An American Animator, Don Bluth
July 8 – September 17, 2017
Peter and Margaret de Wetter Gallery
Open House, July 13, 2017, 5:30 PM

Thumbelina, 1994
Cel setup with signature, Sequence 70, Scene 38
Acrylic on acetate, color photocopy on paper
Courtesy of the Don Bluth Collection of Animation
Jen Library Archives and Special Collections
The Savannah College of Art and Design

EPMA is delighted to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the El Paso Community Foundation on the Plaza Classic Film Festival with an exhibition by animator Don Bluth.  An El Paso native, Bluth grew up watching Disney classics, and later became one of their master animators, known for films such as The Rescuers and Winnie the Pooh. Adapting to the transition from analog to digital technology, Bluth formed Don Bluth Productions. The exhibition highlights Bluth’s range in style and animation technique and will present animation drawings, concept art, backgrounds, storyboards, and digital animations from All Dogs Go to Heaven, Thumbelina, and Anastasia amongst others.  Nearly forty works will be on view, on loan from the Don Bluth Collection of Animation at the Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia.

Gardens of Earthly and Unearthly Delights
September 8, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Woody and Gayle Hunt Family Gallery
Member's Preview, September 7, 2017, 5:30 PM

William de Leftwich Dodge (American, 1867–1935)
The Madonna of the Oleanders, c. 1933
Oil on canvas
El Paso Museum of Art, Gift of Leftwich D. Kimbrough

A ubiquitous subject in art, the garden can embody natural and manmade beauty, provide a vehicle for exploring lush color and broad brushwork, suggest poetic atmosphere and mystery, and symbolize concepts ranging from virginal chasteness to sensual abandonment. Taking an expansive view of the garden theme, Gardens of Earthly and Unearthly Delights juxtaposes both historical and contemporary art and is composed entirely of works from the collection of the El Paso Museum of Art. 

Frank Lloyd Wright: Architecture of the Interior
October 13, 2017 – February 11, 2018 
Dede Rogers Special Events Gallery
Open House, October 12, 2017, 5:30 PM

Thaxter Shaw House, Living Area, Montreal, Canada, 1906
Photographic Reproduction
Courtesy of The Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives (The
Museum of Modern Art | Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, New
York) Drawings Copyright © Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, AZ

Explore the work of Frank Lloyd Wright’s interior spaces, furnishings, and household objects through house plans and photographs. House plans in the exhibition reveal the heart of Wright houses as a single, expansive space from which subordinate spaces extend outward in multiple directions, like spokes radiating outward from the hub of a wheel. Photographs of interiors and architectural and furniture design drawings show the ingenious ways Wright maximized the feeling of open space while accommodating the needs for daily living.  Marking the 150th anniversary of the American architect’s birth on June 8, 1867, this exhibition was organized by International Arts & Artists, Washington, DC, in cooperation with the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation, Scottsdale, Arizona.