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Colorado’s Foremost Muralist Allen Tupper True will be Subject of Channel 12 Original Production on October 1

DENVER – (September 16, 2009) – Who designed the Wyoming license plate’s emblematic bucking horse and rider? And who adorned the floors of Hoover Dam with American Indian-inspired patterns? Who is Colorado’s foremost muralist?

You will find the answer to those questions when KBDI-12 (PBS) presents Allen True’s West in association with the Denver Art Museum, History Colorado and the Denver Public Library. Allen True’s West will premier on KBDI-12 Thursday, Oct. 1, at 8 p.m., with an encore broadcast Sunday, Oct. 4 at 7 p.m.

Destined to become Colorado’s foremost muralist, Allen Tupper True (1881 - 1955) set out as a youthful illustrator of magazines and books. His illustrations—like his sun-drenched paintings of Taos and Santa Fe—forged a vision of the American West that was at once romantic and realistic.

True went on to paint grand murals for Denver’s Telephone Building and the state capitols of Colorado, Missouri, and Wyoming. He designed the Wyoming license plate’s emblematic bucking horse and rider, and he adorned the floors of Hoover Dam with American Indian–inspired patterns. Allen True’s West witnesses the life and art of a twentieth-century American original who captured the character of a region in its transformation from the wild frontier to the modern West.

Allen True’s West, a KBDI-12 original production, was produced, written and directed by Joshua V. Hassel, with videographer Adam Reynolds, Colorado Public Television-KBDI Editor Heather Dalton and narrator/script editor Michael Paglia.

In addition to the documentary, the Denver Art Museum, the Colorado History Museum, and the Denver Public Library will present a special exhibit, Allen True’s West, at all three locations from October 1, 2009 through March 28, 2010.

Funding for this program was provided by True Foundation, JFM Foundation, Edith Marbut, Tom and Jane Petrie, Raymond and Sally Duncan, Crimson Resource Management, Leptas Foundation, Rob and Julie Lewis, Redd Foundation, Bruce and Dorothy Dines, Jim and Lucy Wallace, Alan and Carol Ann Olson, Evan and Elizabeth Anderman, Joan True McKibben, Mr. and Mrs. Will F. Nicholson, Jr., David Cook Fine Arts Galleries, and Mr. and Mrs. Barton M. Johnson. Accommodations provided by Denver’s Brown Palace Hotel.

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