Jared Bowen

Executive Editor/Host Arts, WGBH Boston

Executive Arts Editor Jared Bowen is host of the weekly television series, Open Studio with Jared Bowen, which 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. He is an Emmy-winning reporter with WGBH-TV’s nightly news magazine program, Greater Boston and appears regularly on 89.7 WGBH, where he covers the latest happenings in Boston theater, art, music, dance and film on WGBH’s Morning Edition every Thursday and for Boston Public Radio.  He recently debuted as one of three coaches on the choir competition show Sing That Thing!.

He is a member of the Boston Theater Critics Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association and he serves on the Board of Governors for the Boston/New England Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Jared is also a contributor to the PBS NewsHour and Boston Common magazine.

Jared has produced five news documentaries for WGBH and the first three seasons of the public media company’s Eye on Education initiative. He has won two New England Emmy Awards for his arts reporting and is a recipient of the 2013 Commonwealth Award, recognizing achievement in the arts, humanities and sciences.

Jared began his career at Dateline NBC in New York, and is a graduate of Emerson College, where he also won several Associated Press Awards.


1:31 pm
Tue October 6, 2015

Courtney Love Rocks Theater Dreams In 'Kansas City Choir Boy'

With a new starring role at the American Repertory Theater, Courtney Love is going back to her childhood dreams—long before she became one of rock’s modern day icons.
Credit Evgenia Eliseeva / American Repertory Theater

Courtney Love, the onetime front woman of the grunge-rock group Hole, widow of Kurt Cobain and she of the often tattered image, is still pushing boundaries. This time though, they’re all her own. 

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3:21 pm
Fri September 25, 2015

The MFA's Teitelbaum: 'Enthusiast-In-Chief'

Museum of Fine Arts director Matthew Teitelbaum,
Credit MFA.org

For new Museum of Fine Arts director Matthew Teitelbaum, these are the getting-to-know-you days. It’s the first time in 20 years the Museum of Fine Arts has a new director. Teitelbaum arrived at the MFA in August from The Art Gallery of Ontario which he’d led for the past 17 years. Taking in the MFA, he’s not exactly a stranger in a strange land, having been a curator at the ICA back in the early '90s. But he concedes he has a lot to learn.

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10:03 am
Wed August 12, 2015

Who Let Their Guard Down? Gardner Security Director On The Heist

Empty frames hang in the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
Credit AP Photo

Since publicity ramped up earlier this year with the 25th anniversary of the infamous Gardner Heist, security director Anthony Amore says he’s been on the case virtually 24/7.

“You’re trying to deal with leads as they come in and also you’re dealing with media,” he says. “So it takes up a lot of man-hours in the course of a day. I’d say it’s probably a 12-hour a day operation.”

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4:47 pm
Thu May 28, 2015

With Echelman Sculpture, Boston Raises Its Public Art Profile

Janet Echelman's aerial sculpture, "As If It Were Already Here" is here on the Rose Kennedy Greenway through early October.
Credit Amanda Kersey / WGBH News

Artist Janet Echelman spent more than two years creating her skyline-redefining sculpture, floating above the Rose Kennedy Greenway through early October. A thin, willowy mesh of color and roughly half an acre in size, it soars and breathes the air. The orange, purple and green hues of its fiber glint in the sunlight like a translucent, deep-sea creature. But this is a piece about a neighborhood. 

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11:22 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Arts This Week: Janet Echelman's Greenway Sculpture, 'Mr. Nice Guy,' 'Mad Max' & More

Brookline-based artist Janet Echelman's new sculpture, "As If It Were Already Here," sways above the Rose Kennedy Greenway through early October.
Credit Amanda Kersey / WGBH News

Every week, WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen sums up the exhibitions, theater, movies and music you should check out in and around Boston. 

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3:46 pm
Thu May 7, 2015

Arts This Week: 'Samurai!', Boston Ballet's 'Edge Of Vision', & More

The Worcester Art Museum is presenting samurai with a twist. It’s a contemporary take on the way of the warrior that's on view through Sept. 6.
Credit Amanda Kersey / WGBH News

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10:53 am
Wed May 6, 2015

The Art Of Baseball With Doris Kearns Goodwin

Amanda Kersey

Red Sox fans haven’t had much reason to cheer so far this season. But even in a down year, there’s something eternal about the draw of baseball – and that’s the idea behind a new exhibit at The Concord Museum celebrating The Art of Baseball.  With memorabilia, folk art and an honorary curator in Doris Kearns Goodwin, the museum is hoping for a home run. 

You can see a video version of Jared’s story on our website at WGBH News – dot – org (slash) open studio. Or visit The Art of Baseball yourself. It’s on exhibit at The Concord Museum through September.

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5:02 pm
Thu April 30, 2015

Arts This Weekend: 'The Grand Parade', 'Don Giovanni', 'Dior And I', & 'The Avengers'

Mardi Gras, acted out by Jeremy Eaton, Milena Dabova and Matthew Glassman.
Credit Maria Baranova / ArtsEmerson


The Grand Parade (of the 20th Century), at the Paramount Center through Sunday

Think for just a moment of the events that define the 20th century: the atomic bomb, AIDS, the Kennedy assassination. It’s a sprawling history and one Double Edge Theatre conjures in a new ArtsEmerson show, drawing from the surreal style of Russian artist Marc Chagall, who lived through most of the century, to take us on a grand parade through prohibition, war, jazz and disco.

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2:30 pm
Thu April 23, 2015

Arts This Week: 'The Art Of Baseball,' Women In Comedy Festival And More

"The Art of Baseball" is at the Concord Museum through Sept. 20.
Credit Amanda Kersey / WGBH News

The Art of Baseball, on view at the Concord Museum through Sept. 20

The Concord Museum is hoping for a home run with its spring exhibition, “The Art of Baseball,” which showcases memorabilia, folk art and well-known works that explore the development of the sport and personal connections to the game.

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4:41 pm
Thu April 16, 2015

Jared Bowen Recommends: Sh*t-Faced Shakespeare, Juliette Binoche In 'Clouds Of Sils Maria' & More

British actress Stacey Norris plays Helena or Hermia in Sh*t-faced Shakespeare's irreverent "A Midsummer Night's Dream."
Credit Magnificent Bastard Productions Ltd.

Sh*t-faced Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream" at the Davis Square Theatre through May 1

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6:29 pm
Fri April 10, 2015

WATCH: Jared Bowen Interviews New MFA Boston Director, Matthew Teitelbaum

Matthew Teitelbaum
Credit Art Gallery of Ontario

Matthew Teitelbaum has spent the last 22 years at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto, running a large and complex institution that he turned into a city hotspot. So why the MFA? 

"Well the quality of the collection is extraordinary," he said. "The staff that care for it is extraordinary. Boston is an incredible city, and there’s something exciting about the challenge of helping this institution get to the next level."

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10:38 pm
Thu April 9, 2015

Boston's Photography, Theater & WWII Artifacts To See ASAP

"The Great Wave," by Katsushika Hokusai.
Credit William Sturgis Bigelow Collection, MFA


“Hokusai,” at the Museum of Fine Arts through Aug. 9

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10:59 am
Thu April 2, 2015

Jared Bowen Recommends: 'City Of Angels,' Big Apple Circus & 'Woman In Gold'

Helen Mirren (left) and Ryan Reynolds (right) star in 'Woman in Gold,' now playing in select theaters.
Credit Weinstein Co.

City of Angels The Lyric Stage Company, through May 2

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7:38 pm
Wed April 1, 2015

Behind-The-Scenes Story Of 'Woman In Gold,' And The Film's Connection To Boston

"Adele Bloch-Bauer I," by Gustav Klimt.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

"Woman in Gold" refers to a 1907 elaborately detailed painting by Gustav Klimt of Adele Bloch-Bauer. When the Nazis annexed Austria in 1938, they seized the painting. The efforts of Adele’s niece, Maria Altmann, to have the work returned some 60 years later is the subject of a new film.

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Local News
12:04 am
Mon March 30, 2015

Pres. Obama Scheduled To Attend Today's Edward M. Kennedy Institute Opening

The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate sits on Columbia Point in Dorchester, next to the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library, shown here in the background.

  A host of dignitaries including President

BarackObama will gather in Boston to open the new Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. The building, reportedly costing nearly $8 million dollars, immerses visitors in the process of actually being a US Senator. 


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10:30 am
Thu March 26, 2015

Jared Bowen Recommends: Handel & Haydn, Shades of Sound, Secret Flower Sculptures, Danny Collins

Shades of Sound, presented by Boston Ballet and performed at the Boston Opera House through March 29th.
Credit Boston Ballet

Handel & Haydn Bicentennial An exhibition of materials from the H+H rich archives is on view at the Boston Public Library’s Copley branch through September 5th

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10:27 am
Thu March 19, 2015

Jared Bowen's Weekend Picks: Big Fish, Shockheaded Peter, Gardner Museum Theft

Big Fish Presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company, playing at the Calderwood Pavilion through April 11th.
Credit Craig Bailey / Perspective Photo

Big Fish Presented by SpeakEasy Stage Company, it plays at the Calderwood Pavilion, through April 11

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5:31 pm
Wed March 18, 2015

Gardner Museum Security Director: 'We'll Get The Paintings Back'

The FBI has been searching for the 13 missing pieces of art since 1990.
Credit FBI

The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum’s security director, Anthony Amore, is never far from his work searching for the 13 missing pieces of art lifted from the museum a quarter century ago.

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7:15 pm
Tue March 17, 2015

WATCH: At The Gardner, The Inside Story Behind The Biggest Art Theft In American History

Édouard Manet, Chez Tortoni, about 1875, oil on canvas
Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston

It was 25 years ago tonight when thieves masquerading as Boston police officers entered the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum and pulled off the biggest art heist in American history. They stole 13 works now valued at more than $500 million. In the interim years, the museum’s director, Anne Hawley, has not spoken a lot about the case. But she recently sat down with WGBH Arts Editor Jared Bowen for her only TV interview on the subject.

See the missing works in the slideshow above. 

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10:59 am
Thu March 12, 2015

This Weekend: Jared Bowen Recommends, The Colored Museum, Grounded, Simon Says, '71

Capathia Jenkins, Ken Robinson, and Nathan Lee Graham. The uproarious and groundbreaking comedy by George C. Wolfe that redefined what it meant to be black in contemporary America, The Colored Museum plays March 6 — April 5, 2015 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre.
Credit T. Charles Erickson.

The Colored Museum Presented by the Huntington Theatre Company, it plays at the BU Theatre through April 5th; Billy Porter’s Live From Lincoln Center special airs April 3rd on PBS.

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7:37 am
Thu March 12, 2015

'The Colored Museum,' The Play That's Redefining Racial America

Shayna Small, Nathan Lee Graham, and Capathia Jenkins perform one of the 11 exhibits in the play. The Colored Museum plays March 6 — April 5, 2015 at the Avenue of the Arts / BU Theatre.
Credit T. Charles Erickson / Huntington Theatre Company


Just as the country is consumed with the events of Ferguson, Selma, and now Madison, Wisconsin, comes "The Colored Museum," a play that makes no apologies over what it’s really about.

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11:14 am
Thu March 5, 2015

Jared Bowen's Weekend Picks: The Lady of the Camellias, Honeymoon in Vegas, and More

The Lady of the Camellias: Presented by Boston Ballet, it plays at the Boston Opera House through March 8th.
Credit Boston Ballet

The Lady of the Camellias Presented by Boston Ballet, it plays at the Boston Opera House through March 8th

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12:44 pm
Wed March 4, 2015

At 200, Handel And Haydn Society's Music Remains Unchanged

Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society is celebrating its bicentennial this season making it the oldest continuously performing arts organization in the country. The times may have changed, but the music and the instruments have not.
Credit WGBH News

Everything about the Handel and Haydn Society is vintage: the name, the music and the instruments. Today, as it’s always been, H+H is rooted in musical tradition.

"Why it was called Handel and Haydn was simply," said Artistic Director Harry Christophers, "Handel was the old, Haydn was the new."

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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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