The Ellen Noël Art Museum of the Permian Basin connects people with art by engaging our
community through exhibitions, education, collections and outreach.
Opened in 1985 as the Art Institute for the Permian Basin, the Ellen Noël Art Museum of the Permian Basin is the culmination of years of grass roots fundraising efforts by Odessans to build a fine arts museum. The Museum was renamed in 1995 to honor the leadership and philanthropy of Mrs. Ellen W. Noël. The museum has four impressive galleries as well as two classrooms, an Art Haus a self directed family space, and a Sculpture and Sensory Garden.
The Ellen Nol Art Museum is known for its active exhibitions schedule and outstanding education programming for all ages. As a non-profit organization, the Museum receives its funding from memberships, donations, grants, fundraising events and interest income from an endowment fund. Over 200 volunteers annually serve the Museum in many capacities, ensuring that the Museum's programming remains dynamic, vital and responsive to community needs.
The Ellen Noël Art Museum has been accredited by the American Association of Museums since 2005.
Smithsonian Affiliates Program
The Ellen Noёl Art Museum is one of only a few art museums in the state of Texas that has been granted status as an official Smithsonian Affiliate. The Smithsonian Affiliates program allows selected organizations to have greater access to the millions of artifacts in its renowned collections and to the distinguished educational resources of the 47 museums, libraries, and research centers of the Smithsonian Institution. The goal of the Smithsonian Affiliations program is to share the rich knowledge of the Smithsonian Institution with a broader audience, adhering to the Smithsonian’s highest aesthetic, intellectual and professional standards.
Current Smithsonian Affiliate Program works on display at the Ellen Noël Art Museum include Barbara Hepworth’s Sea Form (Porthmeor), 1958, bronze and Robert Adams’ Upright Leaf Forms, 1957, iron. Both artworks are on long term loan from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institute, Washington DC.
West Texas Triangle
Created in 2006, the West Texas Triangle is a consortium that provides opportunities for museums to promote their unique collections to a wider audience, to exchange professional dialogue and promote each other’s institutions. West Texas Triangle participants include the Grace Museum in Abilene, the Old Jail Art Center in Albany, the Museum of the Southwest in Midland, the Ellen Noël Art Museum in Odessa and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts in San Angelo.