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.

Border Crossers is a large-scale performance and participatory procession involving several lightweight robotic sculptures and the trans-border communities in El Paso, Texas and Juarez, Mexico. 

Border Crossers will perform a peaceful, symbolic, “crossing” of the U.S. - Mexico border using the combined power of art, technology and community to create a radically positive and inclusive view of border culture. The project will culminate in a series of coordinated public ‘activations’ at multiple sites in the El Paso, Texas/Juarez, Mexico area in collaboration with the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts at The University of Texas at El Paso. 

Kerry Doyle is the Executive Director of the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts.  The Rubin Center’s fall season signals the return of building connections between students and international artists that exhibit at the Rubin Center. 

The fall exhibits include a site-specific work by Japanese artist Gaku Tsutaja and Border Crossers by Chico Macmurtrie.

Michael Namingha’s Altered Landscape series are abstract, photography-based works that juxtapose geometric shapes in bright neon colors against black-and-white aerial landscapes from the Four Corners region.

The compositions are mounted to shaped plexiglass, creating the illusion of three-dimensional works. His Altered Landscape show is at the El Paso Museum of Art through January 2022.

Erica Marin was recently appointed Director of the El Paso Museum of History.  She is in the process of carving out her own space in the museum’s history as the first El Paso native and Latina to hold the position.

As a former curator at the museum, she helped shape exhibitions like “Neighborhoods & Shared Memories: Sunset Heights” and “Low & Slow: Lowrider Culture on the Border.”

El Paso Pro-Musica is back with in-person concerts! Here to preview the new season, and talk about how they’ve been making music accessible in different ways, is Felipa Solis. 

The El Paso Children’s Museum and Science Center has announced Barry A. Van Deman as its new Executive Director. Mr. Van Deman comes to El Paso from Durham, NC, where he recently retired after 16 years as president and CEO of its Museum of Life and Science.

Each year, the Office of Congresswoman Veronica Escobar hosts a Congressional Art Competition which calls on high school students in our community to submit their artwork to be displayed in the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington D.C. This year’s winner was Brissa Cervantes for her piece titled “Immigration.”

Congresswoman Veronica Escobar talks about the competition, and also about her support for the Latino Smithsonian and efforts to include the El Paso experience in exhibits.

In 2018, the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awarded a grant of more than $2 million to the University of Texas at El Paso and El Paso Community College to establish The Humanities Collaborative. This program at EPCC and UTEP provides students with a variety of opportunities to pursue their passion in the humanities while gaining valuable research and career-related experience.

Today we provide an update on the progress of the collaborative.

Pro Wrestling Zen and the PWZ Dojo are revitalizing the world of professional wrestling in the Southwest.

This school, located in El Paso, offers an in-depth education in professional wrestling where students learn in-ring fundamentals, character development, psychology, production and marketing.

Femme Frontera is an official recipient of two grants that will exponentially benefit our local filmmaking community.

The Sundance Film Festival Arts Organization Grant will go directly towards the creation of the La Frontera Documentary Lab which will provide resources to mentor women and nonbinary filmmakers in El Paso and Juarez.

They also received a Perspective Fund Grant which will fund intensive 10-day courses in documentary production for youth and adults, as well as Spanish speaking documentary classes for youth and adults in our border region. 

El Paso native Abeni Janae has become the youngest composer for major music publishing company Carl Fischer Music Company.

She joins us to talk about her work and how she uses her voice for racial advocacy.

Francisco Delgado was born in Ciudad Juárez and grew up in El Paso’s Segundo Barrio. His “Bordeño” artworks are informed by the social and cultural struggles inherent in life along the Mexican and United States border.

He has a solo show at Casa Ortiz which is on view now through August 20, 2021.

Ziemba, aka René Kladzyk, is an El Paso-based musician and writer. She released her most recent album titled True Romantic, a collection of unabashed love songs, on Sister Polygon Records in September of last year.

The anniversary of August 3rd is approaching and our friends at Chuco Relic are continuing their community spirit.

This year, they’ve created a limited edition El Paso Strong shirt with a portion of the proceeds going to El Pasoans Fighting Hunger.

Paradox Immersive Art is a new gallery space located on the Mission Trail in Socorro.  The gallery is located inside of an adobe hacienda called Hacienda Apodaca.

Paradox Immersive Art gallery showcases art by Laura Turon and by featured artist David Delgado.

Old Sheepdog Brewery is a nano brewery located in the heart of El Paso by Lincoln Park. They make great beer, show local art and host live music shows…a little bit of everything (including food pop-ups). 

Juan Ornelas is a proud El Pasoan, and a pop artist who calls his art style “Chuco Pop.” He’s an acrylic painter who uses the beautiful, quirky, binational culture clash of the US - Mexico border to create pop art influenced by this unique part of the world.

His current exhibition at Galeria Lincoln titled “Juanted, Pop Art Expressions by Juan Ornelas” consists of thirty new works and runs through the end of July 2021.

Ceramist Phillip Romero has teamed up with art teacher Alicia Villalobos to create a unique art space for people of all ages called Can Do Community Art Studio.

At Can Do, people can create paintings, drawings and ceramics. 

El Paso Summer Musical Theatre Intensive returns with the Broadway hit Godspell! Performances will run from July 8th through the 11th, 2021 at Keystone Heritage Park.

Rap Seminar is a Hip Hop education and promotion platform that showcases the literary techniques of underground rappers via social media and live or virtual workshops. They also provide lyrical analysis and Rap Stat services to emcees, record labels, and academics seeking statistical data about the literary skills that Hip Hop artists employ.

Aside from these endeavors, Rap Seminar is creating an artist development support system, and has a line of clothing for the lyrically minded available at rapseminar.com

Driven by a responsibility to integrate past and present stories of land and foodways in the Paso del Norte region and beyond, La Semilla Food Center and Zeke Peña are collaborating on a zine about our national food policy (the Farm Bill).

Set in Vado, NM, the zine breaks down the policy's history and its impact on communities.  It is at once a work of art, history, archival research, and storytelling. They hope it can get folks excited to work on policy changes to the Farm Bill, and on all food policy, from the federal to local levels.

Cult Studios is a studio and shop which serves as open studios for local creatives Agaah Hat Co, contemporary jewler Jess Tolbert and painter Ivan Calderon. 

The Remains of COVID is a project inspired by the sudden death of Daniel Hernandez’ beloved mother Lucia. After she passed, he sat for days in his childhood home surrounded by her personal items.

The COVIDing of Lucia (condlences from…) is a small series of stark still lifes of the withering sympathy floral arrangements Hernandez received that capture love, life, decay, and death.

The Remains of COVID is collaborative effort and Hernandez is inviting those who have lost a loved one to share images.

The El Paso Museum of History is sharing virtual programming through the month of June celebrating Pride Month. Youth from toddlers to teens can learn more about LGBTQ+ history from the EPMH’s youth library’s recommended readings, discussing topics such as activism, gender identity, and more.

LGBTQ+ national and local histories will be shared through social media History Highlights. On June 28th, 2021, also known as Pride Day, EPMH will open the virtual exhibition Historias: Pride Edition, featuring oral histories from members of the El Paso LGBTQ+ community.

Jim Ward is the lead singer and rhythm guitarist for the band Sparta; he is also a co-founder of the post-hardcore band At the Drive-In, which he formed in 1994 when he was 17 years old.

Today, we’re here with Jim to talk about his solo full length album release titled “Daggers” which was released this week.