Mission Statement and History

mission statement

To collect, interpret, preserve and exhibit works of art that maintain and support the strengths of the Museum's permanent collections of American, European, and Mexican art.  The Museum recognizes the region's diverse cultures through exhibitions, acquisitions, educational programs and staff and board representation and is an education institution dedicated to scholarship and training while providing a stimulating aesthetic environment and resource of all audiences.


Founded in 1959, the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) is a major cultural and educational resource for West Texas, New Mexico, and Mexico.  The Museum houses a permanent collection of over 7,000 works of art. In addition to displaying works from its holdings, the Museum offers a diverse schedule of temporary exhibitions, and educational programs for adults and children, including classes, camps, and workshops offering through EPMA’s Art School.  Since the downtown building opened in 1998, the Museum welcomes approximately 80,000 visitors per year.  

The Museum is municipally funded and is under the jurisdiction of the City of El Paso, Texas.  EPMA, is located in the heart of downtown El Paso and blocks away from the U.S.- Mexico border; it is situated within the world's largest international border community with an approximate metropolitan population of over 2.6 million.