U.S.A. - BEAUMONT-TEXAS - Southeast Texas Art: Cross Currents and Influences

DeForrest Judd, Blue Fish, 1953, oil on masonite, 26 x 34 inches, collection of AMSET.

This exhibition presents a rare and exciting opportunity to revisit the artwork of Southeast Texas artists who are credited with impacting and promoting the development of the art scene in this region from 1925 to 1965. It features over 150 pieces of artwork in a variety of media by more than 50 artists, borrowed from collectors, galleries and the AMSET Permanent Collection. It examines the many cross-currents and influences that existed between these artists and other Texas artists and reveals a cohesive network of artistic, stylistic, geographical and even biographical connections. These key parallels pinpoint and elevate the evolution of the stylistic trends of the period and the placement of important work originating in Southeast Texas in the grand scheme of Texas art produced during the 20th century.
“There was such an abundance of talented artists working in Southeast Texas during this time period,” said AMSET Curator of Exhibitions and Collections Sarah Hamilton. “Their impact was pivotal to the local art scene of our area and across Texas.”
The Texas artists represented in AMSET’s exhibition were connected to the art scene in Beaumont through various local fine art competitions by serving as jurors, working as teachers or instructors of art workshops, or had exhibited their work at the Beaumont Art Museum, which opened in 1950. A selection of these artists from a long list includes: Maudee Carron, Lorene David, Will-Amelia Sterns Price, Patricia and David Cargill, Lillian Hayes, Clarice Holloway, Georg Hampton and Richard Stout.
This exhibition is organized by AMSET and funded in part by the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation, Helen Caldwell Locke and Curtis Blakey Locke Charitable Foundation, Southeast Texas Arts Council, City of Beaumont, Dorothy Anne Conn and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

Art Museum of Southeast Texas 22.01.2011 - 03.04.2011

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