Special Exhibits

Saddle Up: Texas Ranching Tradition

On Display in the Jane and John Justin Gallery
October 16, 2019 through February 16, 2020
On Display in the Jane and John Justin Gallery October 16, 2019 through February 16, 2020
On Display in the Jane and John Justin Gallery October 16, 2019 through February 16, 2020

SaddleUp: Texas Ranching Tradition is a documentary fine art photography and film exhibition that celebrates and honors four hard-working Texas family ranchers and their lifestyles and examines how they have been instrumental in shaping American ranch practices.

Three ranching families from Valentine, Texas, and one family from Ezzell, Texas, are featured. The exhibit depicts these multi-generational ranching families engaged in modern challenges while also preserving their traditions. Hard-working cowboys and cowgirls come to life as they ride, rope, and rodeo the same way their parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents did before them.

The exhibition features 28 photographs by Joe Vitone which provide powerful views of contemporary ranchers and their work. The exhibit’s messages and content are presented to appeal to today’s viewers through photography made with digital and large format cameras. An engaging documentary film by Lori Najvar also accompanies this body of work.

The exhibit is presented by PolkaWorks, a 501(c)3 nonprofit, whose mission is to highlight unique cultural traditions through documentaries, photography, and public programs designed to educate and inspire. The exhibit is also supported by a grant from the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Approaching range pens, Jeff Davis County, Texas, 2016.

This program is made possible in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate for the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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