Founded in 1959, The El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) is located in downtown El Paso, Texas. First accredited in 1972, it is the only accredited art museum within a 250-mile radius and serves approximately 100,000 visitors per year. A new building was completed in 1998. In addition to its permanent collections and special exhibitions, the museum also offers art classes, film series, lectures, concerts, storytelling sessions and other educational programs to the West Texas, Southern New Mexico and Ciudad Juarez, Mexico community. EPMA's Algur H. Meadows Art Library houses a special collection of art and art history reference books.With our custom trip planner, El Paso attractions like El Paso Museum of Art can be center stage of your vacation plans, and you can find out about other attractions like it, unlike it, near it, and miles away.
It is best known for its 57-piece Samuel H. Kress collection of 12th–18th-century European Art including works by Bernardo Bellotto, Benedetto Bonfigli, Canaletto, Giovanni Benedetto Castiglione, Vincenzo Catena, Giuseppe Maria Crespi, Carlo Crivelli, Vittore Crivelli, Macrino d'Alba, Jacopo da Sellaio, Nicolò da Voltri, Juan de Borgoña, Jacopo del Sellaio, Martino di Bartolomeo, Giovanni di Paolo, Giovanni Andrea de Ferrari, Sano di Pietro, Battista Dossi, Lavinia Fontana, Artemisia Gentileschi, Juan de Valdés Leal, Benvenuto Tisi (called il Garofalo), Filippino Lippi, Lorenzo Lotto, Alessandro Magnasco, the Master of the Bambino Vispo, Bartolomé Esteban Murillo, Giacomo Pacchiarotti, Andrea Previtali, Hyacinthe Rigaud, Pietro Rotari, Bernardo Strozzi, Anthony van Dyck, and Francisco Zurbarán. The permanent collection includes North American works of art by Manuel Gregorio Acosta, Frank Duveneck, Childe Hassam, George Inness, Manuel Neri, Rembrandt Peale, Frederic Remington, and Gilbert Stuart, among others.
The museum has developed a major collection of contemporary Southwestern United States and Mexican artists with an emphasis on Texas, New Mexico, and the border region including works by Ho Baron, Julie Bozzi, Carlos Callejo, Susan Davidoff, James Drake, Gaspar Enríquez, Vernon Fisher, Carmen Lomas Garza, Harry Geffert, Sam Gilliam, Gronk, Becky Hendrick, Anna Jaquez, Luis Jiménez, Donald Judd, Ida Lansky, Jim Love, Gilbert Lujan, James Magee, Melissa Miller, Jesús Moroles, Celia Muñoz, Kermit Oliver, Ray Parish, Nadezda Prvulovic, Linda Ridgway, María Sada, Fritz Scholder, James Surls, Willie Varela, and Shane Wiggs. Other special collections include Pre-Columbian and Mexican colonial art, early 19th-century through the mid 20th-century American art, and a collection of works on paper including Old Master, 19th-century, and American Scene prints, reproductive engravings, and photographs.
El Paso Museum of Art Reviews
Outstanding museum, must see to appreciate, set your own pace. OK to take pictures (no flash allowed) Don't forget the children's area even if you don't have children with you. Spotless restroom's..... more »
Entrance is voluntary donation based. I used the map to make sure I saw everything & there was much to see. I read all of the accompanying cards some of the pieces are very old & interesting. I... more »
The EPMA is a very cool place to go. *FULL DISCLOSURE- My wife works there and gives me the inner scoop. The museum store is my favorite place to go besides the exhibits. Partly because the store always has really neat stuff for the artists in your life and there’s always something fresh and original. However I mostly buy stuff from the store because a lot of the items are MADE by LOCAL ARTISTS and a portion of your purchase goes to them so they can keep creating more of what they love. As artists ourselves my wife and I fully believe in supporting/buying locally. The museum also has workshops and other events going on for the whole family. So if you want to know about what’s going on just stop in by the store or check out the website and you’ll get whatever questions you have answered. Also please remember that when you go please be respectful not only of the museum but of the folks that work there and PLEASE DO NOT COMPLAIN about the the prices of the items. There has to be a profit made not only to keep the store going but the local artists that help contribute items for sale at the store. These folks work hard not only to keep creating fresh original artwork but also to support their families so please keep that in mind. So go enjoy the museum and have fun.
Really cool exhibits especially for a free public art museum. Lots of interesting upcoming events etc. Definitely worth checking out. Plenty of close parking available for reasonable prices.
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