After School Special: The Lamar University Fourth Juried Alumni Art Exhibition

After School Special: The Lamar University Fourth Juried Alumni Art Exhibition Lamar University Alumni Opening Reception June 24, 2022; Exhibition Dates: June 25-July 30, 2022; Entry Deadline: May 6, 2022

After School Special

Lamar University Dishman Art Museum is pleased to be hosting their fourth juried art exhibition for LU alumni titled "After School Special". This exciting exhibition offers an opportunity for LU graduates from across the country and around the world to share their creative work at the Dishman Art Museum.

The exhibition will be on display June 24-July 30, 2022. The Dishman Art Museum is located at 1030 E Lavaca Street, Beaumont, TX and is open to the public during regular museum hours Monday-Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm, Saturday, 12 Noon-4:00pm. Admission and parking are free. 

Featured Artists

Greg BuscemeGreg Busceme '79 Born in 1955, Greg has lived in Beaumont most of his life. He was raised by wonderful parents and shared a life with two brothers and a sister. They spent half of their lives living at Crystal Beach where he was highly influenced by life on the coast and affected by all the marine life and shoreline fossils. He began his career in clay at Lamar University under the influence of Jerry Newman during the summer of 1975. He worked alone for two years and then returned to LU to study under Meredith Jack for two years where he gained a true understanding of what it takes to be an artist. He graduated from Lamar University with a BS-Speech in 1979. In 1980, Greg started graduate school at Washington University in St. Louis and studied under Professor David Hershey, where he spent his time working in clay and glass blowing. He received his MFA in Ceramics in 1982 where he was the first student at Washington University to receive a Masters degree in Ceramics. Upon returning to Beaumont, it was Greg's desire to open a studio where other artists could gather, share space, and work together. Ultimately, Greg along with his wife Angela, founded The Art Studio, Inc. located in downtown Beaumont. In 1992, they raised just enough funds to put a down payment on the purchase of their present location at 720 Franklin Street. As a native beaumaniac, it is Greg's personal mission to encourage art in all aspects of the Southeast Texas community, especially in the various educational institutions and youth care programs. Being raised in a large Sicilian family influenced Greg's need for loud voiced, hugs and kisses and lots of love. Community is his favorite world. - Biography submitted by the artist
Elizabeth FontenotElizabeth Fontenot '13 Elizabeth Fontenot is a native of the Southeast Texas region and is currently exploring the relationship of the oil and gas, plastics, and chemical manufacturing industries with the communities who live near these production facilities in her visual work. She completed her BFA degree with an emphasis in Painting from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA in 2008. She also holds a Master of Arts degree in Visual Arts from Lamar University in Beaumont, TX in 2013. In May 2022, she completed her Master of Fine Arts degree in Printmaking at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches TX where she taught Printmaking I, Drawing II, and Design I. She stays engaged with the arts community by teaching workshops and classes as well as making and exhibiting her own work. - Biography submitted by the artist
Sunni ForcierSunni Forcier '15 Sunni Forcier was born in Beaumont, Texas. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio Art from Lamar University in 2015 and a Master of Fine Arts from the University of Houston in 2019. From an early age, Sunni dealt with unexpected circumstances that have caused her to realize the fragility of life. Her work explores themes of impermanence, time, and memory through the examination of personal histories. Sunni's artistic approach incorporates a variety of photographic, printmaking, installation, and assemblage techniques. - Biography submitted by the artist
Audra LaCourAudra LaCour '16 Audra LaCour is an artist residing in Port Arthur, TX. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Lamar University with a BFA in Studio Art in 2016. For her photographic work, Audra scours the local landscape for subjects abandoned to the passage of time. In this ongoing series, Audra focuses on objects that have lost their intrinsic value. In an era of mass consumption, what happens to an object once it's rendered obsolete? It is thrown away, immediately forgotten. We would like to believe that it just disappears. Nature reclaims what it can, but what this series highlights is that much of what we discard lingers and persists through time. In the endless search of the next best thing, a lot gets left behind. - Biography submitted by the artist
Justin LeBlanc '10 Justin LeBlanc graduated from Lamar University with a Bachelor of General Studies in 2010. He is a lens based artist who incorporates painting and sculptural elements into the process of making photographs. He is presently investigating sociopolitical events that resonate with him, and studying social injustices and climate change in different bodies of work. He has made pictures about hunting because of the unique and strange effect it had on his childhood. He likes to dissect and create abstractions of the subject he is making pictures of. He strives to teach himself, start discussions, and inform others through his artmaking. - Biography submitted by the artist

Amy RichardAmy Richard '84

A native of Miami, Florida, Amy Richard's life-long connection with the natural environment began at an early age while exploring coastal waters and mangrove forests near her home. A passion for art was later set in motion at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX where she completed a BFA in Studio Art in 1984 and then worked for many years as an artist, illustrator, science writer, and educator. Fascination with hand papermaking processes led her to complete an MFA in Paper and Book Arts at the University of Iowa in 2016 with a focus on Asian papermaking, its history, traditions, and the spiritual/healing aspects of the practice. - Biography submitted by artist
Justin VarnerJustin Varner '05

Justin Varner received his MFA-Painting from Indiana University in 2007 and his BFA-Studio Art in 2005 from Lamar University. Justin is an artist and professor at Houston Community College. He creates wooden constructions and sculptures that reference Modernism, Futurism, sci-fi inventions, relics, with functional and non-functional purposes. His work has been exhibited at the Dishman Art Museum, Rudolph Blume Gallery, K Space Contemporary, Grunwald Gallery, Wedge Space and Lawndale Art Center. His work is in the permanent collection of the Dishman Art Museum and has appeared in various art publications. - Biography submitted by artist

Opening Reception

Lamar University Alumni and Friends are invited to attend the opening reception of the alumni art exhibition entitled "After School Special: The Lamar University Fourth Juried Alumni Art Exhibition" to be held on Friday, June 24, 2022 from 6:30pm-8:30pm at the Dishman Art Museum. The exhibition will run from June 24 through July 30, 2022. On display will be original works of art by Lamar University Alumni that were selected by Juror Lynn Castle

Call for Entries

Any Lamar University graduate was eligible to submit his/her artwork to be considered for the After School Special Exhibition. All media submitted was considered. Entrants could enter 5-7 images from a specific body of work and up to two different applications. Deadline to enter artwork for the show was Friday, May 6, 2022 by 5:00pm. Lynn Castle, Executive Director of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, served as juror.