Beeville Art Museum Hosts Rockport Center For The Arts | Museum Offers Exhibition Space Post-Harvey

 When Hurricane Harvey brought destruction to the Texas Gulf Coast last August, the Rockport Center for the Arts, and its strong art community suffered incredible damage. As the Rockport community managed to pull itself back together over the next months, the Beeville Art Museum offered future exhibition space in its historic house museum.

The Rockport Way, a collaborative effort between the Beeville Art Museum and Rockport Center for the Arts, features a selection of work by artists who exhibit in the Rockport area, and celebrates the resiliency and strength of Rockport’s art community. The exhibition opens to the public on Saturday, January 20, 2018, with a reception from noon to 2 p.m., and will remain open through April 26, 2018.

“Working with Tracy Saucier and her team at the Beeville Art Museum has been a complete pleasure. What we’ve accomplished together, especially in light of what we experienced with Harvey, has been invaluable for both institutions and the art community,” said Luis Purón, Executive Director, Rockport Center for the Arts.

“We already had a long-term relationship with Rockport so I’ve been aware of their talented and close-knit art community for years. Following the devastation they faced last August, we decided to reach out and offer them a venue,” stated Tracy Saucier, Director, Beeville Art Museum and Executive Director of the Joe Barnhart Foundation.

Rockport Center for the Arts was established in 1969. In 1983, through a building donation, the organization established itself near Rockport Harbor. After a temporary relocation following Hurricane Harvey, they have found a permanent home at 106 S. Austin Street in Rockport. The Art Center attracts almost 50,000 visitors annually, presenting curated exhibitions, traveling shows, an Artist-in-Residence program, Artist Studio Tours, a Sculpture Garden collection, and the Rockport Art Festival.

The Beeville Art Museum, created and operated by the Joe Barnhart Foundation, is first and foremost a teaching museum, providing cultural and educational opportunities for the citizens of Bee County and surrounding areas. Cited by Texas Monthly magazine as one of the “great small towns for art,” Beeville, with a population of approximately 13,000, is home to one of the most ambitious art and educational programs in Texas. In addition to exhibiting works by some of Texas’s most renowned artists, as well as selections from private collections and major museums across the state, the Beeville Art Museum provides docent-led tours and art classes for children and adults and workshops for Beeville educators at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

The Beeville Art Museum, located at 401 E. Fannin, is open to the public 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday. To contact the museum, please call 361-358-8615 or visit our website at

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