WGBH News and Media Relations


February 4, 2013

WGBH’s Open Studio with Jared Bowen to premiere Friday, February 8

New half-hour weekly TV series profiles national arts topics with a local accent
BOSTON, Mass. (February 4, 2013) –WGBH will shine a spotlight on arts and culture with a new weekly series, Open Studio. Hosted by Jared Bowen (photo attached courtesy of WGBH), Boston television’s only full-time arts journalist, the series will feature a blend of local and national stories that include artist profiles, performances, and contemporary exhibitions in American art. Open Studio premieres on Friday, February 8 at 8:30pm on WGBH 2.
“Our region is home to a vibrant and growing arts community, and I’m excited to be able to showcase it for viewers every week,” said Open Studio host Jared Bowen. “This series builds on WGBH’s longstanding commitment to arts and culture. We will bring new performances, new features and new artists into people’s living rooms every Friday evening. I look forward to putting Boston’s art scene on display across New England and around the country, and sharing national stories with a local audience.”
Produced in collaboration with New York public broadcaster WNET, Open Studio will have access to arts stories from other public TV stations across the country, and they will present WGBH’s local stories nationally.Each segment of the program will be introduced by Bowen and include a local highlight.
The premiere episode will feature Framingham’s Danforth Museum and its retrospective of Boston artist John Wilson. Also included will be a profile of fashion icon Diane von Furstenberg; Joe Powers, a musician pushing boundaries with his harmonica; and a performance by poet Ed Lee Bok.
Jared Bowen is an Emmy-winning reporter with WGBH-TV’s nightly news magazine program, Greater Boston with Emily Rooney. Jared’s coverage takes him from breaking news to politics to arts and culture. In addition to his work for WGBH-TV, Jared covers the latest in the Boston area’s theater, art, music, dance, and film scenes for Boston Public Radio on WGBH 89.7 and appears every Thursday on Morning Edition. This month, the Massachusetts Cultural Council will present Jared with a 2013 Commonwealth Award in recognition of his “exceptional achievement in the arts, humanities and sciences.”
For more information about Open Studio, visit wgbh.org/openstudio. Open Studio will air every Friday at 8:30pm on WGBH 2. To request advance clips from the premiere episode, please contact Regina Daley in the WGBH media relations office.
About WGBH
WGBH Boston is America’s preeminent public broadcaster and the largest producer of PBS content for TV and the Web, including Masterpiece, Antiques Roadshow, Frontline, Nova, American Experience, Arthur, Curious George, and more than a dozen other prime-time, lifestyle, and children’s series. WGBH’s television channels include WGBH 2, WGBH 44, and the digital channels World and Create. WGBH TV productions focusing on the region’s diverse community include Greater BostonBasic Black, High School Quiz Show, and Neighborhood Kitchens. WGBH Radio serves listeners across New England with 89.7 WGBH, Boston Public Radio; Classical New England; and WCAI, the Cape and Islands NPR® Station. WGBH also is a major source of programs for public radio (among them, PRI’s The World®), a leader in educational multimedia (including PBS LearningMedia™, providing the nation’s educators with free, curriculum-based digital content to meet the needs of 21st-century learners), and a pioneer in technologies and services that make media accessible to the 36 million Americans who are deaf, hard of hearing, blind, or visually impaired. WGBH has been recognized with hundreds of honors: Emmys, Peabodys, duPont-Columbia Awards…even two Oscars. Find more information at wgbh.org.


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