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The Khan Academy provides an online, open access, compilation of brief lectures on a myriad of topics. A section pertains to art history, with videos grouped by time periods. As of June, 2012, videos covering American representational art history covering specific paintings and their artists include:

Accessed May, 2015.


The J. Paul Getty Museum collaborated with Khan Academy to provide several brief videos. .As of December 2013 postings included videos on photographs and photographers including "'Manhatta:' A film by Paul Strand and Charles Sheeler" (07:27); "'Poison:' a short film by Man Ray" (03:30); "Walker Evans in his own words" (04:38); "Dorothea Lange's documentary photographs" (04:32); "John Humble's photographs of Los Angeles" (03:21); "David Hockney's 'Pearblossom Hwy'" (03:11); "Carrie Mae Weems on her series 'From Here I Saw What Happened and I Cried'" (02:47) [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

Alex Katz's website contained the 21:33 video "Alex Katz Five Hours" by Vivien Bittencourt and Vincent Katz from Checkerboard Film Foundation, Inc. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

KCET, the Los Angeles PBS affiliate, presented the Life & Times series covering a broad array of happenings and stories about greater Los Angeles. Life & Times includes an arts section with numerous videos and transcripts. Examples:

Also from KCET's CA video archive / arts and performance section:

[Links found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

KCTS, a PBS affiliate in Seattle, WA, offered streaming video programs. A section was titled Spotlight on the Arts. Segments previously included:

[Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]


From KETC, Living St. Louis Producer Patrick Murphy tours the Kodner Gallery in Clayton during an exhibit featuring the art of the American West. Nearly 200 works of art were on display-including original lithographs of Native Americans, cowboys and the final frontier. [4:53] Accessed May, 2015.


"Nature's History: American Landscape Art and Environmental Thinking" video of Angela Miller's lecture [1:24:58] at Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum on10/23/13. Accessed August, 2015.


Weaving is Life is a 2007 Kennedy Museum of Art exhibit that features the work of multiple generations of Navajo weavers. Combining works drawn from the Kennedy Museum of Art's existing collection of Southwest Native American textiles with newly commissioned weavings, the exhibition includes the work of as many as four generations of weavers from four different families. Weavers represented are Grace Henderson Nez, Mary Henderson Begay, and Gloria Begay from Ganado; Glenabah Hardy, Irene Clark, and Teresa Clark from Crystal; Lillian Taylor, Lillie Taylor, Rosie Taylor, Diane Taylor and Amber and Twyla Gene from the Indian Wells community; and D. Y. Begay from Tselani. The exhibition incorporates videotaped interviews in which the artists explain how Navajo weaving has functioned as an important carrier of cultural values. Within the online page for "Take a virtual tour of the exhibit" there are four sections devoted to the weavers and their families. Within each section is an Interactive Video Kiosk featuring QuickTime videos. The museum advised TFAO in April, 2007 that the online exhibit will be permanent. Accessed May, 2015.


Kentucky Educational Television offers a series of 1/2 hour videos from Mixed, a weekly arts series starting in 2003.

Accessed May, 2015.


KERA's Think is a topic-driven interview program hosted by Krys Boyd covering a wide variety of topics ranging from history, politics, current events, science, technology and emerging trends to food and wine, travel, adventure, and entertainment. As of 2009 the Think video podcasts page no longer archives videos available for download, except very recent episodes. Episodes no longer available include a 26 minute Feb. 15, 2008 video podcast which features Arjun Makhijani, Ph.D., who joins host Krys Boyd to discuss the future of energy. Also, in the "Scene" segment of the podcast, Jane Myers, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Amon Carter Museum, joins host Krys Boyd. KERA says: "Fort Worth is known the world over for its beautiful art museums and vibrant art scene. A new exhibit at the Amon Carter Museum pays particular attention to a group of influential artists who helped create the scene. Jane Myers, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Amon Carter, will join us during the Scene segment to preview "Intimate Modernism: Fort Worth Circle Artists in the 1940s" which opens this weekend."


KETC/St. Louis offers a video archive of segments from the series Living St. Louis. A segment titled Ste. Genevieve Art Colony cover in depth this depression-era Missouri art colony. Other segments include the history of the St. Louis Art Museum, the Contemporary Art Museum, artists Charles Houska, Paul Jackson and Peter Max, the Logos school mural, and a discussion of the artist's model by Andrea Paulette. Accessed May, 2015.


The Kimbell Art Museum was featured in a KERA video featuring Lee Callum speaking with Kimbell Art Museum Director Eric Lee In the 27-minute 2014 video Lee "...discusses the sleuthing behind acquiring notable works of art." Accessed June, 2015.


KLRU, a PBS affiliate in Austin TX, features Austin NOW video clips including: the art of Austin artist Julie Speed; East Austin artists who named themselves Sodalitas Accessed May, 2015.


KNME offered Promises Kept: WPA Art Treasures of New Mexico in it's entirety [26:32] In small towns across New Mexico are treasures from one of New Mexico's great artistic periods. For years they have been hidden away in schools, post offices and court houses. Promises Kept rediscovers our WPA artistic heritage by interviewing some of the remaining WPA artists such as Pablita Velarde and by looking closely at the artists and artworks themselves. The goal: to form a new respect, appreciation and to help preserve this treasures for generations to come. Funded in part by New Mexico Arts, a division of the Office of Cultural Affairs and the National Endowment for the Arts and the National New Deal Art Restoration Task Force. Orginally broadcast on New Mexico PBS station KNME. [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]


Steve Cotham on East Tennessee Artists is a lecture (53:50) at the Knoxville Museum of Art, released April 6, 2011. The museum says "Steve Cotham is the manager of the McClung Historical Collection located in the East Tennessee History Center in downtown Knoxville. Cotham holds three academic degrees from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, including advanced degrees in history and library science." Another video titled Steve Cotham: Dine and Discover (31:10) was released November 13, 2008 in connection with the exhibition Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee, which is according to the museum "... a new permanent installation celebrating the art and artists of Knoxville and the surrounding region. The fascinating and complex story of our area's rich artistic heritage and its connections to the larger currents of American art are largely unknown, and certainly under appreciated...the first permanent installation devoted to the creative achievements of important artists active since the late 19th century whose lives and legacies are closely linked to East Tennessee." [Link found to be expired as of 2015 audit. TFAO is saving the citation for use by researchers.]

Other videos are available on the Knoxville Museum of Art website page for podcasts and videos. Examples are:

The Life And Art Of Anna Catherine Wiley, by Steve Cotham [36:51] May 22, 2013;

Higher Ground: A Century of the Visual Arts in East Tennessee, by Patricia Rutenberg. KMA says: "...Rutenberg's talk offers an in-depth look at Catherine Wiley, one of East Tennessee's most talented painters." September 7, 2011 [38:14];

Paint Brush for Hire: The East Tennessee Odyssey of James and Emma Cameron, 1856-1862, by UT Emeritus Professor Fred Moffatt. [50:24] October 5, 2011.

Accessed August, 2015.


Koehnline Museum of Art maintains a Web page named Oakton Art Video Archives which lists videos produced in connection with exhibitions at the museum. One of the archived videos is "Convergence: Jewish and African American Artists in Depression Era Chicago" [6:48]. Other video include "Agustin Portillo: America" [10:08], "A Gift to Biro-Bidjan, Chicago, 1937: From Despair to New Hope" [10:33] and "Seymour Rosofsky: Fresh Glance" [8:18], The videos are produced by Oakton's Television & Production Services. Videos are also available for viewing locally via Instructional Media Services of Oakton Community College. Accessed May, 2015.


KQED / San Francisco offers streaming video relating to "arts & literature" in the Bay Area.

Gallery Crawl visits a number of Bay Area art galleries each month to "check out what's up in the local art scene." The archive of videos contains episodes dating from 2005. For instance:

Arts Archive includes:

Accessed May, 2015.


KLRN in San Antonio produced San Antonio American Family Portraits. Actor and art collector Cheech Marin speaks on aspects of Chicano Art in a 4-minute video. Accessed May, 2015


KUED-TV in Salt lake City, UT, produces "Utah Now" a 30-minute magazine-style series, which KUED says "thoughtfully considers issues, events and people that are affecting life and creating dialogue in Utah." The February 23, 2007 show features interviews with Brian Kershisnik and his wife Suzanne, David Dee, director of the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, and David Ericson, owner of David Ericson's Fine Art. Utah artist Brian Kershisnik's work has been described as a journey of exploration. From his vantage point in rural Utah, Kershisnik finds forms for the elements of the life he sees around him. Accessed May, 2015.


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