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.

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. 

Part 2 of our interview with Jim Ward, talking about his new album titled "Daggers."

Juan Galceran creates contemporary art he calls “Textured Momentism” in which he projects video onto his paintings. He has a show titled “Mystic Bonds of Place and Time” on exhibit at the EPISD Stanton Gallery located at 1014 N. Stanton.

You can see his textured momentism works in person through July 19th, 2021. 

The Toltec Tiki Room is a tropical tiki bar located in the heart of historic downtown El Paso. They offer guests the opportunity to escape to a tropical staycation while enjoying classic tiki cocktails paired with Polynesian bites and rum drinks that you may or may not remember.

La Semilla Food Center has been working on a few amazing projects rooted in community stories and food justice for a little over a year, and their projects are all being launched this summer.

The projects include two new murals inspired by stories shared by people across our region. The first mural is by Al Woody, Diné painter and founder of Healing Ways Artistry at Bowie High School. The second mural is by Christin Apodaca at La Semilla Community.

Poetitlan is a sustainable luxury brand handmade by Poets. They focus on creating unique & versatile pieces that exude relaxed yet sensual vibes.

Their slow fashion approach allows us to have a rapport with our Artisans, our resources, and our creative energy. Each garment is a love poem crafted between you, the Artisans, and the Designer Christine Puentes.

Artist Angel Cabrales has created an installation/performance in collaboration with the UTEP Dance Department that is an extension of his 2019 Uncolonized exhibition (which is currently on exhibit at the Mesa Contemporary Arts Museum in Mesa, AZ until August 8th).

Teo-Qui-Ya-Awa-Til (or sacred portal) is a one-day event which will be at the UGLC/Centennial Museum’s shared plaza at UTEP on May 27th at 7pm. 

Tara Martin Lopez is working on a book about the El Paso Punk Scene that will be published by UT Press which is tentatively titled “Chuco Soundtrack: El Paso Punk.”

She’s been conducting research in our area and recently had an article called “Vamonos pa’l Chuco!": Punk Rock, Power, and Memory in El Paso, Texas published in The Journal of Texas Music History. 

The El Paso Children’s Museum and Science Center is partnering with the grassroots not-for-profit Fab Lab El Paso.  Fab Lab will play a key role in bringing the museum’s "Challenge It" zone to life. 

The "Challenge It" zone is designed to encourage visitors to explore a variety of engineering experiences, from designing and testing cars and boats to coding a giant LED cube. It will also include open-ended makerspace activities. 

Last year we checked in with artist and painter Patrick Gabaldon. Recently, a memory popped up on social media that had a photo of our last conversation.  In the caption, Patrick wrote that it was right at the beginning of what would end up being his most productive year.

Singer-Songwriter Amalia Mondragon is the recent reciepient of a "Reclaiming the Border Narrative" grant from NALAC and the Ford Foundation.

She was one of five individuals from our community that received this award. 

The Borderland Rainbow Center and Diversity and Resiliency Institute of El Paso are excited to announce the Border Heroes Cards Project, which will highlight individuals who have made an impact on the LGBTQ+ community.

They are currently looking for local artists to help create images of these Border Heroes.  

Armando Eleazar was born and raised in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. He is a self-taught dancer who began performing at age 18. He received his BFA from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy and his recent work includes appearances in West Side Story as Bernardo at the Moonlight Amphitheatre. He is currently a Bernardo understudy and swing in the Broadway revival of West Side Story. 

The UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance presents Lysistrata, a performance about history’s first sex strike. It was adapted and directed by Jay Stratton with choreography by Tawanda Chabikwa.

This event also signals the department’s first live event since the pandemic began, and will take place outdoors with limited seating. 

The Rubin Center presents Torque, Stress, Compression, Expansion, a selection of key works from their permanent collection.  The exhibition is curated by Exhibitions Coordinator, Jose Krapp.

Torque, Stress, Compression, Expansion is a selection of works chosen by Jose in response to his first read of the works in the care of the Rubin Center. 

The Border Art Residency is accepting applications for its summer artist residency, which takes place from June 1 - August 1, 2021. The deadline to apply is Friday, April 23, 2021.

The artist-in-residence is provided a fully furnished living and work space, a $600 monthly stipend, and paid utilities, with the exception of phone and internet. 

Colorado artist Carissa Samaniego is the Border Art Residency’s current resident artist. She was chosen to be the first artist to break in their new studio and living space in El Paso’s Five Points neighborhood.

Samaniego is a sculptor who works in various media and with unconventional materials to create pieces that represent the place she works in, to find distinct ways of knowing that are emblematic of their site of origin.