Opening Reception: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Friday, June 24
*Featured speakers: Karol Howard and George Morton*
Over the past couple of years, AMSET has received a wealth of outstanding donations from collectors across the nation, adding stellar and significant works of art to our permanent collection by both fine and folk artists from the region. This exhibition will focus, in particular, on recent donations of folk art to our collection by artist David Bates of Dallas and collectors Dr. Warren and Sylvia Lowe from Lafayette, Louisiana. These donations make AMSET’s growing folk art collection one of the most significant holdings in the region. The donations by David Bates and Dr. Warren and Sylvia Lowe will be complimented by other folk art pieces in our museum, featuring the strength and variety of this segment in our permanent collection.
*Featured speaker: Teresa Baker*
Born in Watford City, North Dakota, Teresa Baker is a relative newcomer to the Southeast Texas art scene, known for her minimal, formalist works of immense bravura achieved through a melding of original materials and non-objective, unencumbered vision. Baker received her BA in Visual Arts from Fordham University, New York in 2008, followed by her MFA from the California College of Arts in San Francisco, 2013. Prior to her academic studies, Baker was awarded a painting and drawing intensive at the prestigious Gerrit Rietveld Academie in the Netherlands. The artist has exhibited widely on the west coast, and is the recipient of numerous awards and residencies.
This exhibition is Baker’s first museum feature in the Southeast Texas area, and presents fresh works by the artist highlighting her experimental and sophisticated use of textures, color and space in the artistic process. Often incorporating vinyl, felt and other fabrics with acrylic paint, Baker creates artworks that seem to dynamically propel off the wall in their strong visual form and texture. The artwork in this exhibition highlight Baker’s recent use of vinyl coated mesh as a means for further exploration of shape, lines and folds in her media – proffering limitless boundaries for artistic expression.
Teresa Baker, Gallery Guide
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Opening Reception: 2:00 - 4: 00 p.m., Sunday August 28
Join AMSET for THE ONLY WAY ROUND IS THROUGH, an exhibition by Southeast Texas artist, Mark Nesmith. The artwork will be on view from August 25 through October 30, 2016 in the AMSET Cafe' Arts.
Call 409-832-3432 for more information. Remember, this is the museum’s biggest fundraiser of the year. All proceeds benefit the museum’s exhibition and education programs.
Opening Reception: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Friday, September 23
*Featured speaker: Ann Wood*
Ann Wood is a native of California and MFA graduate of the University of Texas in San Antonio; Wood is known for her mixed media sculptures, wall hangings and site-specific installations characterized by vivid colors, wild and fantastical flora and fauna motifs, in a variety of media. For this exhibition, Wood will create a magical, canopied forest that will suspend from AMSET’s gallery ceiling. This site-specific installation is interactive and visitors are welcome to walk under and through the canopied, nest-like formation. Wall-hangings and other sculptures will also be featured in the gallery space. A video about Wood, her work and AMSET’s installation and exhibition will be featured on a continuous loop in the Conn Gallery space adjacent to AMSET’s main galleries for the duration of the exhibition.
Join the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) on Friday, October 21, 2016 as we celebrate our second annual "Monster Mash: an AMSET Bash!" Halloween costume party. This event will include dinner and drinks, as well as a decorative atmosphere like you've never seen before! Exciting entertainment and a costume contest will round out this frightening night at the museum. Get ready for a nightmare on Main Street!
*THIS EVENT IS FOR ADULTS 18 & OVER - PROPER IDENTIFICATION WILL BE REQUIRED THE NIGHT OF THE EVENT.
“Eat-A-Bug!” Family Arts Day is one of AMSET’s most popular events, where children and their families are tempted to try the creepy, crawly delicacy of fried crickets. Hands-on art activities focus on our current exhibition. Visitors will learn about Day of the Dead, make sugar skulls and are invited to participate in our Halloween Costume Contest. As always, face painting and refreshments round out this "SPOOKtacular" event.
This event is FREE and open to the public!
Join AMSET for an exhibition by Southeast Texas artist, Adam Cook. Cook's artwork will be on view from November 3 through January 15, 2017 in the AMSET Cafe' Arts.
AMSET invites you to join us for our Holiday Gingerbread House Workshop from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 3. Create your very own gingerbread house to add to your home’s holiday atmosphere.
Sign up early! All gingerbread will be made to order for this workshop.
This will not be a graham cracker house, but one made from freshly made gingerbread. You will layout and decorate your very own gingerbread house.
Members: $40 for one house, $60 for 2 houses
Non-Members: $50 for one house, $70 for 2 houses(Maximum two people per house)
Call (409) 832-3432 for more information.
Opening Reception: 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., Friday, December 16
Houston artist David Aylsworth is well-known within Texas art circles for his stunning abstract paintings celebrating his facility with the brush, sophisticated understanding of color, and harmonious spatial relationships between form and shape. He is inspired by images around him, in both a mental and physical sense, and paints intersecting lines and shapes with luscious strokes, giving his works a sense of energy and movement. Aylsworth’s titles often reference songs and show tunes, at times giving his highly abstract, non-objective style, a sort of verbal and lyrical foundation. Born in Tiffin, Ohio, Aylsworth graduated in 1989 with his BFA from Kent State University, Kent, Ohio, and was an artist in residence in the Core Program at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, from 1989-91. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Inman Gallery (2016), Morgan Lehman in New York (2014) and Holly Johnson Gallery (2013). His paintings are found in numerous private and permanent collections, including the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Dallas Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and the Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi.
Southeast Texas native Steve Murphy is best known for his poetically titled, minimal sculptures. Murphy attended Lamar University in Beaumont, followed by the University of Houston, where he received his B.A. in 1975. During his early years, Murphy focused on painting, but eventually experimented with sculpture; he is fascinated by the reduction of the essential elements of art – such as line, shape, color, form, space, texture and value – to basic, geometric forms, elegant in their simplicity and visual presence. He often works in series, allowing the design of sculptures to build on each other, exploring the creative possibilities of a form and the energy developed by a slight alteration in angle or line, allowing a piece to grow and mature in the series. This exhibition will feature sculptures by Murphy, created in his Houston home and studio.
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