Dialogue in Metal

Dialogue in Metal

Wed, 10/23/2019 - 6:00am - 6:00pm

Has been named a finalists for the 2019 NETA Awards. Congrats WXXI production crew!

The National Educational Telecommunications Association (NETA) has released its list of finalists for the 2019 NETA Awards, and WXXI is proud to announce that its Dialogue in Metal documentary was named one of them. The documentary followed world renowned sculpture artist Albert Paley and Jesse James of West Coast Choppers fame collaborate to make two sculptures. 

Each year, the NETA Awards honor public television’s best work in education, community engagement, marketing/communications and content. Stations competed within their appropriate divisions based on their station size, except for the categories falling under overall excellence. Awards were judged by a group of expert panelists within the public media system, as well as industry professionals outside of public media. The NETA Awards Reception and Gala will take place on Sunday, January 26 at 7:30 PM at the 2020 NETA Conference and CPB Thought Leader Forum at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Virginia. 

More about Dialogue in Metal:
With unprecedented access to both artists, WXXI spent roughly a year chronicling the creative journeys of Paley and James as they worked to create these two different sculptures. Filming began in January of 2017 when Paley traveled to James’ studio in Austin, Texas. There, James revealed the impetus behind this project, his long-time admiration of Paley’s work.

As both artists dramatically differ in function, form, and process, WXXI captures their styles, personalities, and the way they embraced the challenges of each other’s creation. The end result was the unveiling of the sculptures at FABTECH 2017, North Americans’ largest metal forming, fabricating, welding, and finishing event in Chicago. Viewers will see the artists’ reactions to each other’s piece as they share their thoughts on their work and the journey. The project was more than just Jesse’s dream or an artist challenge, it was a philanthropic endeavor with proceeds from the two sculptures funding a scholarship in support of students pursuing metal work.

Production funding for Dialogue in Metal was provided by partners of FABTECH, ESAB, American Welding Society (AWS), Fabricators & Manufactures Association (FMA), Precision Metalforming Association (PMA), SME, Chemical Coaters Association International (CCAI), and the Jane K. and Robert C. Stevens Fund for New Programming. 

To learn more and watch the segments online, visit WXXI.org/dialogueinmetal