Don’t miss the opportunity to view the Museum of South Texas History’s colorful exhibition, Borderlands: The Heritage of the Rio Grande Valley through the Art of Jose Cisneros. Closing day is Sunday, May 31.

Borderlands showcases thirty of the over fifty pen and ink, hand-colored illustrations depicting characters, events, and eras of South Texas and Northeastern Mexico from the early 1800s to 1941. From the turmoil of the Mexican War and Civil War eras through the “Magic Valley” era, the Mexican Revolution and the U.S. involvement in World War I, the illustrations are a vibrant combination of art and history.

El Paso artist Jose Cisneros has illustrated historical figures of the Southwest borderlands for over 60 years. His works are widely renowned and have appeared in numerous publications and are in museum collections throughout the Southwest. A self-taught artist, his interest lies in equestrian subjects and he is best known for his horse and rider illustrations. The museum commissioned its first piece in 1980 and began a collection that grew to over fifty pieces by 1986.

The entire collection has been published in a book by the same title, Borderlands: The Heritage of the Rio Grande Valley through the Art of Jose Cisneros. Copies of this handsome book, far more suitable for a coffee table than a bookshelf, are available in the Museum Store or by mail order. In addition to the color plates and corresponding text panels, the book also includes an outline of the region’s history with emphasis on the colonization period.

The Lower Old Jail Gallery will be temporarily closed until August in preparation for the next exhibit which will feature images of the Mexican War.

For more information, call 956-383-6911 or log on to the website at The Museum is located on the Courthouse Square in downtown Edinburg.