Jared Bowen

Executive Editor/Host Arts, WGBH Boston

Jared Bowen is WGBH’s Emmy Award-winning Executive Editor and Host for Arts. His weekly television series Open Studio with Jared Bowen takes viewers inside the creative process, offering a blend of profiles, performances, and contemporary exhibitions by artists in Greater Boston, New England, and across the country. 

Jared is a regular contributor to WGBH’s TV series Greater Boston with Emily Rooney and is heard on 89.7 WGBH’s mid-day program, Boston Public Radio, and during the station’s broadcasts of Morning Edition, covering everything from breaking news to the local arts and culture scene.

He has produced five news documentaries for WGBH as well as the first three seasons of the public media company’s Eye on Education initiative. A 2013 recipient of the distinguished Commonwealth Award honoring exceptional accomplishment in the arts, humanities, and sciences, Jared is a member of the Boston Theater Critics Association, recognizing achievement in Boston theater. He serves on the Board of Governors for the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and is a guest contributor to Boston Common magazine.

A graduate of Emerson College, where he won several Associated Press Awards, Jared began his career at Dateline NBC.


4:58 pm
Fri February 27, 2015

'When The Stars Begin To Fall' Eyes South As Real And Fabled Place

Boston’s Institute of Contemporary Art has gone south. Its latest exhibition, "When the Stars Begin to Fall," focuses on the many different aspects of the American South, featuring a range of artists from the celebrated to the incarcerated. WGBH News Arts Editor Jared Bowen has more.

11:08 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Jared Bowen Recommends: Intimate Apparel, Oceanside, LIFT/ Women Powerlifters

Amanda Ruggiero and Kris Sidberry of Intimate Apparel, playing at the Lyric Stage Company through March.
Credit Glenn Perry

Intimate Apparel Plays at the Lyric Stage Company through March 14th

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12:02 pm
Thu February 19, 2015

Jared Bowen Recommends: Parviz Tanavoli, The Wiz, The Last Five Years

Parviz Tanavoli, Lion and Sun, 2013. Silkscreen, 70 x 100 cm. Collection of the artist.

Parviz Tanavoli On view at the Davis Museum at Wellesley College through June 7th

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6:21 pm
Wed February 18, 2015

Progress Through The Lens Of Gordon Parks

"Untitled," St. Louis, Missouri; Gordon Parks (American, 1912–2006); 1950; Photograph, gelatin silver print
Credit Photograph by Gordon Parks. Courtesy and © The Gordon Parks Foundation / Courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Acclaimed photographer Gordon Parks' assignment for Life Magazine to depict the realities of life under segregation had the making of a searing series. But the story was never published, and the pictures never saw the light of day, until Museum of Fine Arts Curator Karen Haas unraveled some of the mystery. 

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6:55 pm
Tue February 17, 2015

After 25 Years Amid Breathtaking Art, Gardner Director Anne Hawley Stepping Down

Anne Hawley has headed the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for 25 years. She recently announced that she would step down at the end of the year.
Credit Courtesy of Gardner Museum

After 25 years at the helm, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum Director Anne Hawley announced she's stepping down at the end of the year. But she still has the energy and enthusiasm of a brand-new arrival.

"I love this place, and I think it’s going to have an even greater future because I think museums are public spaces where people who are so worn down by the constant assault of media from their devices or from the wear and tear of everyday life can come and find themselves again," Hawley said.   

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10:53 am
Thu February 12, 2015

Jared Bowen Recommends: Gordon Parks, When The Stars Begin to Fall, Father Comes Home From The Wars

Gordon Parks, Husband and Wife, Sunday Morning, Detroit, Michigan, 1950.
Credit Photograph by Gordon Parks, courtesy Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and the Gordon Parks Foundation

Gordon Parks: Back to Fort Scott On view at the MFA through September 13th

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10:05 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Jared Bowen Recommends: The Second Girl, Breath And Imagination, Jupiter Ascending

MacKenzie Meehan, Kathleen McElfresh, and Christopher Donahue in the Huntington Theatre Company production of the moving Irish drama The Second Girl by Ronan Noone, directed by Campbell Scott, playing January 16 – February 21
Credit T. Charles Erickson

The Second Girl Presented by the Huntington Theatre Company, it plays at the Calderwood Pavilion through February 21st

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6:35 pm
Thu January 29, 2015

Remembering 'Sidewalk Sam,' Who Brought Color To Boston's Streets

After receiving an elite art education and showing work in galleries, Boston artist Bob Guillemin left that lifestyle to paint the city's streets, which he did for decades.
Credit Wendy Maeda / Courtesy of The Boston Globe

Bob Guillemin could very well have spent his life in hallowed museum and gallery halls, but he preferred life on the street. For decades beginning in the 1970s, he chalked and painted on pavement, earning the nickname Sidewalk Sam. It was an effort to pry art away from its lofty perch and bring it out into the open air for everyone to see.  

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10:45 am
Thu January 29, 2015

Arts This Week: Motown The Musical, Herbie Hancock, Black or White

Motown: The Musical, presented by Broadway in Boston, playing at the Boston Opera House through February 15th.

Motown: The Musical Presented by Broadway In Boston, it plays at the Boston Opera House through February 15th

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1:23 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Children's Television Pioneer Peggy Charren Fought For Ad-Free TV

Peggy Charren
Credit WGBH

There was a time when children’s television was an unfiltered flood—washing right into their laps.  It was, activist Peggy Charren once said, “wall-to-wall monster cartoons.” 

So, in 1968, with young children at home, Charren and a group of like-minded parents began to fight. They formed Action for Children's Television or ACT. And they did.

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12:56 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Arts Report: A Future Perfect, Walden Revisited, Artist Textiles: Picasso to Warhol

A Future Perfect, Presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company, playing at the Calderwood Pavilion through February 7th
Credit Craig Bailey / Pespective photo

A Future Perfect Presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company, it plays at the Calderwood Pavilion through February 7th

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10:31 am
Thu January 15, 2015

Arts this Week: Oscars, Muckrakers, American Sniper, Blackhat, A Most Violent Year

Esme Allen and Lewis D. Wheeler of "Muckrakers." Presented by New Repertory Theatre through February 1st.
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11:47 am
Mon January 12, 2015

Arts This Week: Red Hot Patriots, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Downton Abbey, Inherent Vice

Marcia DeBonia, Martin Moran, Candy Buckley, and Tyler Lansing Weaks in Christopher Durang’s smash-hit Broadway comedy Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, directed by Jessica Stone, based on the Broadway direction of Nicholas Martin, playing January 2 – February 1, 2015 at the BU Theatre / Avenue of the Arts.
Credit Jim Cox


Red Hot Patriots: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins Plays at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston through January 31st

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1:55 pm
Thu December 11, 2014

Arts This Week: Political Correctness, The Allergist's Wife, Jesus and Moses

Credit Mark S. Howard

O.P.C,  Plays at the A.R.T. through January 4th

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12:33 pm
Thu December 4, 2014

Arts This Week: The Trip to Bountiful, The Little Prince, Adriana Varejao, Foxcatcher

Jared Bowen with cast members of The Trip to Bountiful
Credit WGBH News

THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL, playing at the Cutler Majestic Theater through December 7th, presented by ArtsEmerson

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10:51 am
Thu November 20, 2014

Arts This Week: Happy Days, Disgraced, It's Only A Play

Brooke Adams in Beckett's Happy Days
Credit Ed Krieger

Happy Days, Presented by Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, it plays at the Carling-Sorenson Theater at Babson College through November 23rd.

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4:58 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Arts This Week: Harvard Art, Fenway Studios, Rosewater

Credit Harvard Arts Museum

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Harvard Art Museums, Re-openning to the public this Sunday, November 16th.

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6:00 pm
Thu October 30, 2014

Arts This Week: Fruitlands Museum, Wifredo Lam And Nightcrawler

"Looking at the Valley" at the Fruitlands Museum
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5:46 pm
Thu October 23, 2014

Arts This Week: Dear Elizabeth, Ether Dome And Whiplash

Laura Latreille and Ed Hoopman in Dear Elizabeth.
Credit Mark S. Howard

Dear Elizabeth, Plays at the Lyric Stage Company of Boston through November 9th.

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4:31 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Arts This Week: Mad Kings, Prostitutes And Playwrights

Joseph Marcell as King Lear
Credit ArtsEmerson

What these three works have in common—two on the stage and one on the page—is the opportunity for theater lovers to understand the immense amount of thought, work and heart that goes in to a play, from its inception to its delivery.

La Traviata, Presented by Boston Lyric Opera, it plays a the CITI Shubert Theatre through October 19th.

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12:05 pm
Thu October 9, 2014

Arts This Week: Crafts, Glamour And Assassins

Scene from Assassins
Credit Andrew Brilliant / Brilliant Pictures

Plimoth Plantation Craft Center, The new craft center is now open.

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3:07 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Arts This Week: Nelsons' BSO, Consenses, Calder, And Bent

Andris Nelsons at Boston Symphony Hall
Credit Marco Borggreve

As the 2014 arts season gets underway, artists from Andris Nelsons to Sally Taylor lead you through new experiences driven by the passion for their creative work.

Andris Nelsons Launches Inaugural Season at the BSO, The 134th Season of the BSO is now underway. Nelsons took the podium with a Beethoven, Bartok and Tchaikovsky program through October 3rd and will return November 6-22nd for his second group of programs.

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11:23 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Arts This Week: Life's Intersections

Shinique Smith, Splendid (detail), 2014.
Credit Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York/Shanghai.

A new musical explores romantic encounters in middle age, an artist contributes to the public space in downtown Boston, an endangered young woman brings a retired vigilante out of retirement, and a young woman follows her inner compass to traverse the desert.

Closer Than Ever Plays at New Repertory Theatre through September 28th.

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1:52 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

Arts this Week: Time To Eat

Adriane Lenox, Lonnie Farmer, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, Julia Duffy, Patrick Shea, and Meredith Forlenza in the Huntington Theatre Company production of Guess Who's Coming to Dinner
Credit Paul Marotta

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner Presented by the Huntington Theatre Company, it plays at the BU Theatre through October 5th.

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11:22 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Arts This Week: Previewing The Fall 2014 Season

The Trip to Bountiful stars Cicely Tyson, Vanessa Williams and Blair Underwood.
Credit ArtsEmerson

With summer vacations behind us, it's time to look ahead to the new arts season. Here are some fall preview performing arts highlights.

Screen to Stage

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? At the Huntington Theatre Company through October 5th.

TV veterans Malcolm-Jamal Warner and Julia Duffy star in this staged adaptation of the 1967 film classic.

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6:32 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Arts This Week: Renovated Digs For North Shore Maritime Art

Credit Cape Ann Museum

Time for a weekend getaway to the North Shore, where you can visit the Cape Ann Museum. Add it to your list, right after the boating races and before the stop to Bob Lobster.

Cape Ann Museum This gem on the Massachusetts North Shore just re-opened after a $5 million renovation.

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12:29 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Arts This Week: Neverland, 4000 Miles And The Giver

Jeremy Jordan as J. M. Barrie and Laura Michelle Kelly as Sylvia Llewelyn Davies in Finding Neverland.
Credit Evgenia Eliseeva / http://americanrepertorytheater.org/

I don't have enough thumbs to raise in appreciation for the new Finding Neverland. It was no surprise to receive their official announcement yesterday: this show is bound for Broadway. Be sure to catch it while you can and see the incredible Jeremy Jordan, who is sure to pick up awards for this performance.

Finding Neverland, Plays at the American Repertory Theater through September 28th.

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8:47 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Arts This Week: Wyeth In The MFA, Shakespeare In The Park

Jamie Wyeth, 1984.

Jamie Wyeth On view at the Museum of Fine Arts through December 28th.

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10:37 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Arts This Week: Apes, Patriots, And Free Music

Credit www.dawnofapes.com

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes In Theaters Friday.

A growing nation of genetically evolved apes is threatened by a band of humans who survived a devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will emerge as Earth’s dominant species. The CGI is incredible. The story will draw you in. One of the best movies of the summer. 


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