art 21Georgetown College Art professor J. Daniel Graham used his grant-writing ability to arrange for an exclusive, free pre-screening of the Season 5 premiere of PBS’s Emmy-nominated series “Art: 21 – Art in the Twenty-First Century” at 6 p.m., Sept. 29 in our Anne Wright Wilson Fine Arts Gallery.

“Compassion” is the theme of this first episode and features three international artists with strong points of view. (Visit www.pbs.org/art21 for bios and more on the series.)

“Compassion is a concept everyone can relate to and invest in. It is an ever-evolving dialog of our social responsibility to our neighbor no matter how far or close that neighbor is from us,” said Graham, an Assistant Professor of Art who specializes in sculpture and printmaking.  “I believe that Georgetown College is a place where this dialog comes to an interesting intersection, combining our investment in Liberal Arts and Christian values.”

The public is invited to this event and to a short program by this semester’s Performance and Installation Special Topics class that follows.

Refreshments will be served and the College’s three galleries will be open for viewing afterwards. Also, our Starbucks ® in the Mulberry Café – just around the corner from Cochenour Gallery and the Jacobs Gallery on the first floor of the Ensor Learning Resource Center – is open until 9 p.m.

If you miss this exciting opportunity to screen the season premiere of “Art: 21,” KET2 will first air it at 10 p.m., Oct. 7; KET1 will show it at 10 p.m., Oct. 8.

A little more information about Art 21 the Series

“Art:21–Art in the Twenty-First Century” is the only series on television to focus exclusively on contemporary visual art and artists in the United States, and it uses the medium of television to provide an experience of the visual arts that goes far beyond a gallery visit. Fascinating and intimate footage allows the viewer to observe the artists at work, watch their process as they transform inspiration into art, and hear their thoughts as they grapple with the physical and visual challenges of achieving their artistic visions. To date, 72 artists in the series demonstrate the breadth of artistic practice in the United States today. Each one-hour program is loosely organized around a theme helps audiences analyze, compare and juxtapose the artists profiled.

Episode Compassion (to air nationally October 7) features the work of William Kentridge, Doris Salcedo, and Carrie Mae Weems. See it first at Georgetown College on Tuesday, September 29, 2009!