El Paso Times 12.5.2014 December 6, 2014

Visual artist, civic activist says he’s a candidate for El Paso City Council

A visual artist and civic activist announced this week that he’s running for El Paso City Council for the District 1 seat currently held by outgoing city Rep. Ann Morgan Lilly.

Peter Svarzbein, 34, said he wants to contribute to what he believes is “the momentum that exists in El Paso to move the city forward.”

He is one of the first to announce for the upcoming city elections next year.

“I want to bring an energetic and intelligent voice to the council,” Svarzbein said. “We’ve reached a critical time, and I want to be part of continuing the momentum that’s taking place in El Paso. I would work to push for better economic opportunities and quality of life, and bring a cultural and economic vision for the next 20 to 50 years.”

Svarzbein teaches at the Texas Tech College of Architecture in Downtown El Paso, and previously taught at New Mexico State University. He’s served on the San Jacinto Plaza Citizen Committee, the Jewish Federation of Greater El Paso, the El Paso Artist Guild, and is curator and co-creator of the Purple Pop-Up Gallery.

He is best known for the “El Paso Transnational Trolley Project,” a visual art project that featured a border trolley operator on various posters that appeared throughout Downtown El Paso.

He has a master of fine arts degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York City.

The city election is next June.

Diana Washington Valdez may be reached at 546-6140.