Prior to joining EPMA, Victoria Ramirez served as the Director of the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin, Texas and as the Education Director of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Her work has been recognized by the American Alliance for Museums, the Texas Association of Museums, the National Art Education Association and the American Association for State and Local History. She has authored several publications, including Seeing Texas History: The Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and holds degrees in education and art history.
Kate Green previously served as the Guest Director of Marfa Contemporary, Curator of Education and Exhibitions at Artpace, Curatorial Assistant at MoMA PS1, and Educator at Dia Art Foundation. Her academic and curatorial work has been recognized with fellowships by the Core Critical Studies Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Etant Donnés, and the Helena Rubinstein Foundation, among others.
Kate has curated exhibitions and projects with Andrea Bowers, Mircea Cantor, William Cordova, Trisha Donnelly, and Autumn Knight, and her recent writing has been published by Art in America, Artforum.com, Frieze, and Dancing Fox Press. She holds a master’s in curatorial studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Texas at Austin.
Kevin Burns works within the education and curatorial departments to develop exhibitions and educational programming. Most recently, Kevin completed graduate work at the University of St. Andrews (Scotland) where he received his master’s degree in art history with a focus on modern American abstract art.
Before joining EPMA to head the membership department, Monica Garcia served as the Director of Philanthropy in Abu Dhabi, UAE, expanding social impact investment initiatives in Europe, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Her global and community partnerships bring to EPMA a multifarious and cosmopolitan approach to membership and the arts.
Monica has previously managed significant projects at Mayo Clinic, Nationwide Mutual Insurance, Prudential Financial and United Services Automobile Association (USAA). She received a bachelor’s in business management from the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas and a master’s in Latin American and Border Studies from the University of Texas at El Paso.
David Hernandez oversees EPMA’s education programs for adults, families and children. Operating under the belief that art enhances learning by giving children a way to communicate ideas and solve problems, David works with public and private schools to include art in classroom instruction. Previously, David was the Art School Coordinator, expanding the EPMA Art School by upgrading the classrooms and bringing in new artists to teach engaging classes, camps and workshops.
Prior to joining EPMA, David taught art, early childhood and primary education for more than 15 years at local private and public schools. He served on the Board for El Paso Exploreum Children’s Museum, and several committees for education advancement at Loretto Academy. Currently, David serves on the AOY Campus Improvement Team. He received his master’s in art education from the University of Texas at El Paso.
Claudia Ley is a third generation metallurgist, artist and scholar with a master’s in sociology from the University of Texas at El Paso. Prior to joining EPMA, she served as the youth educator and liaison at the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts.
Claudia was the recipient of two graduate scholar fellowships: the 2015 Latino Museum Studies Program (LMSP) through the Smithsonian Latino Center and the Tom Lea Fellowship at UTEP. Throughout the past ten years she has also led and created various grassroots community art projects, workshops, and platicas (talks) for the local border community.
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.
Michelle Villa has more than two decades of experience in the curatorial department of EPMA. During her tenure as Registrar she has been responsible for the care, organization, and safety of the museum’s collection and exhibitions. Michelle has an extensive background working with fine arts shippers, exhibit designers, and various museum vendors who deal with products ranging from archival materials to lighting.
She has worked with major museums, private collectors, and independent curators in all phases of bringing an exhibition to the public. She is responsible for the development and enforcement of policies and procedures pertaining to the acquisition, management, and disposition of objects entrusted to the care of the museum. Michelle studied art history, information science, and literature.