Who ARTed tells the story of art history in terms that anyone can understand. Kyle Wood is a National Board Certified Teacher with over a decade of experience breaking things down so even the youngest learners can understand. Each episode focuses on a different work of art giving the background on the artist followed by a deeper dive analyzing a specific masterpiece. As a strong believer in equity and democratic principals, Kyle presents diverse artists in different stages of their careers on equal footing. Episodes may feature anyone from local, emerging artists to the traditional heavy hitters from the Western canon. This series helps listeners consider the merits of all artists and works ranging from traditional paintings and drawings to the culinary arts or even music videos as performance art. There is great art all around us and the Who ARTed podcast seeks to help everyone learn a little more and develop a greater appreciation for art in all its forms.
Full episodes come out on Monday mornings and on Friday mornings, check for Fun Fact Friday mini episodes with different interesting stories and surprising bits of science in the arts. Who ARTed can also make for a great resource for the classroom. As an elementary teacher, Kyle Wood keeps each episode clean and appropriate for all ages and fellow art teachers can find helpful resources including a virtual podcast gallery at www.WhoArtEdPodcast.com
Fun Fact Friday - Green
Remember the voting in round 1 of the Arts Madness tournament will begin Monday, March 1. Visit www.WhoArtEdPodcast.com for more information.
This week's Fun Fact Friday mini episode is about the color green. Learn a little more about associations with the color green as well as sources of green in nature, in food and a surprising fact about green eyes.
The first round of the Arts Madness 2021 tournament will begin March 1. Voters can select which is better in a series of head to head matchups as a field of 64 diverse artists gets narrowed down to 1 ultimate champion. Go to www.WhoArtEdPodcast.com to see the brackets and pick your favorite. One person who correctly predicts the winner will get a prize and more importantly, bragging rights.
For this week's episode I talked with Chuck Hoff about Joe Mills. Joe is an artist based out of Chicago and both Chuck and I were lucky enough to work with him years ago.
Joe Mills was born in Kentucky but he came to Illinois for college. He studied industrial design at the University of Illinois and after college, he worked as a toy designer. A big turning point in his artistic development came when he moved to Australia in 2010. While in Australia, he missed his adopted home town of Chicago and he began creating work based on the city he loves. That Chicago themed work came to be his signature. Over the years he has captured many different subjects, but he focuses on his passions whether it is the city and the culture of communities around Chicago, or figures from pop culture. Mills creates work that is both meticulous and whimsical. He has the precision of an industrial designer combined with the creative and aesthetically pleasing style of a fine artist.
For this episode we discussed his Chicago Factory piece to discuss. You can find the image and more at www.whoartedpodcast.com
Fun Fact Friday - Yellow
Voting for the Arts Madness tournament will begin March 1. Right now, you can check out all 64 artists and enter your prediction to win at www.WhoArtEdPodcast.com
This week's fun fact Friday mini episode is all about the color yellow. The ancient Egyptians associated yellow with gold, and gold was symbolic of the gods and the eternal. Consequently, they used quite a bit of yellow to decorate their tombs. Of course just as with orange, the yellow pigment favored by the Egyptians contained arsenic so kind of ironic as a connection to immortality and yet perfect for the decoration of a tomb.
Announcement: This year I will once again be hosting an Arts Madness tournament inviting people to vote on a series of head to head matchups narrowing the field from 64 down to 1. The tournament will start March 1, but you can go to www.WhoArtEdPodcast.com right now to look at the brackets, see the artists/works and make your prediction about who will win.
For this episode I sat down with my good friend David Pittman to talk about the amazing work of Duff Goldman, the Ace of Cakes. Duff Goldman is a culinary artist well known for his incredible artistry with cakes. He is part baker, part sculptor, part painter but definitely one amazing artist. His actual name is Jeffery Goldman, but his brother mispronounced it as Duffy and the name stuck. Throughout his life, Duff moved around to different parts of the country: Michigan, Missouri, Massachusetts, California, Maryland but no matter where he was his love for cooking and his incredible work ethic remained constant. Because Duff is a celebrity baker it seemed only fitting that the episode focus on discussion of a piece from one of his shows, so we discussed the Bollywood inspired elephant cake from the competition between Duff and Buddy, another celebrity baker.
As always you can find more at www.whoartedpodcast.com
Fun Fact Friday - Orange
I am continuing my fun fact series about colors. This episode is all about the color orange. I compiled a few fun facts about the color orange. For example, before the orange was brought to Europe in the 16th century, the color was simply referred to as yellow red. Orange has positive connections to warmth, energy and the divine all around the world. Orange pigment also has a long history of being highly toxic and it was only recently that artists shifted away from the use of chrome orange which was made with lead.
As always you can find more resources to continue learning at www.whoartedpodcast.com
Grant Wood was the American regionalist painter who rose to prominence almost overnight with his 1930 painting, American Gothic. In this episode, I spoke with Mike Divelbiss about Wood, his biography and his iconic work.
Grant Wood was born in rural Iowa in 1891. His mother moved the family to the more urban Cedar Rapids in 1901 after his father passed away. Grant Wood showed a proclivity for the arts from an early age and after high school he pursued a broad based education at the Minneapolis Institute of Design and Handicraft. While he is best known today for his painting, Grant Wood worked in diverse media including functional art designing and building furniture as well as jewelry. In 1913, he moved to Chicago where he found work as a silversmith and eventually opened his own shop. During that time, he continued his education studying at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. A few years later, he moved back to Iowa to help take care of his mother and he found work as an art teacher. While teaching art, he also served as the local jack of all trades artist. He was commissioned to make a stained glass piece honoring veterans of World War I in addition to building furniture, painting etc.
In 1930, Grant Wood submitted American Gothic in an exhibition at the Art Institute of Chicago. The piece was immediately popular and acquired by the museum. This elevated Wood's stature in the art world and opened opportunities for him such as teaching at the University of Iowa. He used his prominence to continue to do good in his community starting an artist colony, and during The Great Depression, he led the government jobs program overseeing artists painting murals around Iowa.
American Gothic has been an interesting icon of American and particularly midwestern art for decades. In Iowa, there was an immediate backlash to the piece by people who felt it portrayed them in an unflattering light. Of course as years went on, in the grips of the depression, the painting came to be viewed more as portraying the strength and quiet dignity of working people. Personally I would argue that there is truth in both interpretations. I would argue that Grant Wood has a deep love and fondness for his subjects and his community, but infused his work with a little bit of the caustic humor that is typical of the culture. He is a bit playful with his work on some level making fun of some of the stiffness of some of conventions of the art world and what he viewed as the absurd and pretentious "gothic" window on a small rural home (interesting fact, the window that Wood found so pretentious was actually functional and purchased from a Sears catalog) but simultaneously he has a deep love and affection for everyone and everything he is portraying in his work.
You can find a picture of American Gothic linked here, and as always on the website www.WhoArtEdPodcast.com