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Museums and Cultural Affairs Department hosting open house for working artists

Working artists in all disciplines are invited to an open house next week, held by the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department (MCAD). 

“The programming provided by MCAD has a significant impact on El Paso’s economy, and it starts with funding our program’s grants to local artists and arts and culture organizations,” said Deputy City Manager of Quality of Life Tracey Jerome. “We hope this open house will help our local creative community explore the different ways they can benefit from MCAD programs.”

The open house, set for 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 20, at the El Paso Museum of Art, is a great opportunity to learn about ways to participate in programs and projects sponsored by MCAD.

“The Museums and Cultural Affairs Department provides a variety of grant programs, paid gigs and, teaching artist opportunities through the City’s three museums and the Public Art Program. During the past three years, MCAD has paid more than $2.2 million to 7,425 local artists and arts and cultural organizations,” MCAD officials added.

The open house will begin with an overview of the Department and its programs. Visitors are encouraged to visit information tables to get more detailed information about participating in programs and events sponsored by MCAD.

Participants are also encouraged to bring business cards to network with staff and other local artists.

Open House Schedule:

5:30-5:40 p.m. – Public Sign-In

5:45 p.m.-6:15 p.m. – MCAD Overview in the El Paso Energy Auditorium (2nd Floor)

6:30-8:00 p.m. – Meet and Greet/Networking in the C2 Gallery

To learn more about the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, click here.

New exhibit ‘Rachel Rose: Lake Valley’ to open at El Paso Museum of Art

The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) invites the public to view its new exhibition, Rachel Rose: Lake Valley that opens Friday, January 24 at the museum.

“Rachel Rose is one of the best-known artists working with moving images in America today,” said El Paso Museum of Art Senior Curator Dr. Kate Green.

“Visitors of all ages are going to enjoy Lake Valley, an exploration of a day in the life of a young person. Presented in an installation designed by the artist, the video uses animated images and sounds to evoke what it feels like to be young and newly independent.”

The exhibit features a ten-minute video and sound installation that follows a day in the life of a young girl and her pet. Taking elements from children’s literature, Rose joins dreamy imagery with an ethereal soundtrack to create a story without words. Audiences will reflect on themes of childhood and loneliness as well as growth and adulthood.

In addition to the exhibit, a family-friendly collaborative space will allow visitors to create their own stories inspired by Rose.

“The interactive activities will engage audiences of all ages through creative storytelling…visitors will be able to use a felt wall to collage images and use a magnet board to describe their narrative,” museum officials added. “Visitors can also enjoy a writing station and reading nook within the collaborative space.”

The exhibition is free and will run through August. For more information on the exhibit or to learn more, visit the El Paso Museum of Art website.

El Paso Museum of Art announces newest acquisitions

On Tuesday, El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) officials announced their newest acquisition of art, Seventy Six Point Cosmic Shield and The Beast by Beatriz Cortez.

EPMA members were invited to grow the EPMA collection at this year’s Members’ Choice, held on December 5, 2019. Members voted for the acquisition of these contemporary works of art.

“EPMA is thrilled to have acquired Beatriz Cortez’s exceptional sculptures. This is a significant addition to our core collection areas, reinforcing our mission to provide a stimulating and inspiring for all audiences,” said El Paso Museum of Art Interim Director Dr. Vladimir von Tsurikov.

“Additionally, the acquisition diversifies the collections through the celebration and representation of a female artist of color.”

Beatriz Cortez’s interactive sculptures challenge canonical ideas of modernity, revealing the indigenous roots of Western ideas. Seventy Six Point Cosmic Shield exposes the nomadic origins of housing structures associated with 1960s Utopic architecture.

The Beast, a modified pinball machine, traces a migrant’s journey and toys with the colonial spirit traditionally grounding many versions of the game.

Founded in 1959, the El Paso Museum of Art was born from a need to house a significant donation of European Baroque and Renaissance works to the City of El Paso by the Samuel Kress Foundation.

Over time, this seed collection grew to include over 7,000 works. The mission of the El Paso Museum of Art is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit works of art that support and illuminate the Museum’s permanent collection of American, European, and Mexican art.

The 2019 Members’ Choice acquisition is provided by the Robert U. and Mabel O. Lipscomb Foundation Endowment.

The Beast

EP Museum of Art’s newly renovated second floor gallery space to reopen Friday

After extensive renovations, the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) has finished its Refresh project and will celebrate the grand opening of the second-floor gallery space on Friday, September 27, with two new exhibitions; Leo Villareal: Early Light and 60 Years of Collecting.

“Museums must always be evolving alongside the communities they represent and serve,” said EPMA Interim Director Dr. Vladimir von Tsurikov. “With Refresh, EPMA is ensuring it remains an active, powerful resource for those who live and visit here.”

The community is invited to see the newly renovated space devoted to the museum’s permanent collections and special exhibitions. Renovations include a new roof, new paint, new wood flooring, a reimagined floor plan, revised interpretation, and a fresh presentation.

The Refresh project comes a year after the museum completed the renovation of its renowned Kress Collection of European Art Galleries. It is the largest renovation project undertaken by the museum since it moved into its downtown location 20 years ago.

Together, the two renovation projects mark EPMA’s efforts to ensure the Museum remains a relevant, compelling institution.

With Refresh, the second floor now features renovated galleries devoted to Latin American Art from the Spanish Colonial Period, Contemporary Art, Early West Texas Art, American Paintings and Sculptures, Works on Paper, and Mexican Retablos.

Dynamically structured, Refresh enables more art to be seen and improved rotation of artworks.

Longtime favorites will be displayed alongside recent acquisitions and special loans in the Tom Lea Gallery, Dorrance and Olga Roderick Gallery, and Richard and Frances Mithoff Gallery.

Refresh is supported by the de Wetter Charitable Family Fund, Robert and Sara Shiloff and the EPMA Foundation.

About the New Exhibits

Leo Villareal: Early Light – first hometown exhibition for the internationally-known El Paso artist. Known for his work with large-scale LED light installations, two large-scale sculptural artworks, characteristic of Villareal’s early practice, will be on display.

60 Years of Collecting – a retrospective of the museum’s history and collection. It invites audiences to reflect on paintings, sculptures, prints, and drawings acquired by the museum from families and individuals in the region over a period of more than six decades.

The El Paso Museum of Art is free and open to the public Tuesday through Sunday.

El Paso Museum of Art announces new exhibit: Tom Lea and World War II

Starting August 23, the El Paso Museum of Art invites the public to view its new exhibition, Tom Lea and World War II.

“Tom Lea and World War II presents the war through the eyes of the only painter working from its frontlines, illuminating the far-reaching legacy of one of El Paso’s most iconic artists,” said El Paso Museum of Art Assistant Curator Kevin Burns.

The exhibit features works by El Paso-native artist Tom Lea, which are devoted to Lea’s World War II paintings and drawings. It includes 30 oil paintings, watercolor illustrations, and original preparatory drawings that depict war from the frontlines.

Lea produced these works from 1941 to 1946 for LIFE magazine when he served as a World War II eyewitness artist correspondent. Lea was the only artist to provide American audiences with vividly painted accounts of the frontlines, including the 1944 Battle of Peleliu.

This is the first time visitors will have the opportunity to view these works in the artist’s hometown.

The exhibition will include the following activities:

  • October 5, Noon to 2 p.m. – Reception followed by the lecture Painting the Frontlines. Members will enjoy live music and lunch. RSVP at
  • October 5, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. – Visitors will discover the word of art journalism and combat painting during the 1940s and today with Charles Grow, Deputy Director of the National Museum of the Maine Corps, former combat artist, U.S. Marine, and curator.
  • October 17, Noon to 1 p.m. – Artful Preludes: Tour the exhibition and enjoy a performance by Belarusian-American concert violinist Yevgeny Kutik with commentary by El Paso Symphony Orchestra conductor Bohuslav Ratta, in partnership with the El Paso Symphony Orchestra.
  • October 25, Noon to 1 p.m. – Tour + Lunch with Curator: EPMA Assistant Curator Kevin Burns and Founder of the Tom Lea Institute Adair Margo will host a curator-led tour of the exhibition, followed by a discussion. Register at

The free exhibit will be on display through January at the Dede Rogers Gallery of the El Paso Museum of Art.

Museum officials add that the exhibition is “generously co-sponsored by ScottHulse PC, David, and Diane Bernard in celebration of the 130th anniversary of the ScottHulse law firm….Travis and Annabelle Johnson generously provide program support.”

Museum of Art to open La Sala de Arte Community Studio

The El Paso Museum of Art officials are inviting the public to view and create art at La Sala de Arte Community Studio that opens June 8 at the museum.

The unique studio offers visitors of any age the opportunity to make or see art and visit with the museum’s artist-in-residence, Luminarias de Arte. Visitors will be able to discover something new each week.

An array of free events including live art demonstrations, workshops with guest artists, live musical performances, and more will launch the programming.

The following events are scheduled during the length of the studio that runs through September:

June 8, 2 p.m.

La Sala de Arte Celebration

Visitors can participate in art-making activities and enjoy a music performance by Los Soneros del Valle Bajo.


June 12 to July 3, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Printmaker and storyteller, Marco Sanchez, will be at the museum every Wednesday through Saturday. Visitors can discover printmaking through the magic of reversed images and can create multiple prints of their own.


July 6, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday Art Days: Red, White, & Azul

Be inspired by artist-in-residence, Laura Turón. See how she uses red, white, and blue to create optical illusions and participate in self-guided art making.


July 10 to July 31, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Multi-media artist Laura Turón will be at the museum every Wednesday through Saturday. Visitors can learn how Turón explores objects through science and technology to make art, and will discover optical illusions though drawing.


August 3, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday Art Days: Mi Musica, My Music

Bring your rhythm and make your own instruments using non-traditional materials. Visitors can also take part in self-guided art making.

Support provided by WestStar team member contributions and matching funds from WestStar Bank. Additional funding received by the Wells Fargo Foundation, Texas Gas Service, and the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation’s El Paso Giving Day fund.

For more information on the La Sala de Arte Community Studio, visit the El Paso Museum of Art at  online.

Renovations underway at El Paso Museum of Art; First floor will remain open during 2nd floor work

On Monday, officials with El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) announced the start of the second major phase of its renovation with the closure of its second floor galleries.

“The reimagined galleries will continue to preserve the past, embrace the present, and shape the museum’s future,” said Director of the El Paso Museum of Art Dr. Victoria Ramirez. “The EPMA seeks to remain a thriving center for the study and appreciation of art.”

Renovations include new wood flooring, freshly painted galleries, revised graphics and interpretation, and reconfigured spaces to showcase the completely reinstalled permanent collections of the museum.

During the renovation, the museum systems will be upgraded, funded by the City of El Paso. The City has dedicated approximately $450,000 for the upgrades, which will ensure the museum, continue to be a safe and secure environment for art and the public.

The reinstallation of the museum’s collection is supported by funds raised by the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation, a private support organization working for the benefit of EPMA to provide long-term funding for exhibitions, education programming, and community outreach.

The Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Gallery, the Richard and Francis Mithoff Gallery, Dorrance and Olga Roderick Gallery, Tom Lea Gallery, and the Peter and Margaret de Wetter Gallery will close to the public on May 13 and will reopen on September 27, 2019.

A special preview will be held on September 26, 2019 for EPMA Members.

Throughout the renovation, the museum’s first floor will remain open and free to the public. Robust programming will take place with the La Sala/The Living Room: A Community Art Studio opening on June 8, 2019.

The Studio will welcome children and adults to enjoy art throughout the summer with an artist-in-residence, workshops and pop-up performances. Visitors can also enjoy the exhibition Antonio Castro: Visions of a Borderland, on view April 19 – August 7 in the Dede Rogers Gallery.

The renovation is the largest the museum has undertaken since moving into the building in 1998; second to the 2018 reinstallation of the museum’s Kress Galleries of European Art.

Located in the El Paso Arts District, the museum has amassed a collection of more than 7,000 works and hosts upwards of 12 special exhibitions annually.

Antonio Castro: Visions of a Borderland exhibit opens Friday at EPMA

The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) invites the public to the new exhibition Antonio Castro: Visions of a Borderland that’s on view from April 19 to August 7 in the Dede Rogers Gallery of the museum.

The exhibition features paintings, illustrations, books, and materials created more than 60 years by Mexican painter and illustrator Antonio Castro. Born in 1941 in Zacatecas, Mexico, Castro has lived and worked for most of his life in the El Paso/Juarez borderland.

The exhibit explores his figurative paintings characterized by religious and mythological imagery, as well as autobiographical elements and personal symbols.

“This exhibition celebrates the unique perspective of an artist who has been a member of the community for more than sixty years. Through paintings and illustrations, it offers a view of the landscape and people informed by more than half a century of history,” said El Paso Museum of Art Senior Curator Dr. Kate Green.

The exhibition includes materials related to Castro’s process and some of the many illustrations made for El Paso’s longtime department store The Popular, where he began working in the 1970s. By the 1980s, Castro began illustrating books published both nationally and regionally.

Ten children’s books illustrated by Castro and published by Cinco Puntos Press that focus on the region will also be on view. Castro’s illustrations reflect his skill with composition, line, and hue and together, suggest his ability as a draftsman and his vision of life and culture in El Paso and Juarez.

In addition, an exclusive lunch with Antonio Castro and graphic designer Antonio Castro Jr., Associate Professor from The University of Texas at El Paso, will be open to members starting at noon on April 20. At 1 p.m., members and the public can then join the EPMA in a free Art Talk with the artist and Castro Jr.

For more information on the Antonio Castro: Visions of a Borderland exhibit, the museum’s website.

El Paso Museum of Art to Celebrate Black History Month with Lecture

As part of Black History Month, the El Paso Museum of Art welcomes the public to enjoy a lecture and reception on the life of African-American artist, Jacob Lawrence at 2 p.m. on February 23 at the museum.

The event is related to the exhibit Jacob Lawrence’s: “Toussaint L’Ouverture” Series: The Haitian Revolution that is on view through February 27 in the Peter and Margaret de Wetter Galley at the museum.

The exhibit comes from the Collection of Harriet and Harmon Kelley and features 15 prints that Lawrence produced from his first series about the Haitian Revolution.

Art historian, Dr. Leslie King-Hammond will lead audiences through the world of Jacob Lawrence as he chronicled the lives and exploits of African American leaders and heroes.

Dr. Leslie King-Hammond brings her experiences as an artist, curator and founding director of the Center for Race and Culture at the Maryland Institute College of Art to EPMA.

Dr. King-Hammond produced many exhibitions and catalogues that include Celebration: Myth and Ritual in African American Art (Studio Museum, Harlem, 1982).

In addition, she has also contributed an essay to Over the Line: The Art and Life of Jacob Lawrence, the definitive monograph on Jacob Lawrence.

Museum visitors can discover, learn, and consider Jacob Lawrence’s skill at addressing racial inequality through image.

For more information on the lecture, visit the El Paso Museum of Art online.

Tom Lea Elementary Students Visit Museum, Engage in ‘Active Learning’

The Active Learning Framework came to life in beautiful Downtown El Paso last week when the Tom Lea Elementary School Bulls visited the El Paso Museum of Art.

The students, under the guidance of art teacher Christina Sordini, got a one-on-one lesson on ceramics from artist Philip Romero. As part of the exercise, the students even got to create their own pottery.

Sordini said students used their math and science skills to make Active Learning connections to art.

Active Learning, according to EPISD officials is where “Teachers engage students in problem based learning by designing grade appropriate challenges that allow students to explore a number of possible solutions.  As students work, teachers help them to refine their solutions as they ready for presenting their work to peers.”

The visit to the museum ended with a guided tour of the exhibits, with an emphasis on augmented reality art, impasto, African-American prints and French salon-style paintings.

Of course, the students were also thrilled to view original art from the campus’ namesake, El Paso legendary artist Tom Lea.

Original story by Gustavo Reveles  |  Photos courtesy of Tom Lea ES

Azul Barrientos Kicks Off Free Musical Performances at El Paso Museum of Art

Starting Friday, February 8, the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) invites the public to enjoy free musical performances starting at noon at the museum’s auditorium.

Mexico City musician Azul Barrientos, percussionist Nina Rodriguez, and harp player, Juan Cabrera, will perform live for an intimate curated performance on the exhibition Power and Piety: Spanish Colonial Art that’s on view from February 8 to May 5.

Azul Barrientos will bring her diverse influence of Latin American music and her cultural roots to EPMA audiences. Born into a musical family in Mexico City, Azul was introduced to Latin American folk songs at an early age.

Since then, she has performed internationally in Spain, France, England, and Scotland. Notably, Azul has performed for the King and Queen of Spain and alongside starts such as Lila Downs and Susana Baca.

Audiences will discover Azul’s passion in reviving lost cultural traditions and uncovering unique histories through her songs.

Azul will share the stage with Nina Rodriguez, a Grammy-winning percussionist and educator. Performing together since 2012, Nina has brought her extraordinary energy and dedication to the power of drumming to the stage.

Complimenting Azul’s jarana and guitar and Nina’s drums, Argentinian born, Paraguayan raised, harp player Juan Cabrera will add to the experience. Having recorded two albums and as a current member of Mariachi Campanas de America, Juan sounds of the Paraguayan harp to the mariachi ensemble.

Azul’s recent album, Nuestro Corazón, celebrates Latin America with a beautiful rendition of Spanish, Indigenous, and African rhythms and will also be available for purchase at the EPMA Store.

To see upcoming events at the EPMA, click here.

City Encouraging Residents to Visit Museums, Farmer’s Market During the Holidays

For the Holiday Season, the City of El Paso is inviting everyone to spend part of the winter break visiting the Downtown Art and Farmers Market or one of the City’s three museums; El Paso Museum of Art, El Paso Museum of History or the El Paso Museum of Archaeology.

Visitors to the El Paso Museum of Archaeology can try their hands at archery or atl-atl during Saturday morning demonstrations. Please contact the Museum for a complete schedule of archery activities. The trails around the museum are also open for family friendly hikes.

Explore the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) at your own pace with family-friendly guides. Try a new hands-on art activity each day. Learn about painting, printmaking, and collage inspired by art on view. Enjoy working together and make art to share with family and friends.

Each of the workshops are designed for visitors 4 years and older and features an art making activity tied to the Museum’s current exhibitions. Museum admission and workshops are free to the public.

  • Discover the collection and experience an augmented reality experience with the new family guide.
  • Paint and Collage: December 26 – 28, 12-3 pm. Learn about painting and collage inspired by art on view. Enjoy working as a family and make art that you can take home. 12-1 pm exclusive time for EPMA Members and their families.
  • Printmaking: January 2 – 4, 12-3 pm. Explore printmaking! Stop by each day and discover simple and fun printmaking techniques inspired by art on view. Enjoy working as a family and make art you can take home. 12-1 pm exclusive time for EPMA Members and their families.

Snap a photo in Santa’s sleigh and drop off last minute letters to the North Pole at the El Paso Museum of History. Visitors can learn about the history of the Pass of the North or discover how the banking system in the United States works in the Museum galleries

The museums will be open regular hours through the winter holidays. In observance of the City’s Christmas and New Year’s holidays, all three museums will be closed on Tuesday, December 25, and Tuesday, January 1.

The Downtown Art and Farmers Market will be open one last weekend this year. Stop by the market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. December 22 to pick up those last minute gifts. There will also be free crafts and live entertainment.

The market will be closed December 29 and January 5. It will reopen for the New Year on Saturday January 12.

EPMA Hosts Jacob Lawrence’s “Toussaint L’Ouverture” Series: The Haitian Revolution Exhibit

Starting October 31, the public is invited to the Museum of Art to view the new exhibit Jacob Lawrence’s “Toussaint L’Ouverture” Series: The Haitian Revolution.

The exhibition feature’s signature works of art by Lawrence and comes from the collection of Harriet and Harmon Kelley. Fifteen silkscreen prints that trace revolutionary leader Toussaint L’Ouverture’s journey from birth to commander will be displayed.

The prints were distilled from more than 41 panels that Lawrence used to describe social injustice.

“The print series are by one of the United States most significant and revered African-American artists from the 20th-century, and in them, Lawrence examines the African Diaspora and its violent effects, an issue which is very much present today,” said El Paso Museum of Art Director Victoria Ramirez.

Three years after graduating from the American Artist School in New York, Lawrence commenced his most well-known series that comprised painted panels about the Great Migration.

Yet, his first series following Haiti’s fight for independence and the life of Toussaint L’Ouverture, a slave turned revolutionary leader, was when Lawrence developed his signature approach.

Jacob Lawrence’s “Toussaint L’Ouverture” Series: The Haitian Revolution is supplemented with the following programming:

  • Exhibition celebration honoring Harriet and Harmon Kelley: Saturday, December 8, 12 p.m. – 2 p.m.
  • Art Talk, El Paso Museum of Art, Saturday, December 8, 2 p.m. EPMA Curator Dr. Kate Green.

The exhibit runs through February and is free and open to the public.

Support for this exhibit is provided by Texas Commission on the Arts. Educational programming for this exhibit is supported in part by Texas Women for the Arts.

El Paso Museum of Art’s New Exhibition ‘After Posada: Revolution’ Opens October 12

The El Paso Museum of Art invites the public to visit its newest art exhibition, After Posada: Revolution, on view from October 12, to January 20, 2019, inside the Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Gallery.

The public will have an opportunity to enjoy and explore the exhibit that contains historical and contemporary art, centering on the work of Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada.

It includes more than 100 prints by Posada as they circulated during his lifetime: on broadsheets, or popular single-page newspapers illustrating political commentary, crime stories, ballads, and more.

On view are Posada’s beloved calavera (skull) illustrations, including the one he is most commonly remembered for: La Calavera Catrina (circa 1910). Posada’s imagery was key to the initial popularization of the calavera figure in Mexico.

“After Posada: Revolution, on view during Día de los Muertos, celebrates the artistic and cultural tradition of our region, while showing its influence on the ways in which artists practice today,” said El Paso Museum of Art Director Dr. Victoria Ramirez.

The exhibition is drawn mostly from the private collection of Lineaus Hooper Lorette. It also includes photographs from the period by Agustín Víctor Casasola and early twentieth-century Mexican political magazines loaned by the University of Texas at El Paso Special Collections Library.

The exhibit also features commissioned works by contemporary artists Andrea Bowers and Cruz Ortiz.

Large-scale prints in homage to and critiquing Posada’s work will be on display by Bowers. While collages, prints and more will be on display by Ortiz.

“Both intergenerational and multi-media, the exhibition links Posada’s practice with that of contemporary artists, enlivening a seminal figure in art history and what it means to address social and political injustice in art, past and present,” said El Paso Museum of Art Curator Dr. Kate Green.

After Posada: Revolution is supplemented with the following educational programming:

• Art Talk, El Paso Museum of Art, Thursday, October 11, 5:30 p.m. EPMA Curator Dr. Kate Green, artists Andrea Bowers and Cruz Ortiz, and collector Lineaus Hooper Lorette. Free and open to the public.
• Member Preview, El Paso Museum of Art, Thursday, October 11, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Reception to follow by Taft Díaz of the Stanton House and live musical performances by Los Callejeros.
• Chalk the Block with After Posada artist Cruz Ortiz, El Paso Museum of Art, Saturday, October 13, 1 p.m. to – pm. Enjoy chalk stenciling, family-friendly tours, storytelling, and art-making. Free to the public.

Support for the exhibit is provided by the Chiu Family, WestStar Bank, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation. Educational programming is supported in part by Texas Women for the Arts.

EPMA Hosts New Exhibit – Early West Texas: Waypoint and Home

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.

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