Paraíso y Presa
Paradise and Prey
Professor John Gaston Fairey, founder of Peckerwood Gardens and former architectural design professor at Texas A&M University, gifted AMSET with over 500 pieces of Mexican folk art due to the organization’s active educational programming and community involvement. The collection features significant examples of Mexican folk art including masks, ceramics, textiles, and trees of life.
In winter 2017, AMSET exhibited a portion of the Mexican folk art collection in The John Gaston Fairey Collection of Mexican Folk Art: An Introduction. Paraíso y Presa will feature a curated portion of the collection focusing on Creation imagery, and good and evil.
FRESH: The James Kralik Collection
James Kralik (Houston, Texas), avid collector and patron of the arts, donated works by Texas artists Michael Bise, Lucas Johnson, and Mary McCleary. Kralik has gifted his collection to AMSET because of the museum’s dynamic and engaging exhibitions and educational programming.
AMY MORRIS: Submerged
Amy Morris was born and raised in Beaumont, Texas, and continues to call Texas home. She lived in the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex for 19 years where she participated in various artistic and volunteer opportunities from set design and costuming to painting, sewing, singing, and conference design and planning. Professionally she spent many years working in the new home construction business and successfully managed a coffee shop and bookstore. The diversity of her creative endeavors ultimately led to her return to Beaumont and higher education in 2015. Amy received her B.F.A. in Studio Art with an emphasis in Painting from Lamar University in the fall of 2017. With degree in hand, she is now pursuing work as an artist and contemplating a move out of state.