Fellowship Program
Sarah in the Summertime 1947, oil on can

Sarah in the Summertime,

1947. Oil on canvas, 69” x 28”. © Catherine Lea Weeks

The Tom Lea Research Fellows Program was established in 2013 by Dee and Adair Margo to encourage high-level research using primary documents related to the art, literature, and life of Tom Lea-  a nationally renowned painter, illustrator, muralist, and author from El Paso whose works are world-renowned. 

The Tom Lea Fellowship will award $3,500 per fellow who undertakes a publication-quality research project focused on Tom Lea, his art, his writing, and his role in the art of El Paso, Texas, or the United States. Fellows may explore the classical ideas and training that informed his work or theoretical premises that may relate to understanding Lea’s work. El Paso is home to the Tom Lea Institute, which is a superb resource and research repository that offers research support to Fellows.


The fellowship is open to current graduate and undergraduate students at the University of Texas-El Paso in any department or program in the College of Liberal Arts and involves a project related to Tom Lea. Sample types of projects are as follows:

• A scholarly work based on primary documents related to Tom Lea

• A scholarly or creative work that furthers the knowledge of Tom Lea

• A project that enlivens knowledge or understanding of the Tom Lea Trail

• A project that contributes to Tom Lea Curricula used at school districts in the El Paso area


Application submissions for 2021 closed on March 26th, but all undergraduates and graduate students are encouraged to apply next year.



Dr. Melissa Warak

Assistant Professor, Art History

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past fellows



Javier Segovia , Latin American Border Studies, M.A.







Karina Salcido, Art History, B.A.

Alejandra Valdez Carrasco, Art History and French, B.A.


José Miguel Leyva, History, Ph.D.

Jade Nicole Williams, English, B.A.



Delia Ramos, Art History, B.A.

Maria del Carmen Barney, Art History, B.A.



Claudia Ley, Sociology, M.A.

Cynthia Renteria, History, Ph.D.



Mauricio Olague, MAIS, M.A.

Rolando Rodriguez, History, Ph.D.