The Art of Catching Criminals

The Art of Catching Criminals

The Stark Museum of Art will sponsor forensic artist Lois Gibson for a presentation “The Art of Catching Criminals”, on Thursday, Aug. 23, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Gibson’s presentation will take place at Lutcher Theater, located at 707 W. Main Avenue in Orange. This event is free and open to the public and is followed by a reception and book signing at the Museum, along with an exhibition celebration of Explore Art: Materials and Methods Revealed.

Considered the World’s Most Successful Forensic Artist, according to the Guinness Book of World Records, Gibson will provide insights into forensic art and profile some of her most fascinating cases. As a forensic artist at the Houston Police Department since 1982, Gibson has helped solve more than 1,260 crimes. Gibson is the author of Faces of Evil, a true-crime book that details her most gripping cases, and which is currently on sale in the Museum Store. She also wrote the first textbook teaching of her profession titled Forensic Art Essentials. Gibson is a graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and the FBI Academy Forensic Art Course. Currently, she teaches forensic art courses at Northwestern University Center for Public Safety in Evanston, Ill. In addition, Gibson has been featured on segments of TRU TV’s Forensic Files and A&E’s The First 48.

Following Gibson’s presentation, the Museum will host an exhibition celebration and reception with light refreshments along with a signing of her book Faces of Evil. Visitors will also have the opportunity to explore art making techniques and participate in hands-on activities in the Museum’s current exhibition Explore Art, which will be on display through September 22.

“We are excited to bring to Orange the leading expert in the field of forensic art. I had the pleasure of attending Lois Gibson’s keynote presentation at Texas Art Education Association Conference in 2010. She galvanized the audience with stories about her work, which often requires her to be among the first people to talk to victims of assault. Listening to her describing her experience made me realize how many other skills, besides proficiency in drawing, a forensic artist must have”, commented Elena Ivanova, Chief Educator of Stark Museum of Art.Admission is free to the presentation at Lutcher Theater and reception at Stark Museum of Art.

Located at 712 Green Avenue in Orange, Texas, the Stark Museum of Art is open to the public Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for all ages. Group tours are available by appointment. For more information call (409) 886-2787 or visit