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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)

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


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.


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