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 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 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.
Bernadette Ramos joined EPMA in 2018, as the Art handler/gallery technician working closely with the Museum Registrar who she succeeded in 2020. Previous UTEP Stanley and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts Gallery assistant and first Collections manager, worked installing exhibitions, framing, maintaining and digitizing the collection. Also, UTEP Special Collections Library Archival assistant, worked on documenting, framing, digitizing, curating, and sorting manuscripts/art. She holds a Bachelor’s in Art with a certificate in museum studies from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Masters of Science in Library Science with a focus in Archival Studies and Imaging Technology from the University of North Texas.
Staphany joined EPMA as an Art School Coordinator in January, 2020. Previous UTEP Faculty Studio Assistant and Gallery Intern at the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts. She also taught art workshops to El Paso community, private painting lessons and freelance graphic design. Staphany worked at EPMA as a teaching artist in early 2018, and has collaborated on previous art exhibitions such as Sala de Arte and Ideas Unwrapped. She holds a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Texas at El Paso.