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Exhibit To Showcase Images Of Natural Textures, Landscape Patterns, Dilapidation

March 24, 2023
SHSU Media Contact: Megan Buro

Quitaque 2A photography exhibit at the Sam Houston Memorial Museum & Republic of Texas Presidential Library will feature the natural textures and patterns in Texas’ landscape, and the stark contrast in the dilapidation of things left behind. “Bones of Texas” is a photography and storytelling project by photographers Morgan Page and Dustin Rice borne from a shared keen interest in Texas history and an adventurous spirit in exploring Texas landscapes. 

In the tradition of modernist photographers Edward Westin, Minor White and Margaret Bourke-White, photography duo Page and Rice traveled thousands of miles around Texas to capture their large collection of iconic Texas imagery. Photographs in the exhibition will be accompanied by placards that weave stories of personal emotion and forgotten presence and absence in and around the remaining architecture.

“I am excited to have this exhibit here at the museum,” said Jude Routh, curator of exhibits. “I was perusing the internet and saw one of the images from the exhibit that caught my eye.”

The museum welcomed Page and Rice at an opening reception on Thursday, March 9, 2023, at the Katy & E. Don Walker, Sr. Education Center from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. The artists gave an exhibit talk and answered questions about their work in a Q&A session.

The exhibition will run in the exhibit gallery until May 7, 2023.  Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday 9 a.m. - 4:30pm and Sunday 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. For more information visit 

About Museum

The Sam Houston Memorial Museum & Republic of Texas Presidential Library is a part of Sam Houston State University and is dedicated to preserving the memory of Sam Houston and his times.  Located on the property once owned by Sam Houston, the museum complex includes the Memorial Museum and historic structures in a park-like setting, including the Houston-family Woodland Home and the Steamboat House that Sam Houston died in.  Throughout the year the museum hosts programs and events open to the public. 

About Morgan Page and Dustin Rice

Morgan Page received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography and Digital Media from the University of Houston. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts from Rutgers University. She is currently an associate professor of graphic design at Midwestern State University.

Dustin Rice received his Bachelor of Arts in English with a minor in Mass Communications from Texas State University. Both Page and Rice share a keen interest in Texas History and an adventurous spirit in exploring Texas landscapes. Their book “Bones of Texas” is under contract with the University of Texas Press.

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