KTEP - El Paso, Texas

State Of The Arts

Saturday 11:30am

State of the Arts is a weekly 30-minute program focusing on the arts community of El Paso. Hosted by dedicated art enthusiast Marina Monsisvais, State of the Arts provides listeners with a behind-the-scenes glimpse of how creativity is shaping our community. Marina interviews local visual artists, writers, dancers, singers, actors and directors, as well as regional talent exhibiting or performing in El Paso. The show gets to the heart of what inspires and drives artists to do what they love best.

El Paso Opera is providing free, curbside performances for the communitiy.  #CurbsideOpera kicked off last week and received a warm welcome from those who were surprised with a personal curbside opera concert. 

Keep your eye out for #CurbsideOpera announcements about pop up performances around town featuring El Paso Opera Resident Artists and other local vocal performers.

Fronts is the latest book written by Ersela Kripa and Stephen Mueller which uncovers a growing geography of codependence between the global security complex and the urban morphologies of the developing world, which it increasingly incriminates. 

The two authors spent years of research tracking simulated urban replicas, their architectural and urban typologies for urban warfare training, and the informal environments they duplicate.

Gestos Locales is a response to the closure of art venues and the lack of art and cultural resources during the COVID-19 outbreak along the Texas / Mexico border.  This virtual exhibition shares artwork from five border artists, spanning from the Brownsville / Matamoros area to the El Paso / Cd. Juarez border.

The Rubin Center is proud to present the 2020 Annual Juried UTEP Student Virtual Art Exhibition, showcasing works of art and designs created by undergraduate students enrolled in the Department of Art at UTEP during the 2019 – 2020 academic year. 

It is a highly competitive process and this year the juror’s selection will be exhibited in a virtual exhibition, due to constraints from the current public health initiatives in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Artist Nano Hernandez is an El Paso native who lives and works in Los Angeles. His thread portraits can be found in the collections of some of today’s leading figures in art, fashion, film and music.

Vivi Madero is a piercer and the founder of Fox Labyrinth here in El Paso, TX.  Her business has been profoundly affected by this pandemic but despite this, she’s maintained a relationship with her clients on social media.

During this time of social distancing due to the COVID-19 virus, most arts organizations have put their exhibits and productions on hold.

We at State of the Arts would like to know how you are continuing to be creative at this time.  We've set up a hotline where you can leave a message telling us how you are keeping your artistic and creative juices flowing.  Please call (915) 201-0626 and leave us a message telling us what you are doing to stay creative.

Here is a small sampling of the calls we received this week.

The non-profit Fab Lab El Paso and an alliance of local fabricators and private producers have been working together to create affordable Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) with 3D printers, specifically face shields and face masks. The face shields and masks are available for healthcare and frontline organizations/businesses to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

To purchase a face mask, click here: https://ppeorders.square.site/
 
To donate to the EP COVID-19 Medical Equipment and Supply Fund, click here.

Elvira Carrizal-Dukes is a professor and comic book writer. Together with her husband Ronnie Dukes, they are running journaling and drawing workshops with the Alzheimer’s Association West Texas Chapter.

Workshops take place Thursdays, May 21, June 4, & June 18, 10am – 11am MDT.  Information is available at https://bit.ly/ESSEWTX0521

During this time of social distancing due to the COVID-19 virus, most arts organizations have put their exhibits and productions on hold.

We at State of the Arts would like to know how you are continuing to be creative at this time.  We've set up a hotline where you can leave a message telling us how you are keeping your artistic and creative juices flowing.  Please call (915) 201-0626 and leave us a message telling us what you are doing to stay creative.

Here is a small sampling of the calls we received this week.

Patrick Gabaldon’s art reflects his colorful interpretation of the borderland. Attorney by day and artist by night, it is difficult not to find Gabaldon’s work on display across the city. He has kept busy creating new pieces during his stay at home time, and is here to talk about his current work.

DJ Johnny Kage is synonymous with El Paso. Lately, he has been taking us back to the Juarez nightclub days with his live DJ sets on Facebook.

He talks about his time working as a DJ in Juarez and El Paso, and about his current venture on Facebook.

During this time of social distancing due to the COVID-19 virus, most arts organizations have put their exhibits and productions on hold.

We at State of the Arts would like to know how you are continuing to be creative at this time.  We've set up a hotline where you can leave a message telling us how you are keeping your artistic and creative juices flowing.  Please call (915) 201-0626 and leave us a message telling us what you are doing to stay creative.

Here is a small sampling of the calls we received this week.

During this time of social distancing due to the COVID-19 virus, most arts organizations have put their exhibits and productions on hold.

We at State of the Arts would like to know how you are continuing to be creative at this time.  We've set up a hotline where you can leave a message telling us how you are keeping your artistic and creative juices flowing.  Please call (915) 201-0626 and leave us a message telling us what you are doing to stay creative.

Here is a small sampling of the calls we received this week.

Life in the Time is a website that invites you to express yourself during this time of Covid-19. It was created by Amit Gosh, Robert Arellano and Richie Marrufo. They would like to crowd source stories during this very unique period of time. This project is meant to be a site for everyone and not reserved just for artists.

Jim Ward is a musician, restaurant owner and an overall creative. His band Sparta has just release a new album titled Trust the River.  Together with his wife, they own Eloise, a restarant and bar on El Paso's west side.

During this time of COVID-19, Jim has begun hosting Instagram live segments with friends on Fridays called Friday Beers, he’s also created a Patreon account where he has established some intimate connections with fans.

Today we use the State of the Arts Hotline to remember one of our beloved colleagues in the arts, Dr. Patrick Shaw Cable.  While in El Paso, Dr. Cable was a senior curator at the El Paso Museum of Art.

The Green Hope project is hosting is fourth Metamorphosis: Trash to Treasure art show. While this show would normally be held at a local art venue, this year they’ve improvised and will be hosting a virtual art reception and art gallery beginning at 2pm on Saturday April 8, 2020.

The City of San Elizario Urban Agriculture Project has launched City-in-a-Box, a condensed version of their City-to-Table program that provides residents free materials and training to grow their own desert vegetables.

During this time of social distancing due to the COVID-19 virus, most arts organizations have put their exhibits and productions on hold.

We at State of the Arts would like to know how you are continuing to be creative at this time.  We've set up a hotline where you can leave a message telling us how you are keeping your artistic and creative juices flowing.  Please call (915) 201-0626 and leave us a message telling us what you are doing to stay creative.

Here is a small sampling of the calls we received this week.

Monica Lozano is a photographer from the El Paso/Juarez border region. Her work speaks about the human condition in poignant places and in difficult times. Monica discusses her work, and what she's been up to as we are all staying in these days.

Gloria Cadena owns Bomb Beauty and is host of the Real Feelings Fake Lashes podcast. She discusses how to keep a positive image while staying home during these difficult times.

During this time of social distancing due to the COVID-19 virus, most arts organizations have put their exhibits and productions on hold.

We at State of the Arts would like to know how you are continuing to be creative at this time.  We've set up a hotline where you can leave a message telling us how you are keeping your artistic and creative juices flowing.  Please call (915) 201-0626 and leave us a message telling us what you are doing to stay creative.

Here is a small sampling of the calls we received this week.

Desert Spoon Food Hub received one of the first grants given under the County’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI). The grant will be used to build a new distribution warehouse in central El Paso. Desert Spoon Food Hub helps local family farms grow by offering a combination of production, distribution and marketing services.

The 6th Border Biennial continues a more than decade-long binational collaboration between the El Paso Museum of Art (EPMA) and the Museo de Arte de Ciudad Juárez (MACJ) on an exhibition simultaneously occurring on either side of the El Paso / Juárez border.

This edition of the Border Biennial addresses challenges posed by the 2,000-mile-long border bisecting the frontera region through artwork in a variety of media—some site-specific—by approximately two-dozen artists. There is an open call for artists and the deadline to apply is April 15, 2020.

During this time of social distancing due to the COVID-19 virus, most arts organizations have put their exhibits and productions on hold. 

We at State of the Arts would like to know how you are continuing to be creative at this time.  We've set up a hotline where you can leave a message telling us how you are keeping your artistic and creative juices flowing.  Please call (915) 201-0626 and leave us a message telling us what you are doing to stay creative. 

Here is a small sampling of the calls we received this week.

Artist Pilo and I had already pre-recorded a segment for what what was to be the opening his first solo show of paintings called Futuro Dos at Galeria Lincoln.

As we all are aware, an international pandemic is upon us and rather than scrapping a segment with Pilo, we decided to record another interview. Circumstances are a bit different, we’re doing this interview via Zoom from my living room.

Anne Giangiulio is a graphic designer and UTEP professor.  Via social media, I’ve been observing her naviagate her new normal of teaching graphic design from home all while keeping her kids busy…they’re getting pretty crafty over there. 

I asked her to share some of the fun projects she and her kids are creating these days.

There’s no doubt that the implications of COVID-19 are seismic, and Charles Horak is a first hand witness to how it’s impacting the film industry.  The impact is felt by those who make movies as well as all of us who watch movies.

Kerry Doyle is the Director of the Rubin Center on the UTEP campus.  After years of curating shows about and of our border, she is considered an expert on border art.  She is here to provide us with an overview of what makes border art special.

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