Gallery of Great Texas Women, UT Austin
Gallery of Great Texas Women unveiled at UT Austin
By Robert Meckel
Office of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin
(April 20, 2007)--The Gallery of Great Texas Women, a new exhibit honoring the accomplishments, sacrifices and contributions of women in Texas from the rugged 17th century frontier to the 21st century was unveiled April 12 at the University of Texas at Austin.
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The Kinsolving Residence Hall exhibit celebrates 46 noteworthy Texas women in more than 4,000 square feet of display area, according to Floyd B. Hoelting, director of the university's Division of Housing and Food Service.
The exhibit is open for free public viewing daily from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. It will be closed on university holidays and during breaks in the academic schedule.
The Gallery of Great Texas Women Web site was created to bring together resources including biographies, essays, articles, personal accounts and other information on more than 1,000 great Texas women.
The project includes contributions from numerous researchers, artists and designers at UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures, the state's center for the interpretation of subjects relating to the history and culture of the people of Texas.
"This kind of historical exhibit, placed within the living quarters of university students, is both innovative and inspirational," said John L. Davis, executive director of UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures. "The women honored in this exhibit serve as outstanding examples for all of us, and will inspire the students who traverse these halls for many years to come. The staff of UTSA's Institute of Texan Cultures is proud to have played a role in this project. We applaud the Division of Housing and Food Service for commissioning this exhibit, and for their vision in honoring the valuable contributions of Texas women."
"In this gallery, visitors will find striking stories, facts and quotes from and about these women whose hardships, hard work, sacrifices, triumphs and achievements brought glory and fame to Texas," said Pamela Chee, president of the University Residence Hall Association. "Some of these great women were not born in Texas but accomplished, succeeded or achieved greatness of deeds in or for our great state."
Hoelting said the gallery is intended for the achievements and influence of these Texas women to inspire students, faculty, staff and visitors to the university. The idea for the project began in 2004 with conversations among students, faculty and staff members from the Division of Housing and Food Service on how to create an environment of learning, diversity and appreciation of women who influenced the development of Texas.
For more information, call (512) 475-7847.