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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.

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.

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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