Arts America Talks With an Artist Who Creates With Books

The Nine Network Arts Series Also Includes a Segment Featuring a Performing Painter


St. Louis, MO—July 7, 2014—The July 19 episode of Arts America, the Nine Network’s weekly arts series, spotlights internationally recognized artist and critical writer Franklin “Buzz” Spector. He discusses how he tears, stacks and alters books in order to create statements about memory. Spector is a professor of art for Washington University’s Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts. This segment will air as part of the show on July 19 at 3:30 p.m. on Nine PBS. (Arts America will be broadcast again on July 20 at 1:00 p.m.)


Other segments in this Arts America episode feature stained glass artist Melissa Janda, who combines traditional stained glass artistry with painting; Houston photographer Syd Moen, who talks about how she manipulates the expansiveness of panoramic photography to create a series she calls “little planets”; the Atwater Brewery in Detroit; and Denver-based painter Brian Olsen, whose use of fingertips, elbows and brushes in both hands turns portrait painting into live performances.


The Franklin “Buzz” Spector story is an Art Fusion segment, which is created by the Nine Network in partnership with the Regional Arts Commission (RAC) and the Radio Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts. 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. All Art Fusion segments can also be viewed online in the Art Fusion Gallery at or as part of Arts America programs at


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