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CAA provides a series of podcasts devoted to professional development topics. The podcasts are produced by CAA committees and staff and are a resource for professionals across the spectrum in the visual arts.

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Professional Development Podcasts
Season One (2017-2018)
Artistic Budgeting

Artistic Budgeting

Elaine Grogan Luttrull outlines five basics steps to help individual artists with managing their finances. Feel free to download and use the example budget as you listen to the podcast. 

Elaine Grogan Luttrull is a certified public accountant and the founding owner of Minerva Financial Arts, a company devoted to improving financial literacy among artists and arts organizations through tax services, budgeting support, business planning, and education. She teaches at Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus, Ohio.

The Artist as Administrator

The Artist as Administrator

This podcast explores various issues artists may consider when pondering and operating within administrative roles, including how administrative assignments can both borrow from and complement one’s studio activity.

Thomas Berding is associate professor of studio art at Michigan State University in East Lansing, where he is currently in his eighth year as chair of the Department of Art, Art History, and Design. A practicing artist, Berding has exhibited his paintings widely and been recognized with awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Pollock-Krasner Foundation.

The Importance of Mentorship and Advocacy

The Importance of Mentorship and Advocacy

This podcast offers a condensed set of mentorship strategies that will help arts professionals, especially those in academe, to become more effective and confident advocates for their students and colleagues, as well as for the practices and disciplines that they represent.

Amy Broderick uses the processes of drawing and paper construction to explore the methods we humans use to locate ourselves relative to our physical and information environments. She is associate professor of drawing and painting at Florida Atlantic University in Fort Lauderdale.

Taking Your Show on the Road

Taking Your Show on the Road

A traveling exhibition is an excellent way to get more out of your promotional efforts. Based on her experience as an artist and curator, Reni Gower offers a six-point checklist for taking your show on the road.

Reni Gower is a painter, curator, and professor in the Painting and Printmaking Department at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, where she teaches painting, drawing, and professional practices. Her current curatorial project is called Papercuts.

Hybrid Careers: The Work of Balancing Your Work

Hybrid Careers: The Work of Balancing Your Work

Many working artists today define a creative path by not just limiting it to what gets made in a studio. Dahlia Elsayed discusses enlarging the scope of your practice and how your day job makes you a more expansive artist.

Dahlia Elsayed is a visual artist and assistant professor of humanities at LaGuardia Community College, City University of New York. Her work is exhibited widely and was the subject of recent solo shows at Aljira, a Center for Contemporary Art, in Newark, New Jersey, and at the 12th International Cairo Biennale in Egypt (both 2010–11).

How to Begin a Job Search

How to Begin a Job Search

Michael Aurbach provides practical tips and reminders to visual artists seeking jobs in higher education. This podcast can be followed by a second clip, “Researching the Job,” below.

Michael Aurbach is a sculptor, professor of art at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and former president of the CAA Board of Directors. The Wichita Art Museum in Kansas hosted a recent exhibition, The Secrecy Series: Selected Works by Michael Aurbach, in 2010.

Researching the Job

Researching the Job

In a second podcast on the academic job search, Michael Aurbach offers helpful information on how to investigate institutions and learn more about their context.

Michael Aurbach is a sculptor, professor of art at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and former president of the CAA Board of Directors. The Wichita Art Museum in Kansas hosted a recent exhibition, The Secrecy Series: Selected Works by Michael Aurbach, in 2010.

Developing Your Artist Statement

Developing Your Artist Statement

Your artist statement represents a vital line of communication between you and the rest of the world. Jackie Battenfield offers tips to help you write a concise and insightful statement about your work.

Jackie Battenfield is a painter, printmaker, and the author of The Artist’s Guide: How to Make a Living Doing What You Love (Philadelphia: Da Capo, 2009). She teaches professional practices in the School of the Arts at Columbia University in New York and for the Creative Capital Foundation.

Grant Writing, Research, Finding the Money

Grant Writing, Research, Finding the Money

Melissa Potter discusses the art of researching and writing successful grants to fund your art practice.

Melissa Potter is a multimedia artist and assistant professor in the Interdisciplinary Arts Department at Columbia College Chicago in Illinois. Her most recent solo exhibition was held at Zvono Gallery in Belgrade, Serbia, in 2010.

Marketing and Strategies for Artists to Market Themselves

Marketing and Strategies for Artists to Market Themselves

Amber Hawk Swanson outlines the necessary steps for artists to successfully market themselves and their work in a competitive environment. She includes excerpts from four interviews with artists who market themselves successfully: Sean Fader, Dorothy (Dotty) Fitzgerald, Leslie Parke, and Jules Rosskam.

Amber Hawk Swanson is a Brooklyn-based video and performance artist and a consultant for professional development and grant writing. Formerly a program officer at the New York Foundation for the Arts, she now works one-on-one with individual artists through Hawk Supporting Artists. Hawk Swanson’s work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago.

Each presenter retains the copyright of his or her podcast. You may download the audio for personal use only. Commercial or unauthorized distribution is prohibited; you may not alter, transform, or build on the podcasts.

Discussions on Pedagogy
Season Six (2021–2022)

1. A Broader Sense of Community

Professor Alan C. Braddock and Dr. Lindsay Garcia discuss art, pedagogy, and environmental justice. How can art history join the posthumanist conversation? How can works of art attune us to our relationships across the lines of species? Note: This conversation was recorded in autumn 2020.

Alan Braddock is the Ralph H. Wark Associate Professor of Art History and American Studies at the College of William & Mary. His teaching and research explores the history of American and global art, ecology, environmental justice, and animal studies. He has authored and edited numerous books, including the landmark 2009 anthology A Keener Perception: Ecocritical Studies in American Art History, which he co-edited with Christoph Irmscher, and the catalogue accompanying the 2018 travelling exhibition Nature’s Nation: American Art and Environment, which he co-curated with Karl Kusserow. Most recently, he was a scholar in residence at the Getty Research Institute, where he was developing a new book entitled Implication: An Ecocritical Dictionary for Art History, under contract from Yale University Press.

Lindsay Garcia (she/her) is the Assistant Dean of the College for Junior/Senior Studies and Recovery/Substance-Free Student Initiatives at Brown University. She is also a socially-engaged artist, scholar, and teacher. She received her PhD in American Studies from William & Mary and her MFA in Visual Art from Purchase College, State University of New York. Her advising, research, and artwork employ a queer, feminist, and critical race approach. She is currently working on her book manuscript Infestation Identities, which explores the metaphors and materialities of the relationship between pest animals and humans in the context of race and sexuality in American visual culture. Garcia has published her research in academic and art world publications and exhibited her artwork internationally at museums, galleries, and film festivals.


2. Measuring Artists’ Challenges and Resilience in the First Year of COVID-19

Join Dr. Rachel Skaggs in conversation with Erin J. Hoppe and Molly Jo Burke about their ongoing collaborative research into the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on artists. They discuss their research findings from interviews with 66 US-based artists and expand the discussion to talking about the value of research experiences for graduate students in the arts, the benefits of interdisciplinary teams, and the experience of conducting research during the pandemic. Initial findings from their research is available on the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) website at snaaparts.org

Rachel Skaggs is the Lawrence and Isabel Barnett Assistant Professor of Arts Management at The Ohio State University. Rachel is a sociologist of culture and work whose research focuses on relational ecosystems in creative industries. Her recent research can be found in Poetics, Social Psychology Quarterly, and The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society. https://www.rachelskaggs.me/

Erin J. Hoppe is a lifelong learner, maker, educator. She is a PhD Student at The Ohio State University, researching embodiment in arts administration and cultural policy. She is Chair of Columbus Arts Marketing Association, hosts the podcast, Arts Admins, Who?, and was executive director at VSA Ohio for 11+ years. https://u.osu.edu/hoppe.19/

Molly Jo Burke is an artist, educator, and PhD student. Burke’s academic research focuses on artists and their careers. She has taught at The Ohio State University, Columbus College of Art & Design, and Corning Museum of Glass. Her artwork has been featured at Toledo Museum of Art, Columbus Museum of Art, and Centre Pompidou in Paris, France. Website: https://mollyjburke.com/ Instagram: @mollyjoburke


3. Experiences of Contingent Faculty in Teaching Studio Art

Topics covered include: working through the pandemic, limitations for students and teachers posed by the current heavy reliance on contingent labor, shared experiences of resilience, and specific advantages and disadvantages of working simultaneously within multiple higher ed. institutions.

Courtney Puckett is currently a Hudson Valley artist and educator. Her human-scale, found object and repurposed textile assemblages integrate sculpture and craft practices. She currently teaches at Parsons School of Design and the Fashion Institute of Technology. In 2019, she was a Faculty Artist at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. She runs the backyard art space White Rock Center for the Arts and is currently an Artist-in-Residence in Community Research with River Valley Arts Collective.

Alexis Granwell is a Philadelphia-based artist. In her sculptures and works on paper, she investigates the potential of pulp to record touch and create intimacy, exploring the psychological and bodily characteristics of our built and natural environments. Granwell is a Professor of Sculpture, Drawing, and Graduate Studies. She currently teaches at The University of Pennsylvania and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. From 2014-2019, she was co-director of Tiger Strikes Asteroid Philadelphia; she has been a member since its founding in 2009.


4. Using Wikipedia in the Art History Classroom

Professors Alex Dika Seggerman (Rutgers University-Newark) and Emily Neumeier (Temple University) discuss their experience incorporating Wikipedia in the classroom, suggesting different types of assignments, the feminist origins of the “edit-a-thon” and how teaching students about the reliability and structure of online knowledge is perhaps one of the most pressing issues of our day. For more information about working with Wiki Edu in your classroom go to: https://wikiedu.org/teach-with-wikipedia/

Emily Neumeier is assistant professor of Art History at Temple University. She specializes in the visual and spatial cultures of the Eastern Mediterranean, with a focus on the Ottoman Empire.

Alex Dika Seggerman is assistant professor of Islamic art history at Rutgers University-Newark. She is author of Modernism on the Nile: Art in Egypt between the Islamic and the Contemporary (UNC Press, 2019) and co-editor of Making Modernity in the Islamic Mediterranean (Indiana University, 2022).


5. Interdisciplinary Foundational Studio Art Pedagogy

In this podcast Steve Rossi and Jose DeJesus discuss aspects of interdisciplinary foundational studio art pedagogy in Parson’s first year Space/Materiality course, benefits of limitations in lesson planning, being present for students, aspects of embodied learning, and design efficiency found in nature.

Steve Rossi received his BFA from Pratt Institute in 2000 and his MFA from the State University of New York at New Paltz in 2006. His work has been exhibited at Dorsky Curatorial Projects, Eco Art Space, NURTUREart, the Open Engagement Conference at the Queens Museum, Bronx Art Space, the Wassaic Project, the John Michael Kohler Art Center, and the Jules Collins Smith Museum of Fine Arts among others. As a part-time faculty member, he has taught in the First Year Program at Parsons School of Design, the Sculpture Program and Art Education Program at the State University of New York at New Paltz, and in the Art Department at Westchester Community College. He is currently an Assistant Professor in the Sculpture Program at St. Joseph’s University, in Philadelphia, PA.

Formerly a personal assistant to Jeff Koons, Jose DeJesus Zamora is a sculptor whose practice and teaching methods are rooted in his studies of architecture, geometry, and a deep love for the studio methods and knowledge of the Italian Renaissance. Jose has presented in conferences and Symposia in London, Athens, Ecuador, Paris, Florence and Hong Kong. Jose presently teaches three dimensional courses in Space-Materiality and also Design Drawing at Parsons School of Design in New York City. He has been teaching at Parsons for more than twenty years. He brings the knowledge of his research into his teaching.


6. Being Together in Radical Ways

Professor T.J. Demos, Professor Laurie Palmer, and artist and curator Martabel Wasserman talk about art, pedagogy, and environmental justice. We discuss the formation of new networks of collaborative learning in and beyond the university. What can academia learn from activist pedagogies? Note: This conversation was recorded in autumn 2020.

Martabel Wasserman is a scholar, artist, writer, and curator who has an interdisciplinary practice at the intersections of art, activism and academic research. She writes on the aesthetics of solidarity and feminist art and environmentalism, and she has curated numerous exhibitions. Her work has been exhibited at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Van Gallery in Los Angeles, and elsewhere.

TJ Demos is Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of History of Art and Visual Culture at UC Santa Cruz. He is also the director of the Center for Creative Ecologies at UC Santa Cruz. He has published numerous articles and books, and his research focuses on modern and contemporary art and its politics, particularly amid the growing biopolitical conflicts around ecology and climate change. His most recent book is Beyond the World's End: Arts of Living at the Crossing which was just published by Duke last month.

Laurie Palmer is Professor in the Department of Art at UC Santa Cruz. Her sculpture, installation, public art, and writing is often concerned with questions of materiality, collaboration, and social and environmental justice. Among her recent projects are the book In the Aura of a Hole: Exploring Sites of Material Extraction (published in 2014) and her work on the collaborative public project Chicago Torture Justice Memorials.


7. Podcasting in the Classroom

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In this episode, Emily Neumeier is joined by Özlem Yıldız and Nicole Emser Marcel to discuss podcasting in the classroom, reflecting on the unique challenges and benefits of taking on a research project whose final product is geared for a more general audience—the wider public. They also offer some more practical advice and insights for listeners who are interested in using podcasting in their own pedagogy. The podcast series under discussion is forthcoming. You can visit and listen to the STELLA ONLINE: Monument Biography podcast here: https://www.stellaonline.art/monument-bio

Emily Neumeier is Assistant Professor of Islamic Art and Architecture at Temple University. She aims to encourage her students to explore emerging technologies in their own research and engage in public scholarship.

Özlem Yıldız is a Ph.D. student in art history at Temple University in Philadelphia, focusing on cross-cultural exchanges in Ottoman and Safavid illustrated manuscripts from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. She holds an MA in history of Islamic art from SOAS University of London, an MA in history and a BA in political sciences from Sabancı University in Istanbul.

Nicole Emser Marcel studies modern and contemporary Caribbean art at Temple University in Philadelphia. Her research interests include iconoclasm, geography, feminist theory, and religion. She holds a M.A. in Art History from American University and a B.A. in History from Xavier University. She previously taught at IUPUI in Indianapolis and worked at the National Women’s History Museum in Washington, DC.


Season Five (2020–2021) Season Four (2019–2020) Season Three (2018–2019) Season Two (2017–2018) Season One