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.
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.
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 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.
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.