Texas Tech University

Ansel Adams Exhibit a Must-See for West Texans

Heidi Toth

August 11, 2015

(VIDEO) Texas Tech alumnus David H. Arrington loaned pieces from his collection to the Museum of Texas Tech University for an exhibit.

Ansel Adams Exhibit
(l-r) Jill Hoffman, President Nellis, David H. Arrington and Peter Briggs

Texas Tech University President M. Duane Nellis and Midland oil executive David H. Arrington spoke at a news conference Tuesday morning celebrating the opening of an exhibit of Ansel Adams photography.

Arrington, who began collecting Adams' work after graduating from Texas Tech in 1983, lent 100 original photographs from his collection to the Museum of Texas Tech University for a special exhibit. Although his collection has been shown in museums and galleries throughout the world, he wanted his alma mater to host it as well.

He encouraged everyone to experience Adams' work, which was groundbreaking for its time.

"This is a must for every photographer, for every artist, for every lover of nature, for every fisherman, every hunter and every survivalist, you need to come see Ansel Adams' work," he said. "This is a great family outing, it's a great outing for schools or just a good date with your best girl."

Nellis said the university is proud to have a well-rounded learning environment, to which the museum contributes. He thanked Arrington and other friends of the museum for their support in making Texas Tech a world-class school.

"We are thrilled to collaborate with David Arrington in showcasing the work of a true American treasure in Ansel Adams," Nellis said. "A commitment to the arts and bringing and sharing wonderful works such as these is important in our commitment to our faculty, staff and students and the public. I appreciate Mr. Arrington sharing this impressive collection with us."

Peter Briggs, the museum's curator of art, said the exhibition is a cross-section of Adams' life and allows visitors to experience the original works of many of the artist's famous pictures.

"It is the first opportunity for the Texas Tech University and Lubbock communities to explore in depth, to reflect purposely and to seek understanding of the work of an artist who has shaped the image of the United States," Briggs said. "In our contemporary world of pulsating color pictures that routinely flash before our eyes, it is of note the relevance and impacts of Ansel Adams' black and white photographs have endured and will endure into the future."

The museum, located at 3301 Fourth St., is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. "Ansel Adams: American Master, Selections from the David H. Arrington Collection" will be on display through Jan. 16. The museum also will host a public speech by Arrington at 6:30 p.m. Friday (Aug. 14) and an event with Sarah Adams, the photographer's granddaughter, at 7 p.m. Nov. 6. For more information about the exhibit, please go to www.anseladams.ttu.edu.