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Art Museum of Southeast Texas

Art Museum of Southeast Texas
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Established September 14, 1950
Location 500 Main Street
Beaumont, Texas 77701
Coordinates

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Director Lynn Castle
Curator Caitlin Williams
Website http://www.amset.org/

The Art Museum of Southeast Texas is an art museum in Beaumont, Texas, United States. Established in 1950 as the Beaumont Art Museum, it acquired its current name in 1987 and exhibits 19th century to contemporary American art.

History

The Beaumont Art Museum was incorporated on September 14, 1950 and housed in a rented house in Beaumont. In September 1956, the S. Perry Brown family donated funds to build a facility on the Southeast Texas State Fairgrounds. This building now houses the Beaumont Art League.[1] In 1969, the family of J. Crooke Wilson donated their estate to the City of Beaumont for the purpose of housing the Beaumont Art Museum. The five-acre property was located in Old Town, Beaumont's historic district. The Beaumont Art Museum was reborn as the Art Museum of Southeast Texas on September 10, 1987 and found its current home at 500 Main Street in Beaumont. The museum's permanent collection includes approximately 1,001 pieces as of 2009.

References

  1. ^ McBride, Jane (2007-04-27). "Creating an art league is beautiful but challenging". The Beaumont Enterprise. The league was instrumental in helping establish the first art museum in Beaumont, which once occupied the league's current home on the old Beaumont Fairground at 2675 Gulf St. 

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