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El Paso Museum of Art

1 Arts Festival Plaza
El Paso, Texas

Phone: 915-532-1707--

Statement of Purpose:

The purpose of the El Paso Museum of Art (Museum), a department of the City of El Paso, is to collect, interpret, preserve, and exhibit works of art that maintain and support the strengths of the Museum’s permanent collections of American art, European art, and Mexican art.
The Museum recognizes the region’s diverse cultures through exhibitions, acquisitions, educational programs, and staff and board representation.
The Museum is an educational institution dedicated to scholarship and training, while providing a stimulating aesthetic environment and resource for all audiences.

14th to 20th century Spanish colonial, European, American and Mexican art.

Highlights & Collections:

The El Paso Museum of Art is the art museum of the city of El Paso, Texas. It is a major cultural and educational resource serving a community of over 3 million in a bi-national/border region which includes southern New Mexico, far west Texas, and northern Chihuahua.

The Museum, which opened in 1998, houses a collection of over 5,000 works of art in a 104,000 square foot building in downtown El Paso.

The Museum's major holdings include the Samuel H. Kress Collection of European Art, with works dating from the 13th through the 18th centuries, American art from the 18th-20th centuries, and Mexican Viceregal Art from the 18th-19th centuries.  Along with these works are numerous works on paper, as well as contemporary art from the American Southwest and Mexico.  In addition to displaying the permanent collection, the Museum offers several important traveling exhibitions each year, as well as fims, lectures, concerts, and varied educational programs.


The Samuel H. Kress Collection is permanently displayed in the 3,300 sq. ft. Kress Collection Gallery. Consisting of 57 paintings and two sculptures, the Museum's collection of Western European masterworks from the 13th through 18th centuries includes such artists as Bernardo Bellotto, Canaletto, Jusepe de Ribera, Giovanni di Paolo, Lavinia Fontana, Artemisia Gentileschi, Lorenzo Lotto, Bartolome Esteban Murillo, Hyacinthe Rigaud, Bernardo Strozzi, Anthony van Dyck, and Francisco de Zurbarán.

The 5,000 sq. ft. Tom Lea Gallery exhibits works by American modernists from the Ashcan School, Taos and Santa Fe masters, and nationally recognized artists of the American Southwest. Included in the Museum's permanent collection are such artists as Manuel Acosta, Gustave Baumann, Ernest Blumenschein, José Cisneros, Fremont Ellis, Robert Henri, Tom Lea, Frederic Remington, Charles M. Russell, Julius Rolshoven, Joseph Henry Sharp, John Sloan, Moses Soyer, and Henriette Wyeth. Works in the gallery are from the Museum's permanent collection, augmented by loans from other institutions.
Arising out of European traditions and exploring the establishment of a New World aesthetic, art works in Dorrance and Olga Roderick Gallery survey North and South American traditions — cultural bridges to art of the American Southwest. While drawn primarily from the Museum's permanent collection, the Roderick Gallery also houses works on loan which survey early artistic traditions from South America to the American Southwest.
The Museum's Mexican Viceroyal collection consists of 17th through 19th century paintings on panel, canvas, copper, and tin, and includes works by Nicolás Enríquez, Antonío de Torres, Francisco Martínez, and Juan Sánchez Salmarón.


The Museum's American Collections include early 19th and 20th century American masters such as George Inness, Rembrandt Peale, Gilbert Stuart and Thomas Sully. Also on exhibit are selections from the Museum's holdings of work by American Impressionists, which include Edward Bannister, Frank Boggs, John Edward Costigan, Ernest Lawson, Henry D. Tanner, and John Twachtman.

Please see Calendar events at Museum website:


Tuesday to Saturday, 9:00 am - 5:00 pm;
Sunday, 12:00 - 5:00 pm
Closed Mondays and civic holidays.

Admission & Directions:

$1.00, $.50 for children 12 and under, students with valid ID and seniors.
Free admission for all on Sundays.
Handicapped Accessible
Interstate 10, east/west, Downtown Exit.
South on Santa Fe Street, corner of Santa Fe and Main Streets across from the Abraham Chavez Theatre and El Paso Convention and Visitors' Center in downtown El Paso.



Key Personnel:

Becky Duval Reese, Director of Museums

William R. Thompson, Curator
Jerry Medrano, Assistant Curator
Sylvia O. Henderson, Curatorial Secretary
Elizabeth Schorr, Registrar
Michelle Ryden, Preparator
Lori Eklund, Curator of Education
Ann Camp, Assistant Curator of Education
Pamela Pemberton, School Services Coordinator
Priscilla Guerra, Education Secretary
Kayla Marks, Head of Development
Christina Grijalva, Events Coordinator
Armando Vargas Matus, Gift Store Manager
Frank Harding, Operations Supervisor
Martin Rodriguez, Assistant Operations Manager


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