As Curator and Assistant Director for The Museum of Printing History, I had the opportunity to be creative and resourceful, putting together many shows and programs. I wrote grants or found sponsors to make them happen.
1996: “Leaves from the Nuremberg Chronicle, 1493.” “Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War.” “The Beginning of History,” a permanent exhibition gallery from cuneiform tablets to the first printing on paper. “The Chromolithographs of Auguste Racinet.” “The Satirical Wit of James Gillray, English Caricaturist, 1757-1815.” “From Novelty to Necessity: A History of the Office Machine: 1795-1960,” a permanent exhibition gallery devoted to the earliest mechanical writing and copying devices. “The Great Books of the World,” a permanent exhibition of rare books that have changed the course of history.
1997: “Audubon’s Viviparous Quadrupeds of North America, 1845-1848,” a show of the final achievements of the American naturalist, John J. Audubon. “The Best of Houston’s Printmakers : Cerling Etching Studio and Patrick Palmer, Master Printer.” “Plates from Scheuchzer’s Sacred Nature, or A Natural History of the Bible, 1732.” “William Hogarth, An 18th-century Printmaker.” “The Art and Artists of Arte Publico Press,” the book illustrators and artists from the nation’s largest Hispanic press. “The Famous Maps of Texas,” early Texas maps from LaSalle to statehood. “17 Years of Printmaking at Rice University.” “Edna Hibel, Celebrating the Miracle of Life,” from the Hibel Museum, Palm Beach; “The Sacred Art and Books of Tibet,” a traveling exhibition of Buddhist art and books from Dharma Publishing, Berkeley, CA. “Christmas Cards of Years Past,” from the Moody Mansion and Museum, Galveston. “Thomas Nast’s Santa Claus,” an exhibition tracing the creation and evolution of Santa in print media. “The Challenge of the Catholic Bible,” English Recusant Bibles from the collection of S. K. Ohlhausen.
1998: “All Decked Out: Playing Cards Through the Ages,” an exhibition of antique decks from the 15th-century to the present. “A History of the Personals Ad,” the earliest matrimonial ads in print. “Images India: Photographs by Indian Photographers” and “Indian Cartoons and the End of British Rule,” from the Consul General of India; “Contemporary Japanese Woodblock Prints, 1950-1990,” from the Consul General of Japan. “John Gould: The English Audubon,” from the collection of Dr. Jimmy Schmidt. “The Circus is Coming!” Circus Posters from the Hertzberg Circus Museum, San Antonio. “Arches in Nature: The Monoprints of Marilyn Harris Bautista,” Undiscovered Printmaker. “Four African-American Printmakers: Ron Adams, John Biggers, Eugene Grigsby, Jr., Samella Lewis.” “Life in Houston 1897-1912,” photographs from the Humphreville-Beasely Collection. Magic Lanterns from the Magic Castle Lantern Museum, San Antonio.
1999: “Where I Come From. Lithographs and Serigraphs by Charles Criner.” “From Edo to Tokyo: A Three Century Retrospective of Japanese Prints,” from Heian Art, Kyoto. “Love, Joy and Compassion: A Show and Sale of Hibel Prints from the Hibel Museum, Fla. “Eccentrics, Prigs and Geniuses!!! Caricatures from Vanity Fair, 1969-1914.” “Deeply Etched: Heather Logan, Undiscovered Printmaker.” “Women in the Visual and Literary Arts Annual Print Exhibition.” “A Profile in Blue: A Solo Exhibition of Prints and Paintings by Ron Adams.” “Houston: Image and Imagination: Architectural Photographs by Valentin Gertsman.” “The Original Engravings from The Pennyroyal Caxton Press King James Bible, by Barry Moser.” “Diderot’s Enlightenment and the Making of the Encyclopedie.”
2000: “The Wit and Delicacy of Pochoir,” Art Deco prints from the collection of Dr. Lee Hunt. “Mapping the Heavens: The Mystery and Splendor of Star Maps,” from 1451 International (Vatican Library Collection). “When is it Art?” A FotoFest Event, exploring the elements which make a photograph function as art. “Artists of the American West,” a traveling exhibit of hand-colored 19th century lithographs by famous American artists and naturalists. “The Best Little Fine Art Presses in Texas: Flat Bed Press, Austin; Hare and Hound Press, San Antonio.” “Architectural Fantasies: Visionary Architecture from Piranesi to the Present.” “Travels Through the Holy Land: David Roberts and His Contemporaries,” hand-colored lithographs by Orientalist artists.