New episode of the Peabody-Award Winning PBS series CRAFT IN AMERICA To Air Nationwide Tuesday, May 24 at 8pm*

5/09/2011 -

The next installment of the Emmy nominated and Peabody Award winning documentary series Craft in America - a filmed journey of the history, artists and techniques of our nation’s rich craft culture - will air nationally on PBS at 8pm* on Tuesday, May 24, 2011. Craft in America promotes and advances original handcrafted work and inspires people of all ages to pursue their own creativity. Audiences explore issues of identity, history, philosophy, ancestry, cultural exchange, repression and freedom. Through these explorations, viewers gain a greater understanding of our nation’s complex heritage.

This new episode, MESSAGES, looks at the ways many craft artists go beyond skill to personal and political expression. They use craft to tell a story, prove a point, or bring attention to issues. Often their work is passionate and provocative. The artists selected for Messages express many different interests and points of view, but they have one thing in common: their skill and creativity are of the highest level.

Wisconsin glass artist BETH LIPMAN explores the symbolism of 17th century still life paintings to express the fragility that exists in a world of excess. New Mexico santero CHARLES M. CARRILLO uses authentic materials to combine historic religious subject matter with contemporary culture. Baltimore bead artist JOYCE J. SCOTT learned quilting and beading from her mother and draws from references as wide-ranging as Africa and comic books to focus on issues such as race and stereotyping. New Orleans jewelry artist and sculptor THOMAS MANN is famous for his “Techno-Romantic” designs. He created Storm Cycle, a series of wall panels that document the untold stories in his beloved city after Hurricane Katrina.

The Craft in America series is the result of years of advocacy, research and filmmaking by Executive Producer Carol Sauvion. “Craft is once again proving its relevance as people return to the handmade,” says Sauvion. “In this episode, artists are using their hands to create objects that express their thoughts.” Special advance screenings will be held in the cities and towns in which Messages was filmed, as well as at dozens of community venues nationwide that hosted screenings in previous seasons. Ancillary projects include museum exhibitions, the Random House book Craft in America: Celebrating Two Centuries of Artists and Objects, web material containing hours of additional video and interactive learning materials, and a free-to-the-public Study Center in Los Angeles offering artist talks, exhibitions, workshops and a library of resources on the history and techniques of craft.

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