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.

The Crossland Gallery presents their annual signature event, the Arts International Juried Award Show and Sale. This show is open to members and nonmembers and artists are eligible to win over $4000 in cash prizes. Artists are invited to submit up to three items and All of the Award Winners will be announced at the gala opening on Saturday, October 3rd.  Karla Zanelli, Director of the El Paso Arts Association; Lin Bentley Keeling, artist and winner of the Kistenmacher Award in 2014; and Stephanie Conwell, EPAA Treasurer and Board Member provide the details.

Lee and Bobby Byrd, owners and publishers of Cinco Puntos Press, provide an update on their newest releases and changing trends in the publishing world. 

Part 2 of our interview with Lee and Bobby Byrd, owners and publishers of Cinco Puntos Press.

Peter Svarzbein was born and raised on El Paso’s Westside and like many folks from El Paso, he left to obtain his college education and started his career outside of our city. Upon his return, Peter became a successful advocate for community development via the arts and is now City Representative for District 1.

Every Last Thursday of the month Downtown El Paso comes alive with the vibrant, passionate culture of its residents in an event know as Last Thursdays. Rudy Vasquez of the Downtown Management District, artist Juan Ornelas and Chelsie Melendez-Rivas, owner of downtown boutique Manchot talk about the event. 

The Borders Project is a series of arts events and performances that challenge the histories and effects of borders, how they are constructed, who profits, who suffers and why. The final event for this initial residency will be held on Thursday, July 23rd at Fox Fine Arts at UTEP at 7:30pm. It will be a showing of the dance research in progress involving community members, artists and activists. It will be a sharing of the research that has been done for the past two weeks and a look into what is in the future for the project. 

Dos Santos: Anti-Beat Orquesta rocks the sounds of pan-Latin American cumbia. Their gritty grassroots approach captures the “golden age” of streamlined, tight-knit ensembles that shook sweatbox dance floors with raw and fierce energy throughout Latin America in the 1970s—honest dance music with no frills and no fear, anchored by piercing guitars, garage organs, and straight-ahead percussive might. Dos Santos comes to El Paso when they headline Music Under The Stars on July 19, 2015.

Agua Frontera continues the exploration of water, migration & our border community. It will be presented at the Juarez Contemporary with support from Amor Por Juárez from July 23rd through September 19, 2015. Creator, Zeke Pena, talks about this on-going transmedia project that explores the symbolic and actual role water plays in our border community.

UTEP President, Dr. Diana Natalicio; Associate Vice President for Business Affairs-Facilities Management, Greg McNicol; and Vice President for Student Affairs, Gary Edens discuss the Lhakhang, a traditional Bhutanese structure and permanent cultural exhibit, which is the centerpiece of the newly opened Centennial Plaza on the UTEP campus.

Part 2 of our interview with UTEP President, Dr. Diana Natalicio; Associate Vice President for Business Affairs-Facilities Management, Greg McNicol; and Vice President for Student Affairs, Gary Edens discussing the Lhakhang and Centennial Plaza on the UTEP campus. 

Emergence Health Network is gearing up for its 4th Annual Frances Rodriguez Memorial Wonderland Concert that benefits individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities. The concert takes place on Friday, July 17th at Tricky Falls and will feature live salsa music by three bands including the Latin beat of Asucar, Sobredosis del Sabor and Marcelo Rodche Y Friends. 

The El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future has awarded pianist Samuel Barron as the winner of the 2015 Young Musicians’ Competition. Samuel will receive a $2000.00 cash prize and will perform in their “Full Circle-Bridging Generations” Concert at 7:30 pm on July 16th, at the El Paso Museum of Art. Lynn Provenzano of the El Paso Society for Musicians of the Future and Samuel Barron, winner of the 2015 Young Musicians competition talk about the performance.

The El Paso Symphony Orchestra will perform a free concert celebrating America’s Independence on July 4 at 7:30pm at Biggs Park located at 11388 Sergeant Major Blvd. EPSO Resident Conductor Andy Moran will lead the El Paso Symphony in a patriotic and pops concert featuring El Pasoan, Candice Reyes that will culminate with a spectacular fireworks display in salute of the brave men and women of Fort Bliss and all those who served to protect our country. Rosemary Flores of the El Paso Symphony Orchestra and Conductor Andy Moran preview the show.

It’s been 8 years since painter Mauricio Mora has had a one man show, and this week, “Mora Does El Paso,” a show of all new work inspired by downtown El Paso opened at the Hal Marcus Gallery.

The El Paso Museum of Art presents "Amplified Abstraction."  The show opens on July 12 at the museum and is curated by Patrick Shaw Cable from paintings in the museums permanent collection.

The transformation of downtown El Paso takes another big step when the El Paso Community Foundation, the City of El Paso and Artspace Projects break ground on the Artspace El Paso Lofts, an exciting mixed-use development for artists and creative businesses that will be located in the heart of downtown El Paso. 

As a late starter in Ballet, today’s guest took his first class at age nineteen. Alejandro Herrera, from the El Paso Conservatory of Dance, knows firsthand how important it is for boys to be allowed to pursue their love for dance at an early age.  

Seed of Benevolence features new work from local artist Diane Vera. Through the help of El Paso’s Caldo Collective, a non-profit arts grant committee, Vera combed the streets of El Paso to highlight the stories and experiences of local homeless individuals. Seed of Benevolence is now being exhibited at La Galeria De La Mision De Senecu through June 30th, 2015. 

Filmmakers, it’s that time of the year when Ghostlight Creative challenges you to create an 8-minute short film in the span of 48 hours. It works like this: Participants meet at Ghostlight Creative in Downtown El Paso on Friday, June 26th, each director randomly chooses a genre and then you are cut loose to create. This year, Ghostlight is also welcoming graphic designers to be partnered with a team and create a movie poster in 48 hours! Ray Sanchez of Ghostlight Creative provides the details.

We Shall Overcome – A Juneteenth Celebration, happens on Friday, June 19, at the El Paso Public Library. The celebration commemorates the signing of the “Emancipation Proclamation” by President Lincoln in 1863 that ended the Institution of slavery in the United States.  Eternity Wauls and Monica Gomez talk about the event.

Grab your dancing shoes and make plans to head over to Dancing in the City. The Summer series continues most Saturdays at 7pm through July 25th at the Convention Center Plaza. As if that weren’t enough, Music Under The Stars is also back in full swing! Ben Fyffe of Museums and Cultural Affairs, talks about putting these programs together. 

On June 12th & 13th, 2015, Wise Latina International will host its annual summit titled, Tapestry of Evolution: Strength, Power and Influence in Media. The event will feature presentations from screenwriter, Josefina Lopez; author, Sandra Cisneros and The Smithsonian Institute’s Director of The Latino Virtual Museum, Melissa Carrillo. Today my guests are Cemelli De Aztlan, Screenwriter Josefina Lopez, President and Founder of Wise Latina International Liz Chavez and Maria Malooney, Board Member of Wise Latina International.

The Glasbox is a community of artists, thinkers, makers, movers, and creators who share space and make life interesting for themselves and others. Recently, Glasbox took a giant leap forward with the  purchase of, and expansion into, a property in La Union, NM, to facilitate the continuation of The Border Art Residency and the establishment of a Co-creative Permaculture-centric Community Hub. Today, my guest is Chris Bevins, Director of Glasbox.

The El Paso Community Foundation has joined with El Paso Live and the UTEP Department of Theatre and Dance to bring Viva El Paso back to the picturesque McKelligon Canyon Amphitheatre stage this summer.

The outdoor musical extravaganza, which chronicles 400 years of our history, will be performed each Friday and Saturday night from June 19 to August 8, 2015. Eric Pearson of the El Paso Community Foundation and Creative Director Chuck Gorden give us the details.

Author Dagoberto Gilb will be celebrating a homecoming when he comes to El Paso with Huizache, a literary magazine he founded in 2010. Gilb returns to El Paso to give a TED Talk at TEDxElPaso and also invites El Pasoans to join him for a pachanga in celebration of Huizache, the country’s premier magazine of Latino literature. The party, which features the release of the magazine’s fourth edition, will also host a live musical performance by acclaimed singer-songwriter David Garza. 

The Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens at UTEP presents a new exhibit, Engendering Community, that highlights the LGBTQ community of the El Paso/Juárez region.  The exhibit, done in conjunction with UTEP’s Women’s and Gender Studies Program, will be on display through September 19, 2015. Maribel Villalba, director of the Centennial Museum and Chihuahuan Desert Gardens and Josh Lopez, MA student and research assistant preview the exhibit.

Known as the “Bicycle Priest,” Father Rahm made an impact on El Paso’s Segundo Barrrio that will not be forgotten. Recently, the jesuit priest returned to El Paso to be honored as the Segundo Barrio Person of the year. To commemorate this occasion, artist Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado was commissioned to paint a mural in honor of Father Rahm. You can visit that mural any time at the corner of El Paso and Father Rahm Streets. Today my guests are Paul Dipp, Segundo Barrio Person of the Year committee member, and Artist, Jesus “Cimi” Alvarado.

The Immaculate Conception incorporates Francisco de Zurbarán’s seventeenth century painting of the Immaculate Conception as a center point for discussion. This exhibition considers the various ways the Immaculate Conception has been portrayed in Mexican retablos and the influence that European paintings such as Zurbaran’s had on Mexican painters of the subject. The twenty-seven nineteenth century retablos on exhibut at the El Paso Museum of art all reflect, in terms of color and iconography, the specific devotional concerns mandated by the Catholic Church with a rich diversity of interpretation. The Immaculate Conception retablo exhibit is on display at the El Paso Museum of Art through November 8th, 2015. Christian Gerstheimer of the El Paso Museum of Art talks about the exhibit.

Carmen Navar is a multi-media artist whose mission is to ‘create peace and beauty’ in a stressed filled world. She’ll be leading a drawing demonstration at the El Paso Art Association’s general meeting. 

Paola López R. BFA, M.Ed. is a dance-maker and improviser with an active career involving performance, education, and activism.  She recently debuted The Cattleya Project which aims to engage communities in a performative dialogue about the perception and construction of gender.