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Dr. Vladimir von Tsurikov

Interim Director

Dr. von Tsurikov joins EPMA from the El Paso Museum of History (EMPH), where he has served as Director since August 2018. Prior to joining the EPMH and EPMA teams, Dr. von Tsurikov was the Director and President of the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He has also served as Director and Curator of the Foundation of Russian History Museum in New York; Project Archivist at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution of War, Revolution, and Peace; and Director of Archives and Library Services at Holy Trinity Seminary in New York. Dr. von Tsurikov holds a Ph.D. in Russian History from the Moscow Theological Academy in Russia and an M.A. in Russian Language and Literature from Middlebury College in Vermont.

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.

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.

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,, 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


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


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.

Staphany Garnica

Art School Coordinator

Staphany was born in El Paso, TX and raised in Cd. Juarez, Chih. MX. She earned her BFA from the University of Texas at El Paso with a concentration in Painting and Graphic Design. Previous UTEP Faculty Studio Assistant, worked at installing exhibitions at the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts and Centennial Museum. Also taught art workshops to El Paso community, private painting lessons and freelance graphic design. Staphany has worked with EPMA as a teaching artist, and designed Ideas Unwrapped, and La Sala Community Art Studio.

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