Artworks: Season 8

Artworks: Season 8

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

Artworks showcases established, emerging and experimental artists from across the country working in all creative categories: visual arts, music, theatre, mixed media, animation, installation, sculpture, literary arts, design, craft -- and some works that can't be easily characterized. Each program gives viewers insider access to outstanding artists they would likely never see otherwise, including many from our own area. Short segments highlight the work of visual, literary and musical artists from our region and many shows feature area cultural leaders as Co-Hosts with Series Host Rhea Feikin, a cultural icon in her own right.

EPISODE 801

Premiere date: Friday, October 18, 2019 at 7:30pm on MPT-HD

Episode Description

SEASON 8 PREMIERE! Fall Festival Theme: Performance. A Cuban ballet dancer finds a new life in America, 2018 Baker Award Winner Abraham Burickson and his one person interactive "odysseys", Scott Patterson imagines a new world in his original Afro-Punk ballet, and a theater company uses the body to tell a story.

EPISODE 802

Premiere date: Friday, October 25, 2019 at 7:30pm on MPT-HD

Episode Description

Fall Festival Theme: Painting & Drawing. Ed Fairburn's "map portraits" explore our intimate relationship with the landscape, Florida's seaside village Dunedin recreates itself with artsy murals, Yudong Shen infuses Asian brush paintings with color and contrast, and Jackson Walker brings history to life on canvas.

EPISODE 803

Premiere date: Friday, November 1, 2019 at 7:30pm on MPT-HD

Episode Description

Fall Festival Theme: Eccentrics. Lisa Friedrich creates explosive art using gunpowder, self-taught harpist Calvin Arsenia creates a connection through his music, and the process of creating handmade corsets.

EPISODE 804

Premiere date: Friday, November 8, 2019 at 7:30pm on MPT-HD

Episode Description

Fall Festival Theme: Sculpture. A team builds a giant “Space Whale” for the annual Burning Man event, John Cross whittles figures with just a simple knife and wood, 2019 Baker Award Winner David Page pushes the envelope, and Jeff Volmer creates captivating puzzle boxes.

EPISODE 805

Premiere date: Friday, November 15, 2019 at 7:30pm on MPT-HD

Episode Description

Fall Festival Theme: Music. A wine glass almost ended the career of Julliard trained violinist Lucia Micarelli, a performance by Baltimore singer-songwriter Ellen Cherry, a hidden vinyl collection at the University of Maryland College Park, and Peter Boyer creates the experience of Ellis Island through music.

EPISODE 806

Premiere date: Friday, November 22, 2019 at 7:30pm on MPT-HD

Episode Description

Fall Festival Theme: Literary. Ka Vang expresses her Hmong heritage through spoken word, 2019 Baker Award Winner Leslie Harrison is inspired by nature, a powerful performance by DC slam poet Gayle Danley, and Tanaya Winder uses spoken word to revel in the moment.

EPISODE 807

Premiere date: Friday, November 29, 2019 at 7:30pm on MPT-HD

Episode Description

Fall Festival Theme: Photography. Astronaut Scott Kelly takes out of this world photographs, Herb Lotz documents the realities of the Vietnam War, Derry Cox finds the beauty in his backyard, and drone photography in Houston.

EPISODE 808

Premiere date: Friday, December 6, 2019 at 7:30pm on MPT-HD

Episode Description

Co-Host: Elena Kostakis, Executive Director of Strand Theater Company. Japanese Artist Yayoi Kusama’s “Infinity” exhibit, Sam Zygmuntowicz demonstrates the art of handmaking violins, and Merrilee Cleveland discovers new wonder in every bronze casting she does.

EPISODE 809

Premiere date: Friday, December 13, 2019 at 7:30pm on MPT-HD

Episode Description

Co-Host Elena Kostakis, Executive Director of Strand Theater Company. A young painter channels the old masters, exploring the legacy of the Chinese Cultural Revolution, a clothing designer combines steam punk and Victorian chic, and decades of fashion by Oscar de la Renta.

EPISODE 810

Premiere date: Friday, December 20, 2019 at 7:30pm on MPT-HD

Episode Description

Co-Host: Julien Benichou, Music Director for the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor for the Washington Opera Society. Photojournalist Ian Wright learned his craft on assignment to the Beatles, bringing out-of-this-world animation skills to NASA, and Elginia McCrary creates unique elongated figures that are universal in their stories.

EPISODE 811

Premiere date: Friday, December 27, 2019 at 7:30pm on MPT-HD

Episode Description

Co-Host: Julien Benichou, Music Director for the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor for the Washington Opera Society. Samantha Gossard discusses the gap between opera schooling and the professional world, and exhibition that shows Botticelli’s darker side, and Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Ayad Akhtar partners with his hometown theater to produce all of his works.

EPISODE 812

Premiere date: Friday, January 3, 2020 at 7:30pm on MPT-HD

Episode Description

CO-HOST: Bruce Mckaig, artist mentor exchange. Houston’s Trèphonos project hacked old pay phones and re-programmed buttons to play everything from haiku poems to hip hop music to ambient street sounds. Also: pottery and the scarred face of African American history. What’s new – and old -- with Annie Lennox.

EPISODE 813

Premiere date: Friday, January 10, 2020 at 7:30pm on MPT-HD

Episode Description

CO-HOST: Bruce Mckaig, artist mentor exchange. Jazz legend Chick Corea, winner of 22 Grammys, reflects on his life & music. Also: artists in Cleveland invite the public to watch them at works. Houston’s Project Rowhouses transforms ruins into neighborhood art meccas. And one-of-a-kind jewelry classics.

EPISODE 814

Premiere date: Friday, January 17, 2020 at 7:30pm on MPT-HD

Episode Description

CO-HOST: Asma Naeem, Chief Curator, BMA. The monumental art of Burning Man brought out of the Nevada desert to the Hermitage Museum in Norfolk. Also: “ART OMI” sculpture and architecture park: walk, ride or ski to landscape sculptures. And the Michigan Philharmonic celebrates the 20th Anniversary of their trailblazing conductor.

EPISODE 815

Premiere date: Friday, January 24, 2020 at 7:30pm on MPT-HD

Episode Description

CO-HOST: Asma Naeem, Chief Curator, BMA. A young glass artist rides the romance of train box cars. Also: a clay sculptor in love with the human body. And, every fall in Columbus, Ohio, dozens of artists and performance venues open their studios to the public for one epic weekend tour.