Arts & Humanities

Traveling Art Exhibition Honoring 100 Years Of Texas State Parks Comes To Texas A&M

Artworks featuring scenes from more than 30 parks by Texas artists will be on display through May 26.
By Molly K. Painter, Texas A&M University Division of Marketing and Communications March 18, 2024

An image of a painting showing a log structure among trees at a Texas state park.
“View Beyond Dogwood,” a watercolor painting by Bryan resident Hailey E. Herrera of a scene at Mission Tejas State Park, will be on display at the J. Wayne Stark Galleries on the Texas A&M campus from March 21 to May 26 as part of the Texas state parks Centennial Celebration.

Hailey E. Herrera


The University Art Galleries at Texas A&M University will display a traveling art exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of Texas state parks.

The exhibition of “The Art of Texas State Parks” will open March 21, with a reception and book signing March 28 at 5:30 p.m. in the J. Wayne Stark Galleries. The exhibition, which features scenes from more than 30 parks by Texas artists, will be on display through May 26. 

The exhibition is the seventh installation in the galleries’ Texas Art Project series, which celebrates the state’s cultural and fine arts legacy through a series of art exhibitions and educational programming. 

Participating artists include Hailey Herrera of Bryan and Lee Jamison of Huntsville.

Proceeds from the sale of the artwork and a commemorative book by Andrew Sansom and Linda J. Reaves published by the Texas A&M University Press will benefit Texas state parks.

The project is part of the Centennial Celebration of Texas state parks and is a collaboration between Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University, and the Bullock Texas State History Museum. H-E-B is the presenting sponsor.

“We hope that in displaying these extraordinary pieces, visitors will be inspired to get out and enjoy and explore the stunning natural landscapes we’re fortunate to have right in our backyards,” said Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Executive Director David Yoskowitz. “We are grateful for the collaboration that is bringing ‘The Art of Texas State Parks’ to museums across Texas, spreading the message about these natural treasures that belong to us all.”

“It was a real pleasure to see the passion these artists brought to this project, and we’re thrilled these works will be on display at prestigious museums across Texas,” said Andrew Sansom, co-author of the commemorative book and founder of The Meadows Center for Water and the Environment at Texas State University. “It is our fervent hope that these works of art will inspire present and future generations of Texans to forever appreciate and protect their parks.”

After its stint in College Station, the exhibition will be traveling to Albany and Tyler.

For more information about the Centennial Celebration, visit To RSVP for the reception and book signing on March 28 in the Stark Galleries, visit TX.AG/StateParks

Media contact: Molly Painter, 

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