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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The City of El Paso Public Art Program is commissioning a new mural on Geronimo Drive at Basset Place. Let us know what ...
09/16/2021

The City of El Paso Public Art Program is commissioning a new mural on Geronimo Drive at Basset Place. Let us know what you would like to see by taking a short survey. Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GerominoMural

The City of El Paso Public Art Program is commissioning a new mural on Geronimo Drive at Basset Place. Let us know what you would like to see by taking a short survey. Survey Link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GerominoMural

Today, “Rising Stronger,” a public art project celebrating the heroism of first responders on 9/11 was site of a ceremon...
09/11/2021

Today, “Rising Stronger,” a public art project celebrating the heroism of first responders on 9/11 was site of a ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of the tragedy. 📷: Office of District 1

Today, “Rising Stronger,” a public art project celebrating the heroism of first responders on 9/11 was site of a ceremony commemorating the 20th anniversary of the tragedy. 📷: Office of District 1

#throwbackthursday to the iconic “Los Lagartos” by Luis Jiménez getting some much needed love in 2014. Conservators stab...
09/02/2021

#throwbackthursday to the iconic “Los Lagartos” by Luis Jiménez getting some much needed love in 2014. Conservators stabilized the fragile fiberglass, repainted the original colors and added protectants. The public art piece was reinstalled in a new pavilion designed to protect it from the sun in time for the reopening of San Jacinto Plaza in 2016.

#throwbackthursday to the iconic “Los Lagartos” by Luis Jiménez getting some much needed love in 2014. Conservators stabilized the fragile fiberglass, repainted the original colors and added protectants. The public art piece was reinstalled in a new pavilion designed to protect it from the sun in time for the reopening of San Jacinto Plaza in 2016.

In process: "The Insurmountable Task" is a new, memorial funded through the planned Mexican American Cultural Center (MA...
08/28/2021

In process: "The Insurmountable Task" is a new, memorial funded through the planned Mexican American Cultural Center (MACC). It will honor the brave sacrifice of the Men of Company E, the only Mexican-American infantry unit that fought in WWII. The group was composed of 250 soldiers from across Texas, including 124 from El Paso. “This was a true event of heroism as a part of these young kids that came from Bowie, Cathedral, maybe one El Paso High another group and some were even from Mexico,” said selected artist, El Paso Sculptor Julio Sanchez De Alba. The finished piece will feature bronze figures 1.5 times life size depicted as they cross the Rapido River in Italy. Those who survived this dangerous mission would go on to help liberate Rome.

Did you know the Glory Road Transfer Terminal and Parking garage features these two mosaic murals commissioned by our Pu...
07/08/2021

Did you know the Glory Road Transfer Terminal and Parking garage features these two mosaic murals commissioned by our Public Art Program? Completed in 2011 by artist Mike Mandel, they celebrate the triumph of the Coach Don Haskins and the 1966 Texas Western Basketball team becoming the first team with an all-Black starting lineup to win an NCAA National Championship.

"Whirlwind" is a public art project by native El Pasoan Art Garcia.  Its located on the eastside, in the roundabout at R...
06/17/2021

"Whirlwind" is a public art project by native El Pasoan Art Garcia. Its located on the eastside, in the roundabout at RC Poe and Edgemere and inspired by El Paso dust storms.

"Whirlwind" is a public art project by native El Pasoan Art Garcia. Its located on the eastside, in the roundabout at RC Poe and Edgemere and inspired by El Paso dust storms.

How would you create the colors and atmospheric effects of an El Paso sunset? That’s what artist Marc Fornes set out to ...
06/15/2021

How would you create the colors and atmospheric effects of an El Paso sunset? That’s what artist Marc Fornes set out to do with this project commissioned through our Public Art Program! It also serves as the entry canopy to the Westside Natatorium.

How would you create the colors and atmospheric effects of an El Paso sunset? That’s what artist Marc Fornes set out to do with this project commissioned through our Public Art Program! It also serves as the entry canopy to the Westside Natatorium.

KTSM is asking for your selfies at this artwork!
05/12/2021
Giant yellow door in Downtown El Paso greets visitors

KTSM is asking for your selfies at this artwork!

EL PASO, Texas (KTSM) — A giant yellow door greets Downtown El Paso visitors to a buzzing area with renewed life and attraction. The 30-foot art piece stands on a roundabout near the reopened…

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 W**d, is a 30-foot open door greeting visitors traveling up...
05/03/2021

How’s this for friendly? “Bienvenido,” by artist Christopher W**d, 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!

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

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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.