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Peter Svarzbein

District 1 Representative and Mayor Pro Tem, City of El Paso and Vice Chair of the Board, Sister Cities International.

Peter Svarzbein is a photographer, curator and disruptive media specialist. Graduate of the renowned Eddie Adams Photojournalism Workshop, Svarzbein earned his MFA from the School of Visual Arts in New York. During graduate school at the SVA, Svarzbein created the El Paso Transnational Trolley Project.  This self-created activist/artist project is the impetus for Svarzbein’s current public service. His work advocating with community leaders resulted in TXDOT committing $97 million to construct a trolley route and refurbish the original streetcars that ran between El Paso and Juarez.

Svarzbein has exhibited work both nationally and internationally including a video installation in the Guggenheim's "Still-Spotting NYC" exhibition, at UTEP's Rubin Gallery in a bi-national exhibition "El Flow" and in the "Puro Border" exhibition at the INBA Museum of Fine Art in Cd. Juarez, Mex. His most recent installation "Conversos Y Tacos Kosher Gourmet Trucks est. 1492" was funded thru the City of El Paso's Artist Incubator Grant and featured on NPR's "Here and Now".

 Partial client list includes: Fortune Magazine, Wall Street Journal, Der Spiegel, Le Figaro, Cornell University, Jet Blue, Panasonic, New York Times, Heeb Magazine, People Magazine, and the Advocate. He has taught at the Texas Tech College of Architecture and has lectured at Harvard University, NMSU and UTEP.

He is also the proud city representative for District 1 in El Paso, Texas.