Centennial Museum Exhibits

Visiting Exhibits 

As part of its on going Centennial Exhibit Series, the Centennial Museum and Welcome Center will present the new exhibit,



Permanent Exhibits 

The Centennial Museum's permanent exhibits focus on the natural and cultural history of the Chihuahuan Desert. Current and previous temporary exhibits cover a range of topics about the border region and the Americas, or present the work of UTEP faculty and staff.

Direct all artifact research inquiries to:
Scott Cutler, Museum Curator
Telephone: 915-747-6668


 Current Exhibits - Traveling exhibits from the U.S. and Mexico.

Engendering Community

'JUNTOS' Exhibit Celebrates Regional Iconography

The Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens – a part of The University of Texas at El Paso – and the JUNTOS Art Association present the exhibit “Icons and Symbols of the Borderland,” an eclectic portrayal of the contemporary border landscape and its culture through the art works of 22 JUNTOS artists from Oct. 10, 2015, through Jan. 16, 2016. Familiar Icons that include Pancho Villa, La Virgen de Guadalupe, and Cabeza de Vaca and symbols such as jaguars and monarch butterflies synthesize and collide in an exhibition rooted in the personal and collective consciousness of border life.

“Ours is an age where visual representations are elemental to our daily communication and lifestyle,” said Diana Molina, artist and exhibit coordinator. “Symbols are keys to the stories of our human activity – they link the past and present, they ignite emotions, they represent our place within the contemporary U.S. / Mexican border terrain.”

The collection combines tradition, culture, history and nature in a variety of subjects and themes ranging from the religious and mythological to the commercial and socio-political uniquely depicted in paintings, photography, sculpture and collage.

The exhibit will open on Saturday, Oct. 10. Events will begin at 1:30 p.m. with the “Artists on Art” talk, featuring short talks by the artists whose art is featured in the exhibit. The opening reception will be from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. A five-part lecture series will provide further commentary and insights relevant to the art work and themes related to Agriculture, The Chihuahuan Desert, Día de los Muertos and the Vírgen de Guadalupe.

Make Plans

What: Exhibit Opening includes “Artists on Art,” short presentations by artists featured in the exhibit and Reception for the exhibit “Icons and Symbols of the Borderland.”
When: Saturday, October 10 will feature “Artists on Art” from 1:30 to 3 p.m. The Reception will be from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Formal remarks will begin at 4 p.m.
Exhibit Dates: October 10, 2015 through January 16, 2016.
Where: Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at UTEP, corner of University Avenue and Wiggins Road.
Museum Hours: 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Information: 915-747-5565. ** For interviews with members of the JUNTOS Art Association, please contact Maribel Villalva at 915-747-6669 or mvillalva2@utep.edu.

Prior Exhibits - Retrospective of exhibits at the Centennial Museum.

Engendering Community

Exhibit Highlights Borderland’s LGBTQ Community

Whether it’s the topic of same-sex marriage or gender identity, people across the country are talking about issues dealing with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transexual and queer (LGBTQ) community. This June, the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens will present a new exhibit, “Engendering Community” that highlights the LGBTQ community of the El Paso/Juárez region.

Make Plans

What: Opening reception for the exhibit “Engendering Community.”
When: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, June 2, 2015. Remarks at 7 p.m.
Exhibit Dates: The exhibit will be on display through Sept. 19.

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