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Irene Aguilar

Development Mangaer

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.


Kevin Burns

Assistant Curator

Kevin Burns joined EPMA’s curatorial department in 2017. Since, he has organized multiple exhibitions from EPMA’s permanent collection including West Texas: Waypoint and Home and served as curator for Julie Speed: East of the Sun and West of the Moon, as well as the Transborder Biennial and related convening. Kevin also works to advance EPMA’s public and scholarly programs through the organization of Art Talks, lectures, and symposia. Kevin received a master’s degree in art history from the University of St. Andrews, Scotland.


Monica Garcia

Membership Manager

Before joining EPMA to head the membership department, Monica Garcia served as 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 for 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.


Kate Green

Senior Curator

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.


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.


Michelle Villa

Registrar

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.