Photographer Rima Canaan Lee to be Featured in Upcoming National Cowgirl Museum Exhibition


Photographer Rima Canaan Lee to be Featured in Upcoming National Cowgirl Museum Exhibition
“RODEO: Photographs by Rima Canaan Lee” opens Nov. 20 in the Anne W. Marion Gallery

FORT WORTH, TEXAS (October 22, 2015) – The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame – the only museum in the world dedicated to honoring women of the American West who have displayed extraordinary courage in their trailblazing efforts – is pleased to welcome to the Anne W. Marion Gallery “RODEO: Photographs by Rima Canaan Lee.” The exhibition of photographs by Fort Worth-based photographer will be available for public viewing November 20, 2015 through February 7, 2016.

Lee, who was born in Beirut, Lebanon and raised in Hamburg, Germany, was unfamiliar with rodeo culture when she arrived in Texas. She attended the 2013 Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo almost daily during its three-week run, photographing whatever caught her eye. The results are two distinct sets of photographs: one of the rodeos, and another of the stock show.

The rodeo photographs are studies of motion, capturing in a single image the essence of speed and energy. Young students with their stock are photographed as we often see them, on their cell phones, but within a time and tradition-honored environment of the stock show. Both sets of photographs highlight an event that still carries promise of the American West.

“One of the elements that make Rima Lee’s photographs so different than others of the rodeo and stock show is that since she did not grow up around rodeo culture, her photographs suggest a new perspective.” said Dr. Diana Vela, National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame Associate Executive Director, Exhibits and Education. “This perspective examines the rodeo and stock show not only for the athletic abilities of the competitors in the rodeo, but also for its cultural insight into the young stock show exhibitor.”

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About the National Cowgirl Museum & Hall of Fame
The National Cowgirl Museum and Hall of Fame honors and celebrates women, past and present, whose lives exemplify the courage, resilience, and independence that helped shape the American West, and fosters an appreciation of the ideals and spirit of self-reliance they inspire. The Hall of Fame’s purpose is twofold: to preserve the history and impact of western women living from the mid-1800s to present day, and to foster an appreciation for their ideals and spirit of self-reliance. These women are the legacy of legends — artists and writers, champions and competitive performers, entertainers, ranchers (stewards of land and livestock), trailblazers and pioneers. The Museum is considered an invaluable national educational resource for its exhibits, research library, rare photograph collection, and award-winning distance-learning programs for grades K-12 and adults.
Located at 1720 Gendy Street, Fort Worth, Texas 76107, the Cowgirl is open Monday (Memorial Day to Labor Day) from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Admission is $8 for children ages 3 to 12 and senior citizens (60+) and $10 for adults (ages 13+). For more information, please visit or call 817-476-FAME (3263).


Tara Trask