Many artists will tell you the Lubbock arts scene helped fuel their creative engines. The innovative sounds of a young Buddy Holly, the songs of Waylon Jennings and the bas-relief on a sculpture by Glenna Goodacre are but a handful of examples of our West Texas heritage. Yet, there is none more influential than Lubbock natives Terry Allen and Jo Harvey Allen. Their individual and collective creativity have been the source of inspiration to many talented artists throughout the world.
Terry and Jo Harvey have spent a lifetime documenting their creative processes. With every project they made meticulous notes. The Allen Collection is full of evidence of adjustments to ideas, and notes on successful ventures and imagined possibilities.
Today, after more than 50 years of marriage and artistry, they have assembled an unprecedented and eclectic mix of mediums that tell their stories of art being born. To sift through this collection is like a master’s class in the creative process.
The long and successful careers of both Terry and Jo Harvey Allen are reason enough to make their materials significant additions to any scholarly archive. But neither the length nor success truly marks the most important aspect of their work. Instead, it is how they work that makes their collection of the highest value for study and research.
Art is a process, not a product. It is not just the body of work, but also the making of the work. Whether it is writing, art, or music, the thread in every journal is the importance of relationships. Terry and Jo Harvey’s alliances with their contemporaries are both celebrated and vital to the creative progression.