TALK: The Life and Legacy of Tom Lea



Come celebrate Tom Lea Month and hear about the Life and Legacy of artist Tom Lea, presented by the President of the Tom Lea Institute, Adair Margo.

Adair Margo will speak about historic Texas artist, Tom Lea with a special emphasis on his Spanish history narratives in conjunction with The Grace's new exhibition, Spanish Texas: Legend & Legacy!

There will also be a special screening of the NEW SHORT FILM about Tom Lea!  Don't miss this special experience - only at The Grace

Adair Margo, President, Tom Lea Institute

Adair Margo, President, Tom Lea Institute

Adair Margo is a third-generation El Pasoan who has participated in the El Paso/Juarez community for four decades.  She owned Adair Margo Gallery for 25 years (1985-2010), exhibiting over 400 artists from a dozen countries.   

Adair Margo chaired the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities from 2000 – 2008, and was appointed to the U.S. National Commission to UNESCO by Secretary of State Colin Powell in 2003.  She was recognized by Mexican President Felipe Calderon with the Aguila Azteca and by President George W. Bush with the Presidential Citizens Medal for her work in building international relationships from Mexico to China. 

She is now President of the Tom Lea Institute, dedicated to the legacy of the great American artist and writer.  She has authored books on Lea and illustrator, Jose Cisneros, and has taught art history at the University of Texas at El Paso and New Mexico State University.  She holds a B.A. in Art History from Vanderbilt University; studied the Italian Renaissance in Florence, Italy with Syracuse University; and earned her M.A. in Art History from New Mexico State University.    She is married to former State Representative Dee Margo and has two grown children.  

* This event is FREE and open to the public.


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IMAGE CREDIT: Tom Lea, Pass of the North, mural (detail), 1938, oil on canvas, 11 x 54 feet, U.S. Courthouse, El Paso, Texas, Commissioned through the Section of Fine Arts, 1934-1943.  Fine Arts Collection, U.S. General Services Administration.  Image Courtesy of the Tom Lea Institute.