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5th Transborder Biennial Underway at El Paso, Juarez Museums of Art

Officials with the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) and the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez (MACJ) invite the public to the 5th Transborder Biennial exhibition that will be presented simultaneously at the EPMA and the MACJ starting June 1 through September 16.

“The Transborder Biennial has a venerable 10-year history. Located in one of the world’s densest metro borderplexes, the 5th Transborder Biennial provides us with an opportunity to consider the barriers that divide us and how, despite differences, we remain connected,” said El Paso Museum of Art Curator Kate Green.

The exhibit features artwork in various media – installations, interactive works, videos, photographs, sculptures by 32 artists and collectives practicing along the entire U.S.-Mexico border, from Brownsville to Tijuana.

The biennial received entries from more than 200 artists practicing within 200 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border. The exhibit prompts reflection on life in the border region, including issues of crossing, immigration, and physical, linguistic, and cultural hybridity.

The event marks a decade of collaboration between the two institutions on an exhibition in one of the world’s densest metro areas.

Highlights include a wall-mounted piece involving archival immigration photographs by Andrea Blancas Beltran, an interactive border “target” activity by Angel Cabrales, a site-specific textile sarape piece by Adrian Esparza, a film featuring border bicyclist by Daryl Meador and Andres Cardena, flyers for border objects by Ester Partegàs, and surreal drawings of life in the region by Zeke Peña.

In addition, borderplex artists Lxs Dos developed the 5th Transborder Biennial’s graphics—including a border biennial map—and worked with El Paso-based designer Junes to produce a limited edition tote bag, available at the EPMA’s store.

The biennial concludes by looking ahead with a transborder convening in El Paso and Juárez of artists, curators, and civic leaders imagining the future of the biennial on September 7 and 8.

The 5th Transborder Biennial exhibition is free and open to the public in both El Paso and Juarez. Support for the exhibition is provided by S-Mart, the Rogers Family, BBVA Compass, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation.

The EPMA staged its first major exhibition on art and artists of the U.S.-Mexico border region in 2007, and the following year began collaborating with the MACJ on a biennial program. The program received recognition from the Border Research Partnership in 2011, for US-Mexico Cross-Border Cooperation and Innovation.

Over the program’s 10 years, jurors have considered more than 4,000 artworks. Since 2007, more than 1,000 U.S.-Mexico border artists have submitted artwork for the biennial. Over its 10 years, the Transborder Biennial program has featured artwork by various generations of artists with borderplex roots including Gaspar Enriquez, Angel Cabrales and Adrian Esparza.

El Paso Museum of Art Honored With 2018 National Medal

The City of El Paso officials announced Tuesday that the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) was selected as one of 10 recipients of the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Services presented by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

“This recognition demonstrates the significance investing in quality of life and quality of place has on our community. Spaces like the El Paso Museum of Art play a crucial role in providing arts and cultural opportunities to our residents as well as our visitors from across the region and around the country,” said City of El Paso Mayor Dee Margo.

“EPMA’s location on the border provides us an opportunity to create a multicultural dialogue using our permanent collection and traveling exhibitions as a starting point. This focus has encouraged us as museum professionals to look at new ways to engage our audiences through programming and educational opportunities,” said El Paso Museum of Art Director Dr. Victoria Ramirez. “This has helped us become a place where diverse groups can come together through art to respect other perspectives and find a common ground.”

Via a news release, EPMA Officials added, “The El Paso Museum of Art uses services, programs, and art exhibits celebrate the diversity and cultural pride of the city. Through domestic and international outreach, EPMA builds community cohesion in both the United States and Mexico, demonstrating that cultural understanding and celebration are paramount for change and growth.

Since its founding in 1959, the Museum has been a cultural resource for West Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. The Museum’s permanent collection of American, European and Mexican work includes the second largest collection of Mexican retablos in the world.

Through special programming and the Art School, EPMA provides hands on art experiences to visitors of different ages and abilities. It is the only American Alliance of Museums accredited art museum within a 200-mile radius and welcomes nearly 100,000 visitors each year. General admission, school tours, and nearly all of its high-quality educational programming is free.

Selected from 29 national finalists, the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service winners represent institutions that provide dynamic programming and services that exceed expected levels of service.

Through their community outreach, these institutions bring about change that touches the lives of individuals and helps communities thrive.

“It is a pleasure to recognize the 10 distinctive recipients of the National Medal of Museum and Library Service,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “Through their programs, services, and partnerships, these institutions exemplify the many ways that libraries and museums are positively transforming communities across the nation.”

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s libraries and museums. IMLS advances, supports and empowers America’s museums, libraries, and related organizations through grant making, research, and policy development.

The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to their communities that make significant and exceptional contributions to their communities. Over the past 24 years, the award has celebrated 182 institutions that are making a difference for individuals, families, and communities.

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