Dr. Vladimir von Tsurikov
Dr. Vladimir von Tsurikov brings over twenty years of experience working in museums, cultural institutions, and in education. Prior to his arrival in El Paso, Dr. von Tsurikov served as the President and Director of the Museum of Russian Art in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He also served as Director and Curator of the Foundation of Russian History Museum in New York; Project Archivist at Stanford’s Hoover Institution of War, Revolution, and Peace; and Director of Archives and Library Services at Holy Trinity Seminary in New York. Dr. von Tsurikov holds a Ph.D. in Russian History from the Moscow Theological Academy in Russia, and an M.A. in Russian Language and Literature from Middlebury College in Vermont. He also has edited and contributed to more than thirty publications, including two monographs, and has served as general editor of various exhibition catalogs, both in the United States and abroad. In 2018, Dr. von Tsurikov received the prestigious Silver Archer Award for promotion of Cultural Diplomacy.
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.
Natasha Norman, an El Paso native, is a recent hire of the El Paso Museum of History as the Marketing Coordinator. 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.
Marking Clerical Assistant
Jessica Sapien is EPMH’s Marketing Clerical Assistant. Born and raised in El Paso, she graduated Cum Laude from the University of Texas at El Paso with a B.A. in History, and as Outstanding Senior in both the Museum Studies and African American Studies Departments. After completing an internship at the Centennial Museum in El Paso, Ms. Sapien worked as a contracted Curatorial Associate at EPMH. In her current position, she oversees administrative tasks, including working with the Museum’s budget and grants, vendor management and more. She also contributes to the work of the curatorial team on exhibitions and collections. Ms. Sapien is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in Public History from the University of Missouri- Kansas City.