Maryland Public Television Premieres New Artworks Series January 10


Series features interviews with artists, writers, composers and performers

Maryland Public Television is launching Artworks, an all-new weekly arts series airing on Thursdays at 8:30 pm.  The series premieres January 10, 2013 on MPT.

This regional show features profiles of established and emerging artists from across the country working in all creative arenas: musicians, performers, visual artists, writers, designers, artisans, and more.

The innovative series is produced by a consortium of PBS stations across the country that have contributed some of their best arts segments to a shared archive, organized into programs by New York's flagship PBS station, WNET.  The result is a rich cultural exchange of geographically and artistically diverse stories, giving viewers unprecedented access to outstanding artists they would never see otherwise. 

Each episode features artists across the creative spectrum.  The premiere episode showcases these artists:

ALEXANDER HEILNER: He is a Baltimore-based photographer, specializing in aerial and landscape photography, capturing abstract images that dramatize the tension between what is human-built and natural.  (This segment is an MPT production.)
KAREN GUSTAFSON:  This Minnesota-based artist creates intimate ink drawings of fruits and vegetables as revealed under a powerful microscope.
DUNYA MIKHAIL:  She is an Iraqi-American poet who fled Baghdad in the mid '90s.  Based in Michigan, the award-winning writer explores her life in Iraq and America.
JEREMY DENK: This New York pianist has built a reputation as one of today's most compelling musicians with his expressive interpretations of Ives, Ligeti, Beethoven and his collaborations with violinist Joshua Bell.

Segments produced by MPT featuring local Maryland artists throughout the season will include woodworker David Knopp; professional beatboxer Shodekeh; one-man-band Nathan Bell; and visual artist Gary Kachadourian.  The series is hosted by Rhea Feikin with season co-host Kwame Kwei-Armah, artistic director of CENTERSTAGE who was recently invested with the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his contribution to the arts.

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