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Long Profile of The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) in Texas



The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) in El Paso, Texas officially opened to the public in 1959.

The Museum has a permanent collection of over 5,000 works, and regularly exhibits art such as painting, sculptures, installations, photography, video, film, and mixed media.

In addition to exhibiting its permanent collection, the Museum hosts temporary exhibitions, film screenings, lectures, concerts, and other cultural and educational events.


The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) opened in 1959.

EPMA was first accredited in 1972 by the American Association of Museums. It was then re-accredited in 1985 and in 2001.

In 1998, the Museum moved to a new downtown building.


The Museum's mission according to their website: "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."


The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) is located in the heart of downtown El Paso and only blocks away from the international U.S.-Mexico border. It is easy to access via public transportation.

Museum's Conservation Department:

Art conservation is when trained art conservators research and analyze an artwork, to then determine how best to restore and preserve the artwork for future generations.

Famed Artworks in Collection:

The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) has acquired a comprehensive collection of European painting dating from the 13th through the 18th centuries from art-historically-known artists such as Canaletto, Jusepe de Ribera, Artemesia Gentileschi, Anthony van Dyck and Francisco Zubarán.

The Spanish Empire in the New World (17th-19th c.) is well-represented by artists, who painted religious imagery on panel, canvas, copper and tin, such as Nicolás Enríquez, Antonío de Torres, Francisco Martínez, and Juan Sánchez Salmerón.

Other artists represented in the collection include Ansel Adams, Romare Bearden, Thomas Hart Benton, Albrecht Dürer, José Clemente Orozco, Jaune Quick-To-See-Smith, Pablo Picasso, and Diego Rivera.

Southwestern artists include Julie Bozzi, Carlos Callejo, Gronk, Luis Jiménez, Jim Love, Melissa Miller, Fritz Scholder, James Surls, and Willie Varela.

Noteworthy Facts:

The Museum School offers studio art classes in drawing, painting, ceramics, printmaking and mixed media, and are taught by artists and other arts professionals. Classes are geared for all levels: young children, teens, families and adults.

Docent Program

The Museum's Docent Program consists of volunteers who undergo a 6-month training program, to then be followed by a one year commitment as an active docent. This is ideal for students who wish to learn more about art, its history and its various art movements; to get in-depth knowledge about Spanish Colonialism and the Museum's collection; and to meet curators and artists.

Employment Information:

The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) does not post job opportunities on its website. However, it does post volunteer positions.

How to Apply for a Job:

To apply for a job, you may want to call first to see if there are any jobs available, and if so, then you may wish to send your résumé, with a cover letter to the Museum.

Museum's Contact Info:

El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA), One Arts Festival Plaza, El Paso, Texas 79901. Tel:(915) 532-1707.

The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA)'s website

Museum Hours :

  • Mondays closed
  • Tuesdays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Wednesdays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Thursdays 9:00 am to 9:00 pm
  • Fridays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Saturdays 9:00 am to 5:00 pm
  • Sundays 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm
  • Closed Holidays
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