Heritage, 2011, Volume 1 Page: 15
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Herman Hugg, loon, circa 1960. Wood. Private collection.
CROSS-CURRENTS AND INFLUENCES
IN SOUTHEAST TEXAS ART
By Penny Clark and Tam Kiehnhoff
The Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont features the exhibition,
Southeast Texas Art, Cross-Currents and Influences, 1925-1965, through April 3, 201 1.
Southeast Texas has a rich history of artists, some still hard
at work, but many of whom have not been seen or heard from
in half a century. Their art evolved with surprising complex-
ity, though they lived and worked in a part of Texas usually
associated with saw mills, ports, and refineries.
Since the Civil War, timber, shipping, and oil have pro-
duced fortunes for some in the region and steady, well-pay-
ing jobs for many more. This affluence made it possible for
some residents to purchase fine art, for the local college to
support a commercial and later a fine arts program, and for
school districts to hire qualified art teachers. It also meant
some artistically inclined Southeast Texans could travel the
globe and see the wider world of art. Through these channels,
the region has long supported an unusual number of successful
As in many other communities, prominent, talented, and
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