Lectures at the Petroleum Museum
Arlen Edgar Distinguished Lecture Series – underwritten by Abell-Hanger Foundation
The Arlen Edgar Distinguished Lecture Series brings explorers, photographers, scientists, and historians from all over the world to the Permian Basin. Special thanks to the Abell Hanger Foundation for their sponsorship of these events. This is a free, ticketed event. For reservations, call 432-683-4403 or reserve online by clicking here.
September 23rd Speaker: Colonel Terry Virts – View from Above
Sometimes, a little distance is all you need to see things in a brand new way. For astronaut Terry Virts, his newfound perspective was from the International Space Station (ISS), where he installed the Cupola module, granting an unprecedented 360-degree view from the station. When he later became the commander of the ISS, he made good use of the Cupola, taking more photographs than any astronaut who came before him. Many of those images were later used in the National Geographic book View From Above and IMAX film A Beautiful Planet, but to hear Virts tell it, no photo can capture the perfect shade of blue from a sunrise viewed from outer space.
Brown Bag Lunch and Lecture Series – sponsored by Norma J. McGrew & Hahl Proctor Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee
The Petroleum Museum’s Brown Bag Lunch and Lectures give our community the chance to visit with authors, scientists, artists, and historians who recount the petroleum industry’s beginning, present and future, along with topics of local and historical interest. These lectures are sponsored by Norma J. McGrew & Hahl Proctor Charitable Trust, Bank of America, N.A., Trustee. Admission is always free. Drinks and dessert are provided.
August 12th Speaker: Laura Lewis, At Home on the Great Plains of Texas: The Paintings of Laura Lewis
With a laugh, Laura Lewis says of her art, “I am uncomfortable painting mountains, because they get in the way of the view.” Ms. Lewis is a regionalist painter that captures the landscapes and skyscapes of the Great Plains of Texas. Laura collaborated with Christina Mulkey in creating the book, At Home On the Great Plains of Texas: The Paintings of Laura Lewis. In her book, Ms. Lewis depicts a vast landscape from winding rivers and distant mesas to trains, wind turbines, pump jacks, and tank batteries. The book also features the incredible mural Laura painted for the lobby of the Chevron building here in Midland. Join us as Laura discusses her art, her vision, and her understanding of what it means to be at home in West Texas and purchase a book or card to take home.