June Van Cleef: Texas Outback

Thursday, March 23, 2023 10:00 AM - Saturday, April 8, 2023 5:00 PM
The Grace Museum
102 Cypress Street Abilene, TX 79601
June Van Cleef, Clay Sitting on His Pickup, 1984; Hamilton County, Texas, 1984, silver gelatin print, Collection of The Grace Museum, Gift of the artist

June Van Cleef is a photographer from a large ranch in West Texas, about 100 miles from the United States and Mexican Border. She founded the photography department at Collin County Community College in Plano, where she taught for many years. In the 1990s, she received a sabbatical to photograph the people and landscapes of Presidio, Brewster, Jeff Davis, and Culbertson Counties, which resulted in her book, Texas Outback: Ranching on the Last Frontier. Before that, Van Cleef created her book The Way Home: Photography from the Heart of Texas. Images in this exhibition can be found in both of these publications. Van Cleef is a well respected artist with works found in collections at the Dallas Museum of Art, the Amon Carter, and the MFA in Houston. 

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