meet our
team

Ben Fyffe

Managing Director, Cultural Affairs & Recreation

Ben Fyffe is a life-long EPMA fan, having first started visiting for art classes when he was 7-years old. He serves as Interim Director of EPMA, which is part of the portfolio of the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department, which he leads. Ben has previously worked at the Contemporary Austin before he moved back to El Paso as Assistant Head of Education at EPMA. He steered the process to secure State-designation for the El Paso Downtown Arts District and is currently working on the realization of a 40,000 square-foot, voter-approved Mexican American Cultural Center and 15 new integrated public art projects. He received his BA in Art History from the University of Texas at Austin and his MPA from the University of Texas at El Paso where he is a member of Pi Alpha Alpha. The Texas Senate recognized him for his work piloting artist residencies in underserved ESL campuses and he has served a Wallace Foundation Fellowship at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston as well as a Fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution’s Latino Center.


Claudia S. Preza

Assistant Curator

Claudia S. Preza joined EPMA as the Assistant Curator in November, 2021. Previously, she worked at EPMA as a Curatorial Assistant in 2019 and as a Curatorial Intern from 2014-2016. She has a Master of Arts degree in Museums Professions with a concentration in Exhibition Development from Seton Hall University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Art History from the University of Texas at El Paso. Preza has over 7 years of experience working in the art field, and has collaborated with various artists and art institutions such as Modern Artifact, Flor de Barro Gallery, Pierro Gallery of South Orange, Walsh Gallery, and the Morris Museum.


Irene Aguilar

Development Manager

Irene Aguilar is a native El Pasoan, with a BS in Business Administration. She has successfully worked in the nonprofit community for the last five years. Irene also worked in municipal government for the City of Las Cruces in a role that directly served her community for a little over ten-years. Irene’s work focuses on creating long lasting relationships and connecting communities.


Nick Munoz

Preparator

Nick Munoz joined EPMA in 2002, as a member of the Operations Department. He worked his way to Assistant Preparator and began his current position in 2005. He holds a bachelor’s in studio arts and studied with renowned metalsmith Rachelle Thiewes and sculptor Ray Parish. His prior experience included working in picture moulding production and as a retail frame store manager.


Bernadette Ramos

Museum Registrar

Bernadette Ramos joined EPMA in 2018, as the Art handler/gallery technician working closely with the Museum Registrar who she succeeded in 2020. She holds a Bachelor’s in Art with a certificate in museum studies from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Masters of Science in Library Science with a focus in Archival Studies and Imaging Technology from the University of North Texas.


Staphany Garnica

Art School Coordinator

Staphany joined EPMA as an Art School Coordinator in January, 2020. Previous UTEP Faculty Studio Assistant and Gallery Intern at the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts. She also taught art workshops to El Paso community, private painting lessons and freelance graphic design. Staphany worked at EPMA as a teaching artist in early 2018, and has collaborated on previous art exhibitions such as Sala de Arte and Ideas Unwrapped. She holds a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Texas at El Paso.


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