Studio Noize is a weekly podcast featuring Black artists and creatives from all over the contemporary art world.
Artist and printmaker, Jamaal Barber, talks with black artists about their art processes and their lives. He engages with painters, curators, singers, dancers, art directors, collectors, and guests of all disciplines. Studio Noize’s creative conversations motivate and inspire while archiving the voices of contemporary black artists. New episodes are posted every Tuesday.
Push and Pull w/ printmaker Althea Murphy-Price
The wonderful Althea Murphy-Price joins the Studio Noize fam today! Althea is an awesome printmaker and professor at the University of Tennessee- Knoxville. Her work explores the politics and culture of Black women’s hair. She’s not confined to one medium in her exploration. She does lithography, screenprinting, collage, photography, and 3D printing. We talked about what inspired her to do so much experimentation and where she found her love for printmaking. Of course, we talk about her wonder work, ideas of realness and perfection, adornment of little girls, being a “good printer,” and much more. Two printmakers that love printmaking talking that good art talk like you like it. It’s the Noize! Listen, subscribe, and share!
Episode 178 topics include:
Falling in love with printmaking
struggling with letting go
getting into teaching
having an artistic community
the politics of Black women’s hair
experimenting with materials
being a good printer
using technology in experimenting
making mistakes in the print shop
New Foundations w/ curator, director Faron Manuel
The new director of the BAIA Foundation, Faron Manuel returns to the Noize! Faron and JBarber talk about his years of experience as a curator and writer that took him from Clark Atlanta Museum as a docent to the High Museum of Art and now his new role at Black Art In America. Faron talks about his plans for the foundation, new partnerships and programming on the horizon, and curating in the contemporary art market. We dive into the upcoming Fine Art Print Fair and his thoughts on the work of Richard Mayhew. More of that good art talk you love on the Noize! Listen, subscribe, and share!
Episode 177 topics include:
being an informed collector and artist
working on the Black Art in America Foundation
working at the High Museum of Art
partnerships with the Future Foundation
real-life experience in institutions
curating Better Days: Joy and Revolution
thesis about Richard Mayhew
Fine Art Print Fair at BAIA Gallery
Part of the Community w/ art collector Kerry Davis
The Postman is here! We got the esteemed collector Kerry Davis joining the Studio Noize fam. Kerry built his legendary collection while working 30 years as a postman at USPS. How impressive is his collection? Well, it’s in the middle of a 5-year national museum tour, and he could have a whole other show from work currently up in his home. The collection includes the biggest names in Black art, from Charles White to Radcliff Bailey, Mo Brooker to Louis Delsarte. The collection alone is enough to discuss, but we go deeper than that. Kerry tells us about the relationships with those names on the wall. Mildred Thomas was his real friend; those personal stories are so great to hear. We talk about how he started touring his collection, got so much incredible work, and all the artists he met and got to know on his journey. Another great episode with that good art talk for you. Listen, subscribe, and share!
Episode 176 topics include:
-buying art vs collecting art
-getting to know artists
-Mildred Thomas stories
-helping Louis Delsarte in his studio
-meeting artists as a postman
-organizing a collection
-developing an “eye”
-touring the Davis collection
-how to handle a big collection
Connections w/ art collector Ashley Lee
We’re covering the other side of this art game today! Ashley Lee, a lawyer by day and art collector, every other moment of her life. Ashley is committed to building her art collection, and we discuss how she does it. It’s a little bit of budgeting, a little bit of research, and a whole lot of passion for the work that she loves. We break down things like budgeting and framing, getting to know artists, and how the pieces make her feel. Ashley tells us about her favorite artists, her dream pieces, and the importance of telling everyone how they can build a great collection without being rich. It’s a great art collecting conversation for you today on the Noize! Listen, subscribe, and share!
Episode 175 topics include:
why collect art
the art-collecting community
connecting with artists and art
defining your art collection
budgeting for collecting
artist wish list
framing and presenting work in your home
growth in collecting
A Strong Spirit w/ artist Leroy Campbell
It’s always an honor to bring on one of the greats in Black art. We got Leroy Campbell joining the Studio Noize fam! Leroy has been an artist for 31 years, and his signature neckbone paintings can be seen worldwide. We talk about Leroy’s path to becoming an artist, from how he created his signature neck bone work to how he honors his culture and embraces his Gullah heritage. We talk about a couple of upcoming books he’s been working on, new experiments in painting, and a look back at the Black galleries, collectors, and artists that defined his career. This is a great episode to get you inspired. Listen, subscribe, and share!
Episode 174 topics include:
Getting started in Art
the Black Art Renaissance
producing work for the community
being inspired by Romare Bearden and Jacob Lawrence
embracing his Southern Gullah heritage
honoring the Black galleries and collectors
creating a children’s book
writing a memoir
created new experimental work
Shifting Time w/ Berrisford Boothe and Klare Scarborough
The new book Shifting Time: African American Artists 2020-2021 collects the art, poems, essays, and statements of over 70 African American artists as a glimpse into their lives during the pandemic years. Co-editors Berrisford Boothe and Klare Scarborough join the podcast to discuss this passion project that includes some of the Studio Noize fam like Tokie Taylor, Imo Imeh, Alfred Conteh, Delita Martin, and more. They talk about how it all came together from the Shuga and Wata online talks to the artwork and essays. They also discuss the need for community, whether online or in person, how events change artists, and the need for art during tough times. Listen, subscribe, and share!
Episode 173 topics include:
Shifting Time: African American Artists 2020-2021
artists working during COVID
how artwork changed over time
networking during the pandemic
Shuga & Wata sessions
creating the book Shifting Time
lessons from the COVID years
the trend of Black figuration
Love hearing about my fellow black artists.
Sooo happy to have found this podcast. There are many art podcasts but this is the first I have found about black artists. As a black visual artist here in Atlanta, I really enjoy listening, learning, and discovering other artists here in ATL. I hope that podcast continues to grow and eventually becomes a household name for black artist.
A subscriber from the beginning
It’s been great to be on the journey of this podcast from the beginning. As an Atlantan, arts administrator, arts writer, and former practicing artist, I have enjoyed these conversations on so many levels and geeked out about so many of the guests. Jamaal and Jasmine are a great duo, and I plan to stay on board as Jamaal takes Studio Noize to new heights after grad school. A forever fan!
Black Arts Convo at its Best
There should be some saying like:
‘eat your vegetables, exercise,
and listen to Studio Noize!’
The light-hearted, fun banter, coupled with the fantastic guests and conversations makes this podcast an essential for black artists.