6 Podcasts for Art Lovers

Originally Published: April 8, 2018

 Earlier this year, I started to do monthly working sessions from my studio, that stream live on my Facebook page. Its a great way to get behind the scenes access to my studio practice, as well as ask me any questions while I work. This little series, called Seconds in the Studio, takes place on the second of each month. You can check out past episodes on my Facebook Page. If you tuned in to my last Seconds in The Studio  you heard me mention how I have really been loving listening to podcasts lately while I work in the studio. Here is a round up of my favorite artsy listens in no particular order.


Empty Frames- Ok, for those of you who love a good mystery and also have an appreciation of art, you will LOVE Empty Frames by Tim Pilleri & Lance Reenstierna. Best of all it is based on a real-life, unsolved art heist: the 1990 robbery of the Isabella Stewart Gardener Museum in Boston, Massachusetts. Robbers disguised as police officers enter the museum, tied up the security guard and left with millions of dollars worth of stolen art (we are taking big names like Rembrandt, Degas & Vermeer) never to be seen again. Still an open case, there is a $10 Million reward for anyone that can provide information leading to the recovery of the stolen artworks. Hosts Tim and Lance dig deep in to this interesting robbery which has stumped the art world and Bostonians for more than two decades. https://emptyframespodcast.com/ 

Art Curious- "Exploring the unexpected, the slightly odd, & the strangely wonderful in art history".  If the first two episodes don't intrigue you then I don't know what will... "Episode 1: Is the Mona Lisa a Fake?" and "Episode 2: Was Van Gogh Accidentally Murdered?". Host, Jennifer Dasal dives deep in to the scandals, mysteries and controversies and even conspiracy theories  that don't always show up in the pages of your history books, shedding a new light on the art historical figures you think you know. http://www.artcuriouspodcast.com/artcuriouspodcast

The Lonely Palette- "The podcast that returns art history to the masses, one painting at a time"  though I would say it is more accurately one artwork at a time (read: no just paintings). In this podcast, host Tamar Avishai, begins by interviewing  museum guests at random as they look a particular piece of art. She then in her calming, informative voice, tells the history behind the particular artwork including tidbits about the artist, his or her process and place in art history. http://www.thelonelypalette.com/episodes/

Art for Your Ear/ The Jealous Curator After a bad review during her final year of fine art school, Danielle Krysa joined the graphic design world  and essentially gave up her studio practice for almost 20 years. Eventually missing her original passion for fine art, she started the Jealous Curator blog where her original tagline was "Damn. I wish I thought of That". The blog eventually also lead to her writing several books, curating shows for galleries, getting back in to her own (now not-so-jealous) studio practice, as well as the Art for Your Ear podcast where she interviews working artists to see whether or not they were "the art kid" growing up, getting behind the scenes info into their process, routines and more.  Each episode ends with a "Not-So Speedy Speed Round" where artists are asked any number of fun but random question that give listeners a further glimpse in to the life of the artist. The laid back style makes if feel as if you are sitting in on a coffee chat with friends. http://www.thejealouscurator.com/blog/art-for-your-ear-podcast/ 
The Sculptors Funeral-If sculpture is your thing, you will LOVE this one by modern day sculptor, Jason Arkles. From interviews with contemporary sculptors and educators, to in-depth discussions about the making of historical statues, like The David, as well as the stories behind public monuments (think Mt Rushmore, Statue of Liberty & the Lincoln Memorial), this podcast will have you wanting to go  mess around diving your hands into some clay! http://www.thesculptorsfuneral.com/episodes/

Art History Babes - To paraphrase their intro "Four recent grad school grads discuss all things visual culture". When I listen to this group of gals, who often enjoy a glass of wine during recording, I feel like I am right there with them kicking back dishing about art. Corrie, Ginny, Natalie & Jennifer discuss not only art historical figures but also tv shows, comics, color theory and more. https://www.arthistorybabes.com/the-podcast/

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