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.

Julio Salgado, also known as DJ Birth Defects, was recently awarded a grant by MCAD to conduct a D.I.Y Show Workshop at the Main Library in Downtown El Paso.

If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to put on your own gig, we invite you to join this Si! DIY workshop which will take place at noon on Saturday, February 22, 2020 at the main library.

The city of El Paso’s Department of Aviation, in collaboration with the Museums and Cultural Affairs Department presents their art windows exhibit featuring the works of Christin Apodaca and Steven Hastings.

A reception and ribbon cutting takes place on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 11am, and the exhibit will be featured through April 30, 2020.

Elemi is a restaurant focused on serving the best tortillas made from maiz imported from Mexico.  It is owned and operated by a husband and wife team who are both born and raised in El Paso.

El Pasoans crossing the Carolina Bridge will be welcomed by a colorful work of art that was created by the team at Creative Kids. The public artwork is called "Woven Culture,” a piece that celebrates our culture.

Inspired and created by the students, Monsters We Create will examine the subjects and themes that percolated through a series of methodologies of devised theatre and writing techniques.

In the course of six months, the creative team has taken Monsters We Create from ideation to creation to production in this one-of-a-kind development-based theatrical experience. A frontera funk tale co-created with UTEP writing students, Monsters We Create is a surprisingly sweet story of loss, friendship, and hope.

Galeria Lincoln will have it’s grand opening on February 8, 2020 with a solo art show by artist Eugenia "AO" Carmona. The artist was born and raised in the border town of El Paso, and periodically lived in Chihuahua,  and other regions of Mexico. The style she embraces is heavily influenced by intuition and by the creation of her own visual vocabulary.

Artist Suzi Davidoff will have a show at the Xolo Gallery in central El Paso that opens on January 25, 2020. This show will feature prints, etchings and monotypes.  Many of the pieces have never been shown in El Paso, including a new series, Rio Grande Suite.

As part of an on-going initiative to increase, inspire, and support short form content made by women from the El Paso-Las Cruces-Juarez region, Femme Frontera will fund new works made by emerging and established self-identifying female filmmakers. 

The funds will assist filmmakers in the creation of their short films in the El Paso-Las Cruces-Juarez region. The films will then be invited to screen as part of the official 2020 Femme Frontera Filmmaker Showcase next fall. Deadline to apply is February 15, 2020.

Folk duo Cult Loveless is made up of Emily Davis and Javier Martinez, and they are about to release their debut EP titled Beloved

Here to tell us about their project are Emily Davis and Javier Martinez.

Desert People is a clothing brand inspired by the southwest that was created and operates in El Paso. The brand has been going strong for three years by creating clothing that reflects its community.

Here to tell us about it is founder, Mark Martinez, and Product Manager, Fernie Gonzalez.

January is upon us and that can only mean one thing…it’s time for the El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Festival!  The Festival begins on January 9, 2020 and continues through February 1, with the incomparable Dean of American Cellists, Lynn Harrell.  Harrell has won a Grammy Award with violinist Itzhak Perlman, who will be presented by El Paso Pro-Musica on March 3 of this year at the Plaza Theater. 

Felipa Solis has all of the details about the Festival.

Part 2 of our interview with Felipa Solis discussing the 2020 El Paso Pro-Musica Chamber Music Festival.

One of opera’s most treasured works, Pagliacci is a frighteningly timeless tale of passion, jealousy, and revenge. Canio is a clown who must entertain the townspeople while masking his tears and rage after learning that his wife Nedda has betrayed him with another man. El Paso Opera presents this love triangle tragedy on January 10 and 11 in El Paso’s newest venue, St. Rogers Depot, an iconic downtown space gorgeously renovated for special events. 

Fish is a multi-media performance art and drag artist. He’s been performing for about five years, and you can catch him around town.  If he’s not performing, he’s a constant presence at our local arts markets where he sells Fish merchandise that he’s designed along with his original paintings. 

Cynthia Connolly is a photographer, artist and curator from Washington, DC.  She grew up in a community of musicians and artists where they booked their own performances and produced and manufactured their own vinyl records.  She was recently in El Paso as part of a book tour that celebrated a book called Banned in DC which was originally released in December of 1988. Banned in DC collects hundreds of photos, flyers, and stories documenting the DC punk scene of the mid-’80s. 

Mabel Weber is an illustrator and painter who works on portrait, fashion, character design, lifestyle and social issues.

Mexican born and raised, she now resides in El Paso.  Inspired by the bicultural identity of the city, her work is heavily influenced by the mixed cuisine, language, rich architecture, urban folklore and the recurring presence of Mexican traditional imagery. 

Sí El Paso is a 10th anniversary edition of Mark Paulda’s first book, “Celebrating El Paso.” This book shows how El Paso has changed over the last ten years and runs a little over 200 pages. It contains El Pasoan stories and accounts of the city from a personal viewpoint and shows over 200 photographs of the city and is completely bilingual.The book also includes our sister city of Cd.Juarez. 

Artists Tino Ortega and Diego Martinez are hard at work building what will be a gallery run by artists for artists. It’s called Galeria Lincoln and it’s located under the spaghetti bowl on Rosa St. Today, we’ll check in with them to hear about their vision for their burgeoning gallery. 

Formed in 2017, El Paso's Mind Your Dream is composed of a trio of multidisciplinary artists.  The band aims at creating lyrically insightful music through a soundscape of diverse genres and styles.

If you’ve been to any local markets, odds are high that you’ve probably come across some Printmeikiando goods. Alexis Ruiz was raised in Juarez and now lives in El Paso and she makes hand printed notebooks using traditional relief printmaking techniques on the covers.

The UTEP graphic design student exhibition called Yards of Time will be on display at the Glass Gallery at the Fox Fine Arts building on the UTEP campus. The opening reception happens on Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 6pm and the show will be up through December 13, 2019.

Local art toy makers, Ghost Fox Toys have been hard at work creating new creatures which combine the cute and grotesque.  The pair has spent a weekend manning a booth at DesignerCon, an annual art and design convention that smashes together collectible toys, customs, plush, designer apparel with urban, underground and pop art.


Emily Kinskey is a multimedia journalist and documentary filmmaker who works primarily in the Middle East and Central America. 

 She has been spending time in El Paso and Juarez with her work focusing on migration and human trafficking.

It’s been about a year since Cindy Krapp created Aghaa' Hat Co., a hat company that embraces her native roots and looks to her ancestors as inspiration. 

 And what does Aghaa' mean? It means wool/hair from any animal. She chose that name, since she uses rabbit fur felt and vintage beaver fur felts to make her hats. 

The 2019 Las Artistas Fine Art and Crafts show takes place on November 23 and 24, 2019 at the EPIC Railyard Event Center. The show offers access to superb quality art and fine crafts and the opportunity to meet and speak with highly skilled artists and craftspeople and learn about their vision and technique. 

Photographer Nina Titovets is holding her second photo exhibition, No Man’s Land, which will showcase a body of work that captures her love for the desert.

She took a couple road trips earlier this year throughout Texas and New Mexico where she came across  small towns and ghost towns, and fell in love with the tragic yet peaceful beauty of these forgotten places.

Desert Spoon Food Hub connects local farmers with our community.  Recently they collaborated with EPISD to bring healthy eating to the school system, and they have put together an event called Local Fest which will take place at TIME at Montecillo On November 10, 2019 to promote all things local. 

Border Tuner is a large-scale, participatory art installation by Mexican-born artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer. It is designed to interconnect El Paso and Ciudad Juárez and to highlight the complex and long-standing collaboration that exists between the two cities and two countries, providing a powerful and positive counter-narrative to current rhetoric about the border. 

Border Tuner is a public interactive art installation created by visual artist Rafael Lozano-Hemmer.  Border Tuner will take place in El Paso and Juárez from November 14 thru November 24, 2019. 

This project is an interactive light and sound installation, which features three stations on either of side of the border, when lights from either of the two sites are directed at each other, powerful bridges of light and sound are created – activating microphones and speakers – allowing participants to communicate with one another and create a cross-border connection and communication.

Joshua R. Clark is a ceramic artist who lives and works in Las Cruces New Mexico, where he is an Assistant Professor of Art at New Mexico State University. His solo show at the Xolo Gallery in El Paso opens on November 9 and will be on exhibit through December 14, 2019.