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Pablita Velarde: An Artist and Her People is a 20 minute video produced in 1984 by National Park Service Films and distributed by Interpark, Cortez, CO. Pablita Velarde a native American Indian and noted painter. Born in 1918 in the Pueblo of Santa Clara and educated at a mission, her artistic talents were encouraged by her teachers. Through her work at Bandelier National Monument in New Mexico, Pablita records the traditions and legends of her ancient people so that future tribal generations may know and understand their heritage. Here we see Pablita mixing her own paints from natural earth- found materials, sketching in the wilderness, teaching young Indian children. She captures on canvas, the essence and ceremonies customs, and present day Pueblo life. This National Park Service film was a winner of CINE Golden Eagle; Certificate of Creative Excellence, U.S. Industrial Film Festival; Certificate Salerno International Film Festival; award second International Craft Film Festival. (text courtesy of

Packed in a Trunk: The Lost Art of Edith Lake Wilkinson is a 77 minute 2015 documentary film about the artist, which is available on DVD from Wolfe Video. A website, including the official HBO trailer for the video, is at <>. The site says: "Packed in a Trunk uncovers the story of artist Edith Lake Wilkinson, committed to an asylum in 1924 and never heard from again. We follow the journey of Edith's great-niece as she pieces together the mystery of Edith's life and returns her work to Provincetown."

Painting the Town: The Illusionistic Murals of Richard Haas Introduces the work of architectural muralist Richard Haas (b. 1936), whose mammoth murals using the "fool-the-eye" painting tradition have transformed contemporary cityscapes. The video explores the evolution of Haas' murals and uses time-lapse photography to demonstrate how they are made. Includes the Chisholm Trail mural in Fort Worth, Texas. 56-minute video. Description source: Amon Carter Museum Teacher Resource Center

Painters Painting: The New York Art Scene 1940-1970. A film about how artists think and work as seen through visits to the artists in their studios.  Artists include: Robert Rauschenberg, Jasper Johns, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol and others. 116 minutes. (quote courtesy Plains Art Msueum)

Parrish Blue is a 27 minute film that was produced in 1967, shortly after the death of the popular American artist/illustrator Maxfield Parrish -- a rare film, made when his home and studio in Cornish, New Hampshire, were just about as he left them at age 96. His son, Maxfield Parrish, Jr., and artist and friend, Norman Rockwell, share their understanding of this man who dominated the popular arts in early 20th-century America. We glimpse much of Parrish's work...from magazine covers to advertisements; from huge murals to decorative prints; from book illustrations to notecards. Many of the originals were available to the film makers. The film itself is a transfer from a recently discovered "answer print" and shows its age through scratches and grain as it develops an engaging portrait of a supremely talented "character" who touched so many people with his unique vision. Also available as a DVD. TMW Media Group, 2321 Abbot Kinney Blvd., Venice, CA 90291; 310-577-8581; View a clip of the video here.

Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries & Crafting Modernism (15:33) is a 2013 documentary directed by Lauren Merrill and Todd Merrill and produced by Undeletable Productions, to accompany a James A. Michener Art Museum exhibit of the same name

Paul Whitener is a 12 minute video produced by Jackson Group Interactive. The video is available through the Hickory Museum of Art.

Pedro E. Guerrero: A Photographer's Journey is a 60-minute PBS American Masters series documentary released in 2015 about the career of Pedro E. Guerrero. PBS says: "Discover the remarkable life and work of Pedro E. Guerrero (September 5, 1917-September 13, 2012), a Mexican American, born and raised in segregated Mesa, Arizona, who had an extraordinary international photography career. Using an exclusive interview with Guerrero along with his stunning images, the program explores his collaborations with three of the most iconic American artists of the 20th century: architect Frank Lloyd Wright and sculptors Alexander Calder and Louise Nevelson. Using his outsider's eye to produce insightful portraits of important modernist architecture, Guerrero became one of the most sought-after photographers of the "Mad Men" era, yet his poignant story is largely unknown."

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: Art Gets a Start in America. 28 minutes. says of this video: "Founded when Jefferson was president and the Revolution was still a part of living memory, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, in Philadelphia, is home to more than two centuries of American artwork. This program goes behind the scenes at the nation's first art museum and art school to consider the evolution of painting in America. A viewable/printable educator's guide is available online. VHS is Closed-Captioned DVD is Subtitled

Persistent Women Artists. In this 28 minute 1996 program artist Betty LaDuke captures in conversations the spirit of three American women artists of diverse heritages: Pablita Verlade, Mine Okubo and Louis Mailou Jones. Their paintings, drawings, lithographs and murals reflect their experiences as Native- , Asian- and African-American women.

Philip Guston, a Life Lived A series of interviews with Philip Guston conducted throughout the seventies to 1980. Guston discusses his career as a painter and the influences from his personal life, politics, and the art community on his work and his place in the "New York School." Michael Blackwood Productions. 2005. 59 min. DVD 4259. Available from Media Resources Center, Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Photography as Art, 29 minutes. Shown Saturday, October 24, 2009 at Columbia Museum of Art | Main at Hampton | Columbia | SC | 29202, which says of the video: "When specialty cameras, trick photography, and digital manipulation are combined with creative genius, photography becomes an extremely versatile medium of expression and self-exploration. This film examines the history of photography, charting its evolution from a technical craft to a fine art. Works of Tim Macmillan, Catherine Opie, Suky Best, Alison Jackson, and Caroline Molloy are highlighted. Archival clips of Man Ray, Cindy Sherman, Bill Brandt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andreas Feininger, Robert Mapplethorpe, Duane Michals, Richard Avedon, and Elsie Hill are included."

Photography in 19th-Century America Traces the development of photography in the U.S. from the introduction of daguerreotypes in 1839 through the invention of the Kodak camera by George Eastman in 1888. 23-minute video. Description source: Amon Carter Museum Teacher Resource Center.

Pilchuck Founders Totem Pole. Seattle Art Museum brought this film to the attention of TFAO. For a January 25, 2008 viewing SAM says: "Don't miss this special screening of Pilchuck Founders Totem Pole, a production of Pilchuck Glass School. Students and artists from around the world collaborated to create a totem pole that represents the school's founders: artist Dale Chihuly and patrons John Hauberg and Anne Gould Hauberg. Noted glass artist Preston Singletary, who directed fabrication and installation of glass elements in the Pilchuck totem pole, will answer questions after the screening."

Pioneers of Studio Glass is a DVD produced by WGTE Public Media for the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass. "It is a fascinating look at the 1962 Toledo Workshops where Harvey Littleton and Dominick Labino first experimented with making glass outside of the factory setting..." according to the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass. Call AACG at 214-890-0029 with questions.

Plein Air: Painting the American Landscape episodes take the viewer on a journey, from Cape Cod, where the Atlantic meets the land, to the peak of Denali, the "Great One," North America's tallest mountain. Other episodes feature the Tongass Rain Forest; Seward, Alaska; Taos, New Mexico; Trinidad, Colorado; and central Michigan. Plein air artists featured in the series include Matt Smith of Scottsdale, Arizona; Kenn Backhaus of Robesonia, Pennsylvania; Jean LeGassick of Silver City, Nevada; Connecticut artist Charles Sovek; Utah artist Ron Rencher; and Frank LaLumia of Trinidad, Colorado. Episodes features one or two of the contemporary plein air painters and examine their technique plus history of the plein air genre. Plein Air: Painting the American Landscape appeals to art lovers and outdoor enthusiasts alike and helps viewers to understand America's own naturalist art form. For more than a century, a unique group of American artists ventured out of their studios to capture the essence of the American landscape. Some learned their craft from the French Impressionists, others through trial and error. What unites them is their dedication to the interplay of land, water and sky, and the study of how light, shadow and color form the varied and rich masks of the natural world. This six-part series premiered in August 2007 on PBS and was presented in high definition. Underwriters for the series are Rasmuson Foundation and Joan Irvine Smith & Athalie R. Clarke Foundation. The producer is Greg Bombeck of Bombeck Productions and the PBS presenter is KTOO Juneau. DVDs are available through Bombeck Productions, LLC, 18016 Kamkoff Ave., P.O. Box 770302, Eagle River, AK 99577.

Pop Art Today, (c) 1984, running time: 28 minutes. Program 20 from Art/New York, which says of this video: "Covered are exhibitions by TOM WESSELMANN at the Sidney Janis Gallery, JAMES ROSENQUIST at the Leo Castelli Gallery and ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG also at the Leo Castelli Gallery. TOM WESSELMANN, JAMES ROSENQUIST and ROBERT RAUSCHENBERG discuss their work on this program."

Portrait of an Artist: Andy Warhol (DVD) Joe Dallesandro (actor) and Ingrid Superstar (actor). Studio: Image Entertainment, Inc. DVD Release Date: December 12, 2000 Towere Video Title Note: "A combination of film clips from interviews spanning over twenty years, this video focuses not only on his artistic achievements, but also his various careers and pursuits in art, film and other mediums which projected him into the position of celebrity and media performer." Distributor Notes: "This is the first major profile of Andy Warhol's life and work since his death in 1987 and includes some previously unseen footage of the artist, shot in London shortly before his death. Warhol's was the classic American rags to riches story: he was born in the industrial slums of Pittsburgh the child of poor Czech immigrants. He grew up dreaming of Hollywood stars and eventually became a star himself, famous for his pop art, his bizarre underground films and for being the celebrity who for twenty years attended every party in town. This program shows Warhol performing for the media in interviews ranging over 25 years and examines his artistic achievements in a career which spanned painting, film, publishing, rock music and television. It also includes clips from films such as "Chelsea Girls," "Lonesome Cowboys" and "Women in Revolt," archival material, newsreel footage and contributions from many of Warhol's closest associates and superstars, including Ondine, Viva, John Giorno and Brigid Berlin." Source: Image Entertainment, Inc.

Portrait of an Artist: David Hockney, the Photographer is a 23-minute video in which painting and photography is discussed by this British Pop artist now living in California. In recent years Hockney has become involved with still photography, creating innovative large panoramic works comprised of many small photos. (quote courtesy Plains Art Msueum)

Portrait of an Artist: Faith Ringgold, The Last Story Quilt. This program provides an insider's look at how Faith Ringgold has worked to master her craft and communicate her vision. She presents a realistic view of the black female in society. Ringgold spent years painting until she turned to soft sculptures, masks mural and quilts that tell a story. 28 minutes. (quote courtesy Plains Art Msueum) View a clip of the video here.

Portrait of an Artist: Isabel Bishop. A master of romantic realism, Bishop's preoccupation with the ordinary produced a style uniquely her own. Scenes from her paintings of everyday street life illuminate her personality and bring the viewer to a deeper understanding of her work. 30 minutes. (quote courtesy Plains Art Msueum)

Portrait of an Artist: Louise Nevelson In Process is a 30-minute video on the art of Nevelson who was in her seventies before she received critical acclaim for the sculptures created out of "trash" found in the streets of New York. She creates two new sculptures on-camera, providing a rare opportunity for viewers to share in the unfolding of her unique sculptural process. (quote courtesy Plains Art Msueum)

Portrait of an Artist: Mary Cassatt, Impressionist From Philadelphia. Mary Cassatt is now recognized as one of the great American artists of the 19th century. The best examples of her work are shown in this video along with stills and on-site footage in order to gain a better understanding of this remarkable woman and her art. 30 minutes. (quote courtesy Plains Art Msueum)

Portrait of Charles M. Russell: Preserver of the Old West, A Features paintings and rare photographs of the artist, storyteller, humorist, and cowboy, Charlie Russell (1864-1926). 23-minute video. Description source: Amon Carter Museum Teacher Resource Center

Portrait of George Hardy. In this 30 minute Gabriel Coakley 1995 program we meet George Hardy, an elderly self-taught artist, living on the island of Deer Isle, Maine. Born on Deer Isle in 1917, Hardy has continued to live there ever since. After making a living as a mason, he began his career in folk art at the age of 60. Isolated from art trends, with no formal training and only a seventh-grade education, his work is concrete, raw, and direct. His sculpture is very much a part of his environment. From his roughened hands come the energized versions of wooden porcupines, tigers, red foxes with alligator teeth, blue howling coyotes, seagulls, and song birds. View a clip of the video here.[05:01]

Portrait of Imogen Cunningham. In a professional career spanning 75 years photographer Imogen Cunningham had enormous influence on the aesthetics of American photography. In this film more than 250 of her photographs are presented by Imogen herself through informal interviews recorded when she was in her late eighties. With a sharp wit and unique perspective, she reveals how she carved out her impressive career while maintaining a household and raising a family. c1987. 28 min. Video/C 4069. Available from Media Resources Center, Library, University of California, Berkeley. Also available through Partridge Pictures, Email contact:, 800/886-3135 tel. You Tube says: "In this Academy Award nominated film by Meg Partridge, Imogen Cunningham speaks in the first person describing her work and her life as a photographer. These audio transcripts were recorded by my father, Rondal Partridge. Much later, I found these tapes and structured my film around Imogen's own words, adding her images that accompanied these stories. Like many good storytellers, Imogen refined her tales over time, and I was familiar with many of these stories and photographs that accompanied them, so it was not difficult to mesh images with her words." View separate videos with the same title: I Believe in Learning (Ch 1) [01:05], Nude on Mt Rainier (Ch 2) [01:17], Early Platinum Work (Ch 3) [01:00], Artist, Wife & Mother (Ch 4) [02:12], The Iconic Magnolia (Ch 5) [01:48], The Nude Form (Ch 6) [01:23], Edward Weston (Ch 7) [01:12], Vanity Fair (Ch 8) [03:31], Father (Ch 9) [03:11], Dorothea Lange (Ch 10) [01:28]

Promises Kept: WPA Art Treasures of New Mexico [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. View the video in it's entirety here. View Part 1 [07:20], Part 2 [10:25], Part 3 [07:55]

Proportions of Value: The Houston Murals of John T. Biggers Observes the nine Houston murals of artist John Biggers (b. 1924) that reflect the artist's interest in important figures in African-American history and the influence of African art upon his work. 8-minute video. Description source: Amon Carter Museum Teacher Resource Center

Public Sculpture: America's Legacy. Sculptures are presented and then the audience is taken on a 29 minute tour to see and understand how each work functions in a public place. In this way both the nature of the work and its role In history is cerefully elucidated.

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