Before joining the El Paso Museum of History, Erica Marin was Exhibits Curator for Las Cruces Museums, and previously independent curator for Purple Gallery in El Paso, Texas. At the El Paso Museum of History, Ms. Marin started out as Curatorial contractor, after which she became the first EPMH Registrar, and, subsequently, Curator. Ms. Marin holds a B.F.A in Art/Museum Conservation and a M.A. in History/Public History. For many years, Ms. Marin was active in the El Paso community as an art maker, focusing her creative work primarily on identity and memory. Erica Marin is the first Mexican-American woman to first become Registrar, and then Curator at the El Paso Museum of History. In 2020, she was selected as a National Association of Latino Arts and Cultures (NALAC) Leadership Institute Fellow.
Sebastian Ribas-Normand joined EPMH in 2006. Prior to joining the History Museum’s team, Sebastian lived in Spain, where he worked in museums and cultural centers for ten years. His experience includes working as Field and Laboratory Assistant at the Deia Archaeology Museum and Research Center, Art/Historian/Researcher at the Consell Insular de Mallorca-Unitat de Estudio de Arqitectura, Equipo Estiu S.L., and Maria Isabel Romero Aguade Estudio de Arqitectura. Mr. Ribas-Normand was a Docent and Assistant Curator at the Museum of History at Bellver Castle in the city of Palma de Mallorca and Auxiliary Tech/Historian for the Consell Insular de Mallorca Unitat de Patrimoni.
Visitor Services Assistant
Alicia Aguilar was born and raised in El Paso and one of our most recent hires. Before working at EPMH, Alicia worked with the city of Socorro at the Rio Vista historical landmark turned community center where she assisted with the archival, preservation and maintenance of the Bracero program artifacts from the site. She also collaborated with the historical landmark commission whose mission is to maintain oversight of past, present and future building modifications to protect the site’s historical integrity. Ms. Aguilar is now a visitor services assistant and hopes to connect with the El Paso community and visitors alike to enrich their experience as they learn more about El Paso’s history.
Natasha Norman is a homegrown El Pasoan and Marketing Coordinator for the El Paso Museum of History. She received her Bachelor’s of Business Administration in Marketing with a concentration in Advertising from Northwood University in Cedar Hill, Texas. She graduated with Faculty and Academic Excellence Awards in Advertising and is recognized as Who’s Who Among American Universities and Colleges. Upon graduation, she worked for three years as the Marketing Coordinator for the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas. After moving back to El Paso, Ms. Norman worked as the Promotions Assistant for iHeart Media and obtained a Social Media Strategist Certification from the National Institute of Social Media.
Education and Curatorial Associate
Stephanie Gardea is a native El Pasoan and is the Museum’s first Education and Curatorial Associate. She has always been interested in creating art and learning about social and natural histories. Ms. Gardea received her B.A. in Art History from The University of Texas at Austin in 2017. In her time at UT, she practiced as a gallery curator and an archival intern at the Harry Ransom Center. In her work at the Museum of History, she hopes to amplify El Paso’s rich history by exhibiting the museum’s hidden treasures to share with the people of El Paso and visitors alike. Ms. Gardea also oversees and curates the Museum’s unique digital wall, DIGIE, through which EPMH shares its collections and archival resources with the broader community.
Visitor Services Assistant
Mariana Briseño, an El Paso Native, is a recent hire of the El Paso Museum of History as a Visitor Services Assistant. Mariana has always been interested in art and museum studies. She received her B.A. in Art History from the University of Texas at El Paso in 2020. Before graduating, Mariana was an intern at the El Paso Museum of art, where she learned curatorial and collections management practices. In partnership with the University of Texas at El Paso, Mariana also contributed to a series of informal gallery talks called “Focus Talks”, by helping students present research on artworks on view at the El Paso Museum of Art. In her role as a Visitor Services Assistant at the Museum of History, Mariana hopes to further contribute to the cultivation of creativity, and to inspire the broader community through the power of objects and human connection.