This El Pasoean Was Instrumental in Depicting WWII—Now, Learn More About Tom Lea

From 1941 to 1946, El Paso native Tom Lea (1907-2001) served as a World War II eyewitness artist correspondent for Life magazine, becoming the only artist to provide American audiences with vividly painted accounts from the frontlines of the war. Tom Lea and World War II, an exhibit at the El Paso Museum of Art, is the first museum exhibition in the artist’s hometown devoted to Lea’s World War II paintings and drawings owned by the renowned U.S. Army Center of Military History at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. Check it out in person this Saturday, December 28th!

Central to the exhibition are Lea’s nine eyewitness paintings from the infamous 1944 Battle of Peleliu, which are presented in the exhibition alongside over twenty other war illustrations by Lea, as well as mural studies and ink-wash illustrations from the El Paso Museum of Art’s significant collection of the artist’s work. Tom Lea and World War II presents the war through the eyes of the only painter working from its frontlines, illuminating the far-reaching legacy of one of El Paso’s most iconic artists.

This exhibition is generously co-sponsored by ScottHulse PC and David and Diane Bernard, in celebration of the 130th anniversary of the ScottHulse Law Firm. The program support is generously provided by Travis and Annabelle Johnson.

The mission of the El Paso Museum of Art is to collect, preserve, interpret, and exhibit works of art that support and illuminate the Museum’s permanent collection of American, European, and Mexican art. The Museum celebrates the region’s diverse cultures through exhibitions, acquisitions, and educational programs and is dedicated to scholarship while providing a stimulating and inspiring environment for all audiences.

Don’t miss out on the El Paso Museum of Art’s latest exhibit! Tom Lea and World War II will be on display until January 5, 2020. Make plans to see it now before it closes to the public! Admission is free. For more information, visit

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Event Time/Date:
Saturday, December 28, 2019—9:00 AM

Event Venue Location:
El Paso Museum of Art
1 Arts Festival Plaza
El Paso, Texas 79901

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