Spirit Lines: Helen Hardin Etchings
June 9 – October 8, 2017
Dede Rogers Special Events Gallery
Members Preview, June 8, 2017, 5:30 PM

Helen Hardin (1943-1984)
Changing Woman, #1/65, 1980
Copper plate etching
On loan from Helen Hardin #1’s LLC – a Nevada Corporation

Helen Hardin (1943–1984) was a significant Native American artist during her lifetime and created avenues for other Native women to break from traditionalism. Although she was influenced early on by the painting of her mother, Pablita Velarde, Hardin wished to break free and create her own style, which became a melding of Native American motifs with modernist geometric abstraction.  Spirit Lines presents the entire set of twenty-three copper-plate etchings that she produced in the early 1980s. This series features the first impression from each etching edition, prints that have previously rarely been seen or traveled.  

Hardin was born to an Anglo father and Santa Clara Pueblo mother. She studied the art and design of her Native American heritage and was fascinated by the geometric images created by prehistoric peoples. This exhibition exemplifies Hardin’s artistic abilities to absorb yet transcend traditional designs and create an individual style of relevant, modern works, which for her were spiritual expressions looking back both to her Roman catholic upbringing and her Native background.

In order to contextualize Hardin’s work and the inspiration she found in the art of her Native American heritage, the exhibition will include several loans of pottery and other objects from the El Paso Museum of Archaeology.

An American Animator, Don Bluth
July 1 – September 7, 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
Members 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

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.