Gulf Coast Lore & Lure: 

Selections from the Permanent Collection

On View June 15 – September 1, 2019

Opening Reception Friday, June 21: 6-8 p.m. 

The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) will exhibit Gulf Coast Lore & Lure, featuring selections from AMSET’s permanent collection. Works in this exhibition will relate to the rich wonders of the Gulf Coast, whether through imagery or storytelling. The exhibition runs from June 15-September 1, 2019 in the main galleries.

Modern and contemporary works by artists such as John Alexander, Derek Boshier, Keith Carter, Dixie Friend Gay, Melissa Miller, Richard Stout, and many more, will be on view, as well as a dynamic selection of regional folk art works. Also on view will be a selection of recent acquisitions, giving visitors a window into the actively growing permanent collection.

On Friday, June 21, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m., AMSET will host a free and open to the public opening reception, featuring a Reading and Gallery Talk with Pete Gershon, author of Collision: The Contemporary Art Scene in Houston, 1972-1985, executive director Lynn Castle, and curator of exhibitions and collections, Mariah Rockefeller. Light appetizers and beverages will be provided complimentary of AMSET.

Gershon is also the author of Painting the Town Orange: The Stories Behind Houston’s Visionary Art Environments. From 1997 to 2013, he was the founding publisher of Signal to Noise: the Journal of Improvised and Experimental Music. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Creative Non-Fiction from Hampshire College (1995) and a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science from the University of North Texas (2015).

AMSET strives 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 its collections on contemporary Texas artists and regional folk art. The generous donations of museum patrons, collectors and artists allow the museum to continuously build its collections. This exhibition of selections, solely from the permanent collection, will feature works of art that draw inspiration from our rich coastline.

This exhibition is generously funded in part by an award from 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.


On View June 15 – September 1, 2019

Opening Reception Friday, June 21: 6-8 p.m. 



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