Border Studies

Ferrymen, by Ave Bonar, 1984. Los Ebanos International Ferry.

The Texas-Mexico border is more than a line between two countries. It is a realm unto itself with a culture of its own, shaped by the millions who choose to live and work there. The border is a cradle of hope—and anxiety—for the well-being of both Mexico and the United States.


Border Studies features images by eight gifted photographers and maps showing historical relocations of the border, highlighting the vitality of places, people, and patterns of culture along the Texas-Mexico border. Panel topics include:

  • Historic locations of the border
  • Rio Grande at El Paso/Juarez
  • Rio Grande in the Big Bend
  • International ferry at Los Ebanos
  • Border patrol at work
  • Farm work
  • Kitchens
  • Beauty pageant
  • Teenage girls at a dance
  • Grade school graduation dance
  • Fruit-packing
  • Sugar cane
  • Teenage parents
  • Orphans

Border Studies is an exhibition by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, created with support from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Exhibition Formats

Border Studies is available in two formats:

Content36 framed photographs and illustrations (18” x 22”)
Space Requirements74 linear feet of wall space
Shipping Weight and DimensionsTravels in 1 wood crate:
  • 46” x 30” x 30 ” - 227 lbs.
Rental Fee*$550*
Rental Period6 weeks
Content4 double-sided panels (24” x 36”)
5 support legs (68” tall)
Space Requirements120 square feet of floor space (10’ x 12’)
Shipping Weight and DimensionsTravels in 2 plastic cases:
  • 40” x 28” x 8 ” - 65 lbs.
  • 73” x 8” x 7” - 35 lbs.
Rental Fee*$300*
Rental Period4 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.

Print Materials

A specified number of print materials are provided with this exhibition at no additional cost. Additional copies of these materials may be obtained for a nominal fee:

  • 50 brochures with an illustrated essay on the characteristics of border culture and peoples
  • 10 posters

Publicity Materials

Press release

Border Studies 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 business days 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.

Book Now or Receive a Quote

To book an exhibition or receive a quote, please complete the online rental form.

Questions and Rental Information

Call 512.440.1991 or email

2021-2022 Bookings

All dates are available. Please complete the online rental form to book.

On Display

International Ferry at Los Ebanos, by Peter Goin.