Become a Member of the Tom Lea Institute

We are pleased to invite you to become a member of the Tom Lea Institute in El Paso, Texas, a 501 (c)3 organization founded to perpetuate the legacy of a great American artist and writer. Since 2009 the Tom Lea Institute has created a digital library with over 2,000 images; grown the 6th annual Tom Lea Month to 50 events in 4 Texas cities, New Mexico and Chihuahua, reaching over 100,000 people; and, supported new scholarship through an annual cross-disciplinary call for papers at the University of Texas at El Paso.

With your help, we will expand our reach and activities with these benefits to you:

We invite you to join us by first selecting your Membership Level (see below) and then either:

Download a printable Membership Form and return it to us with your membership fee.


Fill out and submit the Online Membership Form and pay your membership fee via Paypal with your credit card through our secure server.


Membership Levels and associated benefits

Gift: Collection of 10 Tom Lea Pass Of The North notecards with details from Lea’s classic 1938 mural in the El Paso Federal Courthouse on the front. Valued at $10.

Gift: Tom Lea Humanities Texas mug. Photo of Lea on one side with quote “Any good observer of landscape is most concerned with the wonderful, ever-changing light on the structure of the world” on the other side. Valued at $12.

$250 – TORIBIO
Gift: Tom Lea and the Human Figure: 1926-1936, limited edition catalogue. Published by Adair Margo Gallery, 2001. First printing, edition limited to 500 copies only. Valued at $20.

Gift: Tom Lea’s My El Paso DVD. Recorded interview of Tom Lea recalling his childhood on the border by Capstone Productions. Valued at $22.

Gift: Tom Lea and Texas publication by J. P. Bryan and Tom Lea and the Human Figure: 1926-1936, limited edition catalogue. Published by the Tom Lea Institute, 2010/Adair Margo Gallery, 2001. Valued at $39.

$2,500 – LUIS BELLO
Gift: Your choice of a limited edition print, numbered and stamped with the official Tom Lea Institute chop.
Your choice of the following prints: Star Map, 1932 Southwest, 1956
Star Map was drawn from a dinette table in Chicago as a “journey of escape” to the Southwest and how the stars looked back home. Southwest was painted with the help of the artist’s wife, Sarah, as a gift to the El Paso Public Library. Each print valued at $200.

Gift: Twelve Travelers portfolio. Set of twelve offset lithographs published in a limited edition of 365 by Adair Margo Gallery in 1998 from the drawings and accompanying text in Lea’s book Calendar of Twelve Travelers Through the Pass of the North. Valued at $300.