If strolling through the galleries of the Art Museum of South Texas (AMST ) is topping your summer to-do list, you now have the perfect opportunity to do just that. In honor of the fine arts institution’s Philip Johnson-designed Singer Building’s 50th anniversary, H-E-B has generously offered to underwrite the cost of admission from May 1 to December 31 of 2022. You read that correctly. This means free admission for all patrons of the Museum for the remainder of the year!
“The Art Museum of South Texas wants to celebrate our golden anniversary with the entire coastal community, as well as with our visitors from near and far,” stated AMST Director Sara Morgan. “H-E-B’s gift of free admission removes the monetary barrier that may keep people away and promotes AMST as a place where our community can create lasting memories.”
The blending of cultures within the architecture of the museum is a jewel to our community. Originally designed by American architect, Philip Johnson in 1972, AMST has stood as a landmark on the edge of the Corpus Christi Bay for decades. The three-level facility was constructed of poured white concrete and shell aggregate, creating a natural relationship with the environment it finds itself in.
In 2006, an expansion led by Mexican architect Ricardo Legorreta doubled the size of the museum and contributed to what is now the stunning 13 roof-top pyramids, as well as bringing in a remarkable use of color and light into the fabric of the building.
A beautiful marriage of both Johnson and Legorreta’s unique perspectives, the two buildings come together as one incredible masterpiece proudly representing Mexican and American cultures. And now, thanks to the generosity of H-E-B, everyone in the community, locals and visitors alike, can celebrate the union of these beautiful cultures and AMST by exploring the museum free of charge.
Patrons will discover the Texas Artists: Women of Abstraction exhibition currently on display until May 8th. The exhibit presents the abstract work of 30 painters, sculptors, collage, mixed media, and installation artists from across the state. With Dorothy Hood featured central to the museum’s examination, it is fitting to expand on what can be seen by her contemporaries working in the 40s, 50s, and 60s. With just a week left in this exhibition’s run, you’ll definitely want to check it out.
The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 am to 5 pm and Sundays from 1 pm to 5 pm.