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AMSET’s art collection grows thanks to generous donations
News Release
Monday, May 07, 2018

Beaumont, Texas - The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) receives sizeable art donations from collectors John Gaston Fairey of Hempstead, Texas and James Kralik of Houston, Texas. 

Professor John Gaston Fairey, founder of Peckerwood Gardens and former architectural design professor at Texas A&M University, gifts AMSET with over 500 pieces of Mexican folk art due to the organization’s active educational programming and community involvement.  The collection features examples of Mexican folk art 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.  Masks from the collection are currently exhibited in Who’s Behind the Mask in AMSET’s Conn Gallery.

James Kralik, avid collector and supporter of the arts, donates 16 works of art 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.

AMSET will exhibit Paraíso y Presa and FRESH: The James Kralik Collection in summer 2018. The upcoming exhibitions will preview a curated portion of the extensive Mexican folk art collection and the donations from James Kralik respectively.  All pieces are now part of AMSET’s growing permanent collection made up of over 2,000 objects.

For more information, visit or call (409) 832-3432.

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