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David Cargill: The Lighter Side
On view through September 12, 2021
Art Museum of Southeast Texas
Beaumont, Texas

Focusing on themes of love, laughter and whimsy, this exhibition explores the boundless imagination of sculpture David Cargill, who manipulates different materials to create sculptures that seem to move, twist and breathe.

Born in Huntsville, Texas, Cargill studied at Rice University in Houston before earning his B.A. at Pratt Institute in New York and his M.F.A. in Sculpture from Cranbrook Academy of Art in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. He traveled to Florence, Italy in 1962, where he studied and cast with the Guastini foundry.

Cargill works mainly in bronze, stone, wood and ceramic, creating well-known large-scale sculptures for churches, universities, commercial buildings, and private collectors. Works from the permanent collection of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas are included in the exhibition as well as loans from the artist and private collections in the state.

[Image: David Cargill, The Rescue, 2018-2019, cast bronze. Photograph courtesy the Art Museum of Southeast Texas]