Current Exhibitions

Billy Hassell: Topography

On view: March 26 - June 19, 2022

Billy Hassell is well-known for his depictions of Texas flora and fauna, and his work often emphasizes the need for conservation of these species. This exhibition will focus on works from Mr. Hassell’s oeuvre that depict animals and plants that are local to Southeast Texas communities, as well as extinct animals that were once native to the area. The exhibition will emphasize to viewers the importance of conservation and preservation on the local and state-levels, as well as include programming that introduces community members to ways they can participate in these efforts.

An opening reception will take place on Friday, April 1, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Light drinks and refreshments will be served, and a brief gallery talk with the artist will take place at 7:15 p.m.

AMSET is excited to partner with the Big Thicket to present a one-hour presentation on the wildlife of East and Southeast Texas at our next First Thursday on April 7, 2022 at 5:30 p.m. This presentation will be led by Community Outreach Manager for the Big Thicket National Preserve, Heidi Dietze.

A Taste of the Arts Lecture is currently scheduled for Friday, April 15, 2022 from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lamar University Professor of Painting and Drawing, Donna Meeks, will be speaking. Meeks will give a 30-minute gallery talk about Hassell’s work. Visitors are encouraged to join Meeks and the AMSET staff for a Dutch-treat lunch in the café after the gallery talk has ended.

The catalogue for this exhibition will be released at AMSET’s May First Thursday, May 5, 2022 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. This full color catalogue includes an essay by Susie Kalil. All events are free and open to the public.

AMSET’s Gift Shop is excited to offer fun souvenirs related to this exhibition. Puzzles, box sets of notecards and individual notecards with reproductions of Billy’s paintings are on sale now. For more information on this exhibition, visit or call (409) 832-3432.

Interested in knowing all the animals in Billy's artwork? Click the link below to view each piece and the animals it contains. This is a great way to interact with the exhibition and learn more about the need for conservation and appreciation of these species.

Animal Identification Checklist

Collecting a Master | Coleccionando la obra de un Maestro:

Carlomagno Pedro Martínez in the John Gaston Fairey Collection of Mexican Folk Art

On view October 2, 2021 - March 12, 2023

This fall, AMSET’s main galleries will feature an exhibition of artist Carlomagno Pedro MartínezCarlomagno Pedro Martínez is a Mexican artist and artisan in “barro negro” ceramics from San Bartolo Coyotepec, in the Mexican state of Oaxaca. He comes from a family of potters in a town noted for the craft. He began molding figures as a child and received artistic training when he was 18. Carlomagno draws his inspiration from the cultural wealth he observes within daily life in Mexico. Although the majority of the pieces he creates are inspired by traditional Oaxacan characters and imagery, he also includes humorous portrayals of present-day personalities and events. His expressiveness and realism distinguish his work. The most reoccurring theme is death and includes festive skeletons, devils, etc. Experts consider that the pieces produced by this artisan are authentic works of folk art with strong roots in tradition. His work has been exhibited in Mexico, the U.S. and Europe and he has been recognized as an artist as well as an artisan. Today, he is also the director of the Museo Estatal de Arte Popular de Oaxaca (MEAPO) in his hometown. In 2014, Martínez was awarded Mexico's National Prize for Arts and Sciences. This exhibition will also feature multimedia work from the John Gaston Fairey Collection of Mexican Folk Art.

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