The City of Sugar Land and The Sugar Land Heritage Foundation have partnered to organize a photography exhibition, Sugar Land: Life in a Company Town, which is currently open to the public at the Heritage Foundation’s interim museum through April 23.
The exhibition is part of the greater Houston regional FotoFest 2016 Participating Locations program.
The SLHF in partnership with the Sugar Land Parks and Recreation Cultural Arts Division, has created an exhibit of 10 photographs dating from the 1950s. The photographs are archival digital pigment prints taken from retouched vintage negatives provided from community archives that are catalogued within the SLHF’s permanent collection. They range in sizes from 20 inches by 20 inches to 40 inches by 40 inches and have been professionally framed for future exhibition in the SLHF permanent museum scheduled to open in late 2016.
The exhibition – Sugar Land: Life in a Company Town – will be open to the public Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The foundation is located at 198 Kempner St. in the former Imperial Sugar refinery. Admission is free.
“This is an intriguing exhibition that illustrates community life from the citizen’s perspective,” said Sugar Land Cultural Arts Manager Lindsay Davis. “The 1950s were a pivotal and dynamic time in Sugar Land, and the evolution from a company town to an incorporated city is a success that few can boast. This is an inaugural exhibition of black and white photography for the Sugar Land Heritage Foundation, and to do so in conjunction with FotoFest is a great achievement.
“All of the FotoFest Participating Locations in Sugar Land are not to be missed and do the community proud in terms of artistic diversity and quality. I am very excited to see the Cultural Arts taking shape within the community.”
Sugar Land Heritage Foundation Executive Director Dennis Parmer thanked the Imperial Market for helping underwrite the cost of the exhibit.
“In addition to these pictures, Sugar Land Heritage Foundation has on display a variety of other pictures ranging from the 1920s to the latest renderings for the redevelopment of the former refinery site,” he said.
Join SLHF for a presentation from Jane Goodsill, of the Fort Bend Historical Commission, on April 1 at 4 p.m. She will discuss some of the oral histories collected from long-time Sugar Land residents. The program is free and open to the public and happening in conjunction with the FotoFest exhibition.
The FotoFest 2016 Biennial is FotoFest’s 16th consecutive biennial of photography and photo-related art.
It is the first and longest running biennial of its kind in the United States and one of the largest photography events in the world. The FotoFest Biennials were started in 1986. The 2016 biennial is showcased throughout Houston and the surrounding areas, including 10 locations within Fort Bend County, four of which are in Sugar Land.