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. Owens often states that she is a recycle artist and fills her studio with branches that would otherwise be discarded. The meticulous quality of her work, which emphasizes the luscious capabilities of line and form as her pieces of crepe myrtle intersect and build, weaving together and activating space, call to mind the artist’s early formative years as a weaver. Founded in nature, Owens art stems away from the natural world giving second life to her found media and pushing our preconceived understanding of the boundaries of wood and form. Although Owens has exhibited with AMSET in the past in group shows, this will be her first solo exhibition with the museum. Owens received her BFA from Southern Methodist University in 1972, and is a former president of the Texas Sculpture Association. The artist will be present at the opening and will give an artist talk in the gallery with her work.
This exhibition is generously funded, in part, by Kim and Roy Steinhagen, the City of Beaumont, the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation.
This exhibition will feature recent acquisitions from AMSET’s growing permanent collection. As stated in our institutional mission, 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 and historic Texas artists, as well as regional folk art. It is through generous donations of our museum patrons, collectors and artists that we are able to continuously strengthen and build our permanent collection. 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. This exhibition will included recent acquisitions, featuring artists such as Helen Altman, Michael Bise, Linnis Blanton, Lester Davis, James Drake, Orna Feinstein, Vernon Fisher, Roy Fridge, Billy Hassell, Clarice Holloway, Michael Kennaugh, Mark Messersmith, Richard Neidhardt, Joan Steinman, Frank X. Tolbert2, among others.
This exhibition is generously funded, in part, by the City of Beaumont, the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation.
Richard Stout, A Day at Rollover Bay, 2015, acrylic on canvas, 30 x 60 inches, Collection of the Artist
This exhibition celebrates the abstract expressionist paintings and sculptures of Houston artist Richard Stout (born in Beaumont, Texas, 1934). Stout is an acknowledged artist with a significant following in Texas and international accolades. He received his BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (1957) and his MFA from the University of Texas at Austin (1969). 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 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. A monograph published by Texas A&M University Press will be available for sale in the gift shop. Following the debut at AMSET, the exhibition will travel to the Art Museum of South Texas in Corpus Christi and the University of Houston – Downtown in Houston.