‘Wanderlust’ by Jerome Cabeen opens Friday at ICM

Published 2:42 pm Thursday, August 24, 2023

The artist reception for “Wanderlust by Jerome Cabeen” will be hosted from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, August 25 at the Imperial Calcasieu Museum, 204 W. Sallier St.

The exhibition will feature 45 of Cabeen’s “dramatic and personal” photographs featuring scenes from around the globe. Collectively, the pieces tell the story of his travels and will offer locals a chance to expand their knowledge of worldwide cultures.

Cabeen is an award-winning photographer based out of Beaumont, Texas that has taught art in the United States, Honduras and Liberia.

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Ashley Royer, Imperial Calcasieu Museum creative coordinator, explained that Cabeen’s proposal and portfolio of documentary-style photographs caught the attention of the museum’s director, Stefan Borssen. They decided that now was an opportune time to bring Cabeen’s work to Southwest Louisiana.

“With high living costs and the current extreme temperatures, travel isn’t as readily accessible, so this exhibit is a wonderful way to experience that sense of awe you feel while exploring!” Royer said.

His pieces encapsulate the feeling of wanderlust through the “vast variety of locations and portraits” that allow guests to join Cabeen’s adventures.

“They will experience everything from faces of youth and eyes full of wisdom to a contrast of wooded landscapes and cityscape alleys.”

The knowledge he gained from his Bachelor’s of Fine Arts from Sam Houston State University and Master’s of Ministry and Theology from the University of Dallas comes through in his photography. She said that patrons will view “religious identities, local flora and human connection” in his exhibited work.

Connection is one of the most prominent themes. She explained that “Wanderlust” serves as an example of the uniting threads that run through the cultures and communities that span Earth.

“Guests will be able to compare different countries, cultures and cities. There are beautiful architectural differences, and yet so many cultures hold the same qualities sacred.”

Admission to the artist reception is free. Cabeen will be in attendance to discuss his works with guests and is slated to speak at 6:45 p.m.

Royer said that he will discuss “tales of his experiences, what inspired him to record some of the moments on display and Jerome’s love for photography.”

Listening to him speak is something locals will not want to miss, she said.

“Jerome is a passionate photographer who is full of joy, love, admiration and adventure. When he talked about his travels, he beams with radiant enthusiasm. You get pulled into his world and get to see everything through his eyes.”

The exhibition will be available for viewing until October 13.

Museum hours are Tuesday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday.

Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for children, educators and military, $2 for seniors and free for uniformed service personnel.