The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) invites the public to the new exhibition that celebrates the early art and artists of El Paso; Early West Texas: Waypoint and Home.
The exhibit centers on El Paso as a historic point of passage in the greater West Texas region and as home to prominent West Texas artists such as José Cisneros, Manuel Acosta, and Tom Lea. It features the work of more than 20 El Paso artists from the EPMA’s unrivaled permanent collection of West Texas art.
“Early West Texas celebrates not only EPMA’s wide-ranging collection of West Texas art, but also the rich legacy of El Paso art, providing an in-depth view of what life was like throughout the mid-twentieth century by the artists who lived, studied, and exhibited here,” said El Paso Museum of Art exhibition curator Kevin Burns.
Through paintings, prints, and drawings, the exhibition examines the iconic West Texas landscape, with its expansive desert and purple mountains, as well as everyday life in the region as influenced by El Paso’s location on the border.
On view are rarely exhibited prints featuring El Paso’s now defunct ASARCO smoke stacks, portraits of those who have passed through and made El Paso home, as well as mural proposals for El Paso’s historic Federal Courthouse mural, Pass of the North.
The exhibit includes preserved flora and fauna from UTEP’s Biodiversity collection and Centennial Museum that provides a scientific perspective on the landscape so often depicted by West Texas artists.
The exhibit is free and will be on view through November 4.
Early West Texas: Waypoint and Home is sponsored by Travis and Annabelle Johnson, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation.