Ozarks Public Television (OPT) will premiere “Stately Images: The Public Art of Missouri’s State Capitol,” a locally produced documentary on the extensive and historic collection of public art on display at the Missouri State Capitol, at 8 p.m. May 29 and 1:30 p.m. June 15.
This collection of public art features pieces dating as early as 1917 and the popular “Social History of the State of Missouri” mural painted by Thomas Hart Benton. The program is presented as part of OPT’s commitment to local productions that document, present and preserve significant aspects of regional Ozarks history and is made possible through cooperation between Missouri legislators and capitol staff, the participation of many individuals and area archives, and the financial support of project donors.
A blending of government and art
The Missouri Capitol, while central to the state government, is also a publicly accessible art museum, featuring classic examples that highlight the evolving history and the state’s commitment to encourage and preserve the importance of art.
“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 art work. 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.”
About the program
The program, presented in high definition, features strong representative samples as well as context from respected historians. The narrative complements abundant documents, photos and archival materials to bring this story alive and help foster an understanding and appreciation of the origin, evolution and significance of this extraordinary collection.
“The art in the Missouri State Capitol is such a treasure — and we look forward to sharing this beautiful work with our viewers,” said OPT General Manager Tammy Wiley. “OPT 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. As always, we are deeply grateful for the generous support of the individuals and organizations that help make this kind of quality television possible.”
#About Ozarks Public Television OPT is an affiliate of Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) and is dedicated to providing quality programs from national, regional and local sources. Each weekday, OPT provides 10 hours of educational children’s programming, viewed by over 50,000 kids each week. OPT spends over half a million dollars each year on children’s programming—more than a quarter of its annual operating budget.