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Dear friends,

We pride ourselves on bringing world-class contemporary art to our border community, but also in providing an important platform for understanding the world around us, building spaces for celebration and sharing stories, and creating opportunities for audiences from both on campus and off to unplug and reconnect to one another and to the world around us.

We are grateful for the core support we receive from The University of Texas at El Paso, and for ongoing support from state and national organizations including the Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. But in recent years it’s our local donors who are really making a difference.

Through both donations and active participation in exhibitions and events, our local supporters allowed us to serve more than 11,000 visitors this past year, raising our profile locally, nationally and internationally and helping us become the place where contemporary art meets contemporary life.

In the past year, generous gifts and in-kind support coming directly from the El Paso community have played an important role in allowing us to:

  • tend hospitality to an international roster of artists who come to campus for exhibitions, lectures and workshops
  • host more than 80 public programs on topics from art history to border culture employ more than a dozen local artists in the commissioning of new work
  • serve more than 1200 school-age children through gallery visits, K-12 partnerships and Family Day programming
  • engage local senior citizens in artist-led workshops at city senior centers and through meditation classes in our galleries
  • support paid student internships that teach critical skills to a future generation of artists and arts professionals
  • continue to be a site for interdisciplinary gallery-based learning and community conversations about topics that matter to our border region including 2017 exhibitions and programming that addressed the Dream Act and DACA recipients through Erika Harrsch: Under the Same Sky; climate change and our natural environment in Suzi Davidoff: Simplified World and Zeke Peña: Reclaim; the changing face of America in George Rodriguez: Where is Our Exile; and violence, women’s rights and human rights through Teresa Margolles: We Have a Common Thread, Tangential Intimacies and Lise Bjorne Linnert: Desconocida, Unknown, Ukjent.

In 2018 we are undergoing an exciting transformation of our auditorium that will allow us to expand our outreach to students and the border community. You can read more about that here

In this project, and in all that we do, we count on the active engagement and ongoing support of the border community. Thank you for continuing to be a part of the Rubin Center, the place where contemporary art meets contemporary life.

Warmest regards,

Kerry Doyle
P: 915-747-6164

To Support the work of the Rubin Center




We offer our geographically isolated region a direct experience with contemporary art of international recognition and importance. We serve as a learning site for students from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) and the surrounding community by creating opportunities for student involvement in the planning and execution of exhibitions, and through formal and informal educational opportunities for audiences of all ages. 

We maintain a three-part curatorial focus on:
1) Site-specific works that bring renowned artists to our border community to create one of a kind installations;
2) Art that responds to our geographic and political location in the world’s largest bi-national metropolis.
3) Exhibitions that explore interdisciplinary and participatory practices in contemporary art.
We strive to deepen public appreciation of contemporary art and to inspire active dialogue about its social, political and cultural implications through dynamic and interdisciplinary programming, providing a framework for critical thinking about contemporary art and its place in our world. We promote the highest standard of excellence in every aspect of our work.