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Pilgrimage Sites in India 1988-1990
Photographs by Rick Dingus
International Cultural Center West Gallery through May, 2012

After photographing petroglyph and pictograph sites throughout the American Southwest, TTU Art Professor Rick Dingus became interested in the parallels between Native American and East Indian beliefs., practices, myths, and rituals. He received a grant from Art Matters, Inc., in New York, NY, which he used to travel to India. While there, he visited and photographed Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain caves, temples, and shrines. Ten prints from this project will be in the International Cultural Center’s West Gallery through May, 2012.

Dingus has participated in over 24 solo shows and over 100 group exhibitions since 1977. Dingus' photographs have been collected by over fifty public collections including Amon Carter Museum, Ft. Worth, TX, Getty Museum, Malibu, CA (Sam Wagstaff Collection), Humanities Research Center, University of Texas at Austin, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, NY, Museum of Modern Art, NY, NY, National Museum of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C., and various international museums. A recipient of numerous grants and purchase awards, Dingus most recently served as co-investigator with Robin Germany to create a "Millennial Collection" at The Southwest Collection with the aid of a Research Enhancement Funds grant at Texas Tech University, 1999-2000. More than 100 works have been published or reviewed in books, catalogues, and periodicals. Dingus is author of The Photographic Artifacts of Timothy O'Sullivan, UNM Press, 1982.