Deep in the Heart of Texas
Containing the most comprehensive historic Texas art collection in the state, the Panhandle Plains Historical Museum on the campus of West Texas A&M University (which began collecting in the 1930s) is not just an art museum, but a museum of the entire history, culture, people and places of the Texas Panhandle. The art alone exhibited in this treasure trove includes about 8,000 pieces. The permanent collection features Texas artist Frank Reaugh; H.D. Bugbee (a former curator at the museum, as well as an artist whose drawing is seen here); an exhibition on Texas before 1950; including many pieces by the Taos, New Mexico
school; plus important pieces of indigenous art. The Bugbee Gallery is a permanent exhibition space that shows a rotating selection of the museum's over 1,000 pieces by this famed Texan painter, illustrator, and graphic artist. His recreated studio—you can almost smell the turpentine—is a permanent part of the popular display.