war affect them and the people they care about.  Benedick and Beatrice, former lovers, swear they will never reconcile, while their friends make other plans for them.  Claudio, battle weary, wonders if Hero will have him for a husband  don John bitterly plots trouble for them all, while the bumbling town guards may or may not foil his evil scheme.  Shakespeare’s comic masterpiece is also a bittersweet battle of the sexes.

Friday, October 20 – Sunday, October 22:  –

The Peddler Show
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Lane
Friday:  12:00pm – 6:00pm; Saturday:  9:00am – 6:00pm; Sunday:  11:00am – 4:00pm
Tickets:  $7.00 for Adults; Children 12 and under are free

The Peddler Show returns to the South Plains October 20th – 22nd for a unique shopping experience! At this one-of-a-kind Fall Market you can shop from talented designers, artisans, creators and craftsmen from all over the country! Start getting your home ready for Halloween with handmade home décor, and find the latest in fall fashions! Where else can you find anything and everything you need AND get it customized and personalized onsite? Nowhere! Come check out The Perfect Street of Shops, it’s THE Texas Shopping Tradition…It’s The Peddler Show in Lubbock!

Saturday, October 21:  –

National Ranching Heritage Center
Junior Rough Riders Fall Corral
10:00am – 12:00pm
3121 4th Street
Free to NRHC members; $5 for non-members

Wednesday, November 8 – Saturday, November 11:  –

TTU JT & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts-School of Theatre and Dance
Fall Dance Festival
Creative Movement Center
Southwest Corner of Akron and Glenna Goodacre Avenues just north of the Petroleum Engineering Building

Fall Dance Festival is an evening of original dance pieces by Texas Tech University student choreographers.

Friday, November 10:  –

Rush Concerts
Casting Crowns – The Very Next Thing Tour with special guest Zach Williams
7:00pm; doors open at 6:00pm
Lubbock Municipal Auditorium
2720 Drive of Champions
Tickets:   $25-$70

Monday, November 13 – Sunday, November 19:  –

TTU JT & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts-School of Theatre and Dance
Next to Normal
Lab Theatre
2812 18th Street – 18th Street between Boston and Flint Avenues (East side)

Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey; music by Tom Kitt

Directed by Katie Hahn

The Goodmans are the perfect family…or so it appears. The winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Next to Normal by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey is a powerhouse rock musical that takes an unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness. Matriarch Diana has battled manic depression for sixteen years, all while trying to hold her family of four together with the help of her husband Dan. When a new psychiatrist enters her life, Diana is forced to confront the break deep within her being and distinguish what separates disease from reality. As Diana descends farther into despair, her family must grapple with the fallout in such a way that demands the question: “Who’s crazy-the one who’s uncured? Or maybe the one who’s endured?”


Friday, November 17:  –

TTU Presidential Lecture & Performance Series
The SteelDrivers
7:00 PM
Allen Theatre
15th Street and Akron Avenue
Tickets:  $18 General Admission; $75.00 General Admission Season Tickets

Season and individual tickets are available through all Select-A-Seat locations (806) 770-2000 or

TTU Students – 1 free ticket with valid TTU ID at the SUB Allen Theatre information desk

2016 Grammy Award winner for Best Bluegrass Album  “They’re a blues, country, bluegrass, swagger band and they are brilliant.”  Adele

Only Nashville, Tennessee, where tradition and innovation intersect, where commerce collides with art, could give birth to a band like the SteelDrivers: a group of seasoned veterans –each distinguished in his or her own right, each valued in the town’s commercial community – who are seizing an opportunity to follow their hearts to their souls’ reward. In doing so, they are braiding their bluegrass roots with new threads of their own design, bringing together country, soul, and other contemporary influences to create an unapologetic hybrid that is old as the hills but fresh as the morning dew. This is new music with the old feeling. SteelDrivers fan Vince Gill describes the band’s fusion as simply “an incredible combination.”

Since the release of The SteelDrivers (2008) and Reckless (2010), The SteelDrivers have been nominated for three Grammys, four IBMA awards and the Americana Music Association’s New Artist of the Year and they won the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album for The Muscle Shoals Recordings. They were presented the International Bluegrass Music Association’s award for Emerging Artist of the Year in 2009. That same year the band spent a week in Georgia as part of the cast in the movie “Get Low”. The movie, that starred Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Bill Murray, featured a soundtrack that included four tunes by The ‘Drivers. In 2011 the English pop star Adele began performing the SteelDriver song “If It Hadn’t Been For Love” in her live performances. Her opinion of The SteelDrivers is: “They’re a blues, country, bluegrass, swagger band and they are brilliant.” They have been invited to perform on numerous radio and TV shows ranging from The Grand Ole Opry to NPR’s Mountain Stage to the Conan O’Brien show.

Thursday, November 30 – Sunday, December 3:  –

TTU JT & Margaret Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts-School of Theatre and Dance
We are Proud to Present a Presentation about the Herero of Namibia, Formerly Known as South West Africa, From the German Sudwestafrika, Between the Years 1884-1915.
7:30pm Thursday-Saturday; 2:00pm on Sunday
Maedgen Mainstage Theatre
2812 18th Street – 18th Street between Boston and Flint Avenues (East side)
Tickets:  Tickets are $18 for individuals; $5 for students with a valid ID.  Free student rush tickets are available on a limited basis to Texas Tech students. Call (806) 742-3603 for tickets and information.

In the present day, an acting troupe comes together to create a performance about the little-known decimation of the Herero people in turn-of-the-century colonial Africa.  As they stumble through their increasingly charged rehearsals, the performers begin to unravel the thorny know of race and power that reaches from Sudwestafrika to modern America.  At turns darkly comedic, wildly theatrical, and deeply moving, We are Proud to Present…explores how the echoes of a forgotten history reverberate with us today.

Adult content, including racialized language and violent situations

Directed by Jess Jou.  By Jacki Sibblies Drury

Saturday, December 2:  –

National Ranching Heritage Center
Junior Rough Riders Winter Corral
10:00am – 12:00pm
3121 4th Street
Free to NRHC members; $5 for non-members

Friday, December 8 – Saturday, December 9:  –

National Ranching Heritage Center
39th Annual Candlelight at the Ranch
6:00 – 9:00pm
3121 4th Street
Free event; donations accepted

Visitors to Candlelight at the Ranch will step into a “living Christmas card” as volunteer Ranch Hosts dress in period appropriate clothing and recreate Christmas scenes in 15 historic structures dating from the 1780’s to the 1950’s.


Wednesday, December 20:  –

Celebrity Attractions
Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer
Lubbock Municipal Auditoriu
2720 Drive of Champions
Tickets:  806.770.2000,, or any select-a-seat outlet center

The beloved TV classic RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER soars off the screen and onto the stage this holiday season.  Come see all of your favorite characters from the special including Santa and Mrs. Claus, Hermey the Elf, Bumble the Abominable Snow Monster, Clarice, Yukon Cornelius  and, of course, Rudolph, as they come to life in RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER: THE MUSICAL.

It’s an adventure that teaches us that what makes you different can be what makes you special.  Don’t miss this wonderful holiday tradition that speaks to the misfit in all of us. Based on the animated television special “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and the stage production directed and conceived by Jeff Frank and First Stage.  Script adaptation by Robert Penola.  Arrangements and orchestrations by Timothy Splain.


“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” animated television special adapted from a story by Robert L. May and the song by Johnny Marks, music and lyrics by Johnny Marks.  All elements © and TM under license to Character Arts, LLC.




The Buddy Holly Center invites artists to submit work for Celebración, our annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) exhibition. Artists must RSVP by August 18, 2017, as space is limited. Work should be informed by traditional Día de los Muertos imagery and will be evaluated for their appropriateness and subsequent inclusion. Works may be 2D or 3D, but may not exceed 40 inches in any direction, without advance approval. Artwork must be ready for installation (hanging wire required on the back of all 2D works exceeding 12 inches in any direction)

September 18-22, 2017 | Delivery of Artwork
The BHC will only provide return shipping for out of town artists.

October 6 – November 12, 2017
Exhibition is open for viewing.

November 3, 2017 | Procesión A progressive celebration between four sites in Lubbock, with performances and art at each venue.

November 13-17, 2017 | Pick-up of Artwork Arrangements for return must be made by November 13. Works left over 90 days are considered abandoned and will be sold at City auction.

How to Submit

RSVP by August 18, 2017 via phone or email to: Jacqueline Bober, Curator 806.775.3569

Artists are welcome to place a sale price on their work, but must fill out a City of Lubbock Vendor Application and IRS W9 form, as well as provide a Texas Sales and Use Tax Permit number. These documents are required of the BHC by the Texas Comptroller’s Office. The BHC is happy to provide the City’s Vendor Application and IRS W9 by email or in person when delivering artwork. The BHC retains a 30% commission on all artwork sold during the exhibition.



LHUCA in Lubbock, Texas presents:

Clay on the Wall: National Juried Exhibition

LHUCA (Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts) is working on this exciting project with Texas Tech Professor of Art, Juan Granados. Professor Granados is the founding director of the nationally acclaimed “Clay on the Wall”. The 2017 Call for Entry represents the 21st exhibition since its inception in the mid-90’s. We encourage both emerging and established artists to submit artworks using the wall as a primary means of artistic exploration. The works may be modular, with the composition extending to floor or ceiling. There is no size limit, but each component is restricted in weight to no more than 35 lbs. The artwork may include multimedia elements, such as sound and/or lights that are vital to the expression of the artist’s creative imagination.

Open call: To all artists living in the United States, 18 years and older. All work must be predominantly made of clay and delivered ready to hang on the wall. Work must be original and completed within the last three years.

Size Limits: There are no size limitations for work, but each piece may not exceed a total weight of 35 lbs.

Eligibility: Artists must be at least 18 years of age

Entry fee: $35 for up to three entries (each entry can have up to three images)

Entry deadline: October 25, 2017

Notification date: November 3, 2017

All artists will be notified via email.

Delivery deadline: November 17, 2017

Return shipping: Week of February 5, 2018


Exhibition dates: December 1, 2017 – January 27, 2018

Helen DeVitt Jones Studio Gallery at LHUCA

All selected work must remain on view in the gallery until the close of the exhibition.

Opening receptions: December 1, 2017 and January 5, 2018, during First Friday Art Trail, 6 – 9 pm

Cash prizes:

1st place: $600

2nd place: $300

3rd place: $150

3 Honorable Mentions @ $50 each

About the Juror: Glen R. Brown is Professor of Art History at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. He received an M.A. in Art Criticism from The State University of New York, Stony Brook. He earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Art History from Stanford University. Elected to membership in the International Academy of Ceramics, Geneva, Switzerland, Brown has written extensively about contemporary and historical ceramics. His publications have appeared in more than 30 different journals, including Ceramics: Art and Perception; Céramica; American Ceramics; Ceramics Monthly; American Craft; Sculpture; Ceramics Technical; Temperature; Sculpture (Beijing); Ceramic Review; Kerameiki Techni; The NCECA Journal; and World Sculpture News.


  • Entry fees are non-refundable.
  • All work must be ready to hang.
  • No substitution for accepted artworks will be allowed.
  • Artist is responsible for shipping work to and from LHUCA. Prepaid return shipping must accompany artwork upon delivery.
  • Work without prepaid return shipping will not be hung and will be stored at LHUCA until arrangements are made for the return of the work.
  • LHUCA staff will handle all sales of artwork and will charge a 35% commission.
  • Artwork will be insured while at LHUCA but not during transit.
  • Artists are responsible for insuring their work during transit.
  • Even if the work is not for sale, the artist must provide a value for the art for our insurance purposes.
  • In the event of damage while on our premises, LHUCA will purchase the work, retaining the 35% commission fee and paying the artist 65% of the purchase price.
  • LHUCA will not assume responsibility for work improperly framed or poorly packaged for shipping.
  • Work must not be shipped using peanuts
  • For packaging, we recommend you double box artworks, wrapped in foam pads and thick layers of bubble wrap and allow 4 – 6 inches of padding space for your work.
  • In the event the hardware provided by the artist fails and a piece is damaged, the artist is responsible for loss.
  • Images of accepted work may be used for promotional purposes.

Selected work will be shipped with prepaid return shipping to:


Attn: Linda Cullum

511 Ave K

Lubbock, Texas 79401

  • Work without prepaid return shipping will not be hung and will be stored

at LHUCA until arrangements are made for the return of the work.

If you have questions, contact Linda Cullum, Curator

806 762-8606



About Clay on the Wall:

The Clay on the Wall national juried exhibition concept was originally created by internationally recognized ceramic artist, Professor Juan Granandos of Texas Tech University in the mid-1990s. This exhibition has been held at various locations, including Eastern Washington University, Kansas State University and Texas Tech University.

About LHUCA:

Founded in 1997, LHUCA is a nationally recognized private, 501(c)(3) non-profit fine arts center. Its mission is to cultivate and celebrate all the arts by inspiring creativity and engaging with the community. First Friday Art Trail, organized by LHUCA, is a community-wide event that draws up to 4,000 people each month. This popular event has been held for the past 12 years.

Located in the heart of the Lubbock Cultural District, LHUCA has a unique four-block campus that offers exciting spaces for arts enrichment including four visual art galleries, a 159-seat theatre, a state-of-the-art clay facility (the Helen DeVitt Jones Clay Studio), and flexible education and meeting spaces.

LHUCA’s galleries are free to the public. Gallery hours are 11 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday.

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