Upcoming events

    • 11 Mar 2017
    • 28 May 2017
    • 500 Main Street, downtown Beaumont

    Opening Reception: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Friday, March 17

    Jose Arpa y Perea (1858-1952) opened a studio in San Antonio around 1901 and became an important part of the San Antonio school. Born in Carmona, the son of a cobbler, Arpa began studying part-time at the Academia des Bellas Artes (Academy of Fine Arts) in Seville, Spain, in 1868. He became a full-time student by 1876 and from 1882 to 1886 painted in Rome. Returning to Spain in 1886, Arpa sent paintings as part of the Spanish contingent for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893, where Impressionism was all the rage. He traveled to San Antonio, Texas, in 1899, and exhibited in the San Antonio International Fair in 1900. Arpa met Robert and Julian Onderdonk and divided his time between Mexico, Spain, and San Antonio until 1923, when he founded a painting school in San Antonio. Arpa continued to exhibit frequently at museums and galleries throughout Texas as well as New York and Spain. He won the “Texas Prize” at the Texas Wildflower Exhibition in 1927, and exhibited in the remaining two “Davis Competitions” in 1928 and 1929. Arpa permanently returned to Spain in 1931. This exhibition will be the first major Arpa exhibition since 1998. A full color catalogue published by the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum will be available for sale in the AMSET gift shop. Michael Grauer, their curator, will join us for a gallery talk at the opening reception.

    This exhibition has been organized by the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, Canyon, Texas.


    • 25 May 2017
    • 13 Aug 2017
    • 500 Main Street, downtown Beaumont

    Join AMSET for A Stroll Along the Coast, a photography exhibition by Beaumont native, DJ Kava.  Artwork will be on view May 25 to August 13, 2017 in the AMSET Cafe' Arts.  

    • 10 Jun 2017
    • 03 Sep 2017
    • 500 Main Street, Downtown Beaumont

    Opening Reception:  Friday, June 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm.

    Native Texan and Dallas artist Sherry Owens is renowned for her sculpture made of crepe myrtle tree pieces, simultaneously evoking both the natural and other worldly elements of the tree in her sculptures and installations.

    • 10 Jun 2017
    • 03 Sep 2017
    • 500 Mainstreet, Downtown Beaumont

    Opening Reception:  Friday, June 16, 2017 at 6:30 pm. 

    This exhibition will feature works from AMSET’s growing permanent collection. We strive to provide education, inspiration and creative vision throughout Southeast Texas through our unique collections, exhibitions and public programs. Over the years, AMSET’s permanent collection has grown from 200 to over 1,200 objects, focusing our collections on contemporary Texas artists and regional folk art by self-taught artists. It is through generous donations of our museum patrons, collectors and artists that we are able to continuously build our collections. Each year, we present an exhibition of works solely from the permanent collection, giving Southeast Texas audiences the opportunity to see the works that are now part of their museum.

    • 12 Jun 2017
    • 21 Jul 2017
    • 500 Main Street, downtown Beaumont

    June 12 to July 21, 2017


    At AMSET’s popular summer camp, children ages 5-15 can choose from many class options for high quality, intensive, art education experiences taught by professional artists. Campers are divided into three age groups for half day, week-long classes, with each course designed with age-appropriate art activities.


    Register now for this exciting, hands-on summer camp. For more information, call (409) 832-3432.


    Registrations for Summer ArtVentures are processed by mailing in the registration form to AMSET with payment or over the telephone via credit card payment.

    If mailing payment, please send to:

    Art Museum of Southeast Texas

    Summer ArtVentures

    P.O. Box 3703

    Beaumont, Texas 77704


    Make checks payable to AMSET.




    Members: $75

    Non-Members: $135 for the first child’s first class.
    $75 for each additional child.
    Each additional class: $70


    Click here to download registration form.

    Click here to download health form.


    • 12 Aug 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 500 Main St., downtown Beaumont

    Visitors will explore a range of media including recycled materials to emulate the works in the concurrent exhibitions, Fresh: Recent Acquisitions and Sherry Owens: Fabric of Life. This Family Arts Day will include fun, kid-friendly materials such as sequins, glitter, and paint, giving everyone the opportunity to create unique works of art.  Face painting, snack stand, and live entertainment will be present. Admission is FREE!

    • 08 Sep 2017
    • 6:30 PM
    • 500 Main Street, downtown Beaumont

    AMSET will host the 2017 annual Gala, celebrating its 30th anniversary with a pearl-themed extravaganza.  Join us for a night of fine dining, entertainment, surprises and much more. Call (409) 832-3432 for reservations.

    This event is AMSET's biggest fundraiser of the year with all proceeds benefiting the museum’s exhibition and educational programs.

    • 23 Sep 2017
    • (EDT)
    • 26 Nov 2017
    • (EST)
    • 500 Main Street, downtown Beaumont

    Opening Reception:  6:30 pm, Friday, September 22, 2017

    This exhibition celebrates the abstract expressionist paintings and sculptures of Richard Stout, recognized Houston artist (born in Beaumont, Texas, 1934). Stout is an acknowledged artist with a significant following in Texas and international accolades. His artwork is widely exhibited with critical acclaim, and he was named the Texas State Artist of the Year in 2004. In addition to establishing himself as one of the leading modernist artists in Texas, Stout also served as an art instructor, teaching at the Museum School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and serving on the faculty at the University of Houston for thirty years. Stout lives in the Montrose neighborhood of Houston, where he continues to produce outstanding, expressionist paintings of abstract coastal motifs, lighted interiors and cave-like atmospheres. This exhibition features work from the 1950s through present day, attesting to the artist’s prolific career.  

    • 19 Oct 2017
    • 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
    • 500 Main Street, downtown Beaumont

    In the spirit of Halloween, AMSET will host the  3rd annual Monster Mash. This costume party will transform the art museum into a haunted house with live entertainment, tricky treats and seasonal brews. For more information, call us at (409) 832-3432.


    • 28 Oct 2017
    • 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
    • 500 Main Street, downtown Beaumont

    AMSET’s most popular family event where children and their families are tempted to try the creepy, crawly delicacy of fried crickets. Visitors will learn about the current exhibit through hands-on art activities and Day of the Dead and Latin American crafts such as decorated sugar skulls, cut paper designs, and piñatas. Entertainment includes Latin American music and dancing. Children are encouraged to wear their best Halloween costumes! 

    This event is free and open to the public!

    • 02 Dec 2017
    • 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
    • 500 Main Street, downtown Beaumont

    Families and children are welcome to this sugary workshop at AMSET. Just in time for the Christmas holidays, this sweet day of family fun allows participants to create one-of-a-kind, gingerbread masterpieces.

    Call (409) 832-3432 for more information.

    • 07 Dec 2017
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • 500 Main Street, downtown Beaumont

    Bring in the season with AMSET and area museums, attractions, and local businesses at the annual Holiday Tree Lighting. Families and children are invited to join us for an evening of holiday cheer, complete with art activities, pictures with Santa, mailing letters to the North Pole, and of course, the lighting of the tree at 6 p.m. sharp.

Past events

20 May 2017 Spring Family Arts Day
30 Mar 2017 Go for the Gold Party and Reverse Drawing
30 Mar 2017 Allison Gaspard: "What Will They Become"
24 Feb 2017 AMSET "Mardi pARTy" 2017
21 Feb 2017 Protege High School Art Competition and Exhibition Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony
11 Feb 2017 Winter Family Arts Day
19 Jan 2017 Lana Portner: Feathers, Wings and Earthbound Treasures
10 Dec 2016 STEVE MURPHY: It's All Come Down to This
10 Dec 2016 DAVID AYLSWORTH: Either/And
08 Dec 2016 Holiday Tree Lighting 2016
29 Oct 2016 "Eat-A-Bug!" FREE Family Arts Day
21 Oct 2016 The Monster Mash: an AMSET Bash!
04 Oct 2016 2016 Annual Meeting
23 Sep 2016 CURTAIN CALL Ann Wood
09 Sep 2016 AMSET Gala 2016
25 Aug 2016 THE ONLY WAY ROUND IS THROUGH: Mark Nesmith
20 Aug 2016 "Don't Mess With Texas. Mess With Art" FREE Family Arts Day
18 Jun 2016 TERESA BAKER: shape, line, what the eye is doing
18 Jun 2016 tête-à-tête: Folk Art and Fine Art from the Permanent Collection
12 May 2016 Treasure Auction: POP!
14 Apr 2016 This One is Pink, This One is Blue: Kailee Viator
12 Mar 2016 Birds in Art
10 Mar 2016 Go for the Gold Party and Reverse Drawing
25 Feb 2016 Protege High School Art Competition and Exhibition Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony
20 Feb 2016 "Fun in the Mud!" FREE Family Arts Day
29 Jan 2016 A Vintage Affair wine tasting
28 Jan 2016 MAX BEAN: You've Got Mail / Art
12 Dec 2015 JOURNEY FROM WITHIN: Ceramics by Linnis Blanton
12 Dec 2015 HOT OFF THE PRESS: Recent Works from Flatbed
05 Dec 2015 Gingerbread House Workshop 2015
03 Dec 2015 Holiday Tree Lighting 2015
05 Nov 2015 SKIN CONDITION: Ceramics by Kelly Costlow
31 Oct 2015 "Eat a Bug!" Family Arts Day
23 Oct 2015 "The Monster Mash... an AMSET Bash"
25 Sep 2015 "Michael Kennaugh: Locus in Quo"
25 Sep 2015 "Orna Feinstein: Now and Zen"
11 Sep 2015 AMSET Gala 2015- Carnival de AMSET: a night for the arts
15 Aug 2015 Summer Family Arts Day
13 Aug 2015 "MY JOURNEY" by Ines Alvidres
15 Jun 2015 Summer ArtVentures Creative Kids Camp 2015
04 Jun 2015 CAFE' ARTS: "Hats & Helmets"
09 May 2015 Spring Family Arts Day
25 Apr 2015 "ABSTRACTION: Selections from the Permanent Collection"
25 Apr 2015 "Will-Amelia Sterns Price: Mike's Road to Taos"
12 Mar 2015 gARTage Sale
26 Feb 2015 Protégé High School Art Competition and Exhibition Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony
21 Feb 2015 Winter Family Arts Day "Freedom!"
04 Feb 2015 Go for the Gold Party and Reverse Drawing
30 Jan 2015 A Vintage Affair wine tasting
22 Jan 2015 "DIVIDING TIME: Works on Paper by Chris Troutman"
17 Jan 2015 "Caprice Pierucci: Dream State"
17 Jan 2015 "Harvey Johnson: A Triple Middle Passage"
16 Jan 2015 Great Wall of Fame
06 Dec 2014 Gingerbread House Workshop 2014
04 Dec 2014 Holiday Tree Lighting
30 Oct 2014 Rob Clark: "Finding Light - Works on Paper"
25 Oct 2014 "Eat a Bug!" Family Arts Day
10 Oct 2014 Art of Beer 2014
07 Oct 2014 2014 AMSET Annual Meeting
20 Sep 2014 "Dornith Doherty: Oasis"
20 Sep 2014 "Celia Eberle: In the Garden of Ozymandias"
05 Sep 2014 The Crystal Ball - A Night of Sparkling Entertainment
16 Aug 2014 "Don't Mess with Texas, Mess with Art" Family Arts Day
14 Aug 2014 Zach Dubuisson: "It Ain't Easy"
16 Jun 2014 Summer ArtVentures Creative Kids Camp 2014
31 May 2014 "Spring Chine" Family Arts Day
24 May 2014 "Beili Liu: Chine"
24 May 2014 "Karin Broker: wired, pressed and nailed"
08 May 2014 Treasure Auction: Masterpieces, Fakes and Forgeries
25 Apr 2014 "Justice Illuminated: The Art of Arthur Szyk"
19 Apr 2014 "Tiffany Studios: The Women Behind the Glass"
13 Mar 2014 Abigail McLaurin: "Tongues Talking"
06 Mar 2014 Go for the Gold Party and Reverse Drawing
21 Feb 2014 A Vintage Affair wine tasting
20 Feb 2014 Protégé High School Art Competition and Exhibition Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony
08 Feb 2014 "Who's in the Mirror" Family Arts Day
18 Jan 2014 "Figures: Artwork from the Permanent Collection"
18 Jan 2014 "Mirrored and Obscured: Contemporary Texas Self-Portraits"
19 Dec 2013 John Mariani: "Birdscapes"
07 Dec 2013 Gingerbread House Workshop 2013
05 Dec 2013 Holiday Tree Lighting
03 Dec 2013 2013 AMSET Annual Meeting
26 Oct 2013 "Eat a Bug!" Family Arts Day
09 Oct 2013 Art of Beer 2013
09 Oct 2013 "Summer Lydick: Resurfacing. Remnants"
27 Sep 2013 "Texas Impressionism: Branding with Brushstroke and Color, 1885-1935"
06 Sep 2013 "Bootleggers Ball" 26th Anniversary Gala 2013
10 Aug 2013 "Eyes Spy" Family Arts Day
18 Jul 2013 Kirby Crone: "212/912"
13 Jul 2013 "Eyes Spy: Folk Art from the Permanent Collection"
13 Jul 2013 "Earl Staley: Dreamscapes"
17 Jun 2013 Summer ArtVentures Creative Kids Camp 2013
17 May 2013 gARTage Sale
04 May 2013 "The Lost World" Family Arts Day
27 Apr 2013 Slow Art Day
25 Apr 2013 "Continuum-From Beaumont to San Miguel"
20 Apr 2013 "David Everett: The Ties That Bind"
20 Apr 2013 "Sally Chandler: The Lost World"
07 Mar 2013 "GO GO" for the Gold Party and Reverse Drawing
21 Feb 2013 Protégé High School Art Competition and Exhibition Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony
09 Feb 2013 "Night at the Museum" Family Arts Day
01 Feb 2013 A Vintage Affair wine tasting
24 Jan 2013 "Moments"
19 Jan 2013 "San Angelo Ceramics"
19 Jan 2013 "Edge of Mists: Photography by David H. Gibson"
19 Jan 2013 "Sarah Williams: Remote America"
06 Dec 2012 Holiday Tree Lighting
04 Dec 2012 2012 AMSET Annual Meeting
08 Nov 2012 "Lisa Richardson: Antelope Light"
27 Oct 2012 "Eat a Bug!" Family Arts Day
04 Oct 2012 Art of Beer 2012
22 Sep 2012 "Espoused"
11 Sep 2012 Sugar Skulls Workshop
07 Sep 2012 "Come Fly With Us" 25th Anniversary Gala 2012
23 Aug 2012 "Jane Peterman: Signs of Life"
11 Aug 2012 "Don't Mess with Texas, Mess with Art" Family Arts Day
30 Jun 2012 "Collection in Reflection: 10 Years of Acquisitions"
11 Jun 2012 Summer ArtVentures Creative Kids Camp 2012
07 Jun 2012 "Pat Loggins: Works in Mixed Media"
10 May 2012 The Secret Artist in You: Treasure Auction 2012
05 May 2012 "Ships Ahoy" Family Arts Day
20 Apr 2012 "Contemporary American Marine Art: 15th Annual Exhibition of the American Society of Marine Artists"
29 Mar 2012 "Michelle Cate: Hipsta-Addict"
08 Mar 2012 Go for the Gold Party and Reverse Drawing
01 Mar 2012 Garry Reece Lecture
23 Feb 2012 Protégé High School Art Competition and Exhibition
11 Feb 2012 "I See 3-D" Family Arts Day
26 Jan 2012 "Taylor Randolph Perry: Stenciling Out the Time"
21 Jan 2012 "This Rejection of the Conqueror: Works by Robert Pruitt"
21 Jan 2012 "Meredith Jack: Back in Black"
20 Jan 2012 A Vintage Affair wine tasting
01 Dec 2011 Holiday Tree Lighting
05 Nov 2011 Gingerbread House Workshop 2011
29 Oct 2011 "Eat a Bug!" Family Arts Day
27 Oct 2011 Joey Blazek: "Following Life’s Circle, Chasing My Coastal Tail"
05 Oct 2011 Art of Beer 2011
24 Sep 2011 Obsessive Worlds
09 Sep 2011 Gala 2011: ARTopia
13 Aug 2011 "Recycled/Reinvented" Family Arts Day
11 Aug 2011 "Michael Lee: Second Wind" in Café Arts
23 Jul 2011 Southeast Texas Collects: Jamie Paul Kessler German Pottery Collection
23 Jul 2011 Recycled/Reinvented: Folk Art from the Permanent Collection
15 Jul 2011 gARTage Sale
13 Jun 2011 Summer ArtVentures Creative Kids Camp
02 Jun 2011 "Randy and Bryan Welborn: Moments to Remember" in Café Arts
07 May 2011 "Tree Line" Spring Family Arts Day
06 May 2011 Impressionist and Post Impressionist Masterpieces from the National Gallery of Art
26 Apr 2011 Besa: Albanian Muslims
16 Apr 2011 Helen Altman: Tree Line
16 Apr 2011 Mark Messersmith: Scenic Delusions of Ordinary Disappointments
03 Mar 2011 Go for the Gold Party and Reverse Drawing
24 Feb 2011 Protégé High School Art Competition and Exhibition
12 Feb 2011 "Celebrate Southeast Texas" Family Arts Day
22 Jan 2011 Edward G. Eisenlohr: Painting Across the Texas Landscape
22 Jan 2011 Southeast Texas Art: Cross-Currents and Influences
02 Dec 2010 Holiday Children's Festival and Tree Lighting
13 Nov 2010 Gingerbread House Workshop
11 Nov 2010 "Kathleen Lamb Boudreaux: In Good Company" in Café Arts
30 Oct 2010 "Eat a Bug!" Family Arts Day
16 Oct 2010 Sedrick Huckaby: From Earth to Heaven
07 Oct 2010 Art of Beer 2010
10 Sep 2010 Gala 2010: Coattails, Cocktails and Capers
14 Aug 2010 “Flower Power” Summer Family Arts Day
24 Jul 2010 Women Artists: Selections from the Permanent Collection
24 Jul 2010 George Wentz: Joie de Vivre
06 May 2010 Mask Mania: Treasure Auction 2010
01 May 2010 “Playing in the Sand” Family Arts Day
24 Apr 2010 Rusty Scruby: Playing in the Sand
24 Apr 2010 Virgil Grotfeldt 274296
18 Mar 2010 Geaux for the Gold Party and Reverse Drawing
25 Feb 2010 Protege High School Art Competition and Exhibition
13 Feb 2010 “Set Your Sails for AMSET!” Family Arts Day
23 Jan 2010 African-American Art: Highlights from the Dr. Hervy Hiner Collection
23 Jan 2010 Hans Molzberger: RETURN / RÜCKKEHR
14 Nov 2009 Christmas Ornament Workshop
31 Oct 2009 "Eat a Bug!" Family Arts Day
06 Oct 2009 Sugar Skulls Workshop
01 Oct 2009 Art of Beer
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