Who: Capitol Visitors Center (CVC) & PolkaWorks
What: New Exhibit: Saddle UP – Texas Ranching Tradition
When: October 7, 2018 through April 2019
Where: Capitol Visitors Center, 112 East 11th St, Austin, Texas 78701
Hours: Mon–Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 12pm–5 pm www.texasstatecapitol.com
Media: For interviews or high-res images please email Lori Najvar at email@example.com
Free –No Admission
The Saddle UP – Texas Ranching Tradition exhibit will be premiering at the Capitol Visitors Center October 7, 2018 and will be on display through April 2019. Produced by local fine art photographer Joe Vitone and documentarian Lori Najvar, the exhibit honors hard-working ranch families from Jeff Davis and Lavaca Counties, as they wrangle livestock, battle weather, and study markets to stay on the rugged landscape they love. As one rancher sums up: “Ranching isn’t the best way to make a living, but it’s the best way to live.”
About the artists:
Joe Vitone Documentarian and fine art photographer and St. Edward’s University educator of Austin, Texas. His work has been widely exhibited and is held in a number of collections
including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Center for Creative Photography, the Museum of Fine Art, Houston, and the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of American History. joevitone.com
Lori Najvar Documentarian and visual artist of Austin, Texas. Her productions highlight cultural traditions and oral history through visual media. They have been on display throughout Texas at museums and public libraries, and have been screened on Texas PBS and at film festivals.
The CVC is located in the restored 1856-57 General Land Office building. The three-story castle-like structure is the oldest state office building in Texas. The CVC is located at 112 East 11th St, Austin. Open Mon–Sat 9am–5pm, Sun 12pm–5 pm and there is no admission. For more information about CVC call 512.305.8400 visit www.texasstatecapitol.com.
Parking (when available) in Capitol Visitors Parking Garage (1201 San Jacinto).
Saddle UP – Texas Ranching Tradition is made possible in part with a grant from the State Affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Texas Commission of the Arts.
PolkaWorks’ mission is to highlight unique cultural traditions through documentaries, photography, and public programs designed to educate and inspire.