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MUMENTOUS: The Upsizing of a Texas Tradition

A Multi-Media Art Exhibition
Arlington Museum of Art, Arlington, TX
Sept. 27 - Nov. 24, 2019


As a Texas-based writer and photographer, the subject-matter of my latest creative endeavor is near and dear: Texas high school homecoming mums.

In addition to my photography of this long-standing tradition, I’ve created a multi-media art exhibition entitled MUMENTOUS: The Upsizing of a Texas Tradition in partnership with the Arlington Museum of Art. The exhibition includes photography, narrative, an original video about the history of Texas high school homecoming mums, an audio installation, and an homage to mums created in large part through the generosity of the DFW community.

MUMENTOUS goes beyond the sheer size of mums and garters and focuses on the people who create, sell and wear (or don't wear) mums; the history of mums; how moms/women are the driving forces behind the tradition; and where the tradition stands today. The photographs I’ve shot and stories shared with me are also serving as inspiration for my funtastic Instagram feed and a future book.



get involved

  1. Get your tickets today for MUMENTOUS: The Upsizing of a Texas Tradition.

2. Share your photos of Texas students/alumni/families wearing, making or exchanging mums/garters. Any school, any decade. I’m attempting to collect one from every high school in Texas (over 3300!) If you have photo(s) to share, DM them to me @txhocomum on Facebook and Instagram. Along with your photo, please include the first name of each person in the photo, the name of the high school(s) represented, the city of the high school(s), and the year the photo was taken.

3. THANK YOU to everyone who loaned their mum and garter to MUMENTOUS! I’m no longer accepting mums/garters for exhibition. Those 94 (!) mums/garters that have been generously lent to me will be carefully returned to their owners at the close of the show. Click here for background information.

4. Do you have a Texas mum, garter or homecoming story to share? Click below to learn about My Texas HOCO Story, an Oral History Project of MUMENTOUS: The Upsizing of a Texas Tradition.