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.
The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) presents Joy and Suffering: EPMA’s Collection of Mexican Retablos on view from March 8 – May 12, 2019 in the Peter and Margaret de Wetter Gallery.
Curated from the museum’s permanent collection of donations by the Hamilton, McKnight, and Roderick families, audiences will appreciate a new installation of EPMA’s retablos collection. Retablos, or small devotional paintings on tin and copper, will be complimented with the display of ex-votos, works commissioned to commemorate miracles, as well as bultos, or carved wooden sculptures.
Created in the 19th and 20th centuries, retablos were used at major pilgrimage sites in Mexico as well as homes and churches. Rural inhabitants of Mexico looked to untrained artists who utilized readily available materials like tin and copper to create modest but distinctive works. The installation will examine fifty retablos including images of the Virgin Mary in her many folk and formal manifestations, from the well-known Virgin de Guadalupe to the lesser-known Our Lady of Solitude.
“The exhibition showcases EPMA’s stellar collection, the second-largest collection of retablos in the United States. What is most compelling about the works is its significance to El Paso, Juarez, and the surrounding regions, particularly in regard to this region as an international point of passage with a multicultural community,” says EPMA Director Dr. Victoria Ramirez.
Audiences will be able to discover and expand their knowledge at EPMA through a curator-led tour, followed by discussion over lunch at the museum.
In addition, on April 6, EPMA will host an afternoon of lively art talks and curator-led tours illuminating Joy and Suffering and EPMA’s related and renowned collection of Spanish Colonial Art. Art Talks by Dr. Jorge Rivas Perez, Denver Art Museum Curator of Spanish Colonial Art, and Dr. Elizabeth Zarur, Assistant Professor of Art History, New Mexico State University, will be followed by tours of EPMA’s galleries and reception. Events are free and open to the public. To register and for more information, visit epma.art.
“When considered together, EPMA’s retablos offer a framework for understanding the joys and sufferings in 19th and 20th century Mexico and demonstrate the continued desire, despite a lack of means, for personal devotional imagery,” says EPMA Assistant Curator Kevin Burns.
Support for this exhibition is provided by the Rogers Family and in part by a grant from Humanities Texas, the state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation.
The El Paso Museum of Art welcomes the public to enjoy a lecture and reception on the life of African American artist, Jacob Lawrence on February 23, beginning at 2 pm.
The event will relate to EPMA’s exhibition on view, Jacob Lawrence’s: “Toussaint L’Ouverture” Series: The Haitian Revolution. The exhibition 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. She received a BFA degree from the City University of New York (CUNY), Queens College and a PhD in Art History from John Hopkins University.
She served as Dean of Graduate Studies there and was president of the College Art Association from 1996 to 1998. Moreover, Dr. King-Hammond received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Alain Locke International Prize.
Dr. King-Hammond produced many exhibitions and catalogues that include Celebration: Myth and Ritual in African American Art (Studio Museum, Harlem, 1982) and many more. 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.
Audiences are encouraged to celebrate Lawrence’s exhibition and Black History Month. Visit the exhibition on view through February 27 in the Peter and Margaret de Wetter Galley. Discover, learn, and consider Jacob Lawrence’s skill at addressing racial inequality through image. The lecture begins at 2 pm and a special reception will follow beginning at 3 pm.
Support for this exhibition is provided by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation.
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.
The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) announces two curatorial promotions to advance exhibitions and programming. In October 2018, Dr. Kate Green was named Senior Curator, and in November 2018, Kevin Burns was named Associate Curator.
Kate Green who joined the museum as lead curator in January 2018, was appointed senior curator and has helmed large-scale projects and exhibitions such as the Fifth Transborder Biennial and After Posada: Revolution. Previously, she was the director of Marfa Contemporary and the exhibitions and programming head at Artpace, San Antonio. Green completed a master’s degree in curatorial studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, and a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Texas at Austin. She has also held curatorial positions at MoMA PS1, the Portland Art Museum, and the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art.
Kevin Burns, who joined EPMA’s curatorial department in 2017, was named associate curator in November 2018. He has organized exhibitions such as West Texas: Waypoint and Home and Julie Speed: East of the Sun and West of the Moon, drawing from the museum’s permanent collection of American, European, and Mexican art. Burns has a master’s degree in art history from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.
Follow Glasstire’s end of the year recap highlighting EPMA’s fifth Transborder Biennal here.
Read, watch and learn more about the El Paso Museum of Art featured exhibitions, including Julie Speed: East of the Sun and West of the Moon here.
The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) presents Julie Speed: East of the Sun and West of the Moon, on view from November 15, 2018 – April 7, 2019 in the Dede Rogers Gallery. The exhibition feature’s works of art by artist Julie Speed in her most comprehensive museum exhibition to date.
The title Julie Speed: East of the Sun and West of the Moon is rooted in fantasy and refers as much to Speed’s own world and artistic process in Texas—where she has been making art for decades—as it does to the world in which her painted characters live. Although Speed’s work holds similarities with the figurative Surrealism of Belgian René Magritte, her work is intimate, complex and open-ended.
The exhibition will feature nearly fifty works of art by Speed, many created within the past years and others previously unseen. Visitor’s imaginations will ignite as Speed uses themes such as her mining of Western and Eastern sources to create her own meanings.
Education and Curatorial Associate at EPMA, Kevin Burns says, “Speed explores the melding of Eastern and Western traditions, the use of mixed media, the tension between mathematical precision composition and imagined narrative.”
Among works of art in oil, gauche and collage, visitors will further understand Speed’s works through three-channel video and sound installations that highlight her creative process. An artist-designed catalogue and interview with Julie Speed at EPMA’s Art Talk on Thursday, November 15 will also compliment visitor’s engagement during the exhibition.
“The exhibition highlights Julie Speed’s inexhaustible imagination, her consummate technique, and her devotion to both. Julie’s work masterfully represents the best of Texas art today,” says EPMA Director Dr. Victoria Ramirez.
Julie Speed: East of the Sun and West of the Moon is supplemented with the following programming:
• Member’s Preview: Thursday, November 15, 5:30 pm-7:30 pm
• Art Talk: El Paso Museum of Art, Thursday, November 15, 6:30 pm-7:30 pm with exhibition artists Julie Speed
• Family Day, March 23, 2019. Discover the exhibition through guided tours and explore collage and painting in EPMA’s fully equipped studio classrooms inspired by Julie Speed’s works in oil, gauche and collage.
Support for this exhibition is provided by AT&T, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation. Educational programming for this exhibition is supported by Texas Women for the Arts.
The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) presents Jacob Lawrence’s “Toussaint L’Ouverture” Series: The Haitian Revolution, on view from October 31, 2018 – February 27, 2019 in the Peter and Margaret de Wetter Gallery. The exhibition feature’s signature works of art by painter Jacob Lawrence.
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 from France and the life of Toussaint L’Ouverture, a slave turned revolutionary leader, was when Lawrence developed his signature approach.
The exhibition includes fifteen silkscreen prints that trace revolutionary leader Toussaint L’Ouverture’s journey from birth to commander. The prints were distilled from over forty-one panels that Lawrence used to describe social injustice in narrative sequence.
El Paso Museum of Art Director, Victoria Ramirez, explains the importance of Lawrence’s art and this exhibition saying, “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.”
Jacob Lawrence’s “Toussaint L’Ouverture” Series: The Haitian Revolution comes from the Collection of Harriet and Harmon Kelley in San Antonio. Accompanied with descriptive text, Lawrence’s works of art highlight his style using jagged forms fleshed out with bold patches of color.
Museum Curator Kate Green adds, “His style contributes to his storytelling in that he uses warm earth tones—browns, reds, deep blues and greens—to connect the cultural story to the land on which it happens, and even to mother land.”
Without a doubt, Lawrence has paved the way for other artists alike and is noted as an important and influential painter. He emerged during a turning point in time, shaping trends and social struggles into his now unique style.
Virginia Mecklenburg, Chief Curator at the Smithsonian American Art Museum told The Smithsonian Magazine, “A century after his birth, his work remains relevant and resonant, thanks to his remarkable storytelling. The human dimension in his art makes people who have no interest in art, or no experience with, or real knowledge of art, look at Lawrence’s work and … see stories that they could find in their own lives.”
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, 12:00-2:00 pm. Members are invited to celebrate the exhibition in company of Harriet and Harmon Kelley.
• Art Talk, El Paso Museum of Art, Saturday, December 8, 2:00-3:00 pm with EPMA Curator Dr. Kate Green.
Support for this exhibition is provided by Texas Commission on the Arts. Educational programming for this exhibition is supported in part by Texas Women for the Arts.
Further examine the life, works, and significance of the El Paso Museum of Art’s exhibition, After Posada: Revoltuion. Read here to delve into the exhibition process and learn about Posada’s iconic images in print.
The El Paso Museum of Art welcomes the public to join a two-day Dia de los Muertos celebration on November 1 and November 3 in downtown El Paso. Calaveras, ofrendas, catrinas and marionettes will take over at this year’s festivities.
“El Pasoans and communities within the region will be able to experience Dia de los Muertos this year as you would in any region in Mexico, yet with a very “El Chuco” experience,” says Membership Manager at EPMA, Monica Garcia.
The events will kick off on Thursday, November 1 at the El Paso Museum of Art. At 6:30 pm an altar dedicated to the works of art by featured exhibition artist, Jose Guadalupe Posada, will be on display by the Mexican Consulate. The consulate’s Altar de Muertos event will also offer refreshments and entertainment. The altar will be on view for the public from November 1- November 4.
Following, on Saturday Novemeber 3, EPMA will host Fiesta de Muertos with a variety of activities including a photography workshop as well a hands-on mask and head piece decorating workshop. Among docent led tours of the exhibition, After Posada: Revolution, El Paso artists Francisco Delgado and Manuel Guerra will also be available during a printmaking workshop.
Stage programming will begin at 2:00 pm and again at 6:00 pm on Saturday with a live DJ, following folkorico and mariachi performances from 3:00-4:00 pm.
Attendees can also dine-in on a Dia de los Muertos pop-up dinner at 5:30 pm. EPMA has collaborated with Chef Oscar Herrera and his restaurants Taft Diaz, Flor de Nogal and Maria Chuchena to offer Day of the Dead themed dishes and drinks. For more information and cost details, contact Zazil Alvarado at Taft Diaz, (915) 271-3610 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Noche de Calaveras Procession will begin with mariachis, dancers, marching bands, catrinas, calavera masks and large-scale marionettes designed by Mexico City artist collective, Colectivo Ultima Hora. The collective is featured every year during Mexico City’s Day of the Dead festivities and are known for their marionettes cameo in the James Bond Film: Spectre.
A live concert with Orkesta Mendoza will wrap up the evening starting at 7:30 pm. Mendoza will be performing for the first time in El Paso and will bring high-energy mixes from mambo and cumbia to psych and rock music for attendees to enjoy.
Garcia goes on to explain the importance of the celebration saying, “It is important for us to reflect the cultural heritage of the region by celebrating and highlighting people, art and tradition. In 2008, UNESCO recognized the importance of Dia de los Muertos by adding the holiday to its list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. Dia de los Muertos festivities and programming on November 3rd will center on the exhibition on view, After Posada: Revolution.”
Attendees are encouraged to bring candles, led lights, flowers, and remembrances of loved ones as well as to dress up and wear Day of the Dead costumes. Join EPMA in a celebration of our art, our culture and our city!
Support for this program is provided by Wells Fargo, El Paso Electric and the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation.
EPMA's Dia de los Muertos - EPMA Press Release
The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) presents After Posada: Revolution, on view from October 12, 2018 – January 20, 2019, an exhibition of historical and contemporary art centering on the work of Mexican printmaker José Guadalupe Posada (1852 – 1913). The exhibition includes over one-hundred 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). The exhibition is drawn predominantly from the private collection of Lineaus Hooper Lorette and also includes Posada’s rarely exhibited “chap” books and metal-plated wood printing blocks. Also on view are 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.
After Posada further illuminates the printmaker’s legacy through commissioned works by two contemporary artists, Andrea Bowers (b. 1965, based in Los Angeles, CA) and Cruz Ortiz (b. 1972, based in San Antonio, TX), each with distinct relationships to Posada’s practice. Bowers has produced a large-scale print in homage to and critical of Posada’s work as well as a variety of light signs addressing issues related to the U.S. / Mexico border. For Ortiz, Posada has served as a lifelong touchstone for his own activities in and outside the studio. For the exhibition, Ortiz has created large-scale collages, wheat-pasted prints, and pinned up broadsheets as well as a mobile printing press installation, all alluding to the history of printmaking and contemporary issues in the Texas-Mexico region.
“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 EPMA Director Dr. Victoria Ramirez.
“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 EPMA Curator Dr. Kate Green.
After Posada: Revolution is supplemented with the following educational programming:
Art Talk, EPMA, Thursday, October 11, 5:30 – 6:30 pm with EPMA Curator Dr. Kate Green, artists Andrea Bowers and Cruz Ortiz, and collector Lineaus Hooper Lorette. Free and open to the public.
Member Preview, EPMA, Thursday, October 11, 6:30 – 8:30 pm with reception by Taft Díaz of the Stanton House and live musical performances by Los Callejeros. Not a member? Contact us at EPMAmember@elpasotexas.gov.
Chalk the Block with After Posada artist Cruz Ortiz, El Paso Museum of Art, Saturday, October 13, 1:00 – 5:00 pm. Enjoy chalk stenciling, family-friendly tours, storytelling, and art-making. Free and open to the public. Drop in anytime.
Support for this exhibition is provided by the Chiu Family, WestStar Bank, Texas Commission on the Arts, and the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation. Educational programming for this exhibition is supported in part by Texas Women for the Arts.
The City of El Paso is pleased to announce 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). 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.
“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 Mayor Dee Margo.
Located in the heart of the city’s cultural district and less than a mile from the U.S.-Mexico border, 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.
“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 Dr. Victoria Ramirez, EPMA Director. “This has helped us become a place where diverse groups can come together through art to respect other perspectives and find a common ground.”
Since its founding in 1959, the Museum has been a major 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 grantmaking, research, and policy development.
On February 19, the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) will temporarily close the Kress European Collection Galleries to undertake the first major reinstallation since the Museum opened its doors nearly twenty years ago in its current downtown location. All three galleries, measuring over 3,200 square feet, will undergo significant renovations before presenting the works in new thematic installations that will open to the public on May 11.
Originally gifted by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation in 1961, EPMA’s Kress Collection encompasses fifty-nine Italian, Spanish, Dutch, Flemish, and French works that span more than five centuries from a thirteenth-century Madonna and Child painted on a gold wood panel to eighteenth-century Italian pastel portraits. Many are attributed to the most significant names in the history of art, including Sandro Botticelli, Lorenzo Lotto, Artemisia Gentileschi, Jusepe de Ribera, Anthony van Dyck, and Canaletto. The newly installed galleries will display this extraordinary gift alongside works from EPMA’s permanent collection according to theme and chronology, allowing visitors for the first time to trace the evolution of iconic subjects like the Madonna and Child, portrait, and landscape. New, accompanying scholarship will offer fresh insight into the remarkable continuity and period-specific innovations that defined these popular subjects for centuries across Europe. The addition of new focus walls will allow the museum to showcase the entire scope of EPMA’s collection. One wall will feature a built-in niche, which will highlight both sides of an Italian altarpiece dating from the 1460s by the Sienese artist Sano di Pietro. Specially selected wall coverings will further highlight the often forgotten domestic function of works large and small, including Botticelli’s Madonna and Child.
The museum director, Dr. Victoria Ramirez, shares the significance of this project: “EPMA is one of only eighteen Kress Regional Galleries nationwide to receive a ‘core collection’ of European masterworks. Since its unveiling in 1961, our collection continues to draw praise for its incomparable quality. The unprecedented opportunity to renovate and reinstall the collection according to its thematic strengths will provide visitors a fresh perspective on one of the Southwest’s most significant collections of European art.”
“EPMA’s Kress Collection reflects the history of El Paso. From 1929 to 1961 when Kress and the Foundation established in his name were researching locations to donate his collection, individual gifts were generally distributed according to an ‘economic yardstick’ based on the success of the community’s Kress Five and Dime store. The El Paso ‘superstore’ on San Jacinto Plaza reportedly led the nation in sales from 1938 onwards, ensuring the city a remarkable collection. We are equally indebted to the skillful negotiation undertaken by native El Pasoans like architect R. E. McKee, then President of the Museum Dan Ponder, Director Reginald Fisher, Mayor Raymond Telles, and artist Tom Lea.”
The Kress Collection Reinstallation and Reinterpretation is made possible with the generous support of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation and Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.
The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) presents Early West Texas: Waypoint and Home, an exhibition celebrating the early art and artists of El Paso. *Early West Texas *centers on El Paso as an 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 and will be on view from July 1 through November 4. The exhibition features the work of over 20 El Paso artists from 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 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 international 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. Also exhibited are preserved flora and fauna from UTEP’s Biodiversity collection and Centennial Museum, providing a scientific perspective on the landscape so often depicted by West Texas artists.
Early West Texas is supplemented by the following educational programming:
Tuesday, July 24: Impressions, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Discover the art of early west Texas through a guided tour and facilitated conversation. For more information or to register, call Susie Vargas with the Alzheimer’s Association at 915-494-0793.
August 4 – 5 and 11 – 12: Film Screenings, Saturdays, August 4 and 11, 1:00 and 3:30 p.m. and Sundays, August 5 and 12, 2:00 p.m. Enjoy films made or set in the border region. Visit www.epma.art for more details and full film schedule. In partnership with the Plaza Classic Film Festival.
Thursday, August 30: Drop-In Workshop, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Tour the exhibition Early West Texas: Waypoint and Home and create a landscape painting in EPMA’s fully-equipped studio classrooms. Free and open to the public. Drop in anytime.
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.
To become an EPMA Member contact EPMAmember@elpasotexas.gov
The City of El Paso is pleased to announce the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) was selected as a finalist for the 2018 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to their communities. It is awarded each year by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).
“Being one of 29 finalists is a testament to the high-quality exhibitions and programming EPMA offers to El Paso and the surrounding region,” said Tracey Jerome, Director of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department. “This distinction is a credit to the professionalism and commitment EPMA staff shows to consistently providing an excellent experience for everyone who walks through our doors.”
Since its founding in 1959, the museum has been a major cultural resource for West Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico. The museum’s permanent collection focuses on American, European, and Mexican artwork including the second largest collection of retablos in the world. EPMA provides opportunities to local and regional artists to show their work through programs like the Transborder Biennial. Through special programming and the Art School, EPMA works to provide hands-on art experiences to visitors of different ages and abilities. It is the only 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.
“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 Dr. Victoria Ramirez, EPMA Director.
Over the past 24 years, the award has celebrated 182 institutions that demonstrated extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service. EPMA was nominated for the National Medal by U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke.
“The 29 National Medal finalists showcase the tremendous ability of libraries and museums to serve as vital community resources,” said IMLS Director Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services is honored to recognize these leading institutions. We congratulate them on the work they are doing across the United States.”
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EPMA strives to ensure that it provides the Borderplex with the access to the very best art, of international interest. 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 Museum celebrates the region’s diverse cultures through exhibitions, acquisitions, and educational programs and is dedicated to scholarship while providing a stimulating and inspiring environment for all audiences.
For the first time in Texas, the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) presents the Papel Chicano Dos: Works on Paper from the Collection of Cheech Marin exhibit that will be on view from February 16 through June 17.
The exhibition features 65 works from the esteemed private collection of actor, comedian, and philanthropist Cheech Marin. It explores Chicano identity from the Chicano Revolution to the present day. As a collector, Marin is dedicated to bringing Chicano art to the forefront of the American art scene.
Using pastels, watercolors, acrylic and spray paint, each of the artists explore universal themes of identity, political and social revolution and the experience of living between and within many cultures. The exhibition includes large-scale works by seminal Chicano artists like Frank Romero, Carlos Almaraz, Glugio “Gronk” Nicandro, and Benito Huerta and prominently features Chicana artists such as Diane Gamboa, Sonia Romero, and Sonia Fe. Also included in Marin’s collection are works by local artist and teacher Gaspar Enriquez, whose large-scale installation, Color Harmony en la Esquina, has found its home in EPMA’s Grand Lobby since 2013.
“In many ways, Cheech Marin’s collection of Chicano art is at home in El Paso. It features artists who embrace a multicultural heritage and artistically reinvigorate, critique, and transform traditions familiar to us along the US-Mexico border,” said exhibition curator Kevin Burns.
Papel Chicano Dos will be supplemented by various community and educational programs that are free and open to the public.
• Saturday, March 3: Papel Chicano Celebration, Noon to 4 p.m. Art-making activities, food trucks, a display of classic low-rider cars, and live music and vinyl sessions by Mother of Pearl Vinyl.
• Saturday, March 31: Baikas!, 12 – 4 p.m., join local Chicano artist and muralist Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado for a guided bicycle tour of El Segundo Barrio’s murals. The tour begins and ends at EPMA; bring a bicycle and water. RSVP for the mural tour at EPMArsvp@elpasotexas.gov or 915-212-3068.
Funding for Papel Chicano Dos is provided by lead sponsor CommUNITY en Acción.
“CommUNITY en Acción is comprised of community business and civic leaders who strive to make a positive change for our community by promoting the culture, education, and economic well-being of all our Latino Community. Once again, we are proud to bring Mr. Marin’s collection to El Paso and be the lead sponsor for this exhibition.” - J. Xavier Bañales, Chair, CommUNITY en Acción
Funding for Papel Chicano Dos is provided by lead sponsor CommUNITY en Acción. Thank you to CEA and Castro Enterprises, Inc., Bravo Cadillac, Hunt Companies, The Hospitals of Providence, Sierra Machinery, and WestStar Bank for your generous support.
The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) invites the public to the inaugural presentation of a new groundbreaking exhibition, Ethics, Excess, Extinction that opens Friday, January 26.
The exhibit of contemporary art speaks in creative and compelling ways of the reality of endangered animals. The exhibition explores ways humans affect the animal world through themes ranging from poaching to pollution to consumerism. At a time when science teaches us more than ever about the interconnectedness of the global environment, these artists remind residents of our intimate connections with animals, as well as our complicity in their suffering. “Notably, while Ethics approaches a sensitive issue, together the artworks in the exhibition weave a visually compelling tapestry encouraging us to rethink and engage with the problem in new ways,” said El Paso Museum of Art Senior Curator Dr. Patrick Shaw Cable.
The international array of artists includes several Americans such as Kiki Smith, Chris Jordan, and Esther Traugot, who variously used poetry, pathos, and sometimes the grotesque to evoke the plight of threatened species. The EPMA will enrich the Ethics, Excess, Extinction exhibition through several educational programs and available merchandise in the museum store. The store will offer a book featuring the work of major artist Kiki Smith, earth-friendly solar lights by Solight Designs, and postcards.
On February 1, the EPMA will host an Educator Evening inviting teachers to enhance their curriculum through workshops and tours of the exhibition. The EPMA’s special Family Day on April 14 will spotlight art by animals from the El Paso Zoo, created in conjunction with the Zoo’s Animal Enrichment Program.
Ethics, Excess, Extinction was organized by Art Works for Change and curated by Randy Jayne Rosenberg. Support was generously provided by the Texas Commission on the Arts. The exhibition is free and open to the public through May.