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New Exhibition Opens at the Art Museum of South Texas January 31, 2015, Bayou City Chic: Progressive Streams of Modern Art in Houston

Bayou City Chic: Progressive Streams of Modern Art in Houston

SATURDAY JANUARY 31, 2015: THE ART MUSEUM OF SOUTH TEXAS WILL OPEN ITS NEWEST TEMPORARY EXHIBITION, Bayou City Chic: Progressive Streams of Modern Art in Houston on display January 31 – April 26 in the Chapman Gallery on Saturday, January 31, 2015.  Join artists Richard Stout and Noe Perez, Houston gallery owner Bill Reaves and collector David Ellis with AMST Curator Deborah Fullerton moderating for Brunch Amongst the Masters at 10 a.m., and panel discussion: Art and Commerce: Perspectives on All Sides at 11 a.m. Brunch reservations are $15 for museum members and $20 for non-members, the panel is free with admission to the museum that day.

Bayou City Chic showcases the development of modern art in Houston between 1950 – 1980 by offering insight into the mood and creative output of the time. Several artists featured in the exhibition are also included in the AMST permanent collection, such as Dorothy Hood, John Biggers, Michael Frary, Lucas Johnson, Earl Staley, Trudy Sween and Dick Wray. As we anticipate the upcoming Dorothy Hood retrospective The Color of Being/El Color del Ser in the fall of 2016, Bayou City Chic takes a closer look into artists who worked in abstraction, in Houston. This exhibition reflects a discourse defining the energy and legacy of the time. Bayou City Chic will exhibit Hood alongside many of her contemporaries reflecting the dynamism of abstraction by multiple artists who worked during this “watershed” time period. 

This art program is underwritten by CASETA, the Center for Study of Early Texas Art, whose mission is in understanding the legacy and development of the art of Texas over time.  The museum wishes to thank the collectors who loaned art, Bill Reaves, Sarah Foltz, and all the staff of William Reaves Fine Art for their dedication to these artists, and to the organization of this work for exhibition. The catalogue will be available in the museum store and at William Reaves Fine Art in Houston. Underwriting for the catalogue was provided by Gayden Family Foundation.  Learn more online at:

For more information about the event, sponsorship opportunities, or to set up interviews with the panel speakers and staff, contact Karol Stewart at 361-825-3513.

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The Art Museum of South Texas (AMST), located at 1902 N. Shoreline Blvd. Corpus Christi, Texas is open to the public Tuesday – Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. – 5 p.m. and closed on Monday.  For admission information details contact the museum at 361-825-3500 or visit


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