El Paso Museum of Art

El Paso Museum of Art, covering art periods from the Italian Renaissance to the contemporary, spans over several hundred years. Modern sculptures catch the imagination upon entering the museum. El Paso native Tom Lea’s western art adorns the walls in the first gallery, followed by the Kress Collection, donated by the founder of the famous five & dimes, with its fabulous Renaissance paintings. Other galleries display Federal Period, Portraiture, American Impressionism, American Scene, American West, and New Spain (1700–1800). Another exciting gallery displays contemporary pieces from artists along the Mexican/American border from Texas to California. The museum also features traveling exhibits. One of the current extraordinary and exciting exhibitions, Modern Masters Series: Highlights from the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, is on display through October 2, 2016. The works of seven artists are represented in this series of exhibitions, and each artist’s paintings will be on display at some point during the exhibition. All were painted on canvas between 1879 and 1931 and are universally recognized as classic works. Museum tours available. A nominal fee is frequently charged for special exhibits for non-members. EPMA members, children age 11 and under and active military personnel and their families are free. Located downtown at the corner of Santa Fe and Main across from the Convention Center.

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