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Gustavo Martinez

Teaching Artist

Born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from San Jose State University with a minor in Mexican American Studies. He received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Washington in 2011, and was awarded the Parnassus Teaching with Excellence award.

Gustavo is passionate about connecting with communities through ceramics and indigenous traditions. He honors his cultural heritage through traditional indigenous ceremonies with The Hueco Tanks All Nations Sundance Community in El Paso. Martinez has traveled to several countries to work and learn with ceramic communities, and his involvement with these communities has heavily influenced Gustavo’s artwork and world outlook.

Aryk Gardea

Teaching Artist

Aryk attended the University of Texas at El Paso earning his BFA with a double major in Ceramics and Painting. He continued his education at the San Francisco Art Institute where he obtained an MFA in Sculpture. He has an extensive exhibition history starting in 2005 to present.

Since returning to El Paso he has gathered experience teaching at museum and university levels. And since 2013, he has been focusing on a social aspect of his art practice by creating exhibition spaces and opportunities for cultural dialogue in otherwise dormant spaces. Aryk is currently part of a team that founded and maintains Galeria Cinco Puntos, established in 2018.

Ivan Calderon

Teaching Artist

Born in El Paso, TX. 1988. BFA in Painting & Drawing, University of Texas at El Paso. Exhibited nationally in New York and in Texas. Previous teaching artist experience at Creative kids -OLO Gallery, Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts.

Angel Peña

Teaching Artist

Received a bachelor’s degree in Fine Arts from the University of Texas at El Paso. While Angel’s main focus is painting he also works in different media such as sculpture, video and photography.

His work work depicts allegorical imagery related to environmental issues. He has an enormous respect for nature and his work uses multiple perspectives of the human influence on our environment.

Corina Bualle

Teaching Artist

BA, University of Texas at El Paso. Art instructor at St. Joseph’s School and Instructor for EPMA’s Neighborhood Kids program.
Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Tour + Studio.

Claudia Ramirez

Teaching Artist

Claudia Ramirez Jaquez is a Mexican-American artist, born in El Paso Texas and raised in Ciudad Juarez Chihuahua. She graduated from The University of Texas at El Paso with a BA in Drawing and Painting and a minor in Creative Writing. Claudia has been featured in several exhibitions, including the Glass Gallery and La Rodadora and she has participated in a collective mural at CX16. Claudia also has been published at the Rio Grande Review magazine for the spring 2019 issue and has led painting workshops at Flor de Barro Gallery.

Cynthia Gutierrez-Krapp

Teaching Artist

AAS, Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC. Studied traditional beading at the American Indian Community House in NYC. Window Display Artist for Purl Soho, Anthropologie and American Girl place in NYC. Taught group and private classes in NYC and El Paso in knitting, weaving and bead weaving. Created Pins & Needles when returned to El Paso a year ago and is now selling her creations at the EPMA shop. Created Aghaaˈ Hat Co.

Criselda Lopez

Teaching Artist

Criselda Lopez is an El Paso, Texas based artist with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts and a Master’s in Education. She has been exhibiting and working in her jewelry for more than fifteen years. Her jewelry has been exhibited in Jeweler’s Werk Galerie in Washington, Velvet DaVinci Gallery in San Francisco and Museo Franz Mayer in Mexico City.

Haydee Alonso

Teaching Artist

MFA, Royal College of Art and BFA, University of Texas at El Paso. Recipient of Art Matters Foundation Grant, New York, and MCAD’s Artist Incubator Program Grant. Exhibited nationally and internationally in France, Germany, Portugal and United Kingdom. Instructor for EPMA’s Neighborhood Kids program.
Jewelry, Sculpture, Tour + Studio.

Edgar Picazo

Teaching Artist

BA, University of Texas at El Paso. Local and international photographer, having his first solo exhibition in Warsaw, Poland, 2015.
Photography, Tour + Studio.

Briseida Ochoa

Teaching Artist

BFA, University of Texas at El Paso, Printmaker and Painter. Previous Teaching Artist Workshop Instructor at the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, Centennial Museum, El Paso Downtown Art and Farmers Market.Printmaking, Photography, Mixed Media, Tour + Studio.

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