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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.

  • Vanessa K. Zavala Clark was born and raised in El Paso. She received her BFA from UTEP where her studies focused on graphic design and ceramics.
  • Ruben Gomez is a photographer, graphic designer, and the owner of El Paso's Finest who was born and raised in El Paso. He hasn’t put his camera down from the moment he took his first photojournalism class over 15 years ago.
  • La Nube, is taking shape right before our eyes. El Paso’s forthcoming children’s science center invites us to reach for the clouds. Here to catch us up on all the happenings is Executive Director Barry Van Deman.
  • Janette Terrazas (Mustang Jane) merges politics and art in her powerful, multidisciplinary work. She is an illustrator, radio host, and textile artist who pushes decorative arts to new limits.
  • Gustavo Martinez is passionate about connecting with communities through ceramics and indigenous traditions. He practices his cultural heritage through traditional indigenous ceremonies with The Hueco Tanks All Nations Sundance Community here in El Paso.
  • Pablo Hernandez is the glassblower behind Milintica Glassworks, and you can see his hand blown glass and lamp work at several local markets.
  • Portal 1 is a massive abstract mural by artist Ricardo Chavarria. The mural will welcome El Pasoans and visitors to the El Paso International Airport.
  • Rodriga Rockmore is a fronteriza, Chicana, and Mexican-American vinyl DJ on the border of El Paso, Texas and Cd. Juarez, Mexico. She’s a musician, DJ, organizer, community advocate and educator.
  • A. Billi Free mixes soul, jazz hip hop and electronic music to build her brand of sound. Born in the Midwest and now based in Southern New Mexico, the singer and rapper released her second album, Holy Body Roll in March of this year.
  • Mario S. Aguilar, Principal and Founder of The Pensery, has an insatiable curiosity about the world at large, the world of design, and the inflection points where those two worlds meet.