WQPT LAUNCHES “ARTISTS IN PROFILE” Print
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Written by Lora Adams   
Friday, 23 March 2012 12:01

MOLINE, ILLINOIS – Tune in Fridays at 7 pm when WQPT brings you “Artists in Profile,” a new production that takes a look at the creative process in the words of visual and performance artists.

“Last year the Illinois Arts Council contacted us to offer production assistance for a program that highlighted the accomplishments of our areas artists.  After talking with our producer, Lora Adams, we began pre-production on ‘Artists in Profile’ and taped three hour long performances in late October 2011,” said Rick Best, General Manager for WQPT.  “Being able to showcase the creativity of both visual and performance artists has been a wonderful addition to our local programming.”

Michael Romkey and The Bucktown Revue are featured in the first half hour episode that airs March 23 at 7 pm. Upcoming episodes feature Jason Platt (cartoonist), Erin Freund (harpist) and Susan Holgersson (set designer) on March 30th; Tristan Tapscott (actor/producer), Ellis Kell (musician), and Kate Askegaard (visual artist) on April 6; The Westbrook Singers on April 13; Catie Osborn (smash poetry), Bill Gustafson (muralist) and Kelly and Tammy Rundle (filmmakers) on April 20th.  “Pages from a Young Girls Life” a ballet from Ballet Quad Cities portrays the life of Anne Frank and was choreographed in 2005 by Johanna Jakhelln. The special hour long program will air on April 27.

The series is funded by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. Three one hour music specials have also been taped and aired on WQPT as a result of the grant. The first was a Christmas concert performed by The Westbrook Singers in December of 2011 and in March 2012 The Westbrook Singers also appeared in an hour long gospel music special along with an hour featuring The Bucktown Revue.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University located in Moline, Illinois.