18 episodes

The Open Call is a podcast about contemporary art in response to the pandemic landscape. It seeks to amplify the voices of artists and organizations along with the important work they are doing. Each week we feature engaging discussions with artists, curators, and arts organizations about the importance of art, and staying connected. The Open Call offers an alternative platform for artists to share their work and gives listeners a glimpse inside the creative practice.

The Open Call Podcast Laura Tanner and Anne Stagg

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 6 Ratings

The Open Call is a podcast about contemporary art in response to the pandemic landscape. It seeks to amplify the voices of artists and organizations along with the important work they are doing. Each week we feature engaging discussions with artists, curators, and arts organizations about the importance of art, and staying connected. The Open Call offers an alternative platform for artists to share their work and gives listeners a glimpse inside the creative practice.

    The Open Call Podcast in Conversation with Barbara Schreiber

    The Open Call Podcast in Conversation with Barbara Schreiber

    The Open Call Podcast hosted by Anne Stagg and Laura Tanner, features conversations with contemporary artists about their work.

    In this episode of The Open Call Podcast, we talked with Barbara Schreiber who lives and works in Charlotte, North Carolina. Barbara is a painter whose work explores big ideas articulated through small moments. She describes her practice as combining pretty pictures with ugly subjects. Though her work carries political, social, and psychological undertones, she avoids direct commentary in favor of exploring moods and feelings through a domestic lens. Through the use of dark humor, her narrative paintings address threats presented by development, natural and human-made disaster, greed, or obliviousness.

    Barbara Schreiber's paintings deftly embed challenging content into quiet works that expand as the viewer considers the image before them. Barbara’s work is deeply intuitive and she sensitively explores interior worlds in her meticulous and richly detailed landscapes, animals and characters.

     In addition to the podcast, we keep an active Instagram where we share images of the artwork that we talk about. Discover our Instagram @the_open_call_podcast. This episode wraps up Season 2 of The Open Call. Check back for Season 3 in early fall. 

    Special thanks to Susan Cooper for voicing our Outro, Scott Stagg for composing our music, and to our wonderful research assistants:  Erin Miller and Alyssia Price who provide our web and social media design.

    • 15 min
    The Open Call Podcast with Joelle Dietrick

    The Open Call Podcast with Joelle Dietrick

    • 14 min
    The Open Call Podcast with Michelle Forsyth

    The Open Call Podcast with Michelle Forsyth

    The Open Call Podcast hosted by Anne Stagg and Laura Tanner, features conversations with contemporary artists about their work. 

    In this episode of The Open Call Podcast, we talked with  Michelle Forsyth who lives and works in Toronto, Canada. Michelle creates richly detailed artworks that combine a multitude of artistic practices including painting, sculpture, fabric and clothing design, printmaking and photography, as well as others. She designs new patterns as a way to mark her identity: hand drawing films, which are then screen-printed onto fabric, and sewn into the garments that she wears in her “Improvisations” photographs. She thinks of these layered patterns as painterly skins that simultaneously evade and describe her individuality. 

    Michelle has advanced stage Parkinson’s and over the course of her artistic career, she has had to contend with the increasing physical limitations of her body. Because her work is often characterized by very labor intensive processes, her hand has effectively marked the progression of her disease. Michelle is an Associate Professor at OCAD, Ontario College of Art & Design University where she teaches painting and graduate studies.

    New podcast episodes are released bi-weekly on Thursdays. In addition to the podcast, we keep an active Instagram where we share images of the artwork that we talk about. Discover our Instagram @the_open_call_podcast. 

    Special thanks to Susan Cooper for voicing our Outro, Scott Stagg for composing our music, and to our wonderful research assistants:  Erin Miller and Alyssia Price who help with web and social media design.

    • 15 min
    The Open Call Podcast with Elizabeth Alexander

    The Open Call Podcast with Elizabeth Alexander

    The Open Call Podcast hosted by Laura Tanner and Anne Stagg, features conversations with contemporary artists about their work. 

    In this episode of The Open Call Podcast, we talked with  Elizabeth Alexander. Elizabeth creates intricate installations and sculptural collages from deconstructed wall paper. Her installations often present objects associated with domestic spaces. They are impeccably cast and then covered in lush floral cut-outs. Often the work looks like it is in the process of decay or growth and she presents her work as a way to interrogate the ways that the home influences public life and vice versa. Her interdisciplinary installations touch on themes of domestic power dynamics, class, and the home as a site of generative ideologies. Her work asks the question, "what if the objects embody the emotions of the people in the space?" Elizabeth also performs in her work. Elizabeth is on the faculty at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts in Winston-Salem where she teaches sculpture.

    New podcast episodes are released bi-weekly on Thursdays. In addition to the podcast, we keep an active Instagram where we share images of the artwork that we talk about. Discover our Instagram @the_open_call_podcast. 

    Special thanks to Susan Cooper for voicing our Outro, Scott Stagg for composing our music, and to our wonderful research assistants:  Ainsley Coty, Syd Cole, Erin Miller, Alyssia Price, and Christian Pruitt who help with production.

    • 14 min
    The Open Call Podcast with Lauren Frances Adams

    The Open Call Podcast with Lauren Frances Adams

    The Open Call Podcast hosted by Laura Tanner and Anne Stagg, features conversations with contemporary artists about their work. 

    In this episode of The Open Call Podcast, we talked with   Lauren Frances Adams. Lauren is a contemporary artist who is well-known for her paintings and installations that  question recorded histories and what is left out. Her  practice is deeply rooted in research and she uses the language of the decorative arts to pull past history into the present. She works across many media including painting, sculpture, and architectural installation. Lauren is a full-time painting faculty member at the Maryland Institute College of Art [MICA] in Baltimore. 

    New podcast episodes are released bi-weekly on Thursdays. In addition to the podcast, we keep an active Instagram where we share images of the artwork that we talk about. Discover our Instagram @the_open_call_podcast. 

    Special thanks to Susan Cooper for voicing our Outro, Scott Stagg for composing our music, and to our wonderful research assistants:  Ainsley Coty, Syd Cole, Erin Miller, Alyssia Price, and Christian Pruitt who help with production.

    • 14 min
    The Open Call Podcast with Ethan Murrow

    The Open Call Podcast with Ethan Murrow

    The Open Call Podcast hosts conversations centered around contemporary art and is hosted by Laura Tanner and Anne Stagg. 

    In this episode of The Open Call Podcast, we talked with  Ethan Murrow. Ethan is an internationally known artist who primarily works with painting and drawing through a practice of research, experimentation and play. He works across many media including painting, drawing, illustrated books, and larger-than-life wall installations. He collaborates frequently with his partner, Vita Murrow, and several trusted assistants. Ethan is a professor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston at Tufts University and serves as Graduate Drawing and Painting Director. 

    New podcast episodes are released bi-weekly on Thursdays. In addition to the podcast, we keep an active Instagram where we share images of the artwork we talk about. Our Instagram at #the_open_call_podcast. 

    Special thanks to Susan Cooper for voicing the Intro/Outro, Scott Stagg for composing our music, and to our research assistants: Syd Cole, Ainsley Coty, Erin Miller, Alyssia Price, and Christian Pruitt who help with production.

    • 15 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

jimby2 ,

Veronica Jackson

An Incredibly interesting discussion. Being of an ethnic family background and growing up within our community, I related to the stories told within the artist work.
Thank You Ladies for bringing Veronica’s work to those of us who were not familiar
With her work. Looking forward to your next podcast!

lmary1125 ,

Engaging

It’s so nice to be reminded of the inspiration art breathes into everyday life. The artists featured introduce new concepts and offer fresh ways of seeing common realities; the world feels a little more “in color” after I listen. I’m excited for more episodes!

sstaggal ,

Bringing the artist to you

As an art outsider, it is often hard to divine what an artist is trying to convey simply by looking at an artwork. I can’t count the times I’ve looked at a piece and felt and understood nothing only to turn around and fall in love with the work after hearing the artist talk about it. The challenge is, you have to be at the right place at the right time (usually a gallery opening) in order to hear the artist talk about their work. The Open Call Podcast solves this problem by bringing the artist to you. In their insightful interviews, Anne and Laura give contemporary artists a space to talk about and contextualize their works. I loved hearing Chalet Comellas Baker talk about taking inspiration from bird songs and country music pieces to generate her collaborative pieces. I’m looking forward to adding The Open Call to my list of heavy rotation podcasts!

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