Texas Tech University

20th Anniversary "High and Dry: A Photographic Exhibition of Peoples and Places of the World’s Dry Lands"

Virtual Exhibit: December 2020 - February 2021
Award winners will be announced in January.

The Office of International Affairs (OIA) at Texas Tech University is honored to celebrate the 20th anniversary of "High and Dry: A Photographic Exhibition of Peoples and Places of the World's Dry Lands".

Since 2000, the OIA has curated this premiere juried photographic exhibition. The High and Dry Exhibition has attracted hundreds of artists across the globe, all of whom were asked to respond to some aspect of life in an arid or a semi-arid region. Subjects range from sand dunes in the Sahara Desert to ghost towns in Terlingua, Texas. It is our hope that these images will not only prompt aesthetic appreciation but also elicit reflection upon the realities of life on our increasingly thirsty planet.

Juror: Ashton Thornhill

The Texas Tech Office of International Affairs is pleased to have Ashton Thornhill as the juror for the 20th Annual High and Dry photography competition.

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High and Dry 2020 – Award Winners:

  1. First Place: Christian De Massis - Family, Tradition and Mexcal
  2. Second Place: Thelma Pilley – Clouds Over Capitan
  3. Third Place: Melinda Green Harvey – Unsustainable

Honorable Mentions

  • George Craig – White Sands Pan
  • Charles Elliot – Twilight Turbines #1
  • Sandy Fortenberry – Cereal, Texas
  • Guy Giersch – San Estevan Del Ray
  • Ken Johnston – Desert Lights
  • Carl Maier – Road Runner
  • Philip Marshal – Dancers on the Square
  • Sharon Mouser – Bison
  • Glen Rudd - Buckskin Wire Canyon
  • Steve Sucsy – Unicorn

Featuring work by:

Sophia Baldrey • Hal Beesley • Bremner Benedict • Michael Blachly • Fran Bohannon • Terry Brandt • Bill Brown • Robin Clark • James Clinich • Gregory Collins • Pody Connally • George Craig • Jason Crites • Christian De Massis • Jeff Driver • Heather Eaton • Charles Elliot • Daniel L. English • Harriet Feagin • Willa Finley • Sandy Fortenberry • David Gardner • Razvan Gelca • Guy Giersch • Dennis Haralson • Melinda Green Harvey • Carol Hayman • Kippra Hopper • Mark Indig • Deb Johnson • Rita Johnston • Ken Johnston • Atul Joshi • Seema Joshi • Virginia Mahan • Kathleen Mahoney • Carl Maier • Philip  Marshall •  Ron Mouser • Sharon Mouser • Wes  Odell •  April Pilley • Thelma Pilley • Martin Pothier • Thaxter Price • Glen Rudd •  Ken Scheepers • Jody Smyers •   Christena  Stephens • Stephen Stookey •  Steve Sucsy • Dave Thompson • Kaitlyn Walden • Sandra Chen Weinstein • Lynn Wild • Michael Wile

International Cultural Center Galleries

This exhibit is made possible in part through a grant from The CH Foundation.

Sponsors: TTU Office of International Affairs and TTU International Center for Arid and Semi-Arid Land Studies.

For more information call (806) 742-3667