KCET's Award-Winning Arts and Culture Series, 'Artbound' Premieres Season 2 on April 4 at 9 p.m. | KCET
KCET's Award-Winning Arts and Culture Series, 'Artbound' Premieres Season 2 on April 4 at 9 p.m.
New Season Captivates Viewers by Showcasing Southern
California's Vast Artistic Landscape
BURBANK, CALIF. -
April 1, 2013 - KCET, the nation's largest independent television
station serving Southern and Central California, a service of KCETLink, is
pleased to announce its award-winning, transmedia arts and culture journalism
series, Artbound, will return for a second season on Thursday, April 4 at
The series, which is composed of short documentaries
voted upon by readers from popular articles on the website, features innovative
artists and culture creators in diverse artistic practices throughout Southern
California. With more than 40
contributors, across 11 counties in the region, Artbound contributors
are invested in their communities, diving deeply into stories that are often
underrepresented in other media outlets.
"We're excited to provide a new season of Artbound,
highlighting some of the most creative and imaginative voices in Southern
California," said Juan Devis, Executive Producer of the series and Vice
President of Arts and Culture Programming, KCETLink. "This series is more than
an exploration of art in our region; it is a powerful examination of innovation
that impacts the world."
The hour-long, premiere episode follows
a group of artists who venture inside a simulated Middle Eastern city at a 29
Palms Marine Base to create the Plein air drawings of military
installations by Hillary Muskin. Viewers then travel north to Mission San
Luis Obispo de Tolosa where music professor Craig Russell recreates
the fandango and its role in mission music to understand the confluence of
culture and conflict that collides in the early days of California's
The program also uncovers the wearable art of
Victor Wilde of the Bohemian Society, a downtown Los Angeles fashion designer
whose pieces are one-of-a-kind, and modified by bullets, blowtorches and jagged
knives. In South Los Angeles, viewers meet hip hop photographer Mike Miller,
who chronicled the rise of West Coast hip hop, photographing iconic images of
rappers Tupac, Eazy E and N.W.A. Also, featured is the
new country, folk sound of Carly Ritter - daughter of the late actor John
Ritter - whose music channels the spirit and the sound of Laurel Canyon.
Since its launch in May 2012, Artbound has seen
significant growth in its online voting feature. Each week, articles with the
most votes are produced into weekly videos that will air in the television
series. Artbound marks the first time in KCET history that viewers are
able to curate the content they watch.
Episodes of Artbound Season 2 will air on KCET on May 2, May 30,
June 27, July 25 and August 22.
Artbound returns to
KCET after earning critical praise for its inaugural efforts in 2012, including
two Golden Mike Awards for "Best Entertainment Reporting" and "Best Internet
News Reporting" and First Place for "Documentary or Special Program,
Short" from L.A. Press Club's Fifth Annual National Entertainment
Journalism Awards. L.A. Weekly also named Artbound the "Best
Art and Culture Website" for 2012.
On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital
role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central
California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well
as the finest public television programs from around the world. KCET currently
produces the Emmy®, duPont-Columbia and Peabody Award-winning SoCal
Connected, a hard-hitting prime-time nightly television news program that
examines the issues and people of Southern California. Throughout its 48-year
history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news
and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions,
its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and
community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported
community institution. For additional information about KCET productions,
web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit
kcet.org. KCET is a service of KCETLink.