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Art:21 - Art in the 21st Century is a PBS series about the history of contemporary art. It premiered in 2001, and is now broadcast in over 50 countries worldwide. Premiering a new season every two years, Art:21 is the only series on United States television to focus exclusively on contemporary visual art and artists. It is a nonprofit organization founded in 1997 to make contemporary art more accessible to the public. Another reason for this was to document 21st-century art and artists from the artists' own perspectives. Their overall goal is to raise the profile of major players in the world of contemporary art and to encourage creativity. The main office is located in New York City. Art:21 is an engaging TV show that delves into the world of artists and their creative process. The series aims to capture the essence of each artist by showcasing the intimacy and depth that goes into their work. Through insightful observation, description, analysis, and synthesis, the show offers a relatable and accessible perspective on art, making it understandable to a wide audience. By exploring art creation beyond individualized and personal conceptions, Art:21 opens up a more familiar and inclusive approach to appreciating the diverse world of art.[1]


The Art21 organization's current projects include their PBS television series, education, public programs & outreach, online resources (including Art21 Blog), and the publishing of books.

Art21 Blog is written by writers and contributors and has featured posts written by guest writers since 2008.

Season synopsis

Each season is separated into episodes by themes. Each theme showcases artists that fit into that niche in some fashion.

Season one (2001):

Season two (2003):

Season three (2005):

Season four (2007):

Season five (2009):

Season six (2012):

Season seven (2014):

Season eight (2016):

Season nine (2018):

Season ten (2020):


Susan Sollins and the crew of Art-21-Art in the Twenty-First Century at the 67th Annual Peabody Awards




Additional conferences: New York City Art Teachers Association/United Federation of Teachers (NYCATA/UFT) Annual Conference Colorado Art Education Association (CAEA) Annual Conference Art Educators of New Jersey (AENJ) Annual Conference New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) National Education Telecommunications Association

Advisory councils

Art21 has 4 advisory councils that specialize in different aspects. They all sincerely work to enhance the aspirations of the organization altogether.


  1. ^ "Peabody Awards Stories That Matter". Peabody Awards.
  2. ^ "TRAILER: Season 8 of ART21 "Art in the Twenty-First Century" (2016)". Art:21. 2016-05-26. Retrieved 2016-05-28.