Celebrate AMSET’s 70th Anniversary Virtually
(Beaumont, TX; September 23,2020) Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) will kick off its 70th Anniversary Celebration, Thursday, October 29, 2020 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Zoom. More information about how to attend the virtual event will be posted on the museum website and social media accounts, amset.org and Facebook.com/AMSETx. AMSET invites the community to celebrate 70 years of art and education.
Due to COVID-19, AMSET’s Fall Fundraiser will look a little different this year. The museum is sending pledge forms and letters to AMSET enthusiasts asking for contributions to help fund the many programs put on throughout the year that benefit the community.
A team of emcees from the museum staff and Board of Trustees will host the evening’s presentation about all facets of AMSET’s contributions to the community here in Southeast Texas. The event will look back on the museum’s accomplishments over the past 7 decades and forward to the bright future. Distinguished artists and supporters will speak about their favorite part of AMSET, encouraging viewers to donate to their favorite programs. Exhibitions and events planned for the coming months will be announced during the live stream. Throughout the evening, drawings will occur for the chance to win artsy and exciting prizes. To participate in the drawings, register online at amset.org or call (409) 832-3432. Participants will also have the opportunity to have their donation matched by members of AMSET’s Board of Trustees.
All proceeds benefit AMSET exhibitions and educational programs. For more information or to register for the drawings, visit amset.org or call (409) 832-3432.
Two exhibits celebrating Texas art old and new open at AMSET in fall
(Beaumont, TX; September 8, 2020) The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) will exhibit From the Vault: Tyler Museum of Art and Perspectives: Selections from the Permanent Collection on view October 3, 2020 through February 28, 2021 in the main galleries.
From the Vault will feature a selection of early Texas paintings and works on paper from the permanent collection of the Tyler Museum of Art (TMA), with a spotlight on early Texas artist and educator Coreen Mary Spellman (1905-1978). The Tyler Museum of Art exists as an educational and cultural center to enrich the lives of East Texas citizens and visitors through the collection, preservation, study, exhibition, interpretation, and celebration of the visual arts. From the Vault is an exhibition series which enhances the relationship between AMSET and TMA. Concurrently, an exhibition of contemporary Texas paintings and works on paper from AMSET’s permanent collection, From the Vault: Art Museum of Southeast Texas will be on view at the Tyler Museum of Art September 13-November 29, 2020.
Perspectives will feature works from AMSET’s growing permanent collection, including recent acquisitions. 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 nearly 2,000 objects, focusing our collections on contemporary Texas artists, as well as regional and Mexican folk art. It is through generous donations of our museum patrons, collectors and artists that we can 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. The exhibition will also spotlight works from the John Gaston Fairey Collection of Mexican Folk Art.
For more information, visit www.amset.org or call (409) 832-3432.
Both exhibitions are generously funded, in part, by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts, the City of Beaumont,
the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund, the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation, and the members of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas.
To find out more about how National Endowment for the Arts grants impact individuals and communities, visit www.arts.gov.
Rosalie Speed Old Man River, Vicksburg, c. 1938 oil on Masonite, 25 1/4 x 28 1/2 in. Tyler Museum of Art, 2005.06 Gift of the 2005 Collectors' Circle
Christopher Troutman, Two Downtowns: SE TX and S. Kyushu, 2017, oil paint on unstretched canvas, 64 x 51 in., Museum purchase PC 2019.10
Join AMSET for a drive-thru Family Arts Day, Aug.15
(Beaumont, TX; July 16, 2020) The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) invites children and their families to join in AMSET’s free drive-thru “Don’t Mess with Texas, Mess with ART” Family Arts Day on Saturday, August 15, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or until supplies last.
“To continue fulfilling our mission of providing education, inspiration and creative vision throughout Southeast Texas, AMSET has decided to have a drive-thru style Family Arts Day for the safety of our guests due to Covid-19,” Andy Gardner, AMSET’s curator education/outreach, said.
Bags filled with supplies to create four art activities will be handed out to families while they remain in their vehicles and drive through the AMSET parking lot. Families will learn how to create innovative works of art with repurposed materials to coincide with AMSET’s summer recycling theme, “Don’t Mess with Texas, Mess with ART.” Activities are inspired by AMSET’s current exhibitions, PATRICK TURK: Higher Planes and KANA HARADA: Celestial Garden.
Joining in on the fun, Beaumont Police Department Cops & Kids with McGruff the Crime Dog and the Fire Museum of Texas with Smokey Bear, who will be celebrating his 76th birthday, will be giving away handouts and swag throughout the day.
Art activity supplies will be limited and given out according to the number of children in the vehicle.
Throughout the day, AMSET will draw winners for backpacks full of school supplies to kick off the new school year.
Admission to this event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit amset.org or call (409) 832-3432.
This program is made possible in part by an anonymous donor, American Valve and Hydrant, Architectural Alliance, Bill Clark Pest Control, Rob Clark & Jerry Thacker,
Daniels Construction. Diane and Don Shaver, Edaren Foundation, The Garth Family Partnership in memory of Mary Jane Garth and Harriet Garth, Merrill Lynch,
Helen Caldwell Locke and Curtis Blakey Locke Charitable Trust, National Endowment for the Arts, Regina Rogers – In loving memory of Julie & Ben Rogers, 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, and the City of Beaumont.