The City of El Paso announced timelines to phase in the reopening of various Quality of Life services beginning in April to include select facilities and programs from the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, the Parks and Recreation Department, the Public Libraries and the El Paso Zoo and Botanical Gardens.
The decision to reopen facilities was made after consulting and obtaining support from the Office of Emergency Management, the Department of Public Health, and the City-County Local Health Authority.
The reopening strategy is responsive to the community’s needs for services and programs and prioritizes the health and safety of all residents and City staff. City employees are working hard to prepare buildings and programs with robust health and safety processes.
“Our community is moving in the right direction with decreased active COVID-19 cases, and hospitalization rates,” said Quality of Life Deputy City Manager Tracey Jerome. “It is encouraging to see select Quality of Life facilities reopening and begin bringing these amenities back to our youth and all of our families. The City will continue practicing behaviors that mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to include requiring face coverings and practicing social distancing.”
El Norte reports on EPMA’s ongoing call to artists for the 6th Border Biennial. Read about it here.
The 6th Border Biennial continues a more than decade-long binational collaboration between the El Paso Museum of Art and the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez on an exhibition simultaneously occurring at both museums on either side of the El Paso / Juárez border.
Curated by Kate Green, Ph.D., Senior Curator, EPMA, with MACJ staff and curatorial advisors Cecilia Fajardo-Hill, Art Historian and Curator, and Rolando Flores, Artist and Tercerunquinto Collective member, this edition of the exhibition includes public programs as well as an illustrated publication with critical essays and proposals by participating artists for potential, unrealized border projects.
“The artists have strong voices, and they have the biennial as a platform to express themselves on the border, the body and how it is affecting people transiting the border territory,” Green said.
“But it will be through art, some works will be abstract, others conceptual, other political, but all reflective on the border today, which is urgent.”
For additional information or to apply now through April 15th, click here.
In the interest of protecting the public’s health and safety from the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the City of El Paso is suspending all special programming at parks, libraries, museums and other locations until further notice.
It is important to note, there are currently no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in El Paso.
Facilities and programs impacted include:
All Senior Centers are closed; all meals for seniors will still be available beginning Tuesday, March 17.
Youth and adult sports programs to include sports tournaments are suspended.
Programs and classes offered at aquatic centers, libraries, museums, recreation centers and the El Paso Zoo are suspended.
These steps implemented out of an abundance of caution are intended to protect residents and visitors.
The public may keep up with City news and activities by visiting elpasotexas.gov or following the City of El Paso on social media sites including Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.
The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) and the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez (MACJ) announce the call for entries for the 6th Border Biennial; artists can submit entries online through April 15.
“The El Paso Museum of Art is proud to continue to showcase works of art by those living and working on the border,” said El Paso Museum of Art Interim Director, Dr. Vladimir von Tsurikov. “The biennial prompts reflection on the experiences and challenges of living on the border while promoting connections.”
Artists who are living and working within a 200-mile radius of the U.S./Mexico border may apply. Artists will be chosen and several established artists will be invited who may live beyond the border, but who engage with it in their work.
“The 6th Border Biennial highlights the creative endeavors of artists in and around our community,” said Deputy City Manager of Quality of Life Tracey Jerome. “The exhibition reaffirms EPMA’s commitment to support the work of living artists and to engage in a cultural dialogue about art and its importance.”
Artworks selected will be concerned with the historical, contemporary, and future effects of the boundary and policies on: people, animals, environment, landscape, and goods; economies, infrastructure, migration, and theory; prejudice, violence, identity, and nationality.
The exhibition will be accompanied by programs and illustrations featuring essays and proposals for future border projects.
The exhibit will be on view at the EPMA and the MACJ from November 20 to March 28, 2021. To apply or for additional information visit the El Paso Museum of Art online www.epma.art/art/exhibitions/6th-border-biennial-6ta-bienal-fronteriza.
Support for the 6th Border Biennial provided by the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation and the El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department. Additional support provided by the Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso and the Centro Cultural Mexicano Paso Del Norte.
On March 7th, 2020 join the El Paso Museum of Art for a lively afternoon of talks revolving around three generations of Latinx artists - Rufino Tamayo, Celia Álvarez Muñoz, and Adrian Esparza featuring artworks currently on view at the museum.
The discussion will be held in English with live Spanish interpretation available through provided headsets and is free and open to the public.
Learn more about these talks and listen to the full interview with EPMA Senior Curator, Dr. Kate Green, here.
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.
The exhibition 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 exhibition, 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. Visitors can also enjoy a writing station and reading nook within the collaborative space.
“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 exhibition is free and will run through August. For more information on the exhibit or to learn more about the El Paso Museum of Art, www.epma.art.
Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges. Additional support provided by the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation and El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department.
The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) announces 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.
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.
“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.”
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.
Learn more about EPMA’s exhibition Tom Lea and world War ll, in this special feature from Texas Co-Op Power.
El Paso’s CBS local 4 News shares a special report on EPMA’s exhibition, Tom Lea and World War ll. Follow the story here.
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 Thursday, September 26, with two new exhibitions; Leo Villareal: Early Light and El Paso Musuem of Art: 60 Years of Collecting.
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.
“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.”
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, The Summerlee Foundation, the EPMA Foundation, City of El Paso, and Museums and Cultural Affairs Department.
About the New Exhibitions 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.
Support for this exhibition provided by El Paso Museum of Art Foundation and El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department.
El Paso Museum of Art: 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.
Support for this exhibition is provided by Shari and Stuart R. Schwartz.
Additional support provided by WestStar, Texas Commission on the Arts, El Paso Museum of Art Foundation and El Paso Museums and Cultural Affairs Department.
The El Paso Museum of Art is free and open to the public Tuesday through Sunday.
The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) invites you to read along each month and partake in a momentous new journey — Refresh. Follow us to discover EPMA’s history, understand the importance of this extraordinary project, and get to know EPMA’s permanent collection.
Since its inception in 1959, EPMA has amassed 7,049 works of art in its collection. At any given time, only three to five percent of the collection is on view. Now for the first time in 20 years, and since moving to its current location in El Paso’s Downtown Arts District, EPMA refreshes its second floor permanent collection galleries.
Refresh will showcase more art than ever before and allow for the rotation of works of art that will enhance the visitor experience. Treasures from the museum’s collection of Mexican Art, Early West Texas Art, American Art, and Contemporary Art, Prints, and Photography will be reinstalled alongside recent acquisitions and a few special loans. Together, the work will tell the history of art and collecting at EPMA.
September 13, 2019 — This month, EPMA highlights its three remaining collection galleries. Spanning over 150 years, the American Painting and Sculpture gallery will include portraits, landscapes, and still lives by artists such as Andrew Wyeth, Edward Mitchell Bannister, Diego Rivera, and more. These works will explore idealism, American Impressionism, realism, and finally abstraction. Moving through the galleries, visitors will enjoy a dedicated gallery to Works on Paper. EPMA’s collection of Works on Paper comprises 4,000 prints and photographs from Europe and the Americas, which date back from the early 1600s to today. Finally, the Latin American Art gallery includes Mexican paintings and sculptures from the Spanish Colonial era, and featured work by Antonio de Torres, one of the most well-known Mexican painters of the 18th century.
Refresh opens on September 27, 2019 at the El Paso Museum of Art.
August 9, 2019 — The El Paso Museum of Art is recognized as the only American Alliance of Museums-accredited art museum within a 200-mile radius, one of the only accredited museums in all of West Texas. The museum serves as a major cultural and educational resource for West Texas, New Mexico, and Northern Mexico and is a cultural flagship for the community. EPMA’s Refresh project will showcase the very best art from EPMA’s significant permanent collection including dedicated galleries featuring Contemporary Art and Mexican Retablos.
Nearly 30 works of art by female artists will be on view during Refresh. Similar to the Early West Texas art gallery, the Contemporary art gallery will represent almost half of these works by women. Visitors will discover Los Angeles-based artist, Judithe Hernández’s, A Dream is the Shadow of Something Real. Additionally, the gallery will feature works on loan including Perro aullanda a la luna (Dog Howling at the Moon) by Mexican painter, Rufino Tamayo.
The El Paso Museum of Art’s Mexican Retablos collection is the second largest museum collection of its kind in the United States. This vast collection contains retablos santos and retablos ex-votos from nineteenth and twentieth century Mexico, and will be on view during Refresh. Retablos santos are devotional works that depict saints or holy figures and were often featured on altars in family homes. In moments of distress, family members would pray at these altars, directing their pleas to the saints. To commemorate miraculous events in an individual life such as remaining uninjured after an accident or being healed from a grave illness, retablos ex-votos were created. Ex-votos are small paintings that contain hand-written texts commemorating miraculous events in an individual’s life.
Visit us next month, to read and learn about the latest updates on Refresh.
Refresh opens on September 27, 2019 at the El Paso Museum of Art.
July 9, 2019 — This month, EPMA highlights its collection of Early West Texas Art. The museum’s unrivaled permanent collection of Early West Texas Art is the largest and most comprehensive held by a museum. The collection features works of iconic landscape paintings and portraits spanning the 19th and 20th centuries. Notably, EPMA holds the largest collection of works by Manuel Acosta (1921–1989). Acosta was a native El Paso painter, sculptor, illustrator, and muralist, recognized for his portrait of Cesar Chavez. Acosta’s prominent works such as Yolanda will be on view during Refresh among works by El Paso artist, Tom Lea (1907–2001). Lea was a muralist, illustrator, war correspondent, portraitist, landscapist, novelist, and historian; expressing the history and character of regions and people around the world and in El Paso.
In addition to housing the second largest collection of works by Lea, EPMA will offer visitors the rare opportunity to view examples of West Texas art by female and international artists. Leon Trousset’s View of El Paso, which shows a 19th century view of El Paso from Ciudad, Juarez will be seen anew during Refresh. The Early West Texas Art gallery enables visitors to view the rich legacy of El Paso art with a focus on landscape, culture, and daily life in West Texas.
Refresh opens on September 27, 2019 at the El Paso Museum of Art.
The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) invites the public to view its new exhibition, Tom Lea and World War II that opens on August 23.
The exhibition 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.
“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 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 epma.art.
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 epma.art.
The free exhibit will be on display through January at the Dede Rogers Gallery of the El Paso Museum of Art.
The exhibition in 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.
516 ARTS and partners present Species in Peril Along the Rio Grande, an exhibition and series of regional public programs.
Centering around the main exhibition at 516 ARTS, the regional collaboration features public programs including educational talks, forums, workshops, performances, and outdoor activities presented by partner venues across state border and the US/Mexico border as well as across disciplines spanning the arts, science, technology, and environmental activism.
The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) will celebrate the Rio Grande region’s culture and biodiversity in exhibitions and by commissioning Colectivo Ultima Hora to produce four large-scale alebrijes, or fantastical mythical creatures, that are representative of El Paso’s vast desert landscape and animals. Visitors are also invited to tour EPMA’s newly reinstalled galleries to view landscape paintings and photographs featuring the Rio grande region’s historical and present-day species and plant life, by early Texas artists Manuel Acosta, Fern Thurston, and Leon Trousset, and contemporary artists Carmen Lomas Garza and David Taylor.
For more information on the El Paso Museum of Art’s exhibition and events, please visit the EPMA Calendar.
For more information on all other programs, visit 516arts.org.
Read along here to learn more about EPMA’s exhibition on view, Gloria Osuna Pérez: Beyond Portraits.
The El Paso Museum of Art invites 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.
For more information on the La Sala de Arte Community Studio, visit the El Paso Museum of Art at www.epma.art.
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.
La Sala de Arte - EPMA Press Release
The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) has started the second major phase of its renovation with the closure of its second floor galleries.
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.
“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.”
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.
Read more about art on the border in The Magazine’s featured article here.
Learn more about the exhibition, Antonio Castro: Visions of a Borderland, as KFOX reporter, Robert Holguin, celebrates the diverse work of the local painter and illustrator. Read and watch the story here.
Uncover the history of how the painting View of El Paso at Sunset by Audley Dean Nicols found its home at the El Paso Museum of Art. Read here.
The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) presents Ideas Unwrapped: An Exhibition about Art, on view beginning February 16 in the Mac Rogers Gallery and Ginger Francis Seminar Room.
“Ideas Unwrapped” is an exhibition that explores EPMA’s permanent collection in a new way, featuring works of art given to the museum by the Peter Norton Christmas Project. Since 1988, Mr. Norton commissioned renowned artists to create art with the intent to make art more accessible. Works of art include a unique ceramic plate with Medusa painted using marinara sauce by Brazilian artist Vik Muniz and a pop-up book by Kara Walker.
Ideas Unwrapped was designed and installed by UTEP visual arts graduates and EPMA Teaching Artists, Staphany Garnica and Ivan Isaac Calderon. Audiences of all ages can learn about the creative process and artists’ use of place, history, culture and personal experience to unwrap an idea and create art.
Additionally, viewers can have a multisensory experience throughout the exhibition via augmented reality through the Augment El Paso App. Visitors can interact with the art through the app where images are animated and accompanied by regional music and special sound effects.
EPMA’s Education Curator, David Hernandez says, “The exhibition presents art in a new way – focusing on sources of inspiration and asking the question, where do artists get their ideas? The show also examines how art is made, serving as a bridge between EPMA’s galleries and Art School.”
Featured in the exhibition is Krag, an assemblage of found objects turned into a work of art by El Paso artist Guillermo Gutierrez. Gutierrez collected objects, such as discarded gadgets, toys, and outdated computer parts, and wove them together to show how cultural leftovers become a work of art in an unexpected manner.
Other works include pottery by Mexican artist Juan Quezada and multigenerational artists who renewed traditional designs and processes by indigenous people of Northern Mexico.
Join EPMA members for the exhibition celebration during the Member’s Family Day Preview. View art while enjoying live music and lite bites. Meet artist Guillermo Gutierrez and make art using found objects. Then, illustrate a short story learning with EPMA Teaching Artists in the Art School. Preview on February 16 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.
Ideas Unwrapped: An Exhibition about Art is supplemented by the following educational programming:
• Family Day: Ideas Unwrapped, An Exhibition about Art, February 16, 2:00-4:00 pm
Support for this exhibition is provided by Kirk and Judy Robison. Krag is purchased with funds donated by Peggy and Andy Feinberg, Susan Foote and Stephen Feinberg.
Gifts from the Collection of Dian and Jim Bruemmer Peter Norton Family Christmas Project Gifts Support for educational programming is provided by Texas Women for the Arts.