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AETN announces advance screening of 'State of the Art' at Ron Robinson Theater

Posted 10 Apr 2019

The Arkansas PBS in partnership with the Central Arkansas Library System will host a free advance screening of "State of the Art" Saturday, April 13, at 8 p.m at Ron Robinson Theater, 100 River Market Ave., Little Rock. The event is free and open to the public.

"State of the Art," a one-hour documentary from award-winning Arkansas filmmakers Craig and Brent Renaud and AETN, will premiere nationally Friday, April 26, at 9 p.m. EST/8 p.m. CST on PBS. The film follows an exhilarating journey of artistic discovery - covering more than 100,000 miles and 1,000 destinations - to select 100 under-recognized American artists for one unforgettable exhibition at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. "State of the Art" captures the personal stories of seven of these diverse artists who are redefining the American aesthetic.

Immediately following the screening will be a panel discussion with the following panelists: Courtney Pledger, AETN executive director; Craig Renaud; Lauren Haynes, curator of contemporary art at Crystal Bridges and curator of visual arts at the Momentary; and Guy W. Bell, whose painting "Cain and Abel" was featured in the original "State of the Art" exhibit. Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist and chief film critic Philip Martin will moderate.

"State of the Art" tells a story of diverse artists driven to create - with work that is intensely personal, firmly rooted in community and inseparable from the lives they live. Their work offers a window into not only what concerns Americans, but also what lifts them up.

Artists featured in the film include:

Funding for "State of the Art" was provided in part by the Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation Inc. Additional film resources, including a trailer, photos, bios and more, are available at

The Renaud Brothers ( have spent the last two decades telling human-centered verité stories from around the world. They have covered the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the earthquake in Haiti, the political turmoil in Egypt, and the drug wars in Mexico and Central America. Their most recent feature film, "Shelter," told the inspiring stories of homeless youth living in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Renaud Brothers have won dozens of major awards, including a Peabody in 2016 for their Chicago-based series "Last Chance High." Craig lives in Little Rock, Arkansas, with his family, and Brent is a 2019 Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

The Arkansas PBS is Arkansas's only statewide public media network, which enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers through the distinct channels AETN PBS, AETN Create, AETN PBS KIDS, AETN World and AETN AIRS on SAP. Audiences can also watch on several digital platforms, and members with AETN Passport have extended on-demand access to a rich library of public television programming. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming. Additional information is available at AETN is broadcast on KETS (Little Rock), KEMV (Mountain View), KETG (Arkadelphia), KAFT (Fayetteville), KTEJ (Jonesboro) and KETZ (El Dorado).