Charles Criner Exhibit Opens Feb. 18 at Cushing Library

Marketing and Communications | February 14, 2011

An exhibit, “Written on Stone,” celebrating the art of Charles Criner, prominent lithographer and educator, will open Feb. 18 at 3:30 p.m. in the Cushing Memorial Library and Archives at Texas A&M University. Painted in bold strokes, Criner’s work depicts everyday scenes from his upbringing in the African American community of East Texas.

Noted as 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 draws from his archive, housed at Cushing Library, with its visual works in numerous media as well as other graphic pieces, including editorial cartoons created in the Army and for various Houston newspapers.

Rebecca Hankins, Africana resources librarian, will briefly discuss the Criner archive at the opening in the Wendler Exhibit Gallery on Cushing Library’s 2nd floor. The campus community and the public is invited to the exhibit which will be on display through summer 2011. For more information, contact Todd Samuelson at 979-845-1951 or email