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AMSET opens exhibition centering around found objects, Dec. 8th
News Release
Thursday, November 15, 2018

Beaumont, Texas - The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) will exhibit The Art of Found Objects: Enigma Variations, organized by guest curator and author, Robert Craig Bunch of San Antonio, from December 8, 2018 through March 3, 2019 in the main galleries.

On Friday, December 14, 2018, 6-8 p.m., AMSET will host a free and open to the public opening reception presenting featured artists in conversation with Bunch and Sarah Beth Wilson, AMSET’s curator of exhibitions and collections. Light appetizers and beverages will be provided complimentary of AMSET.

This exhibition focuses on artists currently (or formerly) working in Texas that all create art with found materials. Artists Steve Brudniak (Austin), Marilyn Lanfear (San Antonio), Angelica Paez (Houston), Ward Sanders (Lytle) and Kelly Sears (Boulder, Colorado) will be featured as the focus of the exhibition and will each have numerous works in the exhibition. They will be joined by other well-known Texas artists that often explore creating art with found objects, including: Charles A. A. Dellschau, Forrest Bess, Felix “Fox” Harris, Jesse Lott, David McManaway, Maudee Carron, Clyde Connell,

Bert Long, Mary McCleary, Dario Robleto, Vernon Fisher, Trenton Doyle Hancock and Jonathan Rosenstein. As guest curator, Bunch has selected each artist, considering the diversity and enigmatic visual history of the found object realm. They were included in Bunch’s book, The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists, published by Texas A&M University Press in 2016.

A book signing of Bunch’s book will take place at the opening reception. Bunch will also write an essay for a free gallery guide explaining the focus of the exhibition.

Director of Lamar University’s Dishman Art Museum, Dennis Kiel, will give a talk about the exhibition at AMSET’s Taste of the Arts Lecture Series, Monday, February 11, 2019 at 12:30 p.m.

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

This exhibition is generously supported, in part, by the Edaren Foundation, 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, and the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation.

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