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Arthur Cromwell

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Associate Professor, Retired Director of Studies, Public Media Masters

Areas of Expertise

  • History of broadcasting
  • Television Genre history
  • African-American broadcast history
  • Documentary history

Art Cromwell, Associate Professor in the School of Media Arts and Studies, and Director of Studies for the Honors Tutorial College program in Media Arts & Studies. Art earned his MA and Ph.D. at Ohio University. He has worked in various production, programming, and administrative capacities in public broadcasting for over thirty-five years. After earning an undergraduate degree and pursuing graduate work in history at Howard University, Washington D.C., Art participated in several ground breaking productions for Nebraska ETV focusing on the black experience on the American frontier (The Black Frontier, and The Trial of Henry Flipper). He also edited a companion book for the Black Frontier series. After spending two years as Associate Director of the National Association of Educational Broadcaster's Office of Minority Affairs, Art became Producer of an educational television series for Northern Virginia Educational Television (Gettin' Over!).

Following the completion of that project he joined the staff of the Public Broadcasting Service as a Senior Research Associate, leaving that post to become a program and production consultant for NPR, CPB, KCET-TV, NTIA- Dept. of Commerce, Perspectives International, Blacksides Productions, and J. M. Productions. Art then moved into public radio where he became a Program & Music Director for WPFW-FM, Washington and was a recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts production grant (Jazz Spots) distributed by National Black Program Consortium.

After working as Producer of a project in conjunction with KCET-TV, Los Angeles for PBS (Watch Me Move!), Art returned to the university setting to pursue his masters and doctorate degrees. Upon completing his course work, Art continued in public television production, which included a documentary series planning grant from CPB (Jazz Meccas), and work on the nationally televised documentary Black Boy: Richard for which he earned a nomination for a national Emmy in the "Outstanding Individual Achievement in the Craft: Research" category. Art was Co-Producer and Director of Interviews for two Urban Garden Film productions: The March: Memory of a Gathering, regarding the Million Man March, and Vanqui, a documentary surrounding the creation of a Black opera in conjunction with Opera Columbus and artists Leslie Burrs, composer, and writer John A. Williams). Most recently Art has co-produced a segment of WOUB's "Intouch," conducting an interview with internationally known photographer and Ohio University alumnus Herman Leonard.

Art Cromwell has been accorded several awards including a Proclamation from the Ohio State House of Representatives, Mary Abel, Representative House District #78, for "Outstanding Achievement in the field of telecommunications;" Special Commendation from the Faculty of the School of Telecommunications; Outstanding Graduate Student Award from the School of Telecommunications; Provost Grant from the Office of the Provost, Ohio University; Outstanding Achievement in the field of Public Radio, Howard University School of Fine Arts. Most recently he received an Ohio University Baker Grant for his oral history project, The Vernacular of Jazz: Oral Histories of Place, Eras, Tradition, and Artistic Product, on which he is currently developing into a book/cd concept. In addition, Art is also in the process of developing a documentary project in conjunction with The Center for the Study of the American South, The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Art is currently working on assembling archival footage toward completing a documentary on the singer/actress Abbey Lincoln who passed away in August 2010.


Ph. D., Ohio University
M.A., Ohio University
B.A., Howard University