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El Paso Museum of Art and the El Paso Public Library Announce the Opening of Algur H. Meadows Library

Join the El Paso Museum of Art on Sunday, May 6, 2012 at 1 p.m. for the opening of the Algur H. Meadows Library as an affiliate of the El Paso Public Library which is made possible by a $133,000 grant from the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. Additional support was provided by the City of El Paso. In honor of this public opening the Library has created a registry of books that may be purchased at the Museum Store for those wishing to donate to the Library’s collection.


1:00 p.m.

  • Pre-Reception in the Ginger Francis Seminar Room

1:45 p.m.

  • Michael A. Tomor, Ph.D., EPMA Director – Welcome
  • Sean McGlynn, MCAD Director – Comments
  • Dionne Mack-Harvin, City of El Paso Director of Libraries- Comments
  • Michael A. Tomor, Ph.D., EPMA Director – Comments
  • Adrian Moralez, EPMA Librarian – Comments

2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

  • Post Reception in the Ginger Francis Seminar Room

Algur H. Meadows Library

The Algur H. Meadows Library is the first public library dedicated to art in the United States. Nearly 4,000 volumes and growing, the Library’s collection focuses on American, Mexican and European art. Admission to the Library is free of charge and no library card is required.

The Library was named in honor of Algur Hurtle Meadows (April 24, 1899 – June 10, 1978). Mr. Meadows was an entrepreneur, art collector and benefactor of several institutions, including this Library.

Starting out as an accountant and later becoming a lawyer, Mr. Meadows created the General American Oil Company after several successful business ventures. It was during his time as president of the General American Oil Company that Mr. Meadows began collecting art.

During a business trip to Spain he visited the Prado and began acquiring works by the Spanish masters. He also collected French Impressionism, and Post-Impressionism, which he later donated to the Southern Methodist University (SMU), in Dallas, Texas, and established the Meadows Museum there.

Library Hours of Operation

Tuesday through Saturday
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed on Sunday and Monday

Museum Hours

Tuesday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Thursdays Evenings 5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Sunday 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Mondays and major holidays Closed

Address and Phone Number

One Arts Festival Plaza
El Paso, Texas 79901
(915) 532-1707
(915) 532-1010 Fax

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