Contemporary Art, Architecture, and Landscape in Marfa

You are cordially invited to join the Cleveland Museum of Art on a trip led by Curator of Contemporary Art Emily Liebert in Marfa from May 16th through May 19th. This trip will provide an insider view of Marfa through the lens of Emily Liebert who resided in far west Texas early in her career while working at the Chinati Foundation. We can expect a warm welcome as her friends open the doors to us for the ultimate Marfa experience.

Popularly identified with Minimalism, although he hated the term, Donald Judd was one of the best-known American artists of the 1960s. He also placed the humble city of Marfa, Texas on the art world map. Judd moved to Marfa in 1971 from his home in New York City to explore his interest in installing his artwork exactly the way he wanted. The Cleveland Art Museum invites you to experience this unique city, one of the top "wishlist" art destinations in the United States, and to depart with your impression of contemporary art changed forever

Patrons will check into their room at the St. George Hotel, a full-service property designed by the Houston architect Carlos Jiménez that combines wooden beams and columns from the original 1880 hotel with a modernist look echoing the serialism of Judd. The hotel displays its strong art collection, which features over 300 original works by contemporary artists such as Mark Flood, Jeff Elrod, and Christopher Wool.

Please explore the full itinerary which is attached below.

Your Cleveland Museum of Art contact is Melanie Uchimura ( or 216-707-2592). Your Artful Jaunts contact is Latasha Thomas ( or 781-658-2270). Please reach out to either if you have any questions.

The Marfa experience will cost $5,387 per person in a double room sharing, and $6,057 for a single traveler. This includes three nights at the St. George hotel, three dinners, two lunches, and transportation from and to El Paso and while in Marfa. Your booking is requested as soon as possible. The trip is limited to 24 guests and a minimum of 15 guests is required to operate this trip. All programming may change and is subject to availability of hosts and venues.

No refund will be provided for cancellations within sixty days of the trip's start date. If the museum has another patron to fill a spot, a substitution will be allowed. After the trip has commenced, no refunds are available, even if the client does not partake in all of the trip's activities or leaves the trip early. We highly recommend the trip insurance offered when booking. Please reach out to Latasha Thomas if you have questions on the insurance.

Recommended Flights:

American Airlines: CLE to ELP with stop in DFW at 7:44 AM departure, 11:04 arrival; Return ELP to CLE with stop in DFW at 2:59pm

United Airlines: CLE to ELP with stop in ORD at 7:30 AM departure, 11:33 arrival; Return ELP to CLE with stop in DEN at 2:15pm

United Airlines: CLE to ELP with stop in IAH at 7:15 AM departure, 11:56 arrival; Return ELP to CLE with stop in IAH at 2:23pm

  • A tour of Marfa led by Emily Liebert, Curator of Contemporary Art
  • Special sunrise and sunset experiences at Chinati Foundation
  • Curated visits to all of the essential Marfa art sites, including Chinati Foundation, Judd Foundation, and Ballroom Marfa.
  • Opportunities to hear from influential gallery directors at Max Hetzler and Arber & Son's.
  • Visit the home of a significant local collector
  • Visit to several local, but nationally recognized artist studios
  • Stay at St. George Hotel in Marfa
  • Explore both fun outdoor and fine dining

  • Curator led art tours by Emily Liebert, Curator of Contemporary Art
  • Private visits to the Chinati and Judd Foundation as well as art non-profit Ballroom Marfa, including special sunrise and sunsets tours at Chinati
  • Several artist studio visits, including Jeff Elrod and Magalie Guérin
  • Private visit to the home of a local collector, Jenny Laird or Fairfax Dorn
  • Visit Max Hetzler and Arber & Son's galleries located in Marfa
  • Luxury accommodations at the St. George, a 4-star hotel in Marfa
  • Fine dining and cocktails at exciting, art-connected dining destinations, including Cochineal
  • Lunches, cocktails, and dinners with local art leaders, such as curators, gallerists, and artists, among others
  • An expert Artful Advisory team to help guide any interest you may have in purchasing works
  • The Artful app, supplementing your trip, with information about all artists, venues, and individuals visited and recommendations for further research

Hotel Saint George

  • VIP access and tour of all of the Chinati and Judd Foundation
  • Entry to all art venues, featuring an exclusive behind-the-scenes selection of work at two galleries.
  • Accommodations Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night at St. George hotel
  • All meals and cocktail programs from Thursday cocktails and dinner through Sunday lunch, featuring dining inspired by local flavors and specialities.
  • All travel from El Paso airport pick-up to return on Sunday morning.
  • All fees and gratuities, including baggage porter services.
  • Breakfast is not included in the program.
  • Please note, flights, and hotel parking is not provided with our programming.

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