Bones of Texas photograph challenge hit Web page, Rice


Internal scholarship starts art project

It began three years ago with road trips to forgotten places in the back streets of Texas for Midwestern State University’s Associate Professor of Art Morgan Page and her fiancé Dustin Rice. It has grown into a potential book and museum exhibit across the state, with good press from Texas Highways Magazine and Texas Monthly.

The latest attention comes from a Texas Monthly piece by Kathy Blackwell. Page said she was delighted with the stories the authors of both publications have written about Bones of Texas, the collection of photos and stories from the road trips. The magazine reached out to her and Rice earlier this summer after the Texas Standard reported on the project. “TM spent a lot of time choosing their favorite photos and interviewing us about them,” said Page.

The background of the page is in photography. Rice is a history buff, writer, and photographer based in Texas.

Bones of Texas began with a grant from the intramural office of MSU Texas. “We wanted it to culminate in a book, and that’s what we’re working on now. I am so grateful for all of the interest we have received. People have been emailing us from all over the state, “Page said.

The exhibit now resides in the River Valley Pioneer Museum in Canadian, Texas. It opens at the Red River Valley Museum in Vernon on September 7th and will be on view through October 23rd. It was on display at the Museum of North Texas History in Wichita Falls earlier this year.

Intramural Scholarships assist faculty members from all disciplines in conducting academic activities, including research and creative endeavors, that contribute to professional growth and enhance MSU Texas programs. Further information is available from the Office for Funding Programs and Research.

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