The City of Georgetown will soon be featured in the upcoming Amazon Prime docuseries, “The Story of Art in America,” along with four local Georgetown artists and local historians.
The Story of Art in America is an award-winning TV docuseries created and directed by Christelle Bois and produced by executive producer Pierre Gervois. Each episode features the art scene of one city or county through intimate and thoughtful interviews of artists and art historians in multiple disciplines. The goal of the show is to explore the role of the arts in American society and the historic importance of art in the building of the country, from large cities to small towns.
Gervois, who also is a professor at New York University, recognized the arts in Texas and designated a full season of the docuseries to the state.
“As we were doing research on Texas cities to be featured in Season 3 of The Story of Art in America, our attention was caught by the architecture of Georgetown, and its original and beautifully preserved town square,” he said. “Also, the presence of numerous public art sculptures and murals showed that the city of Georgetown was considering that art was a very important part of the life of its community.”
The artists selected to be featured in the docuseries include painter and art instructor Carol Light, textile artist Gary Anderson, muralist and portrait artist Devon Clarkson, and cellist and Southwestern University Assistant Professor Hai Zheng-Olefsky. The historians featured include Ann Evans with the Georgetown Public Library, Paulette Taylor with the Shotgun House Museum, and Norma Clark, abstract artist and co-creator of Georgetown’s Preserving History mural.
The City’s Arts and Culture Program manager, Amanda Still, assisted Bois in selecting the artists and historians featured in the Georgetown episode.
“It’s been an unforgettable experience to participate in this project with Christelle and her team,” Still said. “I am so proud of the members of our arts and culture community participating in this docuseries and for the eloquent way they have demonstrated the impact of arts, culture, and history in Georgetown.”
The Story of Art in America’s first season is available on Amazon for viewing, with the second season currently underway. The Georgetown filming took place April 15-17, and the episode is expected to premiere on Amazon Prime Video in early 2024.