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WSIU TV to Debut New Local Arts Series

For Immediate Release
Friday, January 13, 2011

Darryl Moses, Associate Director for TV & Video Services, (618) 453-6191, darryl.moses
Tamara John, WSIU Graduate Assistant and Expressions Producer, (618) 453-8096,

Carbondale, Ill. - WSIU Public Television, the public media arm of Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC), is pleased to announce the debut of Expressions, a new 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 Carbondale's School of Art and Design, Expressions will air Thursdays at 9pm beginning January 19, with repeats on Sundays at 6:30pm. Season one will feature 13 episodes and will showcase one to two artists per episode.

Episode one, airing on January 19, will introduce custom motorcycle artist Anthony Spinazola of Cobden, Illinois and ceramicist Chris Scamehorn of Makanda.

Upcoming episodes and their airdates include: nationally-acclaimed sculptor and metalsmith John Medwedeff of Murphysboro and painter Fran Jaffe of Anna, who is known for her use of aboriginal dot art techniques on gourds (January 26); photographer Fern Logan of Carbondale and watercolor artist Mary Pachikara (February 2); painter Robert Ketchens of Grand Chain (February 9); and fiber artist Robin Haller of Carbondale, who is known for non-traditional quilting techniques, and wood artist and craftsman Kyle Kinser of Makanda (February 16).

Expressions was conceived by Darryl Moses, WSIU's Associate Director for TV & Video Services, who had seen a similar production on Mississippi Public Television, and is produced by Chicago-area native Tamara John, a graduate student in SIUC's College of Mass Communication & Media Arts and a Graduate Assistant at WSIU Public Television. Questions, comments, and suggestions are welcome and should be directed to John at (618) 453-8096 or

A website for the series will be available soon at and will include programming information, archival episodes, photos, and more.

Expressions is proudly sponsored by The Glass Haunt of Benton, Illinois and Mark Williams Outdoor Equipment of Murphysboro.

Additional sponsors, who provided materials and furnishings for the colorful Expressions production set, include Ashley Furniture HomeStore of Carbondale (furniture), Calico Country Sew & Vac of West Frankfort and Carbondale, Illinois and Paducah, Kentucky; Lowe's of Carbondale; and Stevens Floral Gifts and Framing of Marion (custom floral arrangements),

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

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