The presence of a broadcast television station on our campus is a great asset of which we are only beginning to scratch the surface. But another step in the right direction is producing terrific original programming featuring UGA units, faculty and expertise, and the latest new piece premiers toinight:
In a one-hour documentary scheduled for broadcast this December, WUGA-TV showcases a current exhibition on Russian art at the Georgia Museum of Art. In the program, "Two Powerful Women: The Collectors of Russian Art," WUGA-TV news anchor Alexia Ridley guides viewers through works of decorative art that were once commissioned for Catherine the Great's use or given as gifts in her court.
The documentary shares stories behind such centerpiece items as a solid gold chalice decorated with dazzling diamonds and cameos or a famous Wedgwood Green Frog Service. Video recorded in Russia this summer is an exclusive peek at Catherine the Great's museum, the Hermitage, in St. Petersburg.
"Two Powerful Women" is produced by Melissa Jackson, a producer/director at WUGA-TV, with guidance from Asen Kirin, curator and the exhibition and associate professor of art and associate director of UGA's Lamar Dodd School of Art, along with production support from students in the Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication.
9 p.m. tonight and check your locallistings for future broadcasts.
Image: Alexia Ridley (left) with Lamar Dodd School of Art associate director Asen Kirin, curator of the exhibition "Exuberance of Meaning: The Art Patronage of Catherine the Great," on display at the Georgia Museum of Art until Jan. 5.