November 21, 2019 12:00 am
Art Museum of Southeast Texas
500 Main St, Beaumont, TX 77701
Reception: Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 1-3 p.m.
I have never encountered an insight about traveling that I felt described my experiences as well as this quote from Maya Angelou:
“Perhaps travel cannot prevent bigotry, but by demonstrating that all peoples cry, laugh, eat, worry, and die, it can introduce the idea that if we try and understand each other, we may even become friends.”
We all tell stories with our lives, whether we realize it or not. That in itself is art. When I stepped foot onto the beautiful soil of Honduras for the first time in September of 2004, my story changed, for the better. I truly believe that the human spirit yearns for wholeness; it thirsts for the sacred knowledge that can only come by the uncomfortable expedition of the heart. I never imagined the impact that my travels would have on me. Now I cannot imagine what my life would be if I had not made these, at times, reluctant journeys. For in them, after all of the fears and trepidation subsided, what I found is when I embraced another person, looked into their eyes, what I saw was me.
Window to the World: The People & the Places is a tribute and celebration of all those that blessed my path with their love, kindness and humanity. They have made my own window by which I see and experience the world that much more robust and sublime. This exhibition is for them.
Grab a camera and tell a story!
Jerome Cabeen graduated from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas with a Bachelors of Fine Art in 1990. He taught art for many years at the high school, middle school and elementary school levels in Houston, while painting and drawing on the side. In 2004, Cabeen begin an international journey that would lead to his immersion into photography. From 2004 through 2010, he lived in Honduras, Central America and Liberia, Africa, teaching art and directing Catholic missions.
His experiences in these countries, as well as the 30 others that he has visited, gave him a new window/lens/paradigm in which to see the common thread that connects us all, our humanity. The exhibition Window to the World: The People & the Places is a photo journal of his experiences and interactions with peoples and places from all around the globe.