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Art Connection

Next Airing: Sun, Jun 4th, 2023 at 7:00 PM on UEN-TV

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This weekly series highlights four artists and their craft. Travel around the world, meeting fascinating people and the love of art that connects them all.


  • Legacies

    We take a trip to Ohio to learn about the artist John W. Carlson. Having passed away suddenly in 2020, his empathy, passion, and legacy are remembered by those who knew him and admired him. The artwork of Nneka Jones makes you think. Combining embroidery, paint, and textiles, this contemporary multidisciplinary artist confronts challenging topics and reflects on the injustices occurring in the world today. Born and raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Andrew montoya is an award-winning artist who creates devotional art. mentored by his aunt, he passes on his knowledge to the next generation and gives back to the community.

    Next Airing: Sun, Jun 4th, 2023 at 7:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:24:27
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  • Building Community

    “Columbus Pride Bands” is Central Ohio’s LGBTQ plus community band. When the organization’s members gather together to perform, they evoke joy and provide an inclusive environment. We head to Nevada to meet the team behind “Emmy’s Flower Truck.” founded in 2020 by Emily Macpherson, members of the Reno-Sparks community can visit this flower shop on wheels and take home one-of-a-kind arrangements. We travel to Ohio to learn about the quest special forces dance team. created by dance instructor Richie Mckeever, the team offers kids with special needs a space to express themselves. Not once, but twice, Miriam Zimms has had to battle cancer. Based in Florida, she discovered the Arts in Medicine studio at Moffitt Cancer Center and art became a way to heal.

    Next Airing: Sun, Jun 11th, 2023 at 7:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:25:57
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  • Empowered

    When he was only eleven, countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo began performing professionally. Over the years, he has gone on to perform at the Metropolitan Opera, appear on broadway, and win a grammy. We travel to New Mexico to learn about the painter Henriette Wyeth. As the daughter of acclaimed artist N.C. Wyeth, Henriette began studying art at a young age. Throughout her career, she painted portraits, still lifes, and floral compositions in her own unique way. Nicole King is a jewelry designer in Reno, Nevada. With metal and stone, she creates a wide range of pieces for adornment, and they leave clients feeling empowered and inspired.

    Next Airing: Sun, Jun 18th, 2023 at 7:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:25:07
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  • Portrait

    The exhibit “The Neighbors: Slide Shows for America” presents photographic slide shows from five different artists that focus on the communities that make up America. In Berea, Ohio, people gather together by the train tracks to watch, photograph, and admire the trains that come and go. These train enthusiasts appreciate the art and technology behind these incredible machines. For muralist and graffiti artist El Mac, public spaces are his canvas and his monumental artworks have a powerful impact. We take a trip to Miami, Florida, to meet the artist. We meet the artists behind the Love sculpture located in front of Renown Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nevada. This large-scale aluminum artwork shines as a beacon of hope during challenging times.

    Next Airing: Sun, Jul 9th, 2023 at 7:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:33
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  • Remembrance

    Robert Frank was a documentary photographer who captured 1950’s America with his camera lens. Entitled “The Americans,” his pivotal photo-book contained eighty-three photos that showed what society was like at that time. We take a trip to Reno, Nevada, to find out more about Reno Public Market. In addition to retail shops and a food hall, the market will host an art collective and have space for artists to create and show their work to the community. Abstract artist Glenyse Thompson depicts conversation through colors and lines. In her symbolic paintings and drawings, she expresses the wonders of human interaction. Near the Utah state capitol, there is a monument that pays tribute to the courageous women who fought for equal voting rights. In its design, the sculpture conveys the fight for suffrage.

    Next Airing: Sun, Aug 13th, 2023 at 7:00 PM on UEN-TV
    Length: 00:26:42
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  • Creative Expression

    Quianna Simpson is a dancer who has strong ties to her community in Ohio. At age seven, she began practicing traditional West African dance, and today, she pays it forward by teaching students the many ways in which you can express yourself through movement. Born in 1857, artist Lorenzo Latimer taught plein-air painting in Reno, Nevada. In 1921, his students formed the “Latimer Art Club” to pursue their craft and promote the arts. A century later, in 2021, the Nevada Museum of Art opened an exhibit spotlighting the club’s many contributions to the art world. We take a trip to Aullwood Audubon in Dayton, Ohio, to experience the outdoor exhibit “The Troll That Hatched an Egg.” With the help of volunteers, recycle artist Thomas Dambo’s vision became a reality, and three giant trolls were created to bring people out into nature.

    Length: 00:25:42
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  • Lasting Achievements

    We travel to the James Museum of Western and Wildlife Art in Florida to visit an exhibition that celebrates the black pioneers of the American West. Through quilts, their stories are brought to life, and their occupations and achievements are explored. We head to New Mexico to meet curator and art historian Amber-Dawn Bear Robe who created “The Southwestern Association for American Indian Arts Fashion Show.” Started in 2014, the show gives indigenous fashion designers a platform to present their collections and express their creativity. Thanks to generous donation, one can find Andy Warhol’s “Ten Portraits of Jews of the Twentieth Century” at the Temple-Tifereth Israel in Cleveland, Ohio. From Sarah Bernhardt to Albert Einstein, Warhol depicted ten Jewish luminaries who made a lasting impact on the world.

    Length: 00:25:15
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  • Local Legends

    In Miden, Nevada, Sabrina Frey uses thousands of glass beads to create eye-catching, tactile mosaics. With inventive techniques, she transforms these beads into landscapes, flowers, animals, and much more. Known for his work on Marvel Comics, Bob Layton is a comic book artist and writer who has over 6,500 comic books credited to his name. An exhibition at the Scarfone Hartley Gallery in Tampa, Florida celebrated his life and career, and brought about a special collaboration between Layton and Artist Ales Bask Hostomsky. Artist Gabriel Gaffney Smith’s wood carvings evoke movement. As a former professional ballet dancer, he imbues his intricate creations with energy and feeling. In this segment, we visit Columbus, Ohio to meet the artist and find out more.

    Length: 00:24:07
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  • Poetry In Motion

    “Walking with words” is a collaborative exhibition in which humanity, community, inclusivity, and diversity are celebrated. Graphic Design Students from the University of Dayton got together to visualize the poetry of artist Sierra Leone. The organization “ Regional Dance America” supports the future of dance by giving dancers the opportunity to excel. In 2022, they selected Reno, Nevada, to host their Pacific Festival, which welcomed dancers from various regional companies and included programming that inspired. Next, we take a trip to Ohio to hear about the screen-printed poster show “ Prints and Pints.” This annual event pairs twelve local artists with twelve breweries to create special posters that are then sold to members of the community.

    Length: 00:24:58
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  • Shaping Your Craft

    Born in Hampton, Virginia, Dathan Kane is a contemporary artist who paints in black and white. With just two colors, he renders bold compositions featuring abstract shapes that represent what he is going through in life. When Hector Castellanos Lara creates a work of art, he thinks back to his childhood and finds inspiration in his place of birth, Guatemala. In this segment, we visit Ohio to learn more about his evolution as an artist and the impact he’s had on his community. We travel to Grass Valley, California, to meet professional woodcarver Raymond Kinman. With a decades-long career, Kinman has sculpted signs for Disney Parks and is now teaching beginners his craft.

    Length: 00:24:46
    Usage rights: Expires 9/1/2023