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.

Founders of Shakespeare on the Rocks, David Mills and Hector Serrano are joined by actor Oisin McGillion Hughes who is in all three upcoming shows to preview the 26th season of performances.

(915) 474-4275

Xochitl Rodriguez, cofounder of the Caldo Collective – an innovative microfunding initiative for local artists – is joined by winner of the second Frijol Feast, Diane Vera to invite  listeners to the third and final Frijol Feast of the year to provide micro-funding for local artists.


International Museum of Art Board Member, Mary Jo Melby is joined by local artists, Alberto Escamilla and Candy Mayer to invite the community to an upcoming fundraising art auction in support of the Museum.

(915) 543-6747

Chief Marketing Officer for KCOS TV, Emily Martin Loya invites the community to the “Wine & Food Classic: A Gourmet Tasting Soirée” - KCOS's 11th annual fall fundraiser featuring delectable wines, dishes and desserts.

(915) 590-1313

UTEP student and female lead, Katharina in the upcoming production of Taming of the Shrew, Ellen Smith previews this presentation of Shakespeare.

(915) 747-5118 

Well-known El Paso artist and gallery owner, Hal Marcus talks about the The 1949 Sun Carnival Artist Reunion – a special celebration coinciding with the 11th annual Sunset Heights Tour of Homes and Tom Lea Month.

Hal Marcus Gallery
1308 N. Oregon
(915) 533-9090

Former El Pasoan, singer-songwriter Doug Adamz previews his homecoming performance featuring works from his new National Steel CD.


Kathrin Berg Pettit, with the El Paso Community Foundation, joins Playwright and composer, Mark Watts to introduce the new mystery Lacy – the inaugural presentation of the new Jewel Box performance series at the Philanthropy Theater. 

(915) 533-4020

Gallery Manager, Karla Zanelli; artist and long-time member, Nina Walker; and Board Treasurer, Stephanie Conwell with the El Paso Art Association invite the community to attend the annual Arts International exhibition.

(915) 534-7377

Founder, Artistic Director, Choreographer and Performer Javier Dzul previews the El Paso performance of his creation Mexico Maya.


Visual artist, contemporary impressionist, Debra De Santis discusses her debut exhibition, “Grace and Glory”, at the International Museum of Art on Montana. 

(915) 543-6747

Grant Collinsworth, Founder/Coordinator of The El Paso Songwriting Contest introduces this year’s competition for area musicians.

(915) 307-2390

Sally Gilbert, Founder and Program Director of Impact Programs of Excellence is joined by Art Teacher and volunteer, David Quinn preview upcoming presentations.

Impact Programs of Excellence
(915) 545.5068  

Sgt. Ron Kelsey, President of the Reflections of Generosity Foundation, talks about efforts to help soldiers deal with PTSD through the arts and related upcoming events.

Reflections of Generosity Foundation

Award-winning poet and community leader, Donna J Snyder talks about the release of her latest book titled Poemas ante el Catafalco:  Grief and Renewal.                              

(915) 328-5484

Barbara Angus, Curator of The El Paso Museum of History announces the opening of a new exhibition about ancient Roman civilization being shown for the first time in the US - “Julius Caesar: Military Genius, Mighty Machines.”

El Paso Museum of History
510 N. Santa Fe
(915) 351.3588

11-year-old Riley Tabat, an Explorers board member at the El Paso Exploreum, along with Executive Director, Aldo Leyva preview Riley’s upcoming interactive solar system exhibit.

El Paso Exploreum
300 W San Antonio Ave
(915) 533-4330

El Paso Community College Director of Student Leadership and Campus Life, Arvis Jones and Keyboard Instructor and jazz musician, Ruben Gutierrez talk about the annual Jazz at Sunset free outdoor concert.

EPCC Jazz at Sunset 
September 5, 2014 from 6-10pm
Valle Verde Campus, Americana Language Village stage
919 Hunter
(915) 831-2096

Artistic Director and Founder of the El Paso Chopin Music Festival, Dr. Lucy Scarbrough, along with Steering Committee Member, Joyce Whiteside introduce this year’s series of solo piano concerts for the Twentieth Encore Season.

20th El Paso Chopin Music Festival

Jack Bristol with El Paso Las Artistas talks about the upcoming Gala at the El Paso Museum of Art – an evening to celebrate notable Las Artistas members and their work.

(915) 532-1707

Claudia Ramirez with HerStory Productions, Anahi of Anthurium DarkFusion, and guest headliner Ashley Lopez, invite you to experience Tribal Equinox Bellydance III featuring traditional and tribal style belly dancers.

Tribal Equinox Bellydance III

Life long film fan, historian, archivist, writer and collector…and Director of the Sunset Film Society, Jay Duncan introduces a special presentation of Some Like it Hot – in celebration of the Sunset Film Society’s First Anniversary.


Bassist and composer, Jake aka June Jacobs previews a performance by Orchestre Sublime titled Hope’s Journey featuring some of El Paso’s finest musicians plus guest artists. 

Part 2 of our interview with bassist and composer Jake Jacobs.

Susan Sobin, publicity and community outreach coordinator for UTEP’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, invites El Pasoans age 50 and older to enjoy a rich selection of affordable classes.  

(915) 747-6280 or (915) 747-8848

Jazz vocalist Candice Reyes and Producer, Billy Townes announce the release of Reyes’ debut album - Crossing Over on Shade Records.


Alan Day, author of The Horse Lover: A Cowboy’s Quest to Save the Wild Mustangs previews his appearance at Barnes and Noble in El Paso. 


Artist and Las Cruces native George Mendoza, along with author and El Paso native Jessica Powers announce the release of Colors of the Wind – the story of Mendoza’s journey as a blind artist and champion runner.

Part 2 of our interview with artist George Mendoza & author Jessica Powers.

Sculptor, Claude Montes talks about his upcoming participation in the 3rd China Changchun International Ceramics Symposium in China.