Intramural grant kick starts art project

“Bones of Texas” photo project a hit for Page, Rice

It started out three years ago as road trips to forgotten places on the back roads of Texas for Midwestern State University Associate Professor of Art Morgan Page and her fiancé Dustin Rice. It’s turned into a possible book and museum exhibitions across the state, with some good press from Texas Highways magazine and Texas Monthly.

The latest attention is from a Texas Monthly piece by Kathy Blackwell. Page said she was thrilled with the stories that writers from both publications wrote 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 covered the project. “TM spent a good amount of time deciding on their favorite photos and interviewing us about them,” Page said.

Page’s background is in photography. Rice is a Texas history buff, writer, and photographer.

“Bones of Texas” began with a grant from the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research at MSU Texas. “We wanted it to culminate in a book and we are working on that now. I’m so grateful for all of the interest we’ve received. People have emailed us from all over the state,” Page said.

The exhibition is now at the River Valley Pioneer Museum in Canadian, Texas. It opens at the Red River Valley Museum in Vernon Sept. 7 and will be on display through Oct. 23. It was on display earlier this year the Museum of North Texas History in Wichita Falls. 

Intramural grants support faculty members across all disciplines in conducting scholarly activities, including research and creative endeavors that contribute to professional growth and enhance the programs of MSU Texas. Contact the Office of Sponsored Programs and Research for more information.



Sunrise by Dustin Rice. Hymns, including this one titled Sunrise, are strewn about in the floor of the abandoned First Methodist Church in Jermyn, Texas.

Sunrise by Dustin Rice. Hymns, including this one titled Sunrise, are strewn about the floor of the abandoned First Methodist Church in Jermyn, Texas, the oldest standing building in Jermyn.

In top photo, Boothill Cemetery in Old Tascosa by Morgan Page. Inhabitants of Boothill Cemetery had to die with boots on to be buried there. Ruben Juice was a cook in the town. Rice has written a short story about him to be included in the book.

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