Public TV brings state art collection to life

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(WARRENSBURG, Mo.) — Public television stations in Missouri are working together to broadcast a documentary on the public art on display at the Missouri Capitol.
KMOS-TV, in partnership with Ozarks Public Television and other public broadcasting television stations in Missouri, are working together on the statewide broadcast of this OPT-produced documentary. The collection features artwork dating as early as 1917 and the popular “Social History of the State of Missouri” mural painted by Thomas Hart Benton.
“Stately Images: The Public Art of Missouri’s State Capitol” will be broadcast on KMOS (Warrensburg), KOZK/Ozarks Public Television (Springfield), KCPT (Kansas City), and KETC (St. Louis) at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 11, according to a news release.
“The art of the Missouri State Capitol is truly a unique story,” said program producer Jason Ferber. “A quirk of fate allowed this amazing structure to house some amazing and beautiful pieces of artwork. Our goal is to give the viewer a visually enriching experience, while learning how in the early 20th century these amazing works of art came to be.”
The program, presented in high definition and closed-captioning, features representative samples as well as context from historians. The researched narrative complements documents, photos and archival materials and describes the origin, evolution and significance of this collection.
“The art in the Missouri Capitol is such a treasure—and we look forward to our Missouri public broadcasting stations sharing this beautiful work with our viewers,” said KMOS General Manager Dr. Phil Hoffman. “KMOS is proud to continue a strong tradition of bringing attention to the wonderful stories of our region and to the people who have played unique roles in shaping our history and heritage. We are proud to present the great work of our colleagues at KOZK that help make KMOS a great local resource for quality television.”