The Business of Art & Design Podcast

Welcome to the Business of Art & Design podcast, where we have straightforward conversations with artists and designers who have used their arts degrees to pursue a career in the visual arts. Each episode, we partner with an undergrad or graduate student to interview a professional artist, designer, or scholar to talk about what it’s like to be a practicing artist in today’s world. We’ll also feature unique arts-focused stories exploring the creative process and ruminate on how art as a practice impacts our local communities and broader cultural progress.

We started this podcast to serve as a tangible resource for current and prospective art students to explore what it’s like to pursue a career in the visual arts and how to utilize their degree to build a successful career in the field. A collection of episodes is released every academic semester. Questions, requests, or feedback can be sent to

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Season 1 Show Notes

Episode 1, Dr. Terry Barrett
Graduate Assistant Shauna Smith talks with Dr. Terry Barrett about engaging with, interpreting, and responding to works of art.

Terry Barrett
Missouri State University, Art + Design
Art: Taking It Personally Webinar
CRITS: A Student Manuel

Episode 2, Sarah Hiatt
Photo students Kevin and Ruby chat with Sarah Hiatt about her photo book, In the Midst of Things, the process of creating a book versus traditional exhibitions, grad school, and post-grad experiences.

Sarah Hiatt, @sarahlizhiatt
Missouri State University, Art + Design
In the Midst of Things photo book
Rineke Dijkstra photography
Columbia College, Chicago

Episode 3, Corwin Levi
Our fall 2020 graduate professional practices class joins Corwin Levi to discuss his studio practice, work, and experience with artist residency programs.

Corwin Levi
Missouri State University, Art + Design
The Millay Colony for the Arts
Roswell Artist-in-Residence Program
Elsewhere Residency
Art Farm Nebraska
Pyramid Atlantic
The Big Artist Opportunities List
Gwarlingo’s guide to residency programs

Episode 5, Brianna Bass
Grad student Shauna Smith and BFA student Jordan Seyer chat with artist Brianna Bass about her art practice, grad school, and side hustles.

Brianna Bass
Mineral House Media
Yale Painting MFA
Missouri State University MFA Graduate Program
Wolfgang Laib

Season 2 Show Notes

Episode 6, Naima Lowe
Graduate Assistant Shauna Smith talks with artist Naima Lowe, about thoughtful risk-taking versus recklessness when building trust, collaborative environments, love in terms of art practice, and working as a Black artist in America.

Naima Lowe
Naima's lecture at Evergreen University
Resistance is Love is Transformation is Love is Resistance
Yours Truly, Naima's Blog

Episode 7, Michael Frizell
Our fall 2020 graduate professional practices class joins Michael Frizell to talk about all things grants and Michael’s journey as a comic book writer.

Learning Assistance Review, editor
National College Learning Center Association, Learning Centers of the 21st century, editor
Bender, graphic novel, author
Oghma Creative Media
TidalWave Comics
Student Learning Services, MSU
Bear CLAW Center for Learning and Writing
Western Writers Association of America Conference
7 habits of highly effective people, Stephen Covey
The Artist Guide to Grant Writing, Gigi Rosenberg

Episode 8, Erika B Hess
BFA Painting student Hannah Dipoto chats with Erika B Hess about being willing to stumble and fall and finding your path as an artist.

Erika B Hess
MUSA Collective
I Like Your Work Podcast
Nina Bellucci
Studio Planner
Dana Frankfurt

Season 3 Show Notes

Episode 9, Sizhu Li
Graduate Assistant Shauna Smith is talking with Sizhu Li about her kinetic installation, Moonment, and her artistic journey as an emerging Chinese-born multi-disciplinary artist in New York City.

Sizhu Li
Brick City Gallery
Arduino technology

Episode 10, Rachel Youn
Graduate Assistant Adana Garrote and undergrad Sidney Young talk with Rachel Youn about how we think about objects, the confluence of social media and art practice, the evolution of Hothouse as a body of work, and artist communities.

Rachel Youn
Rachel Youn, Hothouse and Sizhu Li, Moonment
Great Rivers Biennial St Louis
Washington University in St. Louis, Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts
Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis
Brick City Gallery
Rachel Youn Instagram @rachelyoun
Brick City Gallery TikTok

Episode 11, Loring Taoka
Our fall 2020 graduate professional practices class joins Loring Taoka as he talks about handling, packing, shipping, and installing artwork along with his art practice.

Loring Taoka
Vox Populi
Dallas Art Fair
Seattle Art Fair
New American Paintings

Episode 12, Giovanni Valderas
Our fall 2020 graduate professional practices class joins Giovanni Valderas for a conversation about his art practice, community art, and art advocacy.

Giovanni Valderas
Fort Worth Community Arts Center
University of North Texas
500X Gallery Co-op
Texas Biennial
New American Paintings Magazine
Casita Triste
Nasher Sculpture Center
Galveston Art Center

Season 4 Show Notes

Episode 13, Monika Weiss
Graduate Assistant Erin Tyler talks with Monika Weiss about the many different facets of her art practice.

Monika Weiss
Sam Fox School of Design and Visual Arts, Washington University
New York State Council on the Arts Individual Arts Grant
Monika Weiss on Francisco Goya | Artists on Artworks at The Met