About Public Art

Works of public art have the capacity to resonate deeply, stimulate curiosity, and inspire the imagination in unexpected ways. The Texas Tech University System public art collection is one of the most distinguishing features of each campus, shaping impressions and offering a distinctive setting for memorable experiences.

The Public Art Program at the Texas Tech University System was initiated by the Board of Regents in 1998 to enrich the campus environments and extend the educational mission at all of its universities. Through the program, public artworks are funded using one percent of the estimated total cost of each new major capital project. Since then, over 150 items created by some of today’s leading artists have been added to the TTU System’s multiple campuses. Contact Emily Wilkinson, public art director, to inquire about touring the public art, presentations about the collection, brochures, and additional information.

The Public Art collection ranges from antiquities to modern and contemporary art, with over 150 artworks by American and International artists. The collection is thoughtfully curated by a panel of faculty, staff, community members, and artists. Most pieces are original commissions selected to be conceptual functions of the building in which it is selected for installation. The collection is firmly rooted in culture of all campuses in the Texas Tech University System and new important works are added each year, both through original commissions and donations. The Texas Tech University System Public Art Program operates out of the Texas Tech University System Facilities Planning & Construction.

Number of Artists
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Across 8 Campuses and Academic Locations in the Texas Tech University System

Emily Wilkinson Bio Image

Director for Public Art

Emily Wilkinson is the Public Art Director in the Office of Facilities Planning & Construction, joining the department in early 2014.

Working with a committee, Wilkinson oversees the Public Art Collection and Program at the Texas Tech University System, which solicits, evaluates, and commissions original public artworks to complement construction projects undertaken by the Office of Facilities Planning & Construction. She also handles the upkeep, maintenance, and public education of the artworks in the collection.

Prior to her role as Public Art Director, Wilkinson was the Helen DeVitt Jones Endowed Manager of Education for the National Ranching Heritage Center in Lubbock, Texas. She also has worked as a museum educator for the Lubbock Lake Landmark, Museum of Texas Tech University and the Science Spectrum and OMNI Theater.

Wilkinson holds two master’s degrees from Texas Tech University—one in museum science and another in education and is currently working on her PhD in Higher Education Administration.

She is currently a member of the City of Lubbock’s Cultural Arts Grant Review Committee, a Councilor-at-Large on the Texas Association of Museums’ Board of Directors, and a contributing writer to Lubbock Moms.

Phone: (806) 742-2116
Email: emily.wilkinson@ttu.edu