Working Hands: An Exhibition of Photographs by Rick Williams

The B.F. and Mary Payne Fund for the Preservation of Texas Culture is proud to sponsor the exhibition currently on display in the M.P. Baker Library at Panola College. The exhibit is organized by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In “Working Hands,” Rick Williams captures images of workers and work places in three diverse industries that constitute the three pillars of the Texas economy: ranching, oil and technology.  These 40 finely detailed photographs, along with supplementary print and video resources, contribute to an understanding of the workers who reshaped the landscape from boundless prairie to ranches, farms, towns and cities.  Williams’ images evoke a powerful sense of what it must feel like to engage in the work depicted, as well as the unique character each industry brings to the Texas landscape.

Humanities Texas develops and supports diverse programs across the state, including lectures, oral history projects, teacher institutes, traveling exhibitions and documentary films. For more information, please visit Humanities Texas online at or call 512.440.1991.

The exhibition is free and will be available to the public October 3, 2016 to November 11, 2016.   For more information about viewing hours or to arrange group visits, contact Cristie Ferguson, Director of Library Services at 903 693-2091 or

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