Ground Zero 360: A 9/11 Retrospective

Sept 11 - Dec 3

Commemoration and Exhibition Opening | Sept 11, 2017

Never Forget

The tragic events of September 11, 2001 affected every American.  In the months and years following, its effect has changed the way we live, our perception of ourselves and our perception of the greater world around us.   Collective experience has a way of uniting a community, often in solidarity, grief and resolve. With the presentation of this exhibition, the Ellen Noël Art Museum invites our community to remember, commemorate, and understand.  Through it, we will acknowledge the role of first responders, selfless individuals that served in New York in the days following 9/11.   This exhibition will provide an opportunity for their stories to be heard.  It also provides the opportunity for the generation born since 2001 to learn and understand what happened during those fateful days.  Most importantly, it will provide the opportunity for people of the Permian Basin to remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001.

On September 11, 2001, New York City was shaken to its core. In the wake of the chaos, New York-based Irish photographer Nicola McClean responded in the only way she knew how; she picked up her camera and took to the street to try and capture the confusion and panic that surrounded her. 

The exhibition Ground Zero 360: A 9/11 Retrospective, was created by Nicola McClean and contains a stunning collection of images were made public for the first time in 2011. Through harrowing visuals, heartbreaking “missing posters” and a unique panoramic installation, Ground Zero 360 is a step into the past to what eight million New Yorkers were feeling in the days that followed the attacks. 

This exhibition has the support of the National 9-11 Memorial and Museum and has the support of the 9-11 Families (

Commemoration of 9/11 | Sept 11, 2017                

Please note all 9/11 related events, education programs and community art projects are facilitated by the Ellen Noël Art Museum and are not affiliated with Ground Zero 360.

Ceremony            7:00 pm

The Ellen Noël Art Museum with the support of Prosperity Bank and the City of Odessa, will hold a commemoration and opening ceremony on September 11th, 2017.  This event follows the annual 9/11 Ceremony at Buffalo Wallow, which will be held the previous Thursday, September 8th.  

Procession           6:30 pm

As part of the opening events, members of the Odessa, Midland and Permian Basin First Responders will proceed from UTPB to the Museum for a memorial service and the official opening of the Exhibition to the public.  Jay Hendricks, CBS 7, will serve as Master of Ceremonies.

Formal Program 

A formal memorial service will be held outside the Museum. Opening comments will take place before the doors to the exhibition are opened. 

Carried on the Wind:  Tree of Remembrance

Odessa artists, led by Dick Gilliam are creating a "prayer tree" sculpture to grace the entrance to the Museum.  The idea of a "prayer tree" is to write your prayers, thoughts, or memories of a loved one on a strip of fabric and tie it to a tree.  Your prayer will be carried on the wind to your intended.  Visitors are invited to write their prayers, thoughts or memories on a red, white and blue ribbon and tie it to the sculpture.  Over time the tree will collect the thoughts and prayers of Odessans.


Public programing will explore the global impact of 9/11 and its continuing significance and will cover a wide array of contemporary topics.  These programs offer insights and discussions on themes relating to national security, foreign policy literature and the arts. Please note all 9/11 related events, education programs and community art projects are facilitated by the Ellen Noël Art Museum and are not affiliated with Ground Zero 360.

Lecture Series

Join us for several lectures through out the duration of the exhibition and hear from volunteers from the Permian Basin that went to New York to provide aid. 

Sept 14 • 6 PM • FREE

Robert L. Perry, PhD

Chair, Department of Social Sciences

Associate Professor of Political Science

The University of Texas of the Permian Basin


Oct 5 • 6 PM • FREE

Cedric Yeh

Deputy Chair of the Division of Armed Forces History and the curator of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History’s September 11th collection


Oct 19 • 6 PM • FREE

Local Stories

Hear stories from our local community about that they witnessed that tragic day


Nov 2 • 6 PM • FREE

Jay Hendricks, CBS 7

Hear Jay recount the days he spent in New York following 9/11


Nov 16 • 6 PM • FREE

Dr. Robert Brescia

Executive Director, The John Ben Shepperd Public Leadership Institute University of Texas of the Permian Basin

Film Series 

Over the past sixteen years, several films and documentaries have come out about the attacks on New York and Washington D.C. Many of these films will be presented at the Museum during the Exhibition. See schedule below for film list and times.

Sept 28 • 6:30pm • FREE

9/11: Day That Changed the World (2011); Smithsonian Channel; 94 minutes


Oct 26 • 6:30pm • FREE

9/11: Stories in Fragments (2011); Smithsonian Channel; 52 minutes


Nov 9 • 6:30pm • FREE

9/11 (2002); Jules and Gedeon Naudet (CBS); 112 minutes


Nov 30 • 6:30pm • FREE

United 93 (2006); Universal Pictures; 111 minutes

Where Were You? 

We invite you to submit a 2-3 minute video sharing your memories of where you were when you first heard of the events of 9/11. Selected videos will be shown in the Museum’s garden.

Click hear to record your video:

Book Talk 

Aug 17 & Sept 21 • 7pm • FREE

Join us for public discussions with Dr. Roland Spickermann, Associate Professor of History, UTPB, on the groundbreaking book Falling Man: A Novel by Don DeLillo.

First Responders DAY 

Oct 7 • 11am-3pm

All Permian Basin First Responders are invited to bring their families to a private First Responders Day which will include special access to the Ground Zero 360 exhibition, family activities, food and drink, and live music. This event is free of charge.

Poetry Night

Oct 12 • 6pm • FREE

Join us for a night of poetry about loss, moderated by UTPB Associate Professor, Jason Lagapa. Prof Lagapa will also present a brief lecture on 9-11 and the sublime.

Folk Art Flag Workshop

Oct 26 • 6pm 

Learn how to begin a small folk art flag project using simple applique and hand-stitching techniques. Appropriate for ages 13 and up or can be done as a family activity. All fabric and supplies provided. $5.00 per kit (registration in advance, please)

Veterans Community Art Day 

Nov 11 • 1-5pm • FREE

Join members of the VFW and American Legion at this special Community Art Day.  Drop in for a free come and go celebration of Patriotism, honoring our veterans and revisiting nostalgic memories for all ages. Hands-on art stations, treats and live music.

Freedom Tree Planting Ceremony

Date to be Announced

As part of the commemoration, a “Freedom Tree” will be planted on the grounds of the Museum to honor those who lost their lives. We invite all to join us in this ceremony to bring a sense of peace in a garden setting for those remembering lost loved ones.

Freedom Tree Art Competition 

This competition is open to all Elementary students in Ector County Independent School District. Students can draw, paint or color what they imagine a freedom tree would look like. The winning entry will be printed on T-shirts that will be given out during the Freedom Tree Planting Ceremony at the Museum and also available in the Museum gift shop.

School Tours

The Ground Zero 360 exhibition provides a unique learning opportunity for students in the Permian Basin: to see actual artifacts and personal effects from disaster site; to hear personal narratives from that day; and to understand the aftermath as captured by the photographers lens and the painter’s brush. For the post-9/11 generation, this exhibition fosters understanding in a way a classroom never can. It is where the intangible is made real.  Brought home.  Here and now.

College and University Tours

Professors at The University of Texas of the Permian Basin, Odessa College and Midland College are encouraged to contact us to arrange special access to the Exhibition. Please contact Aggie Acosta (550-9696 • Email: or Fay Batch (Tel: 550-9696 x 211 • Email: to book your class tour today.

 Middle and High School Tours

While the tragedy of September 11, 2001 is a sad memory for most Americans, teaching 9/11 to students who weren’t born yet, can be a sensitive issue. Texas public school students can begin being introduced to the concept of 9/11 starting in third grade, with the War on Terror being taught in fifth grade and begin specifically learning about it in 11th grade. Teaching the events of 9/11 is mentioned in High School TEKS Social Studies objectives. As part of the insuring access to students, travel funding for Permian Basin schools traveling a great distance to tour the exhibition may be available.

Please contact Aggie Acosta (550-9696 • Email: or Fay Batch (Tel: 550-9696 x 211 • Email: for more information.

Join the Exhibition

Calling all Enthusiasts! We are seeking volunteers to join our team of docents. Through facilitating discussion and learning, docents act as exhibition guides and enhance the visitor experience and provide a vital link between the exhibition and visitors. Contact Annie Stanley, Education-Outreach Coordinator, (Tel: 550-9696 x 213) Email: for more information or to sign up for docent training.

Docent Training Schedule (RSVP today!)

Aug 17 • 5:30pm

Aug 24 • 6pm

Sept 7 • 5:30pm