Tropical [Im]pression: A Gulf Coast Hurricane Retrospective

Causeway Pier after Hurricane Ike, by Melissa Hawkins.

The first decade of the 21st century has seen significant hurricane activity along the Gulf Coast. In 2010, five years after Hurricane Rita, the Museum of the Gulf Coast in Port Arthur initiated the Hurricane Retrospective Project, an effort to document the recent history of hurricanes in the southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana Gulf Coast region.


The Museum of the Gulf Coast called for photographs and personal stories from those along the Gulf Coast who lived through Hurricanes Rita and Ike. The response was tremendous with hundreds of submissions from private citizens, amateur and professional photographers, and businesses from the private and public sector. The collected images were added to the museum’s permanent archives in order to preserve the history of these events.

The culmination of the Hurricane Retrospective Project's documentary efforts is Tropical [Im]pression: A Gulf Coast Hurricane Retrospective, a traveling exhibition created by the Museum of the Gulf Coast and presented in partnership with Humanities Texas.

The exhibition features sixty-seven color and black-and-white photographs that convey the collective “impression” recent hurricanes made on the Gulf Coast region from Galveston, Texas, to Cameron Parish, Louisiana.

Exhibition Format

Content67 color and black-and-white photographs displayed in 51 frames (varying dimensions)
Title panel
Introductory panel
Identification labels
Space Requirements 200 linear feet of wall space
Shipping Weight and DimensionsTravels in 2 wooden crates:
  • 21.5” x 43” x 36” - 248 lbs.
  • 21.5” x 40” x 28” - 157 lbs.
Rental Fee* $600
Rental Period6 weeks

*Rental fees are based primarily on the cost of shipping. Prices may vary based on current fuel surcharges or venue location within the state of Texas. Out-of-state rentals are priced on an individual basis. Please call for a rental fee quote specific to your venue.

Publicity Materials

Press release

Tropical [Im]pression: A Gulf Coast Hurricane Retrospective press release.

Publicity image

A publicity image is available for promoting this exhibition at your venue. Please contact the exhibitions coordinator to request an electronic file of this image. Please allow 2-3 weeks for the exhibitions coordinator to process your request.

Humanities Texas logos

Venues may request a CD with the Humanities Texas logo in a number of electronic file formats for use when developing print and online promotional materials. Logo files are also available for download on the logo page.

Questions and Rental Information

Call 512.440.1991 or email

2018 Bookings to Date

All dates available. Contact us to reserve this exhibition for the upcoming year.

Seventh Day Adventist Church after Hurricane Ike, Port Arthur, Texas, by Pastor Ralph Stumph.
Johnson's Bayou School after Hurricane Ike, by Melissa Hawkins.