The Saginaw Art Museum is a community fine art museum in Saginaw Michigan with a mission to provide art for all. This podcast explores relevant art topics through conversations with art minded individuals.
The collaboration and cooperation of artists is just one aspect of the current crisis that artist Mary McDonnell is experiencing. In our conversation, McDonnell also describes the way her life has become busier since quarantining restrictions have been in place at her home and studio in upstate New York. This interview was record May 14, 2020
See more of McDonnell's work at www.marymcdonnellart.com
Allise Noble describes the lessons and challenges of working to maintain a community and connection for adults with a variety of abilities through the Art Shop Program hosted at Creative 360 in Midland Michigan. As an artist herself, Noble also gives insight into some of the projects she is working on to stay creative during these unusual times. This interview was recorded May 13, 2020
Learn more about Creative 360 at https://www.becreative360.org/
Having a home darkroom works to Misty Grumbley’s advantage during the current stay at home orders. Working in alternative process photography, Grumbley is both an artist and chemist. While missing family and friends, she is wasting no time working on getting her space set for continuing to make art for into the future. This interview was recorded May 6, 2020
Special thanks to Tri-Star Trust for support of this podcast
From exhibitions to workshops to special events Studio 23 is a vibrant arts organization in the heart of downtown Bay City, Michigan . How has that changed with the current limitations of the COVID-19 pandemic? We gain insights from Executive Director Tara Welch about the way they are continuing to meet their communities' need for art and connect with the public through unique virtual programming. This interview was recorded April 29, 2020
Visit Studio 23 online at https://www.studio23baycity.org/
In this episode we have a little bit different perspective on the value of the arts. Today we are talk with Peter Rose-Barry, Finkbeiner Endowed Professor of Ethics at Saginaw Valley State University. In our conversation Rose-Barry describes the value of the arts in the framework of the broad needs of our community during these challenging times. This interview was recorded April 23, 2020
Viewing Milie Funk’s work you quickly realize this is not your traditional quilting. In what Funk refers to as thread illustration, she is inventing a new technique of using a long arm quilting machine to create elaborate etching like drawings with fabric and thread. While giving highest respect to the more traditional art of quilting, she looks to pioneer quilting among her younger generation.
Connect with Milie at : https://www.instagram.com/thekla.quilts/
Keith Taylor is a poet living in Ann Arbor Michigan. With a wealth of life experience, Taylor reflects on how the current times have altered the way poetry is produced and experienced. Listen closely as he shares one of his own poems fitting with the current situation of discovering how to stay creative at home. This interview was recorded April 20, 2020
Detroit has been labeled a ‘hot spot’ during the COVID-19 pandemic. In this episode of Art at Home, we check in with the director of Signal Return, Lynne Avadenka. Signal Return is not only a printshop but an art education center in heart of the city near Eastern Market. In our conversation today, Avadenka describes the adjustments the organization is making and hopes for reemergence. This interview was recorded April 17, 2020
Learn more about Signal Return here: http://www.signalreturnpress.org/
Visit Signal Return's print shop here: https://www.signalreturnpress.store/
John Bellsmith is a graphic artist out of Bay CIty Michigan as a small business owner serving small and large clients, Bellsmith is both employee and employer. Now he is navigating what it is like having his drawing table and pencils at home. We also discuss the changes and challenges anticipated in the future. This interview was recorded April 13, 2020.
Bellsmith Graphic Design Studio: www.bellsmith.net
Is YouTube really a substitute for a studio art class? We talk to artist David Jannsen Jr. About his move from teaching in a studio to providing instruction online at Washington State University. He gives perspective on the benefits of in person art instruction at a college art level and what is being lost during the COVID-19 crisis. This interview was recorded on April 3, 2020.
See David's work at: https://www.davidjanssenjr.com/
As the Managing director of the Pit and Balcony Theatre in Saginaw, MI Amy Spadafore is wearing a lot of hats. What happens when all the efforts by a whole team come to a grinding halt at this community theatre? Listen in and find out. This interview was recorded on March 30, 2020
Josie Norris is a visual storyteller in her role as a photojournalist for the San Antonio Express-News while finishing course work at Central Michigan University. She shares what it is like to be on the frontlines of trying to communicate a global story locally using photographs with such serious proximity limitations. This interview was recorded on March 26, 2020
Visit Josie's website: http://www.josephinenorris.com/
Christiana Malacara spent some time in Italy this past December and has a passion for the country. We discuss the perspective that trip has on current events. She is also the owner of a paint party business which is being impacted by the stay-at-home orders and gathering restrictions. This interview was recorded March 25, 2020
Doug Julian photographs everything with a unique bend toward real estate and editorial projects. In Doug’s view the current stay-at-home order in Michigan creates a unique opportunity to learn new skills. This interview was recorded on March 25, 2020
Adam Stuart is a ceramic artist and instructor out of Bay City Michigan. In our conversation we discuss the unique nature of ceramics and his plans for creating pieces in his space at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
You can follow Adam on instagram at : https://www.instagram.com/ams.mudworks/
Karly Salesky teaches graphic arts to high school students at the Saginaw Career Complex in Saginaw MI and is also a freelance designer. Among other things Karly shares the way she is working to help students through these challenging times.
Welcome to the Saginaw Art Museum podcast.
The COVID-19 pandemic is altering the usual routines of people around the globe and around the block. As practices of social distancing and self quarantining are implemented artists are finding new ways to adapt to the changing landscape. In this series, Art at Home, we have conversations with artists and creative minded individuals to understand the way these unusual times are impacting their lives.