Why podcasts? Because they’re free and anybody can make them, they’re a great way for working artists to share resources and build community. As you’ll see in our selections below, you don’t have to be famous to be interviewed on a podcast, which makes them the perfect place to hear from artists at different points in their careers.
Here are five to download for the next time you’re in the studio:
Modern Art Notes Podcast
These five all share the same basic format: the artist interview. Green excels at it. Part of the appeal is the occasional big-name artist, but you’ll also hear from writers, art historians, and the like.
While other podcasts (below) dive into artists’ business experiences, and arts journalism often focuses on the global art market, Green prefers to keep things about the art itself.
Art For Your Ear by the Jealous Curator
- Host: Danielle Krysa, designer and creative director
- Try these episodes: No. 13 with Lisa Golightly: If It Scares You, Do It or No. 45 with Joël Penkman: It Began With Biscuits (watch the video!)
Even if you haven’t heard of the Jealous Curator, you’ve probably seen her influence: the artwork featured on the blog spreads like wildfire to Pinterest and beyond. The blog features a different contemporary artist a day, based on the common sentiment “Damn! I wish I’d thought of that.” The podcast is an extension of the same idea.
The podcasts feature a more conversational style and less-famous artists than Modern Art Notes, along with a healthy dose of enthusiasm from the host. You get a sense of how the interviewees live as artists, from surviving art school to getting noticed on the internet.
The Conversation Art Podcast
- Host: Michael Shaw, LA-based artist
- Try these episodes: Jim Gaylord, Brooklyn-based artist, Art Crit Zingers creator and email scam vigilante or Hrag Vartanian, editor of Hyperallergic
As you can tell from the title, the Conversation follows a similar interview-based format, striving for more of an informal and perfomative feel. In the first episode linked above, Shaw and guest Gaylord perform an amusing real-life email chain between Gaylord and an art scammer.
In other episodes, you’ll hear artists, writers, and gallerists talk about the places they live and work (usually New York or LA)
B&H Photography Podcast
- Host: Allan Weitz
- Try these episodes: Re-Inventing Alternative-Process Photography in the Digital Age or Dance Photography with Lois Greenfield and Omar Z. Robles
Here’s one to listen to when you sit down to edit. This is a podcast from the photo retailer, B&H, so you might expect the focus to be on gear — and while there are episodes about equipment, people and processes are also a big part of the conversation.
The B&H Podcast frequently has multiple guests per episode, for more of a roundtable feel than some of the other interviews here. It’s also less than a year old, so it doesn’t have too deep a back catalog to sift through, but we’re excited to follow it.
The Potters Cast
- Host: Paul Blais
- Try these episodes: A Family Story of Clay | Risa Nishimori or The Social Media Boost | Brooke Millecchia
Just over two years old and already 232 episodes in, this is — you guessed it — a podcast about pottery and ceramics. Every few days brings a new interview with a different potter, accompanied by additional materials on the website. They talk about process, of course, but also careers and the reality of living as an artist: the podcast’s tagline is “picking up where the art degree ends.”
The episodes tend to be a little too long, but it’s a nice conversation to listen to while you do other things.
There’s our list! We hope that, if you really enjoy one of these podcasts, you’ll leave the creator a comment or a donation. What art podcasts do you listen to? Let us know in the comments!