Charlie Russell Heads West
and They Savvy Russell

September 16 – December 17, 2017

Charlie Russell Heads West
View works by Charles M. Russell and learn about his history and the people and events that shaped his career and life.

They Savvy Russell
Original works by present-day Western artists who are influenced by Charlie. Artists featured include: Wayne Baize, Teal Blake, Mike Capron, Kathryn Leitner, Kim Mackey, Tim Oliver, Lauren Pomatto, Chessney Sevier, Edgar Sotelo and Herman Walker. All works are available for purchase. Information subject to change without notice.

Click to view 9 works from They Savvy Russell.

Exhibits are sponsored by Kay & Don Green.

Terry Cockerham
Big Bend and The Terlingua Project

June 16 – September 3, 2017

Terry Cockerham: Big Bend and The Terlingua Project
Color and black & white photographs of the Big Bend area by fine art photographer, Terry Cockerham of Dallas, Texas.

Write with Light: An exhibit of cameras from the personal collection of Monika (Moni) Rodgers.

Click to view all 48 works from Terry Cockerham: Big Bend and The Terlingua Project.

Turning Points in Teaching:
Early Education and the Annual Summer Normal in Alpine

Through September 3, 2017

In 1886, shortly after then Murphyville, now Alpine, was established, a one-teacher school was established. The school continued to grow and by 1907 the Alpine Independent School District was established.

The president of the AISD was Joseph Daniel, J.D., Jackson and he along with school superintendent George W. Page oversaw the expansion of the district. More importantly, however, they created the Annual Alpine Summer Normal that offered continuing education courses to teachers in the area beginning in 1910.

With the incredible success of the Summer Normal, Jackson and others began a campaign to secure a permanent Normal School in Alpine.

Learn more about these historic times in Alpine, what a Normal School is, the story of J.D. Jackson and the start of Sul Ross State University!


Images courtesy of the Archives of the Big Bend, Bryan Wildenthal Memorial Library, Sul Ross State University.

Big Bend Legacy

Big Bend Legacy

The exhibit Big Bend Legacy greets visitors as they enter the Museum of the Big Bend. Legacy introduces visitors to the distinctive natural history, human history and confluence of cultures in the Big Bend region. Native Americans inhabited the area for thousands of years before the arrival of the Europeans. The Spanish, through their system of missions and presidios, imprinted their customs on the region only to be replaced by the nation of Mexico. The westward expansion of the United States brought yet another unique culture to the Big Bend. Big Bend Legacy invites the visitor to experience this panorama of natural and human history. Enjoy the video montage below which walks you through the museum’s world-class permanent exhibits! httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGzhtlN3Q2Y