Contemporary Art Takes Spotlight at Screening and Panel Discussion
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2009
Peoria, IL - What is Contemporary Art? Who makes it and how? What is its impact on the viewer, the community and the world? The
Peoria Art Guild invites artists and non-artists alike to weigh in on these questions during a special preview screening of the PBS program
Art:21, Art in the Twenty-First Century, followed by a panel discussion with representatives from the local art community. The event, also sponsored by WTVP-Public Television and The Peoria Theater, takes place Thursday, October 8 at the
Peoria Theater, 3225 N. Dries Lane in Peoria, next to the Landmark Recreation Center. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a meet and greet cocktail hour, the screening begins at 7:00 p.m. with the panel discussion immediately following. The event is free and open to the public, but reservations are appreciated, (309) 637-2787.
The evening centers around Art in the Twenty-First Century, the Peabody Award-winning biennial public television series produced by the contemporary art organization Art21. "I was first introduced to the Art:21 series while I was living in Delaware, working for the Delaware College of Art & Design. From the first episode, I was hooked," said Erin Robert, Education Director at The Peoria Art Guild, event coordinator and panelist. " When I moved to Peoria and started working for The Peoria Art Guild, I made the decision to make Art:21 part of the curriculum for their signature outreach program, MAP (Mentor Apprentice Program). I'm surprised at the number of people, artists included, who aren't familiar with Art:21 and I'd like to help change that."
The program’s fifth season premieres on WTVP Wednesdays, October 7-28 from 9-10:00 p.m. In its most international season to date, the four-part series reveals artists’ perspectives on current affairs, politics, economics, history and popular culture, and showcases the artists’ working processes and their studios. Through in-depth profiles and dynamic behind-the-scenes footage featuring artists speaking directly about their inspirations and ideas, season five shows a broad range of artistic practice, technical innovation and experimentation, from artists tackling large-scale collaborative projects in hangar-like studios to those working in the quiet of more intimate studio settings.
"It is an incredibly rich and engaging series," said Linda Miller, Vice President of Programming for WTVP. "It is beautifully produced and offers insights and inspiration for artists and non-artists. We are thrilled to have the Peoria Art Guild so engaged in the new season. And we are pleased to be working with the Peoria Theater for the first time. Like public television, they allow Central Illinois easy access to independent voices and stories outside the mainstream."
Joining Ms. Robert on the panel are fellow artists Jacob Grant, Randi Graham and Gabe Johnson. Stacey Tomczyk from WTVP will also be there to field questions about the television series.
Through broadcast and services, WTVP has been serving the communities of Central Illinois since 1971. Now on the Internet, WTVP provides quality educational content to the world. WTVP and wtvp.org—Public Media for Central Illinois.
Peoria Art Guild has been a visual arts leader in Central Illinois for over 125 years. Through many evolutions in its history, The Peoria Art Guild stands today as a non-profit community art center dedicated to three areas: education, exhibits, and community outreach.
Located in Landmark Plaza in the heart of Peoria, the
Peoria Theater is one of the country’s only theaters dedicated to lesser-known films and offers a full bar. Specializing in documentaries, foreign films and non-mainstream cinema, Peoria Theater offers inexpensive entertainment, unique food and snacks, drink specials, and a non-traditional rental space for parties, events and fundraisers.
For further information contact:
Erin Robert, Peoria Art Guild Education Director, (309) 671-1090 or firstname.lastname@example.org