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El Paso Museum of Art Announces Exhibition of Juan Sandoval’s Collection

An Expansive Regard: Selected Works from the Collection of Juan Sandoval
El Paso Museum of Art
September 22, 2013 through February 17, 2014

An Expansive Regard: Selected Works from the Collection of Juan Sandoval will open to the public Sunday, September 22, 2013 at 12 p.m. in the Gateway Gallery at the El Paso Museum of Art.  Admission to the Museum and this exhibition are free to the public. 

Carnales (Buddies) by Francisco Delgado at the El Paso Museum of Art

Carnales (Buddies) by Francisco Delgado at the El Paso Museum of Art

Local art collector Juan A. Sandoval II has called El Paso home for more than thirty years; during this time he has avidly developed a diverse collection of hundreds of artworks spanning different media and cultures. Just some of the many historic and contemporary area artists represented in his collection are Manuel Acosta, Marta Arat, Francisco Delgado, Luis Jiménez (with approximately fifty works), and Mauricio Olague. Sandoval’s penchant for collecting began as a young boy, when he amassed a rock collection in his hometown of Monte Vista in Colorado’s San Luis Valley. Since then the curiosity of the boy developed into the understanding and expertise of the man, yet there remains Sandoval’s singular passion for discovering new treasures and making them an intimate part of his life and learning.

Juan Sandoval earned his MA in Library and Information Science from Denver University in 1975, and since the early 1980s he has worked at the Library of the University of Texas at El Paso. In addition to serving as Reference Librarian and Subject Specialist for Art and Chicano Studies, he works closely with African-American Studies and Asian Studies. Notably, these varied professional activities are mirrored in Sandoval’s energies as an art collector. His collecting interests encompass prints, photographs, paintings, sculptures, and pottery from the El Paso region, his native San Luis Valley, Oaxaca and other parts of Mexico, and places further afield such as Russia and Poland.

This eclecticism notwithstanding, Sandoval’s collection possesses core characteristics—most notably, the attention to the evocative human figure, whose distortions, surroundings, or groupings with other bodies imply often uncanny narratives. And, just as Sandoval the librarian enjoys assisting and interacting with students and researchers at all levels, many of the works in his collection are by artists he knows or knew personally. Indeed, his collecting endeavors extend to autographs by Mexican and Mexican-American writers and artists, of which he now possesses about one hundred fifty. Free to the public and on view for several months in the EPMA’s Gateway Gallery, An Expansive Regard: Selected Works from the Collection of Juan Sandoval highlights a spectrum of works showcasing the human focus and spirited range that mark the engaged collecting pursuits of Juan Sandoval.

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