Diane Williams: Life on the Blackland Prairie
Bankston, Shugart and Stryker: Horse country photographers
Two exhibitions show life on the prairie and in the horse industry
Images of rural life in Texas will be on display in two exhibitions running June 16 through July 19 at UNT on the Square.
The exhibitions are Diane Williams: Life on the Blackland Prairie, which features photographs of rural landscapes of that area, and Bankston, Shugart and Stryker: Horse Country Photographers, which depicts life in the Quarter Horse industry. The exhibitions are sponsored by the UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts and the UNT Libraries Special Collections.
A reception for Blackland Prairie will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 16 at UNT on the Square. Williams, an architectural historian based in Santa Fe, N.M., is expected to attend the reception. A reception for Horse County will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. June 19 at UNT on the Square.
Williams documented buildings and landscapes of the Blackland Prairie, the agricultural region that runs from the San Antonio area to the Texas-Oklahoma border.
Williams photographed buildings from the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
“My interest was trying to convey a sense of time and place, selecting buildings that were little changed on the exterior, with the idea that if people who lived at the time were to return, they would recognize the buildings,” she said.
(Above, Fortson Bros Gin by Diane Williams.)
Williams’ black and white gelatin silver photographs were taken with a large format 4x5 camera. She prints the images on fiber-based photographic paper using traditional, wet darkroom methods.
Williams worked on the project thanks in part to a 2002 Cecilia Steinfeldt Fellowship for Research in the Arts and Material Culture from the Texas State Historical Association.
“I hope visitors will appreciate the images themselves,” she said. “And perhaps the photographs will spur people to look at older buildings in their communities differently.”
Bankston, Shugart and Stryker: Horse Country Photographers focuses on the Quarter Horse ranching industry in the North Texas region. The images were shot by Ray Bankston, Don Shugart and John Stryker and archived in the UNT Libraries.
“These collections document the people, places and most importantly, the horses who have built this multi-million dollar industry,” said Morgan Gieringer, head of Special Collections for UNT Libraries.
(Left, the daughter of State Senator Peyton McKnight demonstrates a rope trick while standing on the back of a horse in 1963. Photo by Ray Bankston.)
The gallery is open 9 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m. - 5 p.m. Monday - Friday, with extended hours until 8 p.m. on Thursdays; and 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Saturdays. It is closed on Sundays.
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