Arts America Explores Robotic Art With St. Louisan William McKenney

The Nine Network Arts Series Also Meets an Interior Architect for NASA Spacecraft


St. Louis, MO—June 16, 2014—The Nine Network’s weekly arts series Arts America features a St. Louis artist who turns unlikely objects into robotic art. William McKenney creates eccentric retro robots out of a variety of objects ranging from household items to antiques. This segment will air as part of Arts America on June 21 at 3:30 p.m. on Nine PBS. (The show will be broadcast again on June 22 at 1:00 p.m.)


Other Arts America segments visit architect Garrett Finney to discuss his transition from designing living quarters of NASA spacecraft to building the cricket trailer, a portable living space for camping adventures; ceramic artist Sara Swink to see how she explores the depths of her psyche to give her figures a life and story; and the Wexner Center in Columbus, Ohio, to hear Brazilian installation artist Lucia Koch talk about how she uses mirrors in her work to catch light and demand attention.


Arts America is a weekly series showcasing arts stories from the Nine Network and PBS stations across the country. Nine’s St. Louis arts segments are also shown on PBS stations in 30 cities nationwide. Every episode spotlights local arts organizations. Arts America and all arts programming on the Nine Network are sponsored by PNC Bank. Arts America programs can be viewed online at


About the Nine Network of Public Media

The Nine Network of Public Media is a multifaceted public media organization creating a network of individuals and organizations empowered by public media to strengthen civic life. One of the nation’s most watched public television stations, Nine offers the people of the St. Louis region multiple ways to explore the world and become engaged in civic life, including the Nine Center for Public Engagement, nineAcademy, and four distinct broadcast channels (Nine PBS, Nine World, Nine Create and Nine Kids). The Nine Network’s rich legacy of serving the community was launched in 1954 and continues through our mission of bringing St. Louis together as we connect our region to the world and the world to St. Louis.


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