The Tyler Museum of Art is showcasing the art of Lee Jamison through March of 2021 in an exhibit titled “Ode to East Texas: Paintings by Lee Jamison.”

An impressionist regional painter from Huntsville, Jamison created the works featured in the exhibit over the past 40 years during various road trips through the Upper East Side of Texas.

The paintings, which highlight the area’s natural beauty and unique cityscapes, are the subject of a new book due this spring, Ode to East Texas: The Art of Lee Jamison.

With the book and exhibit, Jamison aims to increase the cultural and visual repertoire of our region. His purpose is intentional, drawing attention to a geographic area under-represented in paintings by serious artists.

Observers will appreciate the variety of scenes represented in the collection — from pastures and landscapes to sidewalks and abandoned buildings.

TMA is also currently showing “Building a Legacy: Selections from the Permanent Collection,” which celebrates the museum’s 50th anniversary with a selection from its permanent collection.

TMA began the permanent collection after opening in 1971. It originally focused on works by contemporary Texas artists, but now includes almost 1,500 pieces from around the country. Though only a small portion of the collection is available for viewing in the current exhibit, many works are now available digitally on the museum’s website.

Both exhibits received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Both exhibits run through March.

TMA is following the Governor’s 25 percent occupancy guidelines, and encourages guests to review the Health Protocols for Museums by clicking HERE before visiting.

TMA is located at 1300 South Mahon Avenue in Tyler. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. For information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit online at

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