2019 Exhibitions

Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy

vaquero cowboy standing

October 25, 2019 through January 19, 2020
Concho Resources Inc. Galleries

Bill Wittliff. 
New Mexico, early 1970s. 
On loan.

Made possible by Bethany and Matt Etheredge and by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.


Dirk Fowler: Paperwork

Willie Nelson

Exhibition opening reception and printmaking demonstration
September 20  |  6 to 8 p.m.
FREE and open to the public

On view September 20 through November 17
Marian Blakemore Kennedy Gallery

Dirk Fowler.
Willie, 2017.

Paperwork: Letterpress and Screen-Printed Posters is made possible through the generous support of Schlumberger and the Rea Charitable Trust.

The letterpress technique has been around for hundreds of years and has seen a recent resurgence with artists and designers. Dirk Fowler has designed and printed handmade letterpress posters for more than 300 musicians and bands including Willie Nelson, Kacey Musgraves, Loretta Lynn, No Doubt, The Avett Brothers, Wilco and Modest Mouse.

Most of Fowler’s images are hand-cut and are combined with vintage wood and metal type, giving each print an individual, unique and tactile quality. Fowler also uses more unusual printing materials – hand cutting type and images out of rubber gaskets or rigging vinyl records into his old sign press. 






Best of Fest: 50 Years of SeptemberFest

50 Years of Fest

On view September 20 through November 17
Concho Resources Inc. Gallery and Wagner Gallery

The Best of Fest exhibition is made possible by Karmen & Billy Bryant

Included with SeptemberFest weekend and standard daily admission.   

As an homage to our times together, we are pleased to present a SeptemberFest exhibition inside the Turner Memorial Art Museum, filled with archival photos, documents and memorabilia.

Get ready to spot a few familiar faces - with retro hairstyling of course!  


Felice House: Face West

FeliceHouse Last Stand WebOn view July 13 through September 8
Marian Blakemore Kennedy Gallery

Felice House.
Last Stand to Nowhere, 2019.
Oil on canvas. 60 x 40 in.

Felice House: Face West is made possible by Cathy Eastham Fine Jewelry and Encana

with additional support from Rea Charitable Trust.


Felice House is a representational figurative painter focused on feminist portraiture. For centuries men have painted women for male audiences. Today women paint women as we see ourselves. House’s work contrasts with passive, oversexualized images of women in culture at large. Her goal is to empower both women and men to adopt a more holistic view of women. House received a BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, an MS from Texas A&M University in computer graphics and an MFA in painting from the University of Texas. She also spent time studying classical painting and portraiture at the Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore, MD. House is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Visualization at Texas A&M University.


Audubon's Quadrupeds of North America

Audubon 1993.003.001On view through August 20
Wagner Galleries

John Woodhouse Audubon
Nine-Banded Armadillo, Male
Audubon Acquisition Fund

In the late 1830s, as the details were being finalized for the completion of his monumental Birds of America project, Audubon began to collect material for an equally impressive study of North American animals. The Quadrupeds proved more difficult than he had anticipated, as many native animals were nocturnal and their habits were hard to learn.  


Truth in Architecture: Works by Paul Stevenson Oles FAIA

Oles Drawing WEBOn view April 13 (extended) through July 30
Concho Resources Inc. Galleries

Paul Stevenson Oles.
MGF Center Development Proposal/ I.M. Pei & Partners. Tower eye level view, looking southeast. 1982.
Black Prismacolor on Strathmore board. On loan from artist.

Made possible by Rhotenberry Wellen Architects.


Midland native Steve Oles is considered one of the world’s premier architectural illustrators, and prior to his retirement taught architectural drawing at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, the Rhode Island School of Design, Yale University and MIT.


Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior

11 John Nesbitt Sijistan Remodel of Charles Ennis House Dining Area WEBOn view April 13 through June 9
Wagner Galleries

John Nesbitt. “Sijistan” Remodel of Charles Ennis House, Dining Area, Los Angeles, California, 1941.
Photographic Reproduction. Courtesy of The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives
(The Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New York).
Copyright © Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation.

Made possible by Amy & Tim Leach. 
Additional exhibition support provided by Kassen & Christopher Gunderman.


Imprinting the West: Manifest Destiny, Real and Imagined

Hunting of the Grizzly Bear webOn view February 9 through March 17
Concho Resources Inc. Galleries

Karl Bodmer. Hunting the Grizzly Bear, n.d.,
hand-colored engraving. 21 x 25, private collection. Photo: E.G. Schempf.

2019 Exhibition schedule made possible by a generous grant from Rae Charitable Trust. 


Into the Great White Sands: Photographs by Craig Varjabedian

Iodine Bush White Sands Craig Varjabedian 2November 10 - January 27, 2019
Concho Resources Inc. Gallery and Wagner Galleries

Craig Varjabedian
Iodine Bush on Alkali Flats Facing Dune Field, Summer,
White Sands National Monument, New Mexico. 
2015. Photograph.
On loan from the artist

Exhibition made possible by Rea Charitable Trust and Denna & Allen McGuire.


Turner Legacy Galleries

mosw gallery 11 500x334Permanent Exhibition
Turner Mansion

Alysheba Kentucky Derby Trophy
Gold with jade base
Gift of the Scharbauer Family


In Focus: Building the Permanent Collection of the Museum of the Southwest

80.4.1 Scholder My House in Taos 1 640x561 2Permament Exhibition
Turner Mansion

Fritz Scholder
My House in Taos
Acrylic on canvas
Gift of Marshall & Winston, Inc.

Made possible by Claire & Jim Woodcock


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