May 14, 2019

Melissa Iwai, Children’s Book Author and Illustrator

Melissa Iwai has wanted to be a children's book author and illustrator as far back as she can remember. She has illustrated more than 30 picture books, beginning with Night Shift Daddy published in 2000. Melissa also wrote and illustrated Soup Day and Pizza Day. And speaking of soup and pizza - when she's not creating visual art, Melissa can be found in her kitchen, cooking, baking and developing new recipes. In fact, she was a 2010 Cooking Light Reader Recipe winner. We're so glad Melissa took a break from creating visual and culinary art to have a conversation with us!

Mar 5, 2019

Dell Hamilton, Interdisciplinary Artist, Writer, and Curator

Interdisciplinary artist, writer and curator, Dell Hamilton works across a variety of mediums: performance, video, painting and photography. With roots in Belize, Honduras and the Caribbean, Dell often draws upon the personal to investigate the social and geopolitical constructs of memory, gender, history and citizenship.Her most recent curatorial project, “Nine Moments for Now,” which Included 106 objects and was organized in just under twelve weeks was presented during the fall of 2018 at Harvard’s Cooper Gallery for African and African American Art.  The exhibition garnered both local and national press and was ranked by Hyperallergic.com as one of 2018’s top 20 exhibitions in the U.S. Clearly, you'll want to meet and get to know yet another fascinating, accomplished, creative woman.

Feb 5, 2019

Deb Brandon, Textile Arists/Author

Deb Brandon's career is an eclectic one to say the least. Born in England, raised there, Israel and Switzerland, she lives in Pittsburgh and is a math professor at Carnegie Mellon University, which is where she earned her PhD. Deb's a respected textile artist whose book, "Threads Around the World" describes how artisans from 25 diverse cultures create traditional fiber arts using centuries old methods. Deb is also a brain injury survivor who underwent 3 surgeries in as many weeks. She kept a diary, which eventually evolved into a book: "But My Brain Had Other Ideas: A Memoir or Recovery from Brain Surgery." We cover a lot of ground in this open, honest, life affirming conversation.

Dec 4, 2018

Shiva Ahmadi, Artist

"It's impossible to be Iranian and not political." Artist Shiva Ahmadi shares her personal story of growing up in Tehran during the Revolution and Iran-Iraq War. She talks openly about leaving her parents to come to the States, where she has lived and worked since 2003. This is a riveting, captivating and emotional conversation you won't want to miss.

Aug 29, 2017

Marlena Vaccaro, Artist and Gallerist

Painter and printmaker Marlena Vaccaro has been part of the New York City art world for more than 30 years. She also happens to be the creator, director and curator of Manhattan's Carter Burden Gallery, allowing her to marry her two passions: art and advocacy. Carter Burden is one of the only galleries in the world and the only one in New York City with a minimum age requirement. It only accepts submissions from artists 60 and over. Joins us for a fascinating conversation with yet another accomplished and committed woman.

Jul 4, 2017

Susan Fisher Sterling, Director of The National Museum of Women in the Arts - Revisited

This week we revisit our conversation with Susan Fisher Sterling. The National Museum of Women in the Arts, in Washington, D.C. is the only major museum dedicated solely to celebrating the creative contributions of women. Founded in 1987, NMWA not only champions women artists, it also directly addresses the gender imbalance in presenting art worldwide. Susan Fisher Sterling has been with the NMWA since 1988 when she was hired as an associate curator. In 2008, she was named Director. Susan has built her career and the stature of the museum around the message of equity for women through the example of excellence in the arts. Tune in as she shares what that's been like and what's in store as NMWA prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

Jun 20, 2017

Erin McKeown, Singer-Songwriter

Talk about creativity! Singer, multi-instrumentalist, writer, producer Erin McKeown is known as an artist who dispenses with stylistic boundaries. Her music includes pop, swing, rock, folk, electronic. Erin, who’s performed here, there and everywhere has released 9 studio albums. She has also worked closely with a range of non-profits focusing on passion for media justice and immigration reform. Here’s yet another ‘not to be missed’ conversation.

Mar 14, 2017

Donna Seaman, Author and Editor

You're about to meet Donna Seaman, Editor of Adult Books at Booklist and award-winning author. Her passions for art and literature have always been connected - she's written numerous art books reviews, and has taken that a step further with "Identity Unknown: Rediscovering Seven American Women Artists". Basically ignored by the art world, Donna introduces us to these talented landscape painters, water colorists, sculptors, who, without recognition or nurturing, never stopped creating. Listen in as Donna shares their stories and her own.

Jan 24, 2017

Johanne Reid, Romare Bearden Foundation Co-Director

Johanne Bryant Reid managed to merge her business career with her passion for the arts. While working at Merrill Lynch as Manager of its Global Human Resources Department, she joined the Board of the Romare Bearden Foundation. After serving as primary fundraiser for 7 years, she was named co-director in 2009. The foundation was created in 1990 as a non-profit, aimed at preserving and perpetuating the legacy of this pre-eminent African/American artist. So the Reid/Bearden match makes perfect sense. He made art, she makes sure it lives on. Sit back and enjoy this engaging conversation.

Nov 15, 2016

Susan Fisher Sterling, Director of The National Museum of Women in the Arts

The National Museum of Women in the Arts, in Washington, D.C. is the only major museum dedicated solely to celebrating the creative contributions of women. Founded in 1987, NMWA not only champions women artists, it also directly addresses the gender imbalance in presenting art worldwide. Susan Fisher Sterling has been with the NMWA since 1988 when she was hired as an associate curator. In 2008, she was named Director. Susan has built her career and the stature of the museum around the message of equity for women through the example of excellence in the arts. Tune in as she shares what that's been like and what's in store as NMWA prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary.

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