The Panel Discussions

The Photographer’s Voice

2:00 p.m. – 2:45 p.m.


A visual artist known for her large-scale, hand-colored photographs. Since 1981 her work has appeared in more than 75 solo exhibitions and more than 50 group exhibitions in the United States, France, Japan, Australia, China, and New Zealand.


A distinguished artist, author, educator, and occasional musician. He holds the Endowed Walles Chair of Art at Lamar University in Texas. Keith’s work has been shown in over 100 solo exhibitions in thirteen countries. He is the author of eleven books, including the recent Keith Carter: Fifty Years.

Michael O’Brien

A longtime photojournalist whose career has spanned four decades, O’Brien has photographed subjects ranging from presidents to small-town heroes for a host of magazines. Michael is the author of three books, The Face of Texas, Hard Ground, and The Great Minds of Investing. His photographs are in the permanent collections of many museums, including The Wittliff Collection and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.

Kathy Vargas

Kathy Vargas is an artist/photographer who has had one-person exhibits at Sala Uno in Rome, Galeria Juan Martin in Mexico City, Centro Recoleta in Buenos Aires and retrospectives at the McNay Art Museum in San Antonio and Universitat Erlangen in Germany. Her work is in the collections of the Smithsonian’s American Art Museum, the Toledo Art Museum, the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago, the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, the Sprint Collection, and The Wittliff Collections. Named 2005 Texas Two-Dimensional Artist of the Year by the Texas Commission on the Arts, she also received a Lightwork Residency in 1993 and Art Pace Residencies in 1997. Her papers are housed at the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art. She is currently professor of art/photography at the University of the Incarnate Word.


DAVID COLEMAN (moderator)

Director of The Wittliff Collections, where he provides direction for and manages the overall operations, including collection development, budget management, preservation and research services, donor relations and fundraising, marketing and publications, and an active schedule of exhibitions and public events.