The exhibition begins at 6 p.m. April 5 during the First Friday Art Trail.
The Talkington Gallery of Art, the newest gallery at the Museum of Texas Tech University, will be unveiled to the public for the first time at the inaugural exhibition of “AZ→NM→TX – 20th and 21st Century Art in Texas, New Mexico, and Arizona,” at 6 p.m. April 5 during the First Friday Art Trail.
Peter Briggs, Helen DeVitt Jones Curator of Art at the museum, said the gallery exists because of the generosity of Margaret Talkington. She donated funds to the museum, which allowed museum staff to renovate several thousand square feet of gallery space.
“This gallery is an exceptional addition to the museum that offers the university and the Lubbock community opportunities to experience visual arts in a setting that suits the collections,” Briggs said.
The exhibition includes more than 50 pieces created by artists who worked in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. The exhibit is drawn entirely from the collections of the Museum of Texas Tech University, including works donated by Margaret Talkington.
“The Talkington collection consists primarily of paintings and watercolors,” Briggs said. “The majority of the Talkington collection consists of 20th century art by artists who lived or worked in the southwestern United States.”
Artists included in the exhibition are Georgia O’Keeffe, Fremont Ellis, Beatrice Mandelman, Gene Kloss, Edward Curtis, Mark Klett and many other well known artists.
“The gallery not only provides a clean, well-lit space to exhibit the museum’s art collections, but a public forum to explore the complexity, energy and brilliance of these art works,” Briggs said.
The Museum of Texas Tech University Association supported the development of the art collection, helping to acquire many art works.
The event is located at the Museum of Texas Tech University, located at Fourth Street and Indiana Avenue, where parking and admission are free. The exhibition will continue to be open to the public for the remainder of 2013.