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At The Museum of Western Art


Rita Morris, artist of the month at MOWA
The Museum of Western Art will showcase the artwork of Rita Morris during the month of June. Her work has been featured previously at The Russell Show and Exhibit, the Spirit of Texas Show and Sale, the Western Associates Show and Sale, Bosque Conservatory Juried Show, Brazos River Invitational, Oklahoma Impressionism, and in Greeley, Colorado.
“Because of my Native American roots, as well as my father’s involvement in the cattle industry, the subject matter for most of my paintings became the western way of life. I began . . . to study the rich history of brave men and women who struggled just to survive, paving the way for generations that would follow.” Morris said. “These cowboys, Indians, mountain men, pioneer women, buffalo, horses and longhorns – and their interaction with each other on the prairies and plains – are stories that must be told.”
“Vaquero: Genesis of the Texas Cowboy.”
In the early 1970s, noted Texas historian Joe Frantz offered Bill Wittliff the opportunity to visit a ranch in northern Mexico where vaqueros still worked cattle in traditional ways. Wittliff photographed the vaqueros as they worked cattle from horseback and went about their daily chores. Wittliff documented a way of life “that reveal the muscle, sweat and drama that went into roping a calf in thick brush or breaking a wild horse in the saddle.” A bilingual narrative text accompanies the photographs.
The exhibition is created by the Wittliff Collections at the Alkek Library, Texas State University, and is presented in partnership with Humanities Texas, the state affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities. It is made possible in part by a “We the People” grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.
For more information, please contact the museum at 830-896.2553.