Several local artists with notable track records will create unique installations for the El Paso children’s museum and science center, scheduled to open next year.
Christin Apodaca, Gabriel Márquez, and Mitsu Overstreet were announced by museum officials on Monday. They will create installations complementing the exhibits designed by Oakland-based Gyroscope Inc., who designed the S.T.E.A.M.-based interactive zones exclusive to this project.
“We have involved the community in every step of our design process to date and we are excited to collaborate with Christin, Gabriel and Mitsu on these unique projects. It is important to us to have local connections in the museum,” said Interim Director Stephanie Otero, Vice President of Operations for the El Paso Community Foundation.
“We look forward to announcing additional artistic partnerships in the coming months.”
The artists and the zones where their work will appear are:
Christin Apodaca — Desert Bloom Zone
El Paso native Apodaca is an illustrator and muralist whose work is inspired by nature and the relationship to our surroundings. Her black-and-white line drawings weave native plants and the human existence into surreal, dream-like compositions. Her murals adorn local businesses, including the Salvation Army, TFCU and Montecillo. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico, where she studied oil painting.
Gabriel Márquez – Follow Your Instincts Zone
Márquez is an artist and designer who takes a fluid approach to his free-form creations, exploring themes of motion and stillness. His murals adorn local businesses, including Savage Goods and Gold’s Gym. His work has been shown in El Paso and Seattle, where he lived for several years. Márquez has a bachelor of fine arts degree in studio art from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Mitsu Overstreet – Flow Zone
Overstreet is a contemporary visual artist and designer primarily known for his public art installations, including the “River Spirit” floor installation at the El Paso International Airport. His art endeavors to create connections through research, vision, design, and collaboration. Overstreet feels that public art provides the perfect opportunity to inspire, heal, educate, cultivate and beautify environments. He studied at the California College of the Arts.
Now under construction in downtown El Paso, completion of the facility is expected in 2022.
The El Paso children’s museum and science center is a partnership of the El Paso Community Foundation and the City of El Paso. It was approved by El Paso voters as part of a Quality of Life Bond election in 2012.