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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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.

A new memorial designed with input from store associates who worked on August 3 and families will be unveiled Saturday.
11/23/2019

A new memorial designed with input from store associates who worked on August 3 and families will be unveiled Saturday.

On Saturday the El Paso shooting memorial will be unveiled at Walmart. Here's all you need to know about the dedication ceremony: https://bit.ly/33dmkea

Our latest public art project debuted today! “Persistencia,” a sculpture of an endangered Mexican Grey Wolf by artist An...
11/19/2019

Our latest public art project debuted today! “Persistencia,” a sculpture of an endangered Mexican Grey Wolf by artist Andy Dufford guards the entrance to our zoo’s new Chihuahuan Desert Experience.

Young artists with Creative Kids are working on the panels that will be installed along the Carolina Bridge. we enjoy wo...
11/18/2019

Young artists with Creative Kids are working on the panels that will be installed along the Carolina Bridge. we enjoy working with programs like Creative Kids to engage El Paso's youth in the arts.

Our students hard at work for the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department - City of El Paso public art project that will be permanently installed on the Carolina Bridge mid-December.

We’re thrilled to show off the public art populating community spaces throughout the City with so many people in town fo...
10/04/2019

We’re thrilled to show off the public art populating community spaces throughout the City with so many people in town for CODAsummit!

Big welcome to 200+ design professionals, artists and curators in town for the CODAworx annual Coda Summit! Some attendees got a tour yesterday of public art highlighted by CODA in their publications with MCAD staff. 📷: CODAworx

Chalk the Block 2019 is the largest arts festival in the region--with some incredible temporary public art installed eve...
10/02/2019

Chalk the Block 2019 is the largest arts festival in the region--with some incredible temporary public art installed every year. "Los Trompos" will be activating Cleveland Square Park (in front of the El Paso Museum of History during the event. Make plans to join in on the fun, October 11-13!

“Los Trompos,” an interactive art installation by Mexico City’s Esrawe + Cadena will take over Cleveland Square, in front of our El Paso Museum of History during Chalk The Block. Join us, October 11-13, when over 200 artists take over the El Paso Downtown Arts District!

Commissioned through our program to evoke papel picado, the fencing around the El Paso Museum of History features images...
09/20/2019

Commissioned through our program to evoke papel picado, the fencing around the El Paso Museum of History features images of Chuco icons and desert flora. The project was a collaboration by married artist collaborators Mary and Bill Buchen. 🐊

Eighteen years ago, we saw our country come together in the face of the heartbreaking attacks on 9/11. Today we recogniz...
09/11/2019

Eighteen years ago, we saw our country come together in the face of the heartbreaking attacks on 9/11. Today we recognize the heroes and remember their sacrifice. “Rising Stronger," is El Paso’s memorial to our country's first responders who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11. The life-size bronze sculpture was commissioned by our Public Art Program from local artist Julio Sanchez de Alba and made possible by a generous donation by Mrs. Wally Cech. It is installed at Fire Station No. 18 on San Jose. El Paso Fire Department #iamElPaso #NeverForget #ArtMatters

Full house last night! Lots of great input from community, scholars and family members for our new Men of Company E Memo...
08/30/2019

Full house last night! Lots of great input from community, scholars and family members for our new Men of Company E Memorial coming to Cleveland Square!

Community meeting underway to discuss the new companion memorial for the Men of Company E to be located in Cleveland Square Park in downtown.

Julio Sanchez de Alba, the selected artist for the project is presenting his preliminary design and solicit feedback from attendees. #iamelpaso

“Flores Del Desierto” a new public art project we commissioned from artist Christopher Weed is nearing completion on Air...
08/28/2019

“Flores Del Desierto” a new public art project we commissioned from artist Christopher Weed is nearing completion on Airway, between Edgemere and I-10! Perfect timing—desert sage is covered in purple blossoms all over town! With City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government

We are excited to have "Marquise" by Marc Fornes, located at the Westside Natatorium, recognized with a CODAworx Award o...
08/28/2019

We are excited to have "Marquise" by Marc Fornes, located at the Westside Natatorium, recognized with a CODAworx Award of Merit for Institutional art pieces. "Marquise" transforms a standard building entrance into a spatial experience and visual icon. You can read more about this piece here https://bit.ly/2zu1V8g. El Paso Parks and Recreation City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government In*Situ Architecture #iamElPaso #EPPublicArt

"River Spirit" by El Paso artist Mitsu Overstreet welcomes visitors as they pick up their luggage at the El Paso Interna...
08/22/2019

"River Spirit" by El Paso artist Mitsu Overstreet welcomes visitors as they pick up their luggage at the El Paso International Airport (ELP). This piece is included in this month's CODA Magazine that features Architectural Art. You can read more at https://bit.ly/2MxtOoj. CODAworx City of El Paso, Texas - Municipal Government #iamElPaso

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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.