Texas Tech Presents Virtual Visits with the Allen Family: November 9 – 13

by Christopher Blay November 10, 2020

Terry Allen

Artists Terry and Jo Harvey Allen, best known for their individual and collaborative transdisciplinary works, will join their sons Buk-ka Allen and Bale Creek Allen for a series of five virtual visit sponsored by the Texas Tech University Office of the Provost’s Outreach and Engagement department. The visits began yesterday, November 9, and run through November 13.

As part of the Terry and Jo Harvey Allen Center for Creative Studies at Texas Tech, The Terry and Jo Harvey Allen Collection houses over fifty years of papers, including audio and videos documenting the artists’s creative process. The virtual visits will be broadcast from the artist’s home studios in Santa Fe and Austin, and in the programs they will discuss their works, their lives and how they’ve navigated the COVID-19 pandemic.


Jo Harvey Allen

To register for one or all of the five virtual visits which will begin at 7:30 PM each evening, tonight through November 13, please go here.

Terry Allen is a visual artist and songwriter. He was born in Wichita, Kansas and raised in Lubbock, Texas. He has received numerous awards and honors including a Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Art Fellow-ships; Awards for the Visual Arts (AVA), Washington D.C.: Bessie Award(New York) and Isadora Duncan Award (San Francisco) Critic Awards for text, mu-sic, sets, costumes for PEDAL STEAL (Margaret Jenkins Dance Co.); AICA Award (International Assoc. of Art Critics) Best Show in a Commercial Gallery, Dugout I, LA Louver Gallery, Venice, CA, curated by Peter Goulds; in-duction into the Buddy Holly Walk of Fame (now West Texas Walk of Fame) in 1992; recipient of USArtists Fellowship/Oliver Fellow, 2009; First Townes Van Zandt Songwriting Award, Austin Music Awards, Austin, TX, 2017; Stephen Bruton Award, Lone Star Film Festival, Ft. Worth, TX 2017

Jo Harvey Allen, actress, playwright, poet, and pioneer of women in radio, is best known for her numerous film roles and critically acclaimed one-woman shows; called “A Storyteller in the Best Texas Tradition” by the LA Weekly, “Funny, Amazing, Profound…a knockout performer and writer who vanishes into her luminous material!” by LA Reader and “has elicited comparisons with Flannery O’Connor” according to the New York Times. Her co-starring film roles include David Byrne’s cult classic True Stories (1986), Fried Green Tomatoes (1991, dir. John Avnet), and The Client (1994, dir. Joel Schumacher).

For more on the artists, please visit Texas Tech University’s website here.

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