El Paso Museum of Art Galleries
The El Paso Museum of Art is the fine arts museum of the City of El Paso and a major cultural and educational resource for the surrounding region.
Located on the boundary of Texas, Mexico, and New Mexico, the Museum is situated within the world’s largest international border community with a metropolitan population of approximately three million people.
The Museum houses a permanent collection of more than 5,000 works of art, including the Samuel H. Kress Collection of European art from the 13th-18th centuries, American art from the 19th-20th centuries, Mexican colonial art and retablos from the 18th-19th centuries, works on paper, and contemporary art from the Southwestern United States and Mexico.
In addition to displaying works from its holdings, the Museum presents a diverse schedule of temporary exhibitions, films, lectures, concerts, and other educational programs for the public.
European Painting and Sculpture
One of the Southwest’s finest gatherings of European art, the Samuel H. Kress Collection includes outstanding examples of Renaissance and Baroque art from Italy, France, Spain, and the Netherlands. Among the collection’s highlights are works by Bernardo Bellotto, Canaletto, Artemisia Gentilischi, and Bartolome Esteban Murillo.
Art of Mexico and New Spain
Installed in the Dorrance and Olga Roderick Gallery, the Museum’s collection of Mexican colonial art features paintings and sculptures created between the 17th and 19th centuries. Examples from the Museum’s large collection of Mexican retablos are on display along with works from Peru and other regional schools of the Spanish Vice-Royalty.
American Painting and Sculpture
The Museum houses one of the region’s most extensive collections of American art from the early 19th century through the mid 20th century. On view in the Dick and Frances Mithoff Gallery are outstanding examples of early American portraits by Rembrandt Peale, Thomas Sully, and Gilbert Stuart; American Impressionist paintings by William Merrit Chase, Childe Hassam, and Edmund C. Tarbell; American Scene paintings by John Grabach, Robert Henri, and John Sloan; and Modernist works by Milton Avery, John Marin, and Max Weber. The Tom Lea Gallery features works by native El Pasoan Tom Lea and other artists from the Southwest, including Gustave Bauman, E. Irving Couse, Fremont Ellis, Joseph Henry Sharp, and Henriette Wyeth.
During the past decade, the Museum has developed a major collection of contemporary works in all media by artists based in the southwestern United States and Mexico, with a particular focus on Texas, New Mexico, and the Border region. Among the artists represented are Susan Davidoff, James Drake, Gaspar Enriquez, Vernon Fisher, Joseph Havel, Anna Jacquez, Luis Jimenez, James Magee and Annabel Livermore, Jesus Bautista Moroles, and James Surls.
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
The Museum’s extensive holdings of works on paper include more than 2,500 prints, drawings, and photographs. Shown on a rotating basis in the Peter and Margaret de Wetter Gallery and elsewhere in the Museum, this collection features fine examples of Old Master prints, 19th-century reproductive engravings, and American Scene prints. Recent acquisitions have focused on contemporary American prints and photography of the American West.
The Museum presents 10 to 12 exhibitions per year, including major traveling shows and special installations drawn from the permanent collection. Many of these exhibitions are presented in the Museum’s 7,500-square-foot changing gallery. The Museum’s ongoing Focus series features the work of emerging contemporary artists from the surrounding region.