Mark Burns at the Pearl Fincher

The LEAP Center helped co-sponsor Mark Burns’ “Grand Canyon Photographs” Exhibit at the Walker Education Center, so it was with a slight disappointment to see the exhibit come to a close.  But the exhibit lives on, finding a new home at the Pearl Fincher Fine Arts Museum in Spring, Texas.  The set up for that exhibit took place on Friday, September 6, and we were there to take (a small) part.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Mark Burns, Photography

Much goes into the hanging of a new exhibit, from spacing the pieces appropriately, to ensuring that the works are level…

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Mark Burns, Photography

…to getting the descriptions placed just right.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Mark Burns, Photography

Of course, having been present at the opening for the Bush Presidential Library and the Walker Education Center, we’ve seen each of these photos multiple times.  But Burns is introducing a few new photos for the Pearl Fincher show, and it is always nice to see the photos in a new environment, so we took another close look at each, while also helping a bit.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Mark Burns, Photography

We each had our favorite, but there may be a general consensus that “CAVU” is a favorite of everyone’s.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Mark Burns, Photography

CAVU, which stands for “Ceiling and Visibility Unlimited,” was President George H. W. Bush’s motto, one originating in his pilot days during WWII.  Following his passing in November 2018, Mark–who was a personal friend of the President and the Bush family photographer–took a photograph that he believed captured the essence of the motto at the Grand Canyon.

Following a few more adjustments…

…and some cleaning…

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Mark Burns, Photography

…the setup was largely complete.

We’ll be back on September 17, when Burns will be present for the Opening Reception.

SHSU, LEAP Center, LEAP Ambassadors, Pearl Fincher Museum of Fine Arts, Mark Burns, Photography

Author: mikeyawn

Mike Yawn teaches at Sam Houston State University. In the past few years, he has taught courses on Politics & Film, Public Policy, the Presidency, Media & Politics, Congress, Statistics, Research & Writing, Field Research, and Public Opinion. He has published academic papers in the Journal of Politics, Political Behavior, Social Security Quarterly, Film & History, American Politics Review, and contributed a chapter to the textbook Politics and Film. He also contributes columns, news analysis, and news stories to news stories, having contributed more than 50 pieces in the past year. Yawn is also active in his local community, serving on the board of directors of the local YMCA and Friends of the Wynne. Previously, he served on the Huntsville's Promise and Stan Musial World Series Boards of Directors. In 2007-2008, Yawn was one of eight scholars across the nation named as a Carnegie Civic Engagement Scholar by the Carnegie Foundation.

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