Texas Tech University’s School of Art, part of the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts, is hosting a gallery installation titled “The Tap,” created by M12 Studio, through April 24.
“The Tap” gallery installation is a meditation on the Ogallala Aquifer at the Llano Estacado. The Ogallala is one of the largest aquifers in the world, lying beneath eight states with a footprint that is home to some of the oldest species on the planet — bison, sandhill cranes, pronghorn antelope and others.
Audiences are invited to take part in two separate phases of this immersive experience. The first phase is the Landmark Arts Gallery at the Texas Tech School of Art. The second phase is At’l Do Farms, where M12 Studio has installed a cast, polished-brass water tap as part of the exhibit. Both locations are free of charge and open to the public.
The dates and times for the farm differ from those of the gallery. The brass water tap will be on display at the farm April 9 through May 7 and visitors must reserve a tour through Eventbrite.
“Having an exhibition spread across two different venues is a first for us,” said Joe Arredondo, director of Landmark Arts, in a news release from the university. “The Ogallala Aquifer being the topic of the exhibit makes it very fitting that the second venue is a farm where a second casting has been affixed to a live Ogallala well.”
The exhibition is on display at the Landmark Arts Gallery, 3010 18th St., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to 4 p.m. Sundays (closed on Easter).
At’l Do Farms, 6323 FM 1294, will host guests at 2 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Visitors to the farm must make a reservation online via eventbright.com at: www.eventbrite.com/e/visit-the-tap-on-the-ogallala-tickets-300184699517
Landmark Arts exhibitions and speaker programs at the School of Art are made possible in part by a grant from the Helen Jones Foundation of Lubbock. Additional support comes from cultural activities fees administered through the J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts.
Additional funding for “The Tap” comes from the Ryla T. & John F. Lott Endowment for Excellence in the Visual Arts, administered through the School of Art and the Still Water Foundation in Austin.
This article originally appeared on Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: TTU School of Art hosting gallery installation ‘The Tap’