Art Connection

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Past Episodes

Coming Together

A long-standing controversy involves an 18th-century work composed by Johann Sebastian Bach. His St. John Passion has been the subject of protests and boycotts down through the ages. A Sacramento painter recounts her artistic journey. San Antonio’s East Side community is graced with unforgettable performances, innovative pop-up exhibitions, and cutting-edge multi- media works at the ninth annual Luminaria Contemporary Arts Festival. Jordan Senarens wants to share art with scientists... and science with art lovers.


The Ummah exhibit at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts educates and allows the public to immerse in Islamic culture. This artistic collaboration with the Emerald Project demystifies a religion, inviting the community to see how Islam transcends the boundaries of nations. For artist David Hinchen, historic houses ignite his creativity. Rendering architectural marvels from New York’s Hudson Valley to Boston, Massachusetts, he sees the value in their design. Larry Patchett and Ken Hendricks are a creative duo who provide an opportunity to travel back in time through their forced perspective photography. We hear from an artist who chooses to work with a wide variety of materials. From wood to steel and acrylics to musical instruments, his creations are full of unexpected discovery.


Artist Hyman Bloom was interested in the human figure and the complexities of the human condition. We visit the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston in Massachusetts to see an exhibit of the artist’s work. The installation “Cuban Caricature and Culture: The Art of Massaguer” features the modernist works of caricaturist and publisher Conrado Walter Massaguer. We travel to Miami, Florida to stop by the show. We travel to Cincinnati, Ohio to meet artist Ahmad Darouich. Born in Syria, we hear about his journey to the United States and his passion for painting. The Battleborn Memorial in Carson City, Nevada pays tribute to Nevada’s fallen service members. We meet the artistic team behind the meaningful structure and find out more about its design.


Pianist Lara Downes created a program where young artists could have a platform to gain the skills and experiences needed to build their craft. The Human Race Theatre Company is Dayton's only professional regional theatre company and is one of the few theatre companies in the nation dedicated to bringing new musicals to the stage. We see how Bobby Scuteri has been honing his craft as a balloon artist since 1989. And artist Cat Del Buono describes her inspirations behind her video installation piece, Riders On The 4.


We meet two barbershop owners who have mastered the art of cutting hair. With their creative set of tools, they help their customers be more confident in themselves. Wisconsin’s “Ex Fabula” is a non-profit that embraces the power of personal storytelling through workshops, storyslams, and more. We attend one event where members of the deaf community came together to share their stories. Centered around a glistening 100-foot-tall hot air balloon, Doug Aitken’s “New Horizon” is an unforgettable project that leaves a lasting impression. Ruth Gilmore Langs is an abstract expressionist. In her vivid artworks, she favors texture, color, and shapes. We visit the artist in her studio gallery to find out more.


Cervilio Amador, principle dancer for the Cincinnati Ballet always enjoyed the freedom of movement he found in ballet. But "freedom" took on a new meaning when he defected from Cuba to the United States. Architects at kinneymorrow architecture explain how they transformed an old home into their Houston Texas-based office space. Mequon, Wisconsin, oil painter Pamela Ruschman shares her great love for Wisconsin's landscapes and livestock in her paintings. She brings out the personalities of her beloved farm animals in her works. A person-to-person cultural exchange in Colorado where a music teacher connects with a violin student in Rwanda from inside a re-purposed shipping container with high-tech connections.

Connecting through Art

Located in their own historic house built in 1842, the Weavers Guild of greater Cincinnati offers classes, workshops, and programs to people of all skill levels. Music therapists work at a children's hospital in Sacramento, California. Learn about the art of Japanese drumming from the performers of the Tampa Taiko ensemble. A series of artworks help Houstonians connect on the bayou.


Native American tribes come together to embrace tradition, share their culture, and create wonderfully woven baskets. Each basket is a special work of art. For artist Skylar Suarez, the street is her canvas. Based in Tampa, Florida, this muralist, painter, and illustrator renders bold, expressive art that is available for everyone to experience. In Colorado, Caleb Alvarado wishes to create connections through portrait photography. With his camera, he interacts with individuals and tells their story. Founded in 2017, Ballet Edge Detroit is a dance company that presents classical technique with an edgy, modern twist. We hear from the company’s founders and dancers, and learn more about their mission.


The Eeldercare Concert Series brings live music to eldercare facilities in Nevada. Residents are able to come together as a community and enjoy performances by local musicians. Jeff Gilkey loves to fly. Inspired by Leonardo da Vinci’s quest to take to the air, Gilkey looks at da Vinci’s drawings and reflects on the fascinating observations he made. We take a look back at the 2019 Decordova New England Biennial in Massachusetts. Featuring twenty-three artists from the New England area, this survey of contemporary art presented paintings, sculptures, photography, and more. The exhibit “Anime Architecture” presents Japanese animation before the digital era. The show features drawings and paintings used to create remarkable animated films.

Cowboy Poetry

In the 1960s, Sister Corita Kent found the best way to spread the gospel was through art. She was radical for her time, but was relegated to history. We visit the Harvard Art Museum where they see her as an important pop art figure. We journey to Elko, Nevada to find out how poetry, music, and stories have turned into an annual celebration at the National Cowboy Poetry Gathering. We visit an early 20th century experimental planned community in Cleveland. And we experience “Sanatorium,” a participatory exhibition from Pedro Reyes. 


Welder Jim Moffitt of Fernley, Nevada, has transformed his passion for metal working into 360° works of art. See how he creates intricate fire pits with an artistic flair. The City Girl Farm is a place from which chicken footstools emerge. And they don’t go for chickenfeed either. They’re serious pieces of fiber art. A question of faith lies at the heart of Disgraced , a Pulitzer Prize winning play. It’s a wrenching conflict given that the main character at the center of it is at pains to conceal his background because he’s Muslim. Karen Barsy has been a dance therapist for over 25 years. She works in different places throughout metro Detroit. Let’s check out Karen and the amazing advances dance therapy can achieve.

Creating the Unique

In this story, we follow Merrilee Cleveland to a foundry at the Fine Arts Center of East Carolina University to witness the birth of her latest series of works, "The Cosmo Dancers." A group of renowned artists from Sacramento find comfort and friendship while creating works of art. We meet Chinonye Chukw, the creative mind behind Pens to Pictures, a collaborative designed to teach incarcerated women how to tell their stories through film. Fashion designer Stephanie Schultz is now the 10th Pfister Artist in Residence in Milwaukee. Her creative fashions are historically inspired and paying homage to the Victorian art at the hotel.

Creative Combinations

Artisodes honors Zachary Botchen, our Student of the Week, from Mainland High School in Daytona Beach, Florida. Roots of Knowledge is a wall of windows at Utah Valley University's library entrance highlighting the events and people that shaped humankind from the days of wooly mammoths and cavemen to the iPhone. The North Market in Columbus is home to a family-run shop specializing in chocolates infused with herbs and spices, resulting in creative flavor combinations like cardamom and orange, and Jamaican curry. Born in Colombia and adopted by a Minnesota family, painter Paul Peterson is creating a Colombian themed series to help his recently found biological family.

Creative Hands

Pasquale Iovinella makes high-quality handmade ties. From fabric selection to pattern development to tie construction, he is involved in every step of the process. We travel to Cincinnati, Ohio to meet jazz musician Romel Sims. With a trumpet in hand, he proudly plays for all to hear and tells a story through the notes he emits. We visit Baton Rouge, Louisiana where painter and architect Francisco “Pastel” Diaz colorfully transformed the space around him by creating murals for the public to enjoy. Whether she is applying henna, using fluid-based acrylic on her canvases, or practicing calligraphy, artist Lydia Hannah Wilson explores many different art forms when creating.

Creative Hues

Wonderbound is a new American dance company that produces creations to ease boundaries between mediums and engages artists and audiences. We talk with Las Vegas painter Jerry Misko and his love of the Sin City’s neon lights. Meet techno music innovators and see how they are honoring the music today and we visit The Hub in New Smyrna Beach, a unique art gallery that houses over 80 local artists.

Creative Landscapes

Even in his own time the Renaissance painter Botticelli was a superstar. The Fields Sculpture Park at Art Omi in Ghent, NY, presents the works of internationally recognized contemporary and modern artists, spread over a sprawling natural landscape. Arin Peywa gives a Zuni language lesson. This short segment profiles Lafayette Gilchrist, an American jazz pianist and composer living in Baltimore, MD.

Creative Process

In upstate New York, the culinary arts are thriving. From farm to table, the art of cheese making, cured meats, and olive oil are front and center. As an artist, Jennifer Lanzilotti does not limit herself. From painting leaves to writing young adult fiction, she finds inspiration all around her in different forms of media. When cutting hair and styling facial hair, barbers often become artists. In this segment, we visit a Reno, Nevada barbershop to find out more about this art form. In Columbus, Ohio, jams Alexander owns an exciting hip-hop based dance studio. From breakdancing to popping and locking, he introduces and teaches dance to his students.

Creative Spaces

Concerned about plastic pollution in the ocean, photographer and diver Andreas Franke created an underwater photography exhibition that addressed this environmental crisis. Artist Emily Reid loves animals. She renders multicolored, patterned paintings of alpacas, donkeys, roosters, and more. We visit Reid in her studio in Reno, Nevada. We go to Detroit, Michigan, to meet Virgil Taylor, an artist who creates wearable art. Inspired by the ancient Middle East, Taylor designs special pieces full of spirit. We take a trip to Florida to experience Art Battle Sarasota, a competition where artists gather together to paint for the viewing public. With just 20 minutes on the clock, the competitors race to complete their artworks.

Creative Voices

Birdy magazine provides a platform for creative voices. Based in Denver, Colorado, this arts and culture publication highlights an array of artists through the print medium. We head to Florida to find out more about an organization that has dedicated itself to the advancement of the arts. Produced by the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Cleveland Cinemas, the Reel Science Film series explores the world of science fiction and shows how directors incorporate scientific details in their films. Art Ambassadors is a new initiative that redefines how the Utah Museum of Fine Arts creates access and space for diverse voices. Each Art Ambassador works closely with a museum educator to create a personal tour—one that reflects their culture, background, language, special expertise or area of interest.


Meet endearing doll-sized creatures reminiscent of cast-off children’s toys and ill-conceived taxidermy experiments. An Arizona man uses his engineering skills and the connection he has with his brother to create custom wheelchairs. We visit the Franklin D. Roosevelt Presidential Library & Museum with a redesigned permanent exhibition “A New Deal for a New Generation” and we meet an artist whose canvas is the face.