Artworks: Season 6
All-new episodes! Premiering on October 5, 2017
Airing Fridays at 7:30pm on MPT-HD
• Repeats Sundays at 6:30am on MPT-HD & Saturdays at 8:00pm on MPT2/CREATE
With host Rhea Feikin
Maryland Public Television's Artworks series returns for a sixth season on Thursday, October 5 at 8:30 pm. exclusively on MPT. The 30-minute weekly shows this fall feature a rich range of arts themes including music, tech art, creative genius, photography, urban art, surrealism and contemporary traditional arts. Some of the profiled artists are famous, some are just emerging; all showcase remarkable originality.
Rhea Feikin, host of the series, will be joined later (mid-December) in the new season by a distinguished roster of co-hosts, representing arts organizations from the greater Baltimore-Washington area.
The kickoff show for Season 6 focuses on music and proudly profiles mostly area artists. We go behind the scenes of a recent production by the Bethesda-based Young Artists of America for their musical extravaganza: "The Songs Of Tim Rice" featuring favorites from Evita, The Lion King, Jesus Christ Superstar and more. This segment is followed by an in-studio interview with vocalist Emily Reed, one of YAA's rising stars. The premiere episode also features a profile of OrchKids, the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra's life-changing free after-school music program for city schoolchildren. Also showcased is award-winning, Baltimore-based avant garde pedal steel guitar player Susan Alcorn who performs all over the world. One non-local segment showcases the emerging alt-rock Portland band called Helio Sequence. They use improvisation and dynamic graphics to spellbind audiences across the country and launched a national tour this fall.
Other episodes feature a range of quirky, famous and fringe artists. Episode 2, Tech Art, includes a profile of Steven Gompf, who conjures fancy baroque (and fake) 19 th Century television sets. Episode 4 showcases photographers, including Baltimore - based – but internationally known – Connie Imboden. Episode 7, Surrealism, is a "producer's favorite with an interview with Rebecca Hoffberger, Director and founder of the American Visionary Art Museum.
Major funding for Artworks is provided by The Citizens of Baltimore County.