Current Exhibitions


January 17, 2015 - April 12, 2015

Harvey Johnson: A Triple Middle Passage – January 17 through April 12, 2015    

Opening Reception: 6-8 p.m., Friday, January 23, 2015

The exhibition A Triple Middle Passage is organized by AMSET with guest Curator Danielle Burns of the African American Library at the Gregory School in Houston, Texas.  Known for his narrative paintings and outstanding draftsmanship, Harvey Johnson’s exhibit of paintings and drawings focuses on three themes: life, the transatlantic slave trade, and human transformation.  AMSET will produce a color catalogue including an essay by Burns. Johnson, a Port Arthur native, earned a bachelor of arts in education from Texas Southern University and a master of fine arts from Washington State University. He studied under artist, John Biggers and later taught for 34 years as a professor of art at TSU. 

Caprice Pierucci: Dream State – January 17 through April 12, 2015    
Opening Reception: 6-8 p.m., Friday, January 23, 2015

Caprice Pierucci earned a bachelor of fine arts from Carnegie-Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  and a master of fine arts from the School of Visual Arts, New York, New York.  Pierucci creates linear forms incorporating rhythm, movement, and shadow. She currently teaches Fibers at Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas. This exhibition will include a selection of carved wooden sculpture inspired by her past as a weaver. She builds her sculpture as she envisions weaving the wood. Her forms interlock, interact and repeat.


DIVIDING TIME: Works on Paper by Chris Troutman 

January 22, 2015 – March 22, 2015

Opening this January, our Café Arts space will feature a selection of monumental charcoal drawings by Chris Troutman, Assistant Professor of Art at Lamar University. Before moving to Beaumont, Troutman lived in Japan, where he returns annually, as well as Illinois, California, Kentucky and Indiana. Much of his imagery references these geographic locales, exploring the relationship between memory and pictorial expression. His pieces are large in scale and divided into multiple sections, building a continuous narrative throughout his composition.

 Born in Kansas City, Missouri and raised in Peoria, Illinois, Troutman graduated from Bradley University in 2003. He moved to Japan that same year, where he and his wife opened a conversational English school. Upon his return to the states, he received his graduate degree from California State University in 2008. He currently teaches drawing at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.

For more information on the exhibitions or reception, visit or call (409) 832-3432.


Above artwork:

Top: Harvey Johnson, I Am That I Am... "The Greatest Good", Conté crayon on paper, 28 1/4 inches x 22 inches, collection of the poet

Middle: Caprice Pierucci, Red Dawn Casscade, Pine, 69 x 60 x 6 inches, collection of the artist, photography by David Agnello

Bottom: Chris Troutman, Five-Part Story Recycling, Charcoal on paper, 64 x 64 inches, 2012


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