March 2, 2011 — A PBS documentary, "The Murals of Lincoln Perry," will premiere March 17 at 9 p.m. on WHTJ Charlottesville and WCVE Richmond.
Lincoln Perry's 11-panel mural, "The Student's Progress," was completed and installed in the lobby of the University of Virginia's Old Cabell Hall in 2000 and has since become one of its iconographic features.
Now, 11 years later, this hour-long documentary, produced by Silverthorn Films, will capture one of America's foremost figure artists and mural painters as he works to extend his landmark mural into the lobby wings of this venerable building.
As his mural unfolds on screen, Perry reflects upon Thomas Jefferson's original architectural intentions, on the challenges and nuances of his craft, on the nature of his creative process, and on his own standing in the centuries-old tradition of mural painting.
Silverthorn Films' senior producer, Bill Reifenberger, teaches in U.Va's Department of Media Studies in the College of Arts & Sciences.
Both stations will repeat the program on March 27 at 3 p.m. The program will also be offered to PBS stations in Harrisonburg, Roanoke, Norfolk and Alexandria/Washington, D.C. in May.