Taste of the Arts Lecture Series
Friday, September 3, 2021 @ 12:30 p.m.
Lamar University art professor and artist Kurt Dyrhaug will give a talk about the Art Museum of Southeast Texas’s summer exhibition, DAVID CARGILL: The Lighter Side, as part of the Taste of the Arts Lecture Series, Friday, September 3, 2021 at 12:30 p.m. The talk, which is free and open to the public, will be held in the galleries with a Dutch treat lunch to follow in the Two Magnolias café.
Kurt Dyrhaug is the Sculpture Professor of Studio Art at Lamar University. He teaches courses in Sculpture, 3-D Design and Art Appreciation. Currently, his sculpture and drawings employ agricultural and nautical imagery taken from his experiences living in Southeast Texas. Professor Dyrhaug is also an active visiting artist and guest lecturer. He is co-chairing the International Conference on Contemporary Cast Iron taking place in Berlin 2022.
The Lighter Side features works by sculptor David Cargill. Working mainly in bronze, stone, wood and ceramic, Cargill has created well-known large scale sculptures for churches, universities, commercial buildings, and private collectors. Focusing on themes of love, laughter and whimsy, The Lighter Side explores the boundless imagination of the artist, who manipulates different materials to create sculptures that seem to move, twist and breathe. Works from the permanent collection of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas will be included in the exhibition as well as loans from the artist and private collections in the state. Born in Huntsville, Texas, Cargill studied at Rice University in Houston before earning his B.A. at Pratt Institute in New York and his M.F.A. in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He traveled to Florence, Italy in 1962, where he studied and cast with the Guastini foundry. His work has been exhibited at the Longview Museum and Arts Center and most recently he has been the subject of a major retrospective at the Dishman Art Museum at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas. Some of Cargill’s most notable commissions include works in the Chapel of St. Basil at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, a 5-ton marble commission for Forest Lawn Memorial Park, and a large bronze sculpture at the Dallas Zoo.
For more information, call (409) 832-3432.