Adair Margo continued
From 1985-2010 Adair Margo owned the Adair Margo Gallery in El Paso. She became especially devoted to the legacy of Tom Lea, founding The Tom Lea Institute in 2009. She recorded his oral history, co-editing Tom Lea, An Oral History (1995, Texas Western Press) that won the Border Regional Library Association Award, and wrote the forward to The Two Thousand Yard Stare, Tom Lea’s World War II (2008, Texas A&M Press), winner of the Texas Institute of Letters Award. Margo also recorded the oral history of National Humanities Medalist Jose Cisneros, co-editing José Cisneros, Immigrant Artist (2006, Texas Western Press) and she contributed the opening chapter to Grace and Gumption, The Women of El Paso (2011, Texas Western Press). She holds a B.A. in Art History from Vanderbilt University; studied Renaissance Art History and Italian Studies in Florence, Italy with Syracuse University; and, earned her M.A. in Art History from New Mexico State University. She has taught art history at the University of Texas at El Paso and New Mexico State University.
In Texas, Adair Margo served as Chairman of the Texas Commission on the Arts and on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board. Other state boards included the Texas Book Festival, Humanities Texas, and Texas A&M University Press. Margo also served on the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools/Commission on Colleges Executive Committee, and participated on the board of Mid-America Arts Alliance (ExhibitsUSA). She currently serves on the Smithsonian American Art Museum Advisory Council, the National Advisory Board for the Laura Welch Bush Institute for Women’s Health, and as the President of the Mexican Federation of Private Associations for Health and Economic Development (FEMAP) Foundation.