Faces and Places of the Chihuahuan Desert

Covering over 140,000 square miles, the Chihuahuan Desert is considered the largest in North America. This exhibition explores the topography and natural beauty of the Chihuahuan Desert and considers the human impact upon it over a period of thirty years.


Faces and Places of the Chihuahuan Desert is composed of thirty-one photographs from the work of University of Texas at El Paso professor emeritus Dr. Robert H. Schmidt. Dr. Schmidt’s background is in natural resources and physical geography. For the last three decades he has tracked changes in the Chihuahuan Desert. This exhibition presents, in visual form, an interpretation of scientific information about the region of the Chihuahuan Desert.

  • Samalayuca Dunes
  • Basin and range topography
  • Paquime archeological zone
  • Rain in the desert
  • Cuidad Juarez
  • Chihuahua City
  • Sierra Madre Occidental
  • Resevoirs on the Rio Conchos
  • Guayule
  • Sotol and Sotoleria
  • Cascada de Basaseachi

Faces and Places is an exhibition produced by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. 

Exhibition Format

Content31 framed photographs
Space RequirementsTBD
Shipping weight and dimensionTravels in 2 wooden crates:
  • 40” x 16” x 28” - 110 lbs.
  • 27” x 27” x 24” - 114 lbs.
Rental Fee*$450
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

Faces and Places 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

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2022-2023 Bookings

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On Display

Samalayuca Dune Field. Image courtesy of Robert H. Schmidt, Jr.