Lakeshore PBS Earns Chicago Emmy Nomination for Third Straight Year

“Eye on the Arts” is a half-hour program that features a wide range of local artists, arts organizations and events. The show is made possible thanks to the financial support of the Legacy Foundation, NIPSCO, Purdue University Northwest, South Shore Arts, The Indiana Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts.

The nominated segments were produced by Lakeshore Public Media Vice President of Production, Tony Santucci. The segments highlight the work and mission of Billy Foster, Lesle Honoré and Lotton Glass.

“The production team is proud to be recognized by the academy for their work promoting the impact of the arts in our communities,” said Santucci. “It cannot be stressed enough, exploring the arts and artists of Northwest Indiana and Chicagoland is a rich opportunity to share intimate stories of creation and inspiration.”

Foster devoted his life to music and became a recognized and respected composer, pianist and producer. Foster has also dedicated his life to teaching. He was a public school music teacher for Gary, Indiana Public Schools for 35 years, and taught at Valparaiso University as a jazz piano teacher for 34 years.

Honoré is a poet who tackles issues of social justice. The viral poet uses her platforms to inspire readers to think, feel, and reflect on how to create space for others to thrive. Honoré hopes that his work can help give a voice to people who are often ignored or silenced.

Lotton Glass, a family-owned and operated glassblowing studio in Crete, Illinois, began in 1970. Lotton Glass, a pioneer of this artistic medium, cultivates unique pieces with elements such as sand, soda ash, lime, borax, zinc and metals. Charles Lotton, along with his sons David and Daniel, his grandson Robert Lagestee and studio artist Scott Bayless are actively expanding their studio with new pieces.

“Eye on the Arts” currently airs on Lakeshore PBS Wednesdays at 7 p.m. The series can also be streamed online at or through the free PBS video app available for download on popular digital platforms like Amazon Fire TV, ROKU, Apple. Television, iOS and Android. The Lakeshore PBS channel list and full TV schedule are available online at

Lakeshore Public Media is a public broadcasting entity based in Northwest Indiana for nearly 35 years. The public broadcaster operates both Lakeshore PBS and Lakeshore Public Radio with a mission to enrich the lives of residents of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana through lifelong learning, the celebration of human diversity and engagement in civic concerns. More information is available at

The Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy Awards are presented annually for outstanding achievement in broadcast for Midwestern markets, including Gary and South Bend, Indiana; Chicago, Peoria and Rockford in Illinois; and Green Bay, Madison and Milwaukee in Wisconsin. The 64e The Chicago/Midwest Emmy awards ceremony takes place on Saturday, December 3, 2022. A complete list of Emmy nominees is available at