Local TV Arts Series Debuts Second Season

Nov 6, 2012

Shown (l-r): Painter Tisha Shelton of St. Louis, Mo. and metal artist Richard Mawdsley of Carterville, Ill.
Credit Monica Tichenor / WSIU Public Broadcasting

For Immediate Release

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Contacts: Rajvee Subramanian, WSIU Graduate Assistant and Expressions Producer, (618) 453-8096, expressions@wsiu.org; Darryl Moses, Associate Director for TV & Video Services, (618) 453-6191, darryl.moses @wsiu.org

WSIU-TV to Debut Second Season of Expressions

Carbondale, Ill.WSIU Public Television, a public media arm of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), is pleased to announce the second season of Expressions, a weekly local series that turns the spotlight on regional artists and their work. Each half-hour episode follows artists on their journey toward creativity and showcases both their inspirations and the various techniques they use to create works of art.

Hosted by Najjar Abdul-Musawwir, an internationally recognized artist and an Associate Professor of Art in SIU’s School of Art and Design, the second season of Expressions will air Thursdays at 9pm beginning November 8, on WSIU-TV 8.1 and WUSI-TV 16.1, with repeats on Sundays at 6:30pm. Additional repeats will air on WSIU’s WORLD channels, WSIU-TV 8.2 and WUSI-TV 16.2, on Saturdays at 5pm and Sundays at 10pm.

Season two will feature 18 episodes and showcase one to two artists per episode. Rajvee Subramanian, a Ph.D. student in SIU’s College of Mass Communication & Media Arts, is the producer for the 2012-2013 season.

The season premier, airing November 8, opens with artists Tisha Shelton of St. Louis, Mo. and Richard Mawdsley of Carterville, Ill. Tisha Shelton is a graphic designer and painter who was born without arms. She composes all of her work with her feet, and is a YouTube® sensation. Richard Mawdsley of Carterville, Ill. is a metal artist and professor emeritus of SIU’s School of Art and Design. He specializes in tubing and carved vessels using Computer Numerical Controlled (CNC) machining technology, with works featured in the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Renwick Gallery at the Smithsonian Institute. The program will air again on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 22 at 5pm.

The next episode will air Thursday, November 15 and will feature sculptor, painter, and filmmaker Dan Johnson of Alto Pass, Ill. and Damascus steel art pioneer Daryl Meier of Carbondale.

For more information on the series, contact producer Rajvee Subramanian at (618) 453-8096 or expressions@wsiu.org. Additional programming information, archival episodes, and photos will also be available on the program website, which is being updated.

Expressions Season Two is proudly sponsored Pheasant Hollow Winery in Whittington, Ill.

About WSIU Public Broadcasting

WSIU Public Broadcasting is licensed to the Board of Trustees of Southern Illinois University and is an integral part of the College of Mass Communication & Media Arts on the Carbondale campus. The WSIU stations reach more than three million people across five states and beyond through three digital public television channels, three public radio stations, a radio information service, a website, and an education and community outreach department.

WSIU's mission is to improve the quality of life of the people they serve. The WSIU stations partner with other community organizations to promote positive change and to support the academic and public service missions of Southern Illinois University Carbondale. Learn more and get the latest station news online at wsiu.org and on WSIU's Facebook and Twitter pages.

WSIU's programs and services are partially funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

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