Charles Criner to Deliver Gallery Talk at Cushing Library

Marketing and Communications | March 28, 2011

Charles Criner, a prominent printmaker and educator, will visit Cushing Memorial Library and Archives Friday, April 1 to deliver a gallery talk at 3:30 p.m. Cushing Library, which has mounted an exhibit of Criner’s work, invites the campus and local community to hear him discuss the pieces on display. A noted raconteur and teacher as well as an artist, Criner will recount stories of the development of his artwork and share recollections of his upbringing in the African American community of East Texas.

A master printmaker, Criner primarily works in the medium of stone lithography, in which images are drawn on smooth pieces of limestone then dampened, inked, and transferred to paper. The exhibition, “Written on Stone,” draws from his archive, located at Cushing Library, with visual works in numerous media as well as other graphic pieces, including editorial cartoons he created while in the Army and for various Houston newspapers.

Rebecca Hankins, Africana resources librarian, will introduce the artist and discuss his archive at the opening in the Wendler Exhibit Gallery on Cushing Library’s 2nd floor. Refreshments will be served following the talk. The event is supported by the University Libraries Diversity Programs Committee.

The exhibition runs through summer 2011. For more information, contact Todd Samuelson at 979-845-1951, or email