Airing on MPT-HD on Thursdays at 8:30pm, repeats Sundays at 12:30pm.
Maryland Public Television is excited to launch Artworks, an all new Arts series. The show features intriguing profiles of established and emerging artists from across the country working in all creative categories: musicians, performers, visual artists, writers, designers, artisans - and experimental others who defy definition. Each program is a rich exchange of geographically and artistically diverse stories, giving viewers insider access to outstanding artists they would never see otherwise.
January 10, 2013 • WATCH ONLINE
Artists include an aerial photographer, visual artist, exiled Iraqi poet, renowned pianist.
January 17, 2013 • WATCH ONLINE
Featuring Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Bobby Vee, a Muslim hip hop dancer, wood sculptor, Mary Poppins' Richard Sherman.
January 24, 2013 • WATCH ONLINE
Highlights children's book illustrator, Medieval weapons craftsman, photographer of American West, beatbox artist.
January 31, 2013 • WATCH ONLINE
Artists include a photographer to Prince and politicians, exiled Iraqi painter, the Plaza Hotel's famed Persian Room, an experimental musician.
February 14, 2013 • WATCH ONLINE
Showcases an experimental harmonica player; Diane von Furstenberg, famous fashion designer; an artist of the intricate mundane; and a poet's ode to film star Bruce Lee.
February 21, 2013 • WATCH ONLINE
Discover a banjo-playing sculptor, an exiled Russian painter, a mosaic maker in Harlem, and a poet in exile.
February 28, 2013 • WATCH ONLINE
Visit the studio of Jol Dantzig, master guitar-maker; explore tapestries woven with the symbols of heritage; a stamp art competition – who knew? And a refugee finds her voice in a memoir.
March 7, 2013 • WATCH ONLINE
David Geffen, the genius producer of recording stars; a guitar-maker par excellence; John Sayles, film director of the everyday eccentric; a divinely inspired painter.
March 21, 2013 • WATCH ONLINE
Clarinetist David Krakauer synthesizes Klezmer music with jazz; discover a classic Volkswagon Beetle studded with Huichol beads; "Soultime at the Apollo" celebrates the famous theater; Melinda Watts, Gospel super star.
March 28, 2013 • WATCH ONLINE
Charismatic dancer-choreographer Jennifer Nugent; David Garibaldi demonstrates "Performance Painting;" small scale "Intimate Opera" reaches new audiences; and Michael Spiro, drummer of diverse chops.
April 4, 2013 • WATCH ONLINE
A new twist on 18th C. glitter Queen Marie Antoinette; people flow and the Architecture of Flight; color rebel and landscape painter Gregory Kondos; playful bronzes of NYC subway artist.
April 11, 2013 • WATCH ONLINE
Stage production Kite Runner immerses us in cosmopolitan Kabul of the 1970's; Baltimore-based Chesapeake Shakespeare Company with a modern twist; a sharp-witted interview with Goosebumps author R.L. Stine who highlights his new book for grownups; and survivor photographer Daniel Rebert clicks on in the battle for his life.
Watch the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company segment:
April 18, 2013 • WATCH ONLINE
Director Edward Burns (The Brothers McMullen) on his fiercely independent filmmaking career; actor Gloria Rueben talks about her transformative role as Mary Todd Lincoln's dressmaker in Lincoln; a visit to the workshop of the costume designer who dressed the cast of Broadway revival Annie the Musical.
April 25, 2013 • WATCH ONLINE
Who legend Pete Townsend talks about art school and smashing guitars; life-sized equine puppetry in the War Horse stage production touring America; West African found art by renowned artist El Anatsui; iconic Pop artist Andy Warhol and his legacy in the avant-garde today.
The 2013 Baker Artist Awards: An Artworks Special
May 2, 2013 • WATCH ONLINE
A visual feast for the eyes as host Rhea Feikin interviews the three $25,000 Award winners and presents profiles of their works featuring a range of visual and performing arts, providing audiences with an exciting window onto the region's creative vitality. The live announcement of each year's winners of the three Awards — exclusively during the MPT Special – has grown into a highly anticipated cultural event in itself.
May 9, 2013 • WATCH ONLINE
Meet Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens; visit the New York Botanical Garden's annual Holiday Train show; explore the handwritten letters of famous composers like Mozart at the Shubert Club; and meet Israeli artist Ori Gersht who explodes classical conventions of beauty.
May 16, 2013 • WATCH ONLINE
Jessica Fellowes' interview about her first-hand companion book to the Downton Abbey series; Rob McClure who plays Charlie Chaplin on Broadway; the intricate 3-D landscapes of Gregory Euclid; visit students at Pratt Institute working on sustainable innovation.
May 23, 2013
The Countess of Carnavon invites us to Highclere Castle, where Downton is filmed; a feisty interview with best-selling romance writer Nora Roberts; a visit to the workshop of Allen Christian where trash becomes treasure; protégé opera tenor Aaron Casey.
May 30, 2013
Painter Michael Birawer who makes whimsical 3-D cityscapes; a visit to the "War/Photography" exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston; a behind-the-scenes conversation with the wig designer for "Annie: The Musical," an interview with Eve Ensler, playwright of "The Vagina Monologues."
Calendar of events
» Visit: http://transmodernfestival.com/
We Happy Few presents William Shakespeare's The Tempest
» Visit: http://www.capfringe.org/currentlyplaying.html
The Maryland Film Festival
» Visit: www.md-filmfest.com/
Suzanne Donazetti Metal Sculpure Exhibition
May 10 - June 9
» Visit: http://www.alleganyartscouncil.org/event.php?eventid=10246
Garfield Center for the Arts
Amy Wilson Sings Mahalia Jackson
» Visit: http://www.garfieldcenter.org/event/tribute-to-mahalia-jackson/
The Calvert Marine Museum
The Band Perry
» Visit: http://calvertmarinemuseum.ticketforce.com/
The Weinberg Center for the Arts
MMPAC – "Moving Forward"
» Visit: http://www.weinbergcenter.org/2793/mmpac-moving-forward/
A Delicate Balance by Edward Albee
May 34 - June 30
» Visit: http://www.spotlighters.org/2012-2013-season.html
Maryland Hall for the Creative Arts
» Visit: http://www.marylandhall.org/tickets-events/special-events/dueling-brushes
The National Portrait Gallery
Bound for Freedom's Light: African Americans and the Civil War Ongoing Washington DC
» Visit: http://www.npg.si.edu/exhibit/exhbound.html
Mountain Maryland Plein Air 2013
Allegany & Garrett Counties
» Visit: http://www.alleganyartscouncil.org/event.php?eventid=6480
Title of organization
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More information about Artworks
This innovative series is produced by a consortium of nearly thirty PBS stations across the country which have contributed some of their best arts segments to a shared archive, organized into programs by New York's flagship PBS station, WNET.
Each episode is a feast for the eyes and ears, showcasing artists across the creative spectrum. We meet photographers of amazing range: one shoots abstract aerials from a plane; another hits the road with politicians and rock stars; a third documents the vanishing but still legendary American West.
Visual artists include one who draws food – as seen under a powerful microscope. An Iraqi painter in exile has re-invented himself and his style on America's shore. Another artist sees beauty in the detail of the mundane – from portable toilets to vacant lots to his own bald spot. An award-winning children's' book illustrator seeks to cross cultural divides.
You'll meet musicians of extraordinary talent: a pianist, a beatboxer, harmonica and banjo players, and a mystical one-man band difficult to categorize. Discover gifted dancers and Muslim women hip hop artists. We showcase exiled poets and writers who have discovered a new voice through art. Tune in for a fashion designer, a medieval sword craftsman, a subway mosaic maker, and guitar maker to the stars. And...this is just the beginning.
The new Artworks series takes its name in part from MPT's previous Artworks This Week series, which featured local artists, from 2002 – 2008. Today's Artworks showcases intriguing artists from across America. The new Artworks presents a refreshingly contemporary style, hosted by MPT's Rhea Feikin and Centerstage's Artistic Director, Kwame Kwei-Armah.
Meet Kwame Kwei-Armah
Local Funding for Artworks is provided by the MPT New Initiative Fund, sponsored by Irene and Edward H. Kaplan. And by MPT Member Viewers.