Texas Tech University (TTU) in Lubbock is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Two current art exhibitions are dedicated to this theme, one presented by the Museum of TTU and another by the new-ish kid on the block, Broadway Contemporary Fine Art Gallery.
The Museum of TTU has dedicated five galleries to the Texas Tech Centennial Exhibit, on view now through December 23, 2023. The show explores the first 100 years of the University, the influences of the Spanish-style architecture on campus buildings, and notable figures connected to the university. Museum admission is free, and it is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sundays from 1 – 5 p.m.
Broadway Contemporary is located in downtown Lubbock on Broadway Street, close to TTU. The gallery, founded by artist Janelle Barrington Spivey in 2021, represents an impressive group of Panhandle and West Texas artists, with over 35 artists in its roster. Ms. Barrington Spivey grew up in Longview and has lived in Lubbock since 1996.
A former long-time employee of American Airlines, Ms. Barrington Spivey wanted to “create space where she could host both [her] own studio and the work of other area artists.” Broadway Contemporary includes Lubbock artists James W. Johnson, Lahib Laddo, Kristy Kristinek, Zach Morriss, Kelly Reyna, Tim Oliver, Sofia Villalobos, Abed Monowar, and others.
Of her represented artists, Ms. Barrington Spivey tells Glasstire, “I love the diversity. We have something in here that would appeal to any art enthusiasts or collector. It’s great to have another space in Lubbock to show these artists’ work!” She enjoys the camaraderie and getting to know other artists, as well: “These are good people. I don’t have any room for snotty artists!”
On view through the end of September is the TTU Centennial Show, which showcases TTU-inspired works depicting the nearby campus, former sports coaches, mascots, and football players. There are also humorous nods to spectator traditions, like throwing tortillas on the field, as shown in Ms. Barrington Spivey’s still life,Tech Happy Meal. The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., the evening of the First Friday Art Trail, and by appointment.