Working Hands: An Exhibition of Photographs by Rick Williams

Hand on the Saddle, by Rick Williams, 1981.

Manual labor reshaped the Texas landscape from boundless prairie to ranches, farms, towns, and cities. Human hands produced the goods and income that kept the economy going. Work formed, and continues to form, communities of people who come together to get a job done. These images suggest fascinating stories about work and workers.


Photographer Rick Williams has captured images of workers and work places in three diverse industries that constitute the three pillars of the Texas economy: ranching, oil, and technology. Working Hands: An Exhibition of Photographs by Rick Williams features forty finely detailed photographs that evoke a powerful sense of what it must feel like to engage in the work depicted, as well as the unique character each industry brings to the Texas landscape. Panel topics include:

  • Equipment
  • Starting the day
  • Workplaces
  • Occupational signals
  • Consultations
  • Trouble-shooting
  • Teamwork
  • Working alone
  • Relaxation

Working Hands is an exhibition organized by Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Exhibition Format

Content40 framed black and white photographs (16” x 20”)
Space Requirements80 linear feet of wall space with 6” spacers
Shipping Weight and DimensionsTravels in 2 anvil crates with wheels:
  • 44” x 24” x 24” - 140 lbs.
  • 44” x 24” x 24” - 140 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

Working Hands press release

Publicity image

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2022-2023 Bookings

Whitehead Memorial Museum
Del Rio, TX

Eastland County Museum
Eastland, TX

Sam Houston Memorial Museum
Huntsville, TX

The Bryan Museum
Galveston, TX

On Display

Photograph by Rick Williams.