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

The New Artworks:

Unfolding art talks or interview sequences which explore artists’ creative thoughts and processes on such themes as improvisation, story-telling, inspiration, technical and emotional expression, color, layering, and so on. These are…

  • Studio talks and performances - two artists from different genres present clips and live performances of their work interwoven with free-ranging conversation about all things creative.
  • A Day in the Life of an Artist - on-location excursions discovering the day-by-day creative journey of theatre artists, musicians, visual artists, animators, filmmakers and more...

Interwoven with art segments showcasing the work of that show’s featured artists -- animation, film clips, dance, literary readings, visual arts montages, vocals, and so on. Also interwoven with…

Other artist profiles produced by MPT as well as downloaded PBS Arts Consortium artist profiles that resonate or contrast with our featured artists.

Let us know what you think! artworks@mpt.org

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.

EPISODE 816

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

Episode Description

CO-HOST: Julia Marciari-Alexander, Director of The Walters Art Museum. The puzzle patterns of photoquilts; an animator obsessed with the power of the moving image; the challenges of staging Tony-award winning The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.

EPISODE 817

Premiere date: Friday, February 14, 2020 at 7:30pm on MPT-HD

Episode Description

CO-HOST Julia Marciari-Alexander, Director of The Walters Art Museum. John Karcht’s classy political caricatures; Houston’s Menil Drawing Institute showcases contemporary drawing and visionary architecture; Wheedon Island pottery boasts distinctive styles – from prehistory; Baltimore’s Lisi Stoessel is the consummate theatre artist.

EPISODE 818

Premiere date: Friday, February 21, 2020 at 7:30pm on MPT-HD

Episode Description

Rhea Solo. The Dance Theatre of Harlem celebrates 50 years; Baltimore filmmaker Margaret Rorison’s emotional film about her Grandmother’s decline due to Alzheimer’s Disease. Lose yourself in the miniature other-worlds of Scott Hildebrandt.

EPISODE 819

Premiere date: Friday, February 28, 2020 at 7:30pm on MPT-HD

Episode Description

Rhea Feikin’s last Artworks program before retiring. Favorites including excerpt from her Special with John Waters, a montage of our stellar roster of CO-HOSTS over the years, and the UMCP exhibition celebrating MPT’s 50 years on air. SAME TIME, SAME PLACE: The series continues with local artists introducing you to artists far and wide.

EPISODE 820

Premiere date: Friday, March 6, 2020 at 7:30pm on MPT-HD

Episode Description

NEW FORMAT PART 1. Post-Rhea. Multi-talented artists present exciting work. Wendel Patrick, classical, jazz & hip hop musician, composer, producer plays a virtuoso version of Gershwin's Summertime & we visit his studio for a symphonic hip hop remix. Lisi Stoessel, theatre performer, director, puppeteer shares highlights from her 8 hour Rennaisance play gone rogue and hilarious puppets.

EPISODE 821

Premiere date: Friday, March 13, 2020 at 7:30pm on MPT-HD

Episode Description

NEW FORMAT PART 2. Returning, Wendel Patrick plays live improvised electronic music & beat box vocals & presents a clip from WYPR's Out of the Blocks, his collaboration with Aaron Henkin. Lisi Stoessel introduces immersive theatrical productions, a site-specific night play at the haunting War Memorial and wildly interactive theatrics in partnership with the Peabody Library's series In the Stacks.