Art at MSU
The Wichita Falls Museum of Art has an outstanding collection of more than 3,000 artworks. The Permanent Art Collection focuses on American art of the past and present. A majority of the artwork in the collection is works on paper including original lithographs, etchings, mezzotints, drawings, watercolors, pastels, and photography. The collection also includes paintings and sculptures. The museum’s permanent collection includes artworks on paper by American artists ranging from a 1677 print by John Foster to major works by nineteenth and twentieth-century masters Jasper Johns, Jackson Pollock, Leonard Baskin, Andy Warhol, Winslow Homer, Mary Cassatt, John Sloan, and many other contemporary artists. To learn more about the museum and the current exhibitions, call 940.397.8900 or visit wfma.msutexas.edu.
Heritage of Print Collection
The Heritage of Print Collection, Nolan A. Moore III’s rare printing treasury, is a beautifully displayed and fascinating walk through history. Beginning with replicas of cave art, a Sumerian cuneiform tablet and hieroglyphic writings, the collection documents the record of the human race through written communication. Some highlights of the collection include a wooden printing press from the early 1800s, a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible, an example of an authentic, Vatican-approved papal indulgence, surviving manuscripts of Shakespeare’s Second Folios, an original text of the 1611 King James Bible, and a beautiful edition of the hand-crafted Kelmscott Chaucer.
Moore made his life’s passion the collecting of these rare and remarkable pieces from all over the world in order to share them with others and endow posterity with fascinating artifacts of how communication changed and shaped the course of history. The collection is located on the second floor of Moffett Library. Call 940.397.4173 for an appointment.
Hotter’N Hell Hundred (HHH): In 1999, the Hotter’N Hell Hundred (HHH) annual bike race in Wichita Falls celebrated its 18th year and the turn of the millennia. In recognition of the celebrations, the organization commissioned local artist Jack Stevens to create a work of art to reflect the sport of cycling. In 2000, the statue was placed at its current location, southwest of the Hardin Administration Building. Today, the statue is viewed by thousands annually and celebrates the rich history of cycling in our community.
The Believers—Wisdom, Courage, Strength: The mustangs sculptures, located on the south side of D.L. Ligon Coliseum, also created by Jack Stevens, pay tribute to MSU.
A stone near the statue bears the following inscription: The Believers—Wisdom, Courage, Strength. These mustangs were given to the university by the Dillard family.
The Sunwatcher: The Ex-Students Association commissioned Jack Stevens to create a statue of a South Plains Indian to commemorate the university’s 75th anniversary. The bronze statue, known as “The Sunwatcher,” exemplifies the progressive academic spirit of the university. Kiowa elders were invited to be a part of the dedication ceremony; they sang tribal hymns and elder Jacor Ahtone addressed the crowd.