El Paso Art Scene
Experience The El Paso Art Scene
El Paso has a lively art scene, following a rich history of artists and exhibitors in the city. There are plenty of galleries; from the Airport Gallery to caricatures at the Rock House Café and Gallery, where you can visit local art and international exhibitions too. There are also Street Art Markets where local artwork is exhibited in the street, bring art to everyone. Here are some galleries that are worth visiting when you’re visiting El Paso.
El Paso Museum of Art
El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) is easily recognisable from the two giant alligator statues guarding the front; Los Lagartos in the San Jacinto Plaza. Founded in 1959, it has become one of the most acclaimed and influential cultural establishments in the areas of West Texas and New Mexico. The museum houses a vast permanent collection comprising the renowned Kress collection, the Spanish Viceroyal, the American and the works on paper collections. The contemporary collection encompasses some of the best new art from Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, and Mexico, with works displayed as part of the permanent collection and showcased during the many temporary exhibitions. Among the gems presented at EPMA are works by local painter Carmen Lomas Garza, Color Field artist Sam Gilliam, sculptures by Texas-based James Surls, and assemblage works by Al Souza, demonstrating a wide spectrum of media and styles.
El Paso Museum of Art, 1 Arts Festival Plz, El Paso, TX, USA, +1 915 532 1707
Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts
Housed by the University of Texas at El Paso since its opening in 2004, the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts is committed to bringing the most innovative trends in artistic practice to the region. Serving as a creative laboratory for art students and local emerging artists, the Rubin aims at creating a space where internationally recognised, cutting-edge art meets the inventiveness of home practitioners. Among the ongoing series of regular exhibitions, workshops, site-specific installations, and Biennial Faculty Exhibitions, a highlight is the current retrospective on jeweller and metal artist Rachelle Thiewes, Rachelle Thiewes: Something Gleams. Thiewes, in addition to being a professor at the university, is also an acclaimed sculptor with works displayed in Washington D.C., Scotland, New York and Chicago, among others.
The Glass Gallery
The Glass Gallery is part of the Fox Fine Arts Center, housed in the University of Texas at El Paso. The Glass Gallery focuses exclusively on the artworks of the up-and-coming talented students from the UTEP Department of Art. The gallery is student-led, run under the supervision of the Rubin Center’s staff and has been showcasing artistic research on a range of different media for over 20 years. There are around 15 exhibitions every year so a very quick rotation of art, including both solo and collective. The gallery is a good place to find new up-coming talent and to see what trends are developing in the art world in the Southwest. A great place to find some local inspiration.
International Museum of Art
The International Museum of Art houses several galleries including local and Southwestern art. There are African and Western galleries, the Mexican Revolution galleries, the Kolliker and the Red Room Gallery. The Red Room is devoted to contemporary local art including well known artists from El Paso and the Southwest, with a great collection of both paintings and drawings. Local artists here include local artist Lawrence Benjamin Porter, popular for mixed media art works, and muralist Ernesto Martinez. and presents a selection of paintings and drawings by top artists from El Paso and the Southwest. Occupying the lower floor of the museum with a showcase of diverse artistic media and themes, the gallery is a great place to start your exploration of local art.
International Museum of Art, 1211 Montana Ave, El Paso, TX, USA, +1 915 543 6747