March 26 - June 19, 2022
“This spring AMSET will present Billy Hassell: Topopgraphy. The exhibition will include 19 artworks, ranging in media, from paintings, to sculptures, to works on paper and a new site-specific installation. Hassell is well-known for his depictions of Texas flora and fauna, and his work often emphasizes the need for preservation of endangered species.
AMSET is located in Beaumont, Texas, the largest city in Southeast Texas and also an important ecological area. Beaumont is located on two of the four migratory flyways in the US for bird migration (the Central and Mississippi flyways). Beaumont is also home to 250 bird species annually, including: pelicans, egrets, roseate spoonbills, ducks, ibis, doves and red-winged blackbirds. The wide range of birds is due to Beaumont’s four distinct habitats, which include woods, wetlands, marsh and shore. Monarch butterflies also migrate through the area, using the Coastal Flyway as a path to northern areas of North America.
This exhibition will focus on showing works from Hassell’s oeuvre that depict animals and plants that are local to Southeast Texas communities, as well as extinct animals that were once native to the area. The exhibition will emphasize to viewers the importance of preservation projects on the local and state-levels, as well as include programming that allow community members to participate in these efforts. A full color, 54 page catalog will be available with the exhibition and include an essay by renowned art critic and historian Susie Kalil.
Reception: April 1, 2022 | 6:30–8:30 pm
500 Main Street
Beaumont, 77701 TX
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