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About Art Matters Radio

 

Since 1988, Sharon Benge and Quin Mathews have been your connection to the arts on Art Matters Radio.  It was a remarkable time in the arts.  The Dallas Museum of Art was the first building in the new arts district.  The Meyerson Symphony Center was under construction.  Quality was rising in the arts across the area.  And WRR had just expanded its broadcast power.  For the first time Fort Worth and a vast area as far south as Waco could receive a strong classical music signal. Then-WRR general manager Maurice Loewenthal commissioned Sharon and Quin to develop a show to reach out to all the arts across the Dallas Fort Worth area.  Original funding came from the Arts Council of Fort Worth and Tarrant County, the Business Commitee for the Arts and Southwestern Bell (now AT&T).  Other sponsors over the years have included NorthPark Center, Bachendorf's and Southwest Airlines.  

For over two decades, Sharon and Quin have brought you more than 2,500 in-depth conversations with artists, writers, actors, architects, musicians and dancers.  

Sharon has spent a life in theater.  She studied under Paul Baker, founding director of the Dallas Theater Center and later worked as associate producer at the theater.  In addition to producing and directing at many area theaters, she founded Shakespeare in the Park in Fort Worth and directed the theater program at Texas Woman's University, where she is professor.  She has produced and directed productions at venues as far away as the Czech Republic and the Festival Fringe at Edinburgh, Scotland.

Quin comes from the news side of the broadcast business.  He reported the news on television for 21 years and now devotes time to his business producing films on business, culture and the arts.  He began work on WRR in 1986 with the twice-weekly program "Quin Mathews on Music" before developing the Art Matters format.  He has created documentaries on art in Dallas, Fort Worth, Chicago, New York, Beijing, Mexico, Bolivia and many other places.  He studied piano for 16 years.

Sharon's photo comes courtesy of the Fort Worth Star Telegram, taken at the opening of the Nasher Sculpture Center.  Quin sits beneath an Ed Bearden painting of Dallas Symphony music director Walter Hendl, who was Quin's childhood neighbor in the early 1950s.