Joe Wyatt
Published January 3, 2017

Regional roadside architecture, sculpture and signage are the essence of a photography exhibit titled “Did You See That?” on display from Jan. 9 to Jan. 31 in the Southern Light Gallery at Amarillo College.

exhibitThe exhibit is by Panhandle native and AC alumnus Jim Jordan and features what he terms “road art.”

“For creators of road art, no museum can possibly provide a venue like a busy highway where their efforts can be seen by countless motorists and passengers,” Jordan said. “I make frequent trips to Oklahoma, New Mexico and through the Texas Panhandle … and continue to mine a rich source of images.”

Southern Light Gallery, which has been in operation since the 1970s, is located on the first floor of the Ware Student Commons on the Washington Street Campus. Jordan is no stranger to the venue, having served as its director from 1993-2005.

He also has been a frequent exhibitor in museums and galleries – from the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock to the Amarillo Museum of Art at AC – and his photo essay “The Palo Duro Suite” toured Germany for five years.

Jordan, who was born in Plainview in 1932, is a lifelong resident of the Texas Panhandle. He earned his associate’s degree in music at Amarillo College. He then worked for the city of Amarillo in the Water Reclamation Department for 33 years before retiring in 1988. He has long been highly active in the artistic and civic affairs of the Amarillo area.

Jordan has served as the president of the Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo Opera, Chamber Music Amarillo, Catholic Family Services, International Club and the Amarillo-Panhandle Humane Society.

For more information about the Jordan photo exhibit or the Southern Light Gallery, please contact René West, assistant professor of photography, at or 806-345-5654.