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Art Rocks! Season 8

Art Rocks! Season 8

Art Rocks! - Episode 805

Explore the legacy of prolific sculptor, Frank Hayden, whose works grace the campus of Southern University and downtown Baton Rouge. The Louisiana Art & Science Museum has assembled the largest collection of Hayden’s work found anywhere, and with the help of LASM Curator, Lexi Adams, artist Morris Taft Thomas and others, we bear witness to Hayden’s life and work. Next, we visit the Menil Drawing Institute in Houston, Texas, established to further the study of contemporary drawing. Then, we tour Pueblo Neon Alley in Colorado, home to the most extensive collection of vintage neon signage west of Times Square and east of the Las Vegas Strip.

Art Rocks! - Episode 804

Meet three Shreveport, Louisiana artists: soprano Brenda Wimberly, painter Whitney Tates, and multi-media artist J.Ryan, who talk to us about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected their lives and art. Next, Baltimore-based filmmaker, Margaret Rorison explores the enigmatic nature of memory, and Columbus, Ohio art collector, Ron Pizzuti explains what he looks for when adding to his collection. Then, renowned musical ensemble, the Amenda Quartet of Rochester, New York plays all sixteen string quartets by Ludwig Von Beethoven as part of Project Ludwig.

Art Rocks - Episode 626

We visit with biologist and artist Brandon Ballengée, who uses his background to research, explore, and inform his audience about the perils posed by the loss of flora and fauna. Then meet Susheel Bibbs, highly regarded as an international opera singer, and who has starred in her own one-woman musicals about African American heroines. Plus, hear how Oklahoma City musician Justin Echols balances life as a police officer and as an accomplished jazz master.

Art Rocks! - Episode 803

Meet Veretta Garrison-Moller, an artist and entrepreneur whose success has come from her creative talents and saying ‘yes’ to every opportunity. Known for using mixed media to create abstract works full of texture, the Ohio-native maintains an artist studio in River Oaks Square Arts Center in Alexandria, Louisiana, after stints in Rochester and on Fifth Avenue in NYC. Next, Colorado painter and sculptor, Tania Dibbs, tells us about her process that integrates science and nature into her work. Then, we hear about four generations in Mount Vernon, Ohio, who have carried on the tradition of making hand-tooled leather goods. Plus, a visit to the Cotton Club, a jazz mecca in Colorado Springs, Colorado, whose owner, Fannie Mae Duncan, was also a pioneer in the Civil Rights Movement.

Art Rocks! - Episode 802

Meet world-class violinist Lin He, who began musical training at the age of five in Shanghai, China. Lin received his doctorate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, and is now Associate Professor of Violin at LSU, dividing his time among the top symphony orchestras in Louisiana. He also teaches masterclasses and performs throughout the world. Highlights have included five appearances at Carnegie Hall and performing with cellist Yo-Yo Ma at Tanglewood Music Festival. Then, we visit printmaker Katherine Case, who draws inspiration from the Sierra Nevada Mountains for her linoleum-block prints. Plus, Michigan woodturner, Steve Kolpacke, demonstrates his technique.

Art Rocks! - Episode 801

Baton Rouge Gallery’s 65 artist members offer a creative solution to staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. Gallery President/CEO Jason Andreasen invited each artist to have one of their original works of art reimagined as a face mask. We visit with him and artist member Michaelene Walsh, who tell us about the successful collaboration that has generated lots of community interest and donations that support frontline health workers, the participating artists, and the gallery. Then, we meet American composer Peter Boyer of Los Angeles, who discusses his work Ellis Island: The Dream of America, featured on Great Performances PBS. Plus, we visit Harvard Art Museum’s centennial exhibition celebrating The Bauhaus, as well as the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Lake Charles.

Major production funding for Art Rocks! The Series is provided by Viewers like You! Special thanks to media partner Country Roads Magazine.

LPB's Art Rocks! | The Series

Art Rocks! is LPB’s weekly series, hosted by James Fox-Smith, publisher of Country Roads Magazine that explores the broad spectrum of art! The series spotlights artists, performance, culture, literature, history and the impact of art in our world. Art Rocks! features Louisiana stories as well as segments from across the country. Each week, the Louisiana Arts Calendar highlights current events throughout our state, and Louisiana Treasures – offering a glimpse of items, styles and themes that are unique to Louisiana. The series aims to capture your imagination, introduce you to new artists, and offer close-up views from communities around the country and our own backyard, places where art truly rocks!

Fridays at 8:30pm and encores Saturdays at 5:30pm