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J. Houston Gordon Museum

Paul Meek Library
10 Wayne Fisher Dr.
Martin, Tenn. 38238



The gallery is adjacent to the Corbitt Special Collections reading area, to the left of the library circulation desk


Museum Hours

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
and by special arrangement

Parking is available adjacent to the library and on the west side of Mt. Pelia Road. Between 8am and 3pm weekdays, off-campus visitors’ vehicles require a parking permit, available at no cost from the Circulation Desk staff. After 3pm a permit is not required


Exhibit selection criteria

Proposed exhibitions are selected individually and must meet each of four selection criteria:

 Schedule    An exhibit must be touring and have a slot that matches an opening on the museum exhibit calendar

 Space    Exhibition must fit within the gallery space we have available (approximately 400 square feet, or 111 running feet of exhibit space)

 Cost    The combined exhibit fee and variable shipping charges must be within the limited budget on which the Museum operates and leave funds for other exhibit commitments

 Relevance    It may be very broadly interpreted, but some element of the exhibit must be germane to UTM students and the community at large

The full criteria statement may be seen in the PML Policy Manual, J.2.1


Currently on exhibit

American Civil War at 150 

September – October 

The J. Houston Gordon Museum at the University of Tennessee at Martin will host a Teacher’s Discovery Traveling Exhibit featuring the American Civil War. Filled with stories, letters, amazing photographs, and civil war prints.  The Civil War exhibit is thought provoking and beautiful.


Coming Exhibits





Recent exhibitions

Morrill Act 150th Anniversery 1862 - 2012 (Creation of Land Grant Universities and Colleges)

2013 June - August

Exhibits of the Morrill Act, Congressman Ed Jones, University of Tennessee at Martin through the years, and emerging agricultural technologies.


Elvis: Grace & Grit

2013 April – May                                                                                          

Before the days of Elvis wannabes and before the plethora of Elvis look alikes, there was Elvis.  Young and feisty, talented and sexy, Elvis Presley revolutionized pop music in the early sixties.  The exhibition Elvis: Grace and Grit looks at the early years of superstardom through his many CBS appearances.  Shot by various CBS Television photographers, the exhibit contains candid and on air photographs that document Elvis before the Las Vegas years – during the meteoric rise of this star.


A Color in Freedom: Journey Along the Underground Railroad 

2012 August – September

The stories of the Underground Railroad are some of the most powerful in American history.  Color in Freedom: Journey along the Underground Railroad is an exhibition of 49 paintings, etchings and drawings by Joseph Holston.  Color in Freedom is a visual interpretation and expression of a range of human experiences and emotions within the framework of this particular period in American history. The exhibition consists of four movements that track the flow of events in the lives of those traveled along the Underground Railroad: The Unknown World, Living in Bondage, The Journey of Escape, and finally, Color in Freedom.


Rhythm & Roots

2012 January – March


Rhythm & Roots is the first South Arts exhibit to feature music and musicians from the South. Utilizing text panels, and an audio component that features the music and voices of the South, the exhibit provides context for music traditions and their relationship to community. While the South has a rich tradition of deeply rooted music forms, Appalachian, Blues, Bluegrass, Cajun, Country and Gospel among them, the region is also home to numerous transplanted music traditions. Music from Asian, Caribbean, Latino and Native American communities is constantly evolving and flourishing in new environments. 

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