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<TypographyTag11>RIGHT:</TypographyTag11> Ray Bankston took this photograph of the daughter of state Sen. Peyton McKnight in 1963. The girl is pictured doing a rope trick while on the back of a quarterhorse. The photograph is part of the exhibit “Bankston, Shugart and Stryker: Horse Country Photographers,” at UNT on the Square through July 19.Courtesy photo
RIGHT: Ray Bankston took this photograph of the daughter of state Sen. Peyton McKnight in 1963. The girl is pictured doing a rope trick while on the back of a quarterhorse. The photograph is part of the exhibit “Bankston, Shugart and Stryker: Horse Country Photographers,” at UNT on the Square through July 19.
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Downtown gallery features images of prairie, horses

Texas is nothing if not sentimental and romantic about the high and holy soil of the Lone Star State and the horses who cut cattle through it.

Both get a moment in the spotlight at two photography exhibits at UNT on the Square.

“Diane Williams: Life on the Blackland Prairie” features rare views of the land within the 300 miles of Texas prairie that runs from the Red River in North Texas down to San Antonio.

Williams, a New Mexico architectural historian, shot pictures of landscapes of the blackland prairie and buildings built in the 19th and 20th centuries.

She took black-and-white silver gelatin photographs to achieve a sense of time and place, she said.

The gallery also has “Bankston, Shugart and Stryker: Horse Country Photographers” on exhibit. The show features the horse ranching industry in North Texas.

Both exhibits run through July 19. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and Friday; 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 8 p.m. Thursday; and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

The gallery, at 109 N. Elm St., serves as the headquarters of the University of North Texas Institute for the Advancement of the Arts as well as a gallery and performance venue. Admission is free.

— Staff report