Tam Kiehnhoff

Tam K

Tam Kiehnhoff

Tam Kiehnhoff and her husband, Tom, moved from Colorado to Texas in 1990. For over a decade they had been collecting Colorado regional art, but decided it made sense to collect where they lived and switched to Texas regional art. Tam began when she found a portfolio of beautiful Lorene David 1930’s watercolors at one of the many estate sales she attended during her first month in Beaumont, and the hunt was on! Tam’s rewarding vocations were Services Coordinator for 22 years at the Triangle AIDS Network and raising her two sons, but her rewarding avocation has been the accumulation of Texas and Colorado art, as well as researching the artists and, in some cases, striking up friendships with those talented and devoted creators of the art who are still living. In 2005, encouraged by David Lackey, antique dealer and early champion of Texas art, and Randy Tibbits, indefatigable collector and researcher of the same, Tam attended her first CASETA symposium in San Antonio. The lectures she attended there, and the books and catalogues she brought home, sparked an interest that was further encouraged when she joined the CASETA Board of Directors in 2007. She has served as a CASETA Chair since 2013. It has been her privilege and pleasure to have jumped headfirst into the sphere of Texas Art. In addition to Tam’s involvement with CASETA, she also currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Art Museum of Southeast Texas in Beaumont and has previously served on the board of the Southeast Texas Arts Council as well as numerous planning groups associated with HIV/AIDS in Texas. Tam and Tom have recently moved to Houston, which is a city alive with artists and arts energy. They do not foresee their enthusiasm slowing down.

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