2021 Exhibitions

Exhibitions made possible in part by the City of Longview, the Cultural Activities Advisory Commission and LMFA members and sponsors.

Sherry Giryotas: Seeking Place

October 9 - December 22, 2021

Sherry Giryotas’ paintings in Seeking Place were conceived over a period of about 10 years as she traveled between Texas and Michigan. The paintings serve as a reflection of her observances of the landscape, how it has evolved over time and how environmental factors have prompted such change. Her abstractions are landscapes of the mind, as she explains, “In the abstracted, internalized landscapes of my work, each painting helps to record the experience or sense of place and traces my passage through it. My observations of a constantly changing environment are referenced in the forms and nuances of light, a balancing of disorder with order through the complexity of pattern and mark making, drawing, and manipulating paint on the surface of the works make up the structure in my canvases.”

The American West

July 17 - September 25, 2021

From iconic portraits of cowboys to paintings depicting the rural landscape, this exhibition featured artwork curated from two private collectors in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Some of the artists on display include members of The Dallas Nine, a group of artists who were active in Dallas and who received nationwide acclaim in the 1930s. This phenomenal exhibition tells the story of “The American West,” offering a glimpse into Texas history and heritage.


April 16 - July 3, 2021

A collaborative effort between acclaimed photographer O. Rufus Lovett and longtime East Texas writer Gary B. Borders, this 136-page coffee-table style book consists of profiles and portraits of 150 people from all walks of life in Longview. The project was intended to celebrate Longview’s 150th birthday in 2020 but was delayed due to the pandemic until 2021.

The total costs of @longviewtx150 were underwritten by VeraBank.

Kilgore College Rangerettes: Celebrating 80 Years – A Photographic Essay by O. Rufus Lovett

March 13 - July 3, 2021

LMFA was proud to showcase East Texas’ very own Kilgore College Rangerettes, America’s first precision dance drill team. Photographer O. Rufus Lovett began photographing the Rangerettes in the 1989-1990 school year during their 50th Anniversary. Lovett’s “Kilgore Rangerettes” is an interpretative photo essay covering 30 years of the Rangerettes glamour juxtaposed with the small-town football environment.