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Upcoming Exhibitions

The museum always has something new to see when you come. From art to artifacts, we strive to showcase the history of the Panhandle-Plains. Discover what's on its way to the PPHM galleries.


On the Edge of the Plains

Open February 2023 - January 2024
Art Galleries

“Another day I went to the Canyon – supper on the edge of the plains – the long drop right off the edge – the tremendous stretch between us and the other side…it was the most wonderful view I have seen of it…”
-Georgia O’Keeffe

While living in Canyon, Texas, and teaching at Texas State Normal College, Georgia O’Keeffe was fascinated by Palo Duro Canyon. She took long, rambling walks into the “merciless” walls of rock, filling her with a tremendous sense of wonder. It was during this time that she was inspired to paint Red Landscape, capturing the rugged life and landscape of this place, which continued to inform the remainder of her long career.

O’Keeffe was not alone. For over one hundred years, artists have drawn, painted, and photographed Palo Duro Canyon. This exhibition is a look into the ways in which artists from the PPHM Permanent Collection have expressed the unique wonder and beauty of the most spectacular landscape of our region.This exhibition is our unique way to celebrate 100 years of Texas State Parks.


High Fashion to the High Plains

Opening March 2023

The exhibit will feature the variety of fashion garments that have made their way to the Texas Panhandle, and a look into who owned them. From the first fashion label, who was Charles Frederick Worth and a garment that could only be purchased in France, to smaller designers carried in Texas retailers; PPHMs textiles all tell a story. From high fashion designers such as Christian Dior and Oscar de la Renta to smaller designers such as Lilli Diamond, each garment is a unique piece of history relating to the Texas Panhandle.
Designers included: Emilio Pucci, Chanel, Charles Frederick Worth, Lilli Diamond, and more. Locals included: Betty Teel Bivins Lovell, Irene Wilson Parks, Sybil B. Harrington, and Marie Rowland Doane Finklea Hamilton, amongst others.

Lots of Love, Gisella

1 of 2
May 20, 2023 – January 2024

Harrington Gallery

Born in Austria at the turn of the century, Gisella Loeffler immigrated to the United States and eventually settled in the creative environment of Taos, New Mexico. Active in the Taos artist community, yet often overlooked by history, Loeffler combined Indian and Hispanic motifs with her native Austro-Hungarian folk art traditions with whimsy and subtle sophistication. This exhibition is a long overdue exploration of her large body of work which includes paintings, illustrations, furniture, decorative objects, murals, and personal letters.

The Art of Texas State Parks

October 27, 2023 – February 18, 2024
Art Galleries

In honor of the Centennial Celebration of Texas State Parks, PPHM will host a new traveling art exhibit. “The Art of Texas State Parks” is a visual arts survey of state parks featuring more than 30 parks by some of Texas’ most celebrated artists.

The Art of Texas State Parks is intended to increase public awareness of Texas parklands and heighten their popular appeal through the elegant and inspired works of Texas’ contemporary painters. The national park system has long collaborated with artists to portray their landscapes, but until now, no such artistic record had been undertaken for state parks. The Centennial Celebration of Texas State Parks offers the perfect occasion to create a lasting visual record of Texas State Parks in art and, at the same time, memorialize the past and ongoing development of the distinctive collection of Lone Star parks and natural areas.

Participating artists include: Randy Bacon (Abilene); Mary Baxter (Marfa); David Caton (Utopia); Charles Criner (Houston); Margie Crisp (Elgin); Ric Dentinger (San Antonio/Santa Fe NM); Fidencio Duran (Austin); Janet Eager Krueger (Encinal); Joel Edwards (Waco); Malou Flato (Austin); Gordon Fowler (Austin); Pat Gabriel (Fort Worth); David Griffin (Lubbock/ Dallas); Brian Grimm (Fredericksburg); Clemente Guzman (San Antonio); Karl E. Hall (Houston); John Austin Hanna (Fredericksburg); Billy Hassell (Fort Worth); Hailey Herrera (Bryan); Lee Jamison (Huntsville); Denise Mahlke (Whitehouse); Jim Malone (Fort Worth); Talmage Minter (Waco); William Montgomery (Elgin); Kermit Oliver (Waco); Noe Perez (Corpus Christi); Jeri Salter (Hutto); Jim Stoker (San Antonio); Bob Stuth-Wade (Dublin); and Terri Wells (Austin).

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