This photograph of Nina Cullinan is part of the Vera Prasilova Scott portraiture collection. Scott was a studio photographer and the wife of a Rice faculty member. She took portraits of many prominent Houstonians in the late 1920s and early 1930s.
Nina J. Cullinan was a patron of Houston arts and parks. She was a founding member of the Contemporary Arts Museum, the Society For Performing Arts, and the Houston Ballet Foundation. She also served on boards of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Municipal Arts Commission, the Fine Arts Advisory Council of the University of Texas, and the American Federation of Art. She was a leading benefactor of the Houston Symphony Orchestra. In the 1950s she funded the building of the Cullinan Hall of the Museum of Fine Arts, designed by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. (excerpted from Handbook of Texas Online entry for Nina J. Cullinan, http://www.tsha.utexas.edu/handbook/online/articles/CC/fcu46.html (accessed May 21, 2007).)
Woodson Research Center, Fondren Library, Rice University
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