We invite you to visit the museum April 1 – June 18 to see AMSET’s newest exhibition, Margaret Smithers-Crump: Kinship. Margaret Smithers-Crump is a Canadian- born mixed media artist currently living in Houston, Texas. Her work addresses the interconnectedness of the Earth’s diverse life forms and ecosystems and seeks to encourage discourse that generates new ideas and a deeper understanding about our role and collective responsibilities in an increasingly intertwined biosphere. She creates her artworks with hundreds of units of hand-cut, recycled translucent Plexiglas which she paints, shapes and chemically joins into sculptural forms and installations. The glass-like quality of the semi-transparent Plexiglas emphasizes the fragility of life.
Smithers-Crump has exhibited nationally with recent solo exhibitions at the Grace Museum, Abilene, Texas; Pearl Fincher MFA, Houston, Texas; Galveston Art Center, Galveston, Texas; Imperial Center for the Arts, Rocky Mount, North Carolina; Penn College of Technology – Penn State and Manifest Art Center, Cincinnati, Ohio. Her recent gallery exhibitions were with Camiba Art Gallery, Austin, Texas and Rudolph Blume Fine Art, Houston, Texas. She participated and received a Houston Chronicle review for her large installation at the Silos for the 2019 Sculpture Month, Houston. Margaret holds a BFA in Painting from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio and has lived and traveled extensively.
She grew up on her family’s island in Canada, lived in the South Pacific in her early twenties and eventually came to live along the Gulf Coast. She has traveled to many countries including Japan, France, Italy, Spain, Peru, Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, Costa Rica and Switzerland. These experiences expanded her cultural education and nurtured her respect and awe for nature. She maintains that the planet is her best educator.
This exhibition is generously funded, in part, by the Edaren Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund, the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation, the City of Beaumont, and the members of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas. Additional funding provided by: Sheila and Jerry Reese, Kim and Roy Steinhagen, and Anonymous.
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