El Paso Museum of Art
The cross-cultural Borderlands and Chihuahuan desert scenery inspire artistry at these five can't miss El Paso art experiences.
By Ashley M. Biggers
1. El Paso Museum of Art
This sprawling, multi-story museum is known for its standout — and somewhat surprising, given the locale — collection of 12th– to 18th–century European art. The museum also exhibits works from its collection of contemporary Southwestern and Mexican art and objects from the Spanish colonial era. epma.art
2. International Museum of Art
Set in the 1910 Turney mansion, this museum features art and artifacts from Africa, Asia, Mexico, and the American West. Step into a reproduction of a casita for the memorable Mexican Revolution exhibition. internationalmuseumofart.net
"Animo Sin Fronteras" (Spirit Without Borders), David Herrera and El Mac
3. Downtown Mural Walk
Colorful murals reflecting El Paso's distinctive culture and desert surrounds dot downtown — especially at El Paso Museum of History, El Paso Public Library (downtown), El Paso Convention and Performing Art Center, and along Father Rahm Avenue. Artists paint new murals each October during the city's Chalk the Block festival.
4. Crossland Gallery
Located on the ground floor of El Paso Art Association's headquarters, this gallery mounts five annual shows highlighting works of regional artists in a variety of media. elpasoartassociation.com
5. Ho Baron's Sculpture Garden and Gallery
Surrealist sculptor Ho Baron opens his studio and garden to the public, offering one of El Paso's most offbeat art experiences. The artist creates fantastical, abstract figurative sculptures. Visitors can see the sculpture garden from the street any time. He hosts an open studio Saturdays from 12 to 5 p.m., or by appointment. hobaron.com