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Museum of Art Announces Summer Public Programs

Earlier this week, the El Paso Museum of Art announced their Summer public programs and two exhibitions set to start in June.


The Red That Colored the World: May 12 to August 20

For centuries, artists searched for a color source to rival the best reds of nature. This quest ended in 16th– century Mexico with the discovery of the cochineal bug. The exhibit explores the use of cochineal throughout history and places including Mexico, South America, Europe, and the U.S. Through textiles, sculpture, paintings, decorative arts, clothing and other objects, the exhibition examines cochineal’s origin and export to Europe.

The color impacted trade in Asia and was revered by artists of the Spanish Colonial Empire and American Southwest, ultimately creating weavings, blankets, and even contemporary fashions. The exhibition features stunning objects and demonstrates the science behind the color and how it is obtained.

Spirit Lines: Helen Hardin Etchings: June 9 to October 8

Helen Hardin (1943–1984) was a significant Native American artist during her lifetime and created avenues for other Native women to break from traditionalism. Spirit Lines presents the entire set of copper-plate etchings that Hardin produced in the early 1980s. This series features the first impression from each etching edition, prints that have rarely been seen or traveled.


Family Day: Red All Over: June 17, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Celebrate red! Did you know that one of the most important shades of red was made from a crushed beetle? Adults and children explore the exhibition The Red That Colored the World then enjoy art-making and demonstrations. Activities designed for children ages four and older.

Art En Vivo Print Celebration: June 29, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Enjoy an evening of screen-printing in action during Art en Vivo, with Proper Printshop. Join the print-making party to celebrate Proper’s generous donation of Art En Vivo Inaugural Series of prints to the El Paso Museum of Art, with light refreshments and music. See the portfolio by local artists from El Paso, Las Cruces and Juarez.

The Museum of Art is free to the public. All programs are free and open to the public, unless noted. For more information, including exhibits and hours of operation call (915) 212-0300 or visit