Local Attractions

Front view of Wichita Falls Museum of Art near Sikes Lake.

Thursday Excursions

Archer City Outing

Transportation will be provided for a quick roadtrip to Archer City, Texas, home of Larry McMurtry and setting for The Last Picture Show.  We will leave Wichita Falls around 1:00pm, and after a visit to McMurtry's bookstore, Booked Up, travelers will take a tour of the Royal Theater, watch a clip from the film, and learn about the town's, film's, and theater's shared history. We will return around 5:00pm.

Tour Guides

Dr. Greg Giddings has taught college English for over twenty-five years.  Like Larry McMurtry, he graduated from Archer City High School and was raised in Archer City by a cowboy father.  And, also like Larry, Greg and the ranching life were not a good fit.  Maybe that's one reason for Gidding's affinity for McMurtry and his books. 

Abby Abernathy is the owner of Abernathy & Company LLC, a company that oversees Abernathy’s decorative metal works business, as well his family’s wild game hunting service and oil and gas interests. Abby has long been a civic pillar in Archer City, most notably leading the restoration of the Royal Theater, as well as serving as its executive director.   A long-time proponent of the arts, Abernathy  also founded the Late Week Lazy Boy Supper Club, a singer-songwriter series that featured artists such as Pat Green, Steven Fromholtz, James McMurtry, Adam Carroll, and Ray Wiley Hubbard, among others.

Wichita Falls Museum of Art

Tour the Wichita Falls Museum of Art and enjoy a gallery talk from 2:30 p.m.- 3:30 p.m. with Dr. Todd Giles, Associate Professor of English and Mr. Danny Bills, Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, as they share their experience working on the Poets, Painters, and Paper: Post-World War II American Avant-Garde Art exhibit. 

Poets, Painters, and Paper: Post World War II Avant-Garde Art is a multimedia exhibition exploring the cross-fertilization of the visual and literary arts during the American printmaking renaissance of the 1960s and 1970s. Poets, Painters, and Paper is comprised of lithographs, etchings, and screen-prints from the Wichita Falls Museum of Art’s permanent collection ranging from works by Abstract Expressionists Helen Frankenthaler, Robert Motherwell, and Willem De Kooning, to Pop artists Tom Wesselmann, Andy Warhol, and James Rosenquist. Also included are a number of poetry broadsides by writers such as Gary Snyder, Frank O’Hara, and Charles Olson from the post-World War II poetry collection of Dr. Giles.

This exhibit will be available to travel to your institutional and/or regional art museum starting in the fall of 2019.To learn more, contact Danny Bills at danny.bills@mwsu.edu or (940) 397-8946.

Live at the Lake

After exploring Archer City, touring the Museum of Art, or just enjoying downtown Wichita Falls, wrap up the evening with live music and food truck dining at the Ruby and Robert Priddy Pavilion on Sikes Lake.