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Curator of the El Paso Museum of Art to speak at NMSU Art Gallery

William R. Thompson, curator of the El Paso Museum of Art, will give a presentation focusing on the museum's permanent collection at the New Mexico State University Art Gallery at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 15, in Williams Hall Room 212.



William R. Thompson, curator of the El Paso Museum of Art, will speak at the NMSU Art Gallery Feb. 15.

Thompson's lecture, "Collecting at the El Paso Museum of Art," will give the history of the permanent collection and provide an overview of how and why pieces were added through the years. Some of the museum's most prized works are from El Paso artist Luis Jimenez, a painting and drawing from 20th century painter Frederic Remington and the Kress Collection, European master paintings from the 13th through 18th century, Thompson said.

He will also discuss the art museum's current show, "Roundup: Selected Works from Friends of the El Paso Museum of Art." The collection features more than 75 paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photographs that come from private and corporate collections throughout El Paso and the surrounding area.

Before becoming curator in February 2000, Thompson worked as a research associate, public affairs officer and curatorial assistant at art galleries in Houston and Austin, Texas. Thompson will visit NMSU again on Feb. 24 when he will serve as juror for the annual student art exhibition.

The presentation is free and open to the public. Williams Hall is located on University Avenue, just east of Solano Drive. For more information call Jackie Mitchell, museum educator for the art gallery, at (505) 646-4010.

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CUTLINE: William R. Thompson, curator of the El Paso Museum of Art, will speak at the NMSU Art Gallery Feb. 15.

Chris J. Minnick
Jan. 29, 2001