36th Annual Protege Reception

March 8, 2022

6:00 pm / 7:30 pm


Art Museum of Southeast Texas

500 Main St, Beaumont, TX 77701

Artwork by local high school seniors, selected for the Annual Protégé Competition and Exhibition, will be on view March 2 through April 3, 2022 at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas (AMSET). Artworks will then travel to area schools for exhibition and outreach in the community.

Protégé Competition and Exhibition provides local 12th-graders exposure to the art world. AMSET believes it is important for young artists to have an opportunity to experience art competitions and learn how to properly exhibit their artwork. Senior students in Chambers, Hardin, Jasper, Jefferson, Liberty, Newton, Orange, and Tyler counties are eligible to participate.

This year’s juror, Kurt Dyrhaug, is a Professor and Distinguished Faculty Research Fellow at Lamar University where he teaches Sculpture, 3D Design, and 3D Printing. Dyrhaug earned his Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Minnesota (1993) and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (1989).

Student artists selected for the Protégé exhibition attend an archival framing workshop presented by the AMSET curatorial department. Awards for winners include scholarships to Lamar University’s Art Department through a donation by the Friends of the Arts and gift certificates for art supplies. Additionally, the first-place winner will receive a one-time $2500 art tuition scholarship provided by the Stewart M. Chisum and Bessie Fisher Chisum Scholarship Fund, to any two year, or higher, art college or program in which the student is a declared art major.

AMSET will host the Protégé Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony on Tuesday, March 8, 2022 from 6 – 7:30 p.m. Cookies and punch will be provided. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, call (409) 832-3432 or visit www.amset.org.

This program is made possible through the generous support of Market Basket Food Stores and the Department of Art of Lamar University through a donation by the Friends of the Arts. Market Basket has been a sponsor since Protégé’s inception. Additional funding is provided by the Stewart M. Chisum and Bessie Fisher Chisum Scholarship Fund, the Wesley W. Washburn, M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund, and the City of Beaumont.