City of El Paso Public Art Program

City of El Paso Public Art Program The El Paso Public Art Program works to enhance, promote, and define El Paso as a unique place, community, and destination in its placing of public artwork in community neighborhoods and public property.

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Local artist AO Carmona’s “Baile Celestial” is one of 74 works by local artists recently acquired through the Public Art...
05/11/2021

Local artist AO Carmona’s “Baile Celestial” is one of 74 works by local artists recently acquired through the Public Art Program.

Local artist AO Carmona’s “Baile Celestial” is one of 74 works by local artists recently acquired through the Public Art Program.

How’s this for friendly? “Bienvenido,” by artist Christopher Weed, is a 30-foot open door greeting visitors traveling up...
05/03/2021

How’s this for friendly? “Bienvenido,” by artist Christopher Weed, is a 30-foot open door greeting visitors traveling up from the international Stanton Bridge through the Paseo de las Luces and into the Downtown Arts District. The public art project is on a new roundabout by both the newly reopened historic Plaza Hotel and Paso del Norte Hotel. It’s still a work in progress, with landscaping coming soon!

Artist Osman Akan’s “Voids,” one of the latest projects through our Public Art Program is installed at the newly opened ...
04/24/2021

Artist Osman Akan’s “Voids,” one of the latest projects through our Public Art Program is installed at the newly opened El Paso Parks and Recreation Valle Bajo Community Center. It received the CODAworx 2020 Award of Merit as well as the People’s Choice Award from Coda!

Artist Osman Akan’s “Voids,” one of the latest projects through our Public Art Program is installed at the newly opened El Paso Parks and Recreation Valle Bajo Community Center. It received the CODAworx 2020 Award of Merit as well as the People’s Choice Award from Coda!

Latest project completed through our Public Art Program!  "Living Desert" is a set of companion mosaic murals by local a...
04/08/2021

Latest project completed through our Public Art Program! "Living Desert" is a set of companion mosaic murals by local artists Terry Wright & Kathryn Gelinas. They are installed in the Polly Harris Senior Center and will greet visitors when the Center reopens.

Latest project completed through our Public Art Program! "Living Desert" is a set of companion mosaic murals by local artists Terry Wright & Kathryn Gelinas. They are installed in the Polly Harris Senior Center and will greet visitors when the Center reopens.

This month, artist Olalekan Jeyifous is featured in MoMA’s “Reconstructions: Architecture & Blackness in America” and we...
02/11/2021

This month, artist Olalekan Jeyifous is featured in MoMA’s “Reconstructions: Architecture & Blackness in America” and we are in process of installing his public art project on the Eastside! Here is a section of the “Architectural Digest” article last month on the artist. #blackhistorymonth

Our friends at the El Paso Zoo reopen tomorrow!  Aside from the incredible animals and exhibits, you can also enjoy artw...
02/09/2021

Our friends at the El Paso Zoo reopen tomorrow! Aside from the incredible animals and exhibits, you can also enjoy artwork completed through our program!

Did you know that the El Paso Zoo is set to open tomorrow, Wednesday, February 10? Go visit them and also see the different public art pieces that have been installed inside the zoo. Pictured here, Persistencia by Andy Dufford and Lmara by Roger Stroller.

Today, City Council received an update on recently completed public art projects and approved the 2021 Public Art Plan—a...
01/21/2021

Today, City Council received an update on recently completed public art projects and approved the 2021 Public Art Plan—authorizing $1.4M in new works. Super proud of staff who are driving one of the most prolific programs in the nation and that 80% of payments have been to local artists so far!

Earlier today, City Council approved the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department's annual Public Art plan. The plan adds six art projects in 2021 to further enrich the City's culture.

In addition to approving the Public Art Plan, City Council received an update on completed public art projects and a breakdown of projects that are currently in progress. #IAmElPaso

We’ve been busy—our latest completed public art project, “Desert Blossom,” by artists May & Watkins, is a gateway in Chu...
01/15/2021

We’ve been busy—our latest completed public art project, “Desert Blossom,” by artists May & Watkins, is a gateway in Chuck Heinrich Memorial Park. The piece is inspired by the beauty of our desert landscape when it comes alive each spring!

“The New York Times Magazine” earlier this month did this great story on Mayer of Munich.  Considered the world’s greate...
12/27/2020
The Munich Atelier Where Stained Glass Comes to Life

“The New York Times Magazine” earlier this month did this great story on Mayer of Munich. Considered the world’s greatest art glass studio, they fabricated “Time Expanding,” by artist Charlotte Paul, the glass piece that encloses Digital Wall in the Hunt Family Pavilion at the El Paso Museum of History. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/12/02/t-magazine/mayer-of-munich-stained-glass-mosaic.html

In a six-story building in the city’s center, Michael and Petra Mayer run — and reside in — one of the world’s oldest and most celebrated architectural glass and mosaic studios.

Lights on our public art piece, “Airway” by Vicki Scuri glow blue and white to honor the incredible dedication, compassi...
12/16/2020

Lights on our public art piece, “Airway” by Vicki Scuri glow blue and white to honor the incredible dedication, compassion and courage of our El Paso healthcare workers!

19 years ago, the terrorist attacks on our nation forever changed the world. This public art project, “Rising Stronger,”...
09/11/2020

19 years ago, the terrorist attacks on our nation forever changed the world. This public art project, “Rising Stronger,” by local artist Julio Sanchez De Alba celebrates the heroic role first responders played on 9/11 and the aftermath. It’s located at Fire Station #18.

Artwork lit up orange to honor Cielo Vista Walmart victims
08/04/2020
Artwork lit up orange to honor Cielo Vista Walmart victims

Artwork lit up orange to honor Cielo Vista Walmart victims

The art pillars at I-10 and Airway are lit up orange. The colors are to honor the 23 victims of the August 3 attack at the Cielo Vista Walmart and the victims of gun violence. The art will remain the color orange at night for the first two weeks of August. Find more stories on how El Paso is honorin...

Museums and Cultural Affairs Department - City of El Paso
08/03/2020

Museums and Cultural Affairs Department - City of El Paso

In remembrance of the 23 lives that were lost in the mass shooting of August 3, 2019, orange ribbons will be available from now until 8pm to be tied on the memorial at Ponder Park. #ElPasoStrong #ATimeToRemember

Each year, names of El Pasoans who died senselessly are provided by the District Attorney’s Office and annually added to...
08/01/2020

Each year, names of El Pasoans who died senselessly are provided by the District Attorney’s Office and annually added to MCAD’s Crime Victims Memorial at Yucca Park. Here, the 23 lives cut short due to the mass shooting of August 3 are etched in granite. The Memorial was completed through our public art program. #ElPasoStrong #ATimeToRemember

Did you know orange is the national color for gun violence and those who were victims of it? We’ll have these special or...
07/30/2020

Did you know orange is the national color for gun violence and those who were victims of it? We’ll have these special orange ribbons for the community to tie on the memorial at Ponder Park on Monday, August 3 as we mark the one-year anniversary of the mass shooting that impacted our region. #elpasostrong #atimetoremember

Since 2006, 2% of the total budget of any new municipal construction or facility improvement goes to commission original...
07/19/2020

Since 2006, 2% of the total budget of any new municipal construction or facility improvement goes to commission original art to be integrated into the project. It ensures that City buildings have unique features and that art can be accessed all over the community—not just in museums or downtown. This piece, by local artist Patricia “Sabina” Muñoz marks the entrance to the José Cisneros Branch Library.

Today is the last day to vote! Help us get to #1! The new public art piece on Airway has been selected as one of the Top...
06/30/2020

Today is the last day to vote! Help us get to #1! The new public art piece on Airway has been selected as one of the Top 100 most successful recently-completed design projects in the world by CODAworx! "Flores del Desierto" is made of 11 stainless steel sculptures towering 31 feet high.

It's in the running for a People’s Choice award - vote here: https://www.codaworx.com/codaawards/2020-codaawards-top-100/

City of El Paso Public Art Program
06/24/2020

City of El Paso Public Art Program

The public art piece on Airway has been selected as one of the Top 100 most successful recently-completed design project...
06/23/2020

The public art piece on Airway has been selected as one of the Top 100 most successful recently-completed design projects in the world by CODAworx. "Flores del Desierto" is made of 11 stainless steel sculptures towering 31 feet high.

It's in the running for a People’s Choice award - vote here for our local art piece: https://www.codaworx.com/codaawards/2020-codaawards-top-100/

06/10/2020

Have you heard? All El Paso Parks and Recreation parks and fields opened as of Monday, June 8. That means a lot of our public art is also accessible too! You can see this view by looking up through the oculus in “Sun Pavilion,” the public art piece in Blackie Chesher Park completed by David Dahlquist & Matt Niebuhr.

Work to complete some of our projects continues even though facilities are closed. Our Public Art staff is making site v...
04/15/2020

Work to complete some of our projects continues even though facilities are closed. Our Public Art staff is making site visits to make sure projects like the archways at the Eastside Regional Park continue. City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government El Paso Parks and Recreation

A significant portion of the public art collection is located in El Paso Parks and Recreation facilities and park land. ...
04/02/2020

A significant portion of the public art collection is located in El Paso Parks and Recreation facilities and park land. Please help spread the word that all City parks and trails are now closed as we work to contain the spread of COVID-19!

The Parks and Recreation Department has closed all City Parks and recreational areas until further notice.

Closing of parks includes City owned hike and bike trails, walking trails and playgrounds. Also not allowed are gatherings at any recreational area or recreational facility.

The measures are necessary to reduce the number of people gathering outdoors to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Congratulations to Miriam Garcia, who recently promoted to Public Art Program Supervisor at MCAD. Miriam has been with M...
02/21/2020

Congratulations to Miriam Garcia, who recently promoted to Public Art Program Supervisor at MCAD. Miriam has been with MCAD for three years, but now will assume leadership of the Public Art Program, and $6.5 million in art projects in process. A native of Zacatecas, Mexico, Garcia is an alumnus of both Loretto Academy and UTEP. #WomenInTheArts

The upcoming El Paso Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) will feature a public art commission honoring El Paso's Men...
01/22/2020
El Paso Mexican American Cultural Center

The upcoming El Paso Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC) will feature a public art commission honoring El Paso's Men of Company E by local artist Julio Sanchez de Alba. This great article from our friends at El Paso Inc. highlights Julio's work!

Great feature on local artist Julio Sanchez de Alba--who was awarded the public art commission honoring the Men of Company E for the new El Paso Mexican American Cultural Center. https://bit.ly/2NNjZ4U

Yesterday, City Council approved for us to proceed with $6.5 million for 16 public art projects integrated into upcoming...
01/22/2020

Yesterday, City Council approved for us to proceed with $6.5 million for 16 public art projects integrated into upcoming municipal facilities and a few existing ones. Since the program began in 2006, we've completed 63 projects, paid 168 artists (75% of those local) and also provided 38 local artists with paid apprenticeships. We already have 21 additional projects in process--but can't wait to see the creativity that this next round of projects unleashes! https://bit.ly/30OyLO6

Make plans to attend our annual open house on February 20, 5:30-8:30 pm at the El Paso Museum of Art!Learn more about MC...
01/22/2020

Make plans to attend our annual open house on February 20, 5:30-8:30 pm at the El Paso Museum of Art!

Learn more about MCAD's paid opportunities for artists, chat with museum staff, network with other local artists, or just stop by to say hi!

See more details in the event below.

Detail of "El Paso Port-All" mural commissioned y the Public Art Program for the Stanton Street International Bridge
01/16/2020

Detail of "El Paso Port-All" mural commissioned y the Public Art Program for the Stanton Street International Bridge

Detail from one of the panels from "Woven Culture," the public art piece commissioned for Carolina Bridge in Districts 3...
01/16/2020

Detail from one of the panels from "Woven Culture," the public art piece commissioned for Carolina Bridge in Districts 3 & 7.

#ThrowbackThursday Two of the multiple panels for "Time Expanding" being mocked up by master glassmakers in Germany in 2...
01/16/2020

#ThrowbackThursday Two of the multiple panels for "Time Expanding" being mocked up by master glassmakers in Germany in 2015. The stained glass artwork inspired by El Paso's mountains and strong desert light is the public art piece commissioned for the Hunt Family Foundation Digital Wall Pavilion at the El Paso Museum of History.

01/09/2020
Artwork beginning to take shape on Carolina Bridge!
12/10/2019

Artwork beginning to take shape on Carolina Bridge!

Crew beginning installation of new public art piece by Creative Kids working with area youth for Carolina Bridge. This shot is a great illustration that our program impacts not only local artists, but 100+ local businesses!

El Paso's Public Art Program has placed site specific artwork throughout the city. This week, El Paso Inc.'s Art Spot fe...
11/25/2019
Art Spot

El Paso's Public Art Program has placed site specific artwork throughout the city. This week, El Paso Inc.'s Art Spot features the newest installation at the El Paso Zoo as well as pieces in El Paso's Mission Valley. https://bit.ly/2XM7gmG

Art Spot showcases some of the city’s best visual art pieces – murals, sculptures and other installations that add vibrancy, creativity and culture to our community.

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We invite you to the Opening Reception of “Ocaso” by Mexican artist Carlos Bazán. Next Tuesday, October 29, 6:00 pm at the Consulate General of Mexico in El Paso (910 E. San Antonio Ave., El Paso, TX 79001)
Art? More like Comedy! The Con Artist that were paid money stolen from taxpayers for this fiasco are laughing all the way to the bank.