Current Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions


Current Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions



June 7 - Sept 1

Diana Kersey is a visual artist who works in clay, creating both studio pottery and architectural ceramics. Her work possesses a raw, textural quality, with the clay encompassed in a translucent, earthy glaze. The birds, insects, fish, and flowers present in her work suggest a primordial narrative, while the underlying decorative grids and motifs capture the relentless energy, complexity, and contradictions that pulse through our contemporary society.

Kersey earned a MFA in ceramics from Washington State University in 1997, and a BFA in drawing from Texas Tech University in 1994. Kersey has served as an instructor at the Southwest School of Art and Craft, San Antonio College, and Palo Alto College. She has lived and maintained a studio in San Antonio, TX since 1998.

Diana Kersey, Red Rose Brick (detail), earthenware, underglaze, alkaline glaze, 2018

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The McKnight Gallery is used to display works from the Museum’s permanent collection. The artwork in this gallery is changed once a year in the fall to showcase the over 900 objects in its holding. Also displayed in this gallery is Stampede by El Paso artist Tom Lea. This gallery has direct access to the George and Milly Rhodus Sculpture & Sensory Garden which has been used as a gallery space for outdoor art works, events and community art days.

Margarete Bagshaw, Color of Oil, 2013, oil on canvas



In 1940, El Paso Artist Tom Lea drove to Odessa, Texas to install his freshly painted mural intitled “Stampede”. Lea had been awarded the contract by the United States government to paint a mural as part of the New Deal. The painting, which measures 7 feet high and 17 feet long, was originally glued to the wall above the door to Postmaster W.T. Henderson’s office. In 1970, it was framed and moved across the street to the new post office where it hung until 2013. As part of a pilot program with the United States Postal Service, the Museum and Odessa Arts (formally known as the Odessa Council for the Arts & Humanities) were asked if they could restore and house the mural in a protected environment. After an extensive restoration process, the painting now hangs in the Permanent Collections gallery of the Museum as part of a 25 year renewable loan.

Click here for more information about Stampede.


Future Exhibitions



Future Exhibitions



Ansel Adams,  Vernal Fall, Yosemite Valley, California  (detail), 1920, gelatin silver print. Collection of Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; gift of Wm. John Upjohn, 1995/6.27.6 ©2013 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

Ansel Adams, Vernal Fall, Yosemite Valley, California (detail), 1920, gelatin silver print. Collection of Kalamazoo Institute of Arts; gift of Wm. John Upjohn, 1995/6.27.6 ©2013 The Ansel Adams Publishing Rights Trust

Sight and Feeling: Photographs by Ansel Adams

Aug 29 - Nov 24

Opening Reception | Aug 29 | 6PM | FREE

On loan from Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, this exhibition showcases the works of one of America’s greatest landscape photographers and environmentalist known for his black and white images of the American West.

"In my mind's eye, I visualize how a particular . . . sight and feeling will appear on a print. If it excites me, there is a good chance it will make a good photograph. It is an intuitive sense, an ability that comes from a lot of practice." Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams' skill at creating photographs with a remarkable range and subtly of tones is legendary. Yet for all his technical mastery, Adams recognized that what made a compelling photograph was far more elusive. This exhibition of Adams' photographs from the KIA collection and local collectors suggests how his intuitive and emotional response to the landscape resulted in powerful and enduring photographs.

Kunichika,  Woman with Sword on Raft  (detail), woodblock print, designed c. 1860

Kunichika, Woman with Sword on Raft (detail), woodblock print, designed c. 1860


Sept 12 - Nov 17

Opening Reception | Sept 12 | 6PM | FREE

From the Syracuse University Art Collection, Ukiyo-e to Shin Hanga draws from the University’s collection of over 300 examples from this important and hugely influential art movement. The prints on view date from the height of color Ukiyo-e printmaking (c. 1780-1868) through Japan’s Meiji period (1868-1912) to twentieth century impressions of the Shin Hanga movement (1915-1940s). Masters of this medium are represented, including the work of Utamaro, Kuniyoshi, Hokusai, Hiroshida, Tsuchiya Koitsu and Yoshida Hiroshi. The prints exemplify the soft, painterly style that is synonymous with the Japanese woodcut, and illustrates the wide range of subjects from courtesans to Kabuki theater and the Japanese landscape.

Dorthea Lange,  Migrant Mother , gelatin silver print, 1936, on loan from Amarillo Museum of Art

Dorthea Lange, Migrant Mother, gelatin silver print, 1936, on loan from Amarillo Museum of Art

Reflection: 180 Years in Photography

Guest Curator: Steve Goff

Aug 29 - Nov 24

Discussion Panel & Opening Reception | Aug 29 | 6PM | FREE

Exhibition opening will follow discussion panel lead by Guest Curator Steve Goff.

Photography can be seen as a combination of science and art, in which advances in technique that continually feed creativity and artistic achievement. This exhibition represents a survey of photography with works by renowned masters along with examples of the evolution of personal photography. 

 Exhibit highlights include: Edward Curtis, Russell Lee, Imogen Cunningham, Andy Warhol, Yousuf Karsh and Cindy Sherman.

 This exhibition is guest curated by Odessa College professor Steve Goff and is made possible by the generous loans from: Stacy and Jim Geitgey, Gayle and Michael Banschbach, Beckwith Thompson and Steve Goff, Kirk Williams, Jody and Floyd McKee, the Museum of Texas Tech University, the Amarillo Museum of Art, Metro Pictures Gallery and Cindy Sherman, and the Imogen Cunningham Trust.

The King James “He” Bible  (detail), 1st edition, bound manuscript, ink on paper, 1611, on loan from The Remnant Trust

The King James “He” Bible (detail), 1st edition, bound manuscript, ink on paper, 1611, on loan from The Remnant Trust

Sacred Scripts: 3,000 Years of Religious Texts

Dec 6 - Feb 23

Opening Reception | Dec 6 | 6PM | FREE

This exhibition will be a comprehensive view of how religious texts stand as art objects and the progression of that vehicle over time from early religious works on stone through the invention of the printing press to mass produced religious texts and rare artist books. Religious texts showcased including the Book of the Dead, Torah, Bible, Quran, Bhagavad-Gita and Pāli Canon.

This exhibition is made possible through loans from The Remnant Trust, Old Jail Art Center, University of North Texas Special Collections, Catharine Clark Gallery, and the late Ector County Library Special Collections Librarian, Jeaux White.


Permanent Collection

Permanent Collection

Permanent Collection

Permanent Collection


The Museum’s collection started in 1980, when Dr. James A. Daves donated twenty-two paintings by Italian-born, West Texas transplant artist, Frank Gervasi. This small collection would become the corner stone for the Museum’s current collection of over 900 objects. Our main collecting mission is to preserve art work that is representative of major trends in the development of art in America from 1850 to the present. This can include media such as paintings, works on paper, sculpture, ceramics and photographs. The Museum also focuses on Texas Regional art and owns a survey collection of works on paper.  Below is a current listing of the over 200 artists currently represented in our collection.

 If you are interested in donating to the Ellen Noël Art Museum’s permanent collection, please contact Daniel Zies, Curator at

For appraisals, please visit American Society of Appraisers |


Artist Represented in Collection 



Katherine Ace.  Mark Allen Alford Jr.

Tomas Allom. Rene Alvarado.  

William Anzalone. John James Audubon.

David Aylsworth.  Margarete Bagshaw.

 Laurence Barker.  Earline Barnes.

David Bates.  Herbert Bayer.  A.A. Begay. 

Tomas Hart Benton.  Henrie a Berk.  

Jennifer Bobola. Hugo Lopez Bolivar.  

Paolo Boni. Raymond Bonilla.  

Elena Borstein.  Alfonse Borysewicz.  

Ned Bosnick. Harry Bouras.  

Katherine Bowling. Chica Brunsvold.

 Nocona Burgess. Alberto Burri.  

Davey Cadaver.  

Jean Cappadonna-Nichols.  

Carmelo Cappello.  Antonio Carreno.  

Ali Cavanaugh.  Danville Chadbourne.  

JD Chanllenger.  Sally Chandler.  

Piao Xue Cheng.  Michael Chesley.

Wendy Chidester.  Robert Colesco.  

Jim Condron.  Erin Cone. Rosalind Cook.

Alfred Egerton Cooper.  Ralph Cox.  

William Crovello.  Anne-Marie Cucchiara.  


Salvador Dali.  DaNisha. Death NYC.  

Simone Debbas.  Gussie Dujardin.  

Robert C. Ellis.  Camille Engel.

Travis Conrad Erion.  Frank Diaz Escalet. 

M.C. Escher.  Gary Eubanks.  Janet Fish.  

India Flint.  Carol Fremlin.

Johnny Friedlaender.  Tina Fuentes.  

Daniel Gerhartz.  Frank Gervasi. 

Richard Gillham.  RC Gorman.  

Adolph Go lieb.  Emilio Greco.  R. Grey.  

Carlos Hall. Han Dai-Yu.  Helen Hardin.

Heinie Hartwig. Billy Hassell.

Gary Hayah.  Sonya Haynie.  Ron Hicks.  

Royce Howes.  Jammey Huggins.  

Darryl Hughto. Peter Hurd.  

Margit E. IIika.  Michelle Jader.

Kim James.  Juis Jimenez. 

August Kalestewa.  Bob Kane. 

Norman Kary.  Steve Kaufman.  

David Keens.  Peter Keil.  Martha Kellar.  

Connie Kiener.  Jung Han Kim.  

Judith Moore Knapp.  

Barnal F. Koehrsen III.  Victor Kord.  

Craig Kosak.  Lynwood Kreneck.  

Tracy Krumm.  Nicholas Kruhshenick.

Gary Kulak.  Kyong Ae Kim.



Jochen Labriola.  Oscar Lakeman. 

Lois Lane. Roy Lichtenstein.

Giacomo Manzu. Dave McGary.

McKenney & Hall. Jesus Moroles.

Claes Oldenburg. Eduardo Oliveira.

Jane Radstrom. Robert Rauschenberg.

Dieter Roth. Porfirio Salinas.

Kate Sammons. Billy Schenck.

Fritz Scholder. Joseph Henry Sharp.

Brian Singer. Michael Steiner.

Josep Maria Subirachs.  

Rufino Tamayo.  Kate Taylor. 

Steve Teeters.  Ann Templeton.  

George Tobolowsky.  Michelle Torrez.  

Tracy 168.  Andy Tschoepe.  Cy Twombly. 

Boaz Vaadia.  Peter Vogel.  

Jorgen Waring.  James Watkins.  

Davis Webster.  Bill Wiggins.  

Charles Edward Williams. Robert Wilson.

 Dee Wolf.  Bill Worrell.  Pervis Young.

 Judy Youngblood.