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School of Art Opens New Gallery in Downtown Lubbock

The exhibit space will provide students and faculty opportunities to showcase their creative research.

Written by Melanie Hess

The first exhibition in the new gallery, showcased Dec. 17, will be the current creative research of Grant Billingsley.

The first exhibition in the new gallery, showcased Dec. 17, will be the current creative research of Grant Billingsley.

A piece of Texas Tech’s School of Art will soon be housed in downtown Lubbock, with the ribbon-cutting ceremony officially opening the gallery at 5:30 p.m. Friday (Dec. 2) at the Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA).

Tina Fuentes, director of the School of Art, said the downtown exhibit space provides students and faculty additional opportunities to showcase their creative and scholarly research.  

“Over the years, the School of Art program has been actively engaged within the Lubbock arts community,” Fuentes said. “This central location will provide our gallery visitors an easy access for viewing these exhibits. We anticipate that this strategically planned, collaborative community engagement will make for a unique learning and networking opportunity.”

School of Art Landmark Arts director Joe Arredondo said the gallery will have a three-fold mission.

“Its goal is to showcase the creative and scholarly research of School of Art students and faculty, to promote arts outreach and education for the greater Lubbock community and to recruit high school students from the Lubbock school districts into School of Art programs,” he said.

The ribbon cutting coincides with December’s First Friday Art Trail from 6-9 p.m. that evening (Dec. 2). The first exhibition in the new gallery will be the current creative research of Grant Billingsley, a Texas Tech Master’s of Fine Arts graduate and current student in the School of Art. His work will be on display from the opening of the gallery until Dec. 17.

Billingsley will speak about his work, titled “Faith in Height, Width, and Depth,” at the LHUCA gallery at 2 p.m. Dec. 3. The gallery is located at 1108 Fifth Street, the former police garages across from the main LHUCA building.

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The School of Art is part of the College of Visual and Performing Arts at Texas Tech University which also includes the School of Music and the Department of Theater and Dance.

The School offers undergraduate degree programs in art history, communication design, studio arts and visual studies as well as MEA and MFA graduate degree and Fine Arts Ph.D. opportunities.

The program also supports the Landmark Arts Galleries and the Standing Room Only Gallery (SRO).

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