In celebration and recognition of The El Paso Museum of Art’s 50th Anniversary in 2011, the El Paso Museum of Art Foundation has taken the opportunity to look toward the future and secure a role for the visual arts in our region by building its Endowment to support the Museum in fulfilling its mission. The 50th Anniversary Endowment Campaign was launched in 2011 and will continue through 2016.
Founded in 1959, the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) is a major cultural and educational resource for West Texas, New Mexico and Mexico. The Museum houses a permanent collection of over 5,000 works of art. In addition to displaying works from its holdings, the Museum offers a diverse schedule of temporary exhibitions, films, lectures, concerts and other educational programs to the general public. EPMA has a steady record of accreditation by the American Association of Museums, having first received this recognition in The Museum was re-accredited in 1985 and, most recently in 2001. Since the new downtown building opened its doors in 1998, the Museum has served approximately 100,000 visitors per year.
El Paso Museum of Art’s mission is 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 our region’s diverse cultures through exhibitions, acquisitions, educational programs and staff and board representation and is an educational institution dedicated to scholarship and training that provides a stimulating aesthetic environment and resource for all audiences.
The Museum is municipally-funded and is under the jurisdiction of the City of El Paso, Texas. EPMA, the only accredited art museum within a 250-mile radius, is located both in the heart of downtown El Paso and just blocks away from the US-Mexico border; it is situated within the world’s largest international border community with an approximate metropolitan population of over 2.6 million.