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David Cargill-Father/Graver-Daughter

December 11, 2004 - March 6, 2005


(above: David Gargill, Where Do Babies Come From?, 1971, Cast Bronze, 120 inches high)


The Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET) will present an exhibition titled Cargill-Father/Graver-Daughter. This exhibition, on display December 11, 2004 - March 6, 2005, will showcase sculpture by well-known Beaumont artist David Cargill paired with paintings by his daughter IdaKatherine Graver, who resides in Santa Fe, New Mexico. (right: David Cargill, Two Brothers, Cast Bronze, n.d.)

David Cargill has been an integral part of the Southeast Texas arts community as both an artist and a supporter of the arts for well over 50 years. His sculpture has helped define the public image of Beaumont. He is a historically and regionally important artist who has graced the region with major, large-scale sculpture, including sacred and secular commissions like those located at the Beaumont Civic Center, the downtown Beaumont Public Library and at Beaumont's Saint Jude Thaddeus Catholic Church. He is best known in Southeast Texas for the imposing bust of Mirabeau B. Lamar at Lamar University in Beaumont. The bust is both a campus focal point and an iconic symbol of the university itself.

Other very important commissions include the Rogers Brothers sculpture on the grounds of AMSET and an impressive series of Stations of the Cross sculptures at the Chapel of St. Basil, University St. Thomas, Houston.

IdaKatherine Graver grew up in her parents' home surrounded by art and creativity. "I was raised in a sculptor's studio and educated in the nation's best art museums," she says. "I've had a brush or pencil in my hand since I was two years old." Graver creates work that is representational, but at the same time abstract and highly original. Her palette consists of soft, sensuous hues, and centers on the life around her, including landscapes near Santa Fe, women in her life and even common, everyday objects such as chairs. She is an alumnae of St. John's College in Santa Fe, NM.

"AMSET is quite proud to host this exhibition," says Ray Daniel, Curator of Exhibitions and Collections. "David has been a part of this museum since its inception, and he's been an integral part of the art scene here for decades." Daniel continues, "Further, a family pairing like this is something we haven't tried before. It's going to be quite interesting." (left: IdaKatherine Graver, Crocodile Tears, 2003, Mixed Media , 4 x 4 feet)

AMSET has produced a full-color catalogue to commemorate this exhibit. It is available in AMSET's gift shop .

The opening reception for Cargill-Father/Graver-Daughter will be from 6-8pm on Friday, December 10 at AMSET. The reception is free and open to the public.

Cargill-Father/Graver-Daughter is funded in part by the City of Beaumont through the Southeast Texas Arts Council, Regina Rogers - In honor of David Cargill and IdaKatherine Graver, Gloria and Charles Locke, Ann Ohmstede, Mrs. Gerry Doyle and Marsha and Lewis Hoffer. This project is supported by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts.

(above: IdaKatherine Graver, Woman in Woods, 2003, Mixed Media , 4 x 4 feet)


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