The West Virginia University Division of Art will host a preview screening of”Ecology and Paradox”Wednesday, Oct. 10.

The screening is from the brand-new fourth season ofArt21�€Art in the Twenty-First Century,the only primetime national television series to focus exclusively on contemporary art and artists.

The preview screening will take place at 7 p.m. in Bloch Learning and Performance Hall (Room 200A) in the Creative Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.

This event is part of Art21 Access’07, an international celebration of contemporary art and creativity presenting more than 300 events in all 50 states, 25 countries and on all seven continents.

Through this extraordinary series, audiences all over the world will have the opportunity to experience the breadth and depth of 17 renowned contemporary artists living in the United States today.

This Art21 Access07 event is presented in partnership with Americans for the Arts during National Arts and Humanities Month.Art21 offers viewers an intimate view of the processes of an artist in the studio, a private arena that is almost never accessible to the public,said Susan Sollins, executive producer and curator of Art21.The series also allows the viewer to learn directly from the artist; there is no overlay of opinion or interpretation from an outsider. We hope that audiences will take away from the series and the events a confidence that they can look at art on their own, and an understanding of the complex skills and knowledge that artists bring to their work.

“Ecology”features artists who address the impact of human activity on the world and question scientific authority and the impact of technology on society. Artists featured are Robert Adams, Mark Dion, Iigo Manglano-Ovalle and Ursula von Rydingsvard.

The artists inParadox,through uniquely different styles of work, address and respond to contradiction, conflict and ambiguity while examining the relationship between mystery and meaning in art. Artists featured are Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla, Mark Bradford, Robert Ryman and Catherine Sullivan.

Viewing the Art21 series is an excellent way to keep in touch with current work of important contemporary artists,said Cynthia Camlin, visiting assistant professor of painting in the Division of Art and the organizer of the screening.It is a thoughtful series that is useful and inspiring for artists, students and teachers.

Art21 travels across the country and abroad to film 17 contemporary artists, from painters and sculptors to photographers and filmmakers, in their own spaces and in their own words. The result is a rare opportunity for television viewers to experience first-hand the complex artistic process�€from inception to finished product�€behind some of todays most thought-provoking art.

As in the previous three seasons ofArt:21Art in the Twenty-First Century,each hour-long episode of Season Four is loosely structured around a theme that unifies the individual artists�€as diverse as their mediums may be. Season Four episodes ofArt:21Art in the Twenty-First Centuryfeatures the themes of Ecology, Paradox, Protest and Romance.

A companion book,”Art:21Art in the Twenty-First Century 4,”will be published by Harry N. Abrams this fall to accompany the new season.