Conversations From The Miami Art Scene




32. We Have A Story To Tell
December 17, 2020: Everyone Has A Story To Tell: Whitehot Magazine
We go on-site at the Sagamore Hotel with our first podcast after the beginning of the Covid Pandemic last March. It's good to be back (with safety measures in place) speaking face to face with the curators and select artists showing work up at the historic Art Hotel during the 2020 Miami Art Week and into 2021. Listen to Grela Orihuela, Maggy Cuesta, and Gabrielle Neuman along with artists Gavin Parry, Cristina Lei Rodriguez, Beatriz Monteavaro, and Miami newcomer Joyce Billet.
The Sagamore Hotel

31. Miami Design District's Tiffany Chestler Hands You the Keys to S|223 
February 6, 2020: Tiffany Chestler
We're happy to bring you our very first recording session in front of a live audience. As a special event in the Miami Design District and within my current solo show at S|223, I invited the project's founder and director, Tiffany Chestler, to talk about her career, the history, mission, and future of S|223. Listen in and discover what makes this a truly special art space.
Global Fine Art Awards / DACRA Public Art

30. Grela Orihuela Puts Design & Art in its Place. 
December 23, 2019: Grela Orihuela
Miami based Grela Orihuela has developed a successful creative career by always seeing beyond the surface and being a "take charge" person in a sophisticated game of Connect the Dots. Listen in about the long, winding road to her current endeavor "Place" an experiential art and design project opening this February in Los Angeles.
Place Project Group / Wet Heat Project / 1 Meter 50

29. Tom Virgin is Printing
October 9, 2019: Tom Virgin
A book worm and a seeker of truths, Tom Virgin collaborates with art communities, artists, poets, and writers, young and old, making words and thoughts sing visually through the art print process.
Extra Virgin Press / Extra Virgin on IG / Boxcar Press

28. Catching Up with Miami Curator Claire Breukel
July 10, 2019: Claire Breukel
We sat down in the studio for a great talk with Claire. Listen in and cacth all the news about her super busy schedule and her upcoming projects in Miami and others around the globe. Our fave was the organized art focused trips down to El Salvador. Sign me up!
Y.ES Contemporary / Claire Instagram / El Salvador Contemporary Art Loan

27. Onajide Shabaka: Art Making on an Endless River
May 28, 2019: Onajide Shabaka
Miami based artist and cultural practitioner, Onajide Shabaka, takes us along on an imaginary canoe trip. His artwork manifests itself as a mirror of where his life and research have led him. You can almost hear the endless river winding its way from Ohio and California, to the coast of Africa, to Surinam, Florida, and Minnesota.
Emerson Dorsch Gallery / @onajide / Dirt: Multimedia Project

26. Couples: Leo Castaneda & Lauren Monzon
April 22, 2019: Leo Castaneda / Lauren Monzon
Leo Castaneda and Luren Monzon make a hyper-harmonious personal and professional partnership. From Carrollton School to Columbia University and Cooper Union to Hunter College, then to Locust Projects, to Oolite Arts, to Borscht Corp. - listen and learn what magic Miami conjures to hold on to these two!
Borscht Corp / OoliteArts / The Borscht Film Festival

25. Charo Oquet: Outsider to Outsider, Getting in the Mix
March 25, 2019:
Charo Oquet
Guest artist and cultural producer Charo Oquet shares stories and common experiences with host/artist Alette Simmons-Jimenez. From opposite sides of the world, their shared experiences crisscross from the Dominican Republic to Miami, New Zealand to New York to London and back again. Talks cover creating as an outsider, getting in the mix, excelling, and giving back.
Edge Zones / Miami Performance Festival 

24. Couples: Clara Varas & Jee Park - Work Life Balance
March 11, 2019:
Clara Varas / Jee Park
With our newest "Couples" episode we talk to Miami artists/painters Clara Varas and Jee Park. One is from Cuba, the other from South Korea, and then in New York, their work brought them together. We're happy they shared with us their common language of table saws, swatches of fabric, family, wood, nails, missing fingers, and expressive mark-making.
spinelloprojectsi / Park Studio Varas on Artsy

23. Shana Beth Mason & Aramis Gutierrez: Comparing Notes
February 25, 2019:
Shana Beth Mason / Aramis Gutierrez
Shana Beth Mason and Aramis Gutierrez are great friends. They met when Shana appeared on the Miami art scene and Aramis was a rising local talent. We caught up with them to chat about their intersecting paths, London, Tile Blush, the movies, Instagram, Cooper Union, Siena, Gucci, Vuitton, Versace, and James Bond.
anti_cgi / Tile Blush  / Frontrunner Magazine 

22. Couples: Gustavo Matamoros & Claudia Ariano
February 11, 2019:
Gustavo Matamoros / Claudia Ariano
Renowned Miami experimental sound artist, Gustavo Matamoros and his partner, graphic designer/collaborator, Claudia Ariano talk to us about navigating a world of sounds and shapes - their journey to discovering how to design the shape of sound. Listen in on what Gustavo defines as the essence of "art" ... we think he's got it right!!
Ariano|Graphix / Subtropics Festival  / Frozen Music: Canal 

21. The Multifaceted BaBa Collective on the Rise
January 28, 2019:
Elysa D. Batista / Maria Theresa Barbist
Eysa D. Batista and Maria Theresa Barbist are BABA Collective. Getting hold of these ladies is quite a job. They're super busy podcasting, teaching, making art, writing grants and fundraising for their projects. Listen to their stories here since you won't be seeing them around anytime soon. Make way for the second edition of the BABA Collective show featuring 50 artists of the RCS Podcast Season II. Opening this February 28th!
Baba Collective / Rocking Chair Sessions  / Bakehouse Art Complex 

20. Uber Talented Pamela Salem And Mitchell Berkman of Miami Radio Players
December 17, 2018:
Pamela Salem / Mitchell Berkman
Pamela Salem and Mitchell Berkman of Miami's live radio ensemble visits the Art& Company studio for an entertaining chat about their personal lives, their careers, theater, film, and upcoming productions. Miami Radio Players present live comedy via tall tales of living "shore side" on Miami Beach.
Miami Radio Players  

19. Lorie Mertes & Beth Boone: Making Art Happen
December 3, 2018:
Lorie Mertes / Beth Boone
The leading ladies of alternative spaces in Miami chat with Art & Company. Lorie Mertes of Locust Projects and Beth Boone of Miami Light Projects share the stories of their own struggles and successes and the inspiration that got them where they are today.
Locust Projects   /   Miami Light Project  

18. Couples: Pip & Duane Brant - Coloring Way Outside the Lines
November 19, 2018:
Pip Brant / Duane Brant
This episode's artist couple will inspire your life. They go from teaching and making art to breeding bunnies and shaping bonsai, from making music with sewing machines and bicycles to driving cattle. They've gone from Wyoming, Montana, and Missouri, to London and finally Miami. This is not your everyday life.
Miami Performance International Festival   /   Armory Art Center   /   Art Daily

17. Anne Tschida & Elisa Turner: Arts Writers Speak Up
November 5, 2018:
Elisa Turner / Anne Tschida
We're talking about facing, and fighting, irrelevance in today’s art systems and the big market. Yes, that strange universe of the Art Market. Arts writers Elisa Turner and Anne Tschida discuss the creative writing process that parallels the practice of artists of any discipline today.
Delicious Line   /   Hamptons Art Hub   /  Artburst Miami

16. Carola Bravo & Rochi Llaneza Talk About Hartvest Project
October 22, 2018:
Carola Bravo / Rochi Llaneza
From placing cutting-edge art in affluent suburban communities to coffee shops to planting seeds to German spies, we covered it all. Listen to these two phenomenal and focused Miami-based women artists, curators, and activists here to initiate change.
Hartvest Project   /  ArtTable FL Instagram

15. Alexandre Merbouti, Monica McGivern, Nabedi Osorio: Surf Noir with Haute Tension
October 8, 2018:
Haute Tension Band
Musical talent "Haute Tension" (High Voltage)a Miami band with the trio Alexandre Merbouti, Monica McGivern, and Nabedi Osorio, delivers a highly charged new sound. Get the scoop on their debut album and the details of the band's unique heritage. We have some sample tracks to perk up your ears and wake up your senses. Debut Album   /  Miami Girls Rock Camp /  Monica McGivern Photography

14. Couples: Randy Burman & Manita Brug-Chmielenska
September 24, 2018:
Randy Burman / Manita Brug-Chmielenska
A look into the very diverse yet perfectly matched lives and careers of the Miami based couple, a landscape architect/educator/arts advocate and a graphic designer/visual artist, and what happens when they make art happen together. Poems to the Sky   /  Ikon Communications & Marketing

13. Kerry McLaney: Past, Present, Future Miami Art Scene
September 10, 2018:
Kerry McLaney
Living and working in Miami since 1992, today's guest is the founder and creative director of 305 Creative Group, a boutique creative agency in Wynwood specializing in Branding, Social Media, Photography and Marketing. Kerry delivers the whole story on the origins of the Miami Art Scene. An "idea" person, she's always been inspired to do outstanding work collaborating with our city's creative people. She personifies Miami with a wildly mixed-media heritage: Irish - German - Spanish - Haitian. Miami Independant Thinkers

12. Art On Fire: Guggenheim Fellow Paolo Buggiani, with Jiame Piña and Cinzi Sarto.
August 27, 2018:
Paolo Buggiani / Jaime Piña / Cinzia Sarto
The studio was lit up when Paolo made a surprise visit. And yes that's a bit of a pun since his work has most often involved fire!  The artist is 85 so his experience of the scene goes way back. You'll hear tall art tales about the struggles and rewards he encountered from Italy to the East Village of the 60s, 70s and 80s, with more added from artist friends in common who joined us for the session. Zero: Rome

11. Miami's Bright Young Artists
August 13, 2018:
Lauren Shapiro / Alex Nuñez / Deming King Harriman
From Boston to Delray Beach to Miami to Brooklyn to Mexico and all the way to the Amazon Rain Forest, these artists don't stand still. In a short time, they've made a big impression here. For them the key is connections and communities with no boundaries. Fountainhead Studios / Lab Verde / SuperFine! / Sunday Painter

10. Couples: Anja Marais & Rudi Repenning
July 30, 2018:
Anja Marais / Rudi Repenning
In this Couples Series, an artist and a furniture designer/woodworker tell us about their journeys from opposite corners of the globe heading straight to Florida and the art community here. It's all about the smell of soil and fresh cut wood and mulberries. Oh yes, and cats - the "must-have" studio cats.

09. Women Artists and the Allure of New Media
July 16, 2018:
Cat del Buono / Yeon Jin Kim
Guests today comment on beauty, domestic violence, ghosts, and monsters. Artists, Cat del Buono and Yeon Jin Kim, discuss working in new media and film, and their most recent projects. We spoke about their studio practice in this direction and why so many women artists choose the world of film and video art.

08. Community Within Community
July 2, 2018:
Sophie Blachet & Helene Filipecki
Have you ever stopped to think how big the French community is here? It's BIG! Our guests speak about the non-profit organization they founded and co-direct, The French Arts Associates, opening doors and creating cultural events for the French community in Miami and for everyone who wants to meet some very interesting people.

07. Now You Are Who You Are
June 18, 2018:
Francine Birbragher-Rozencwaig, PhD / Jessica Mitrani / Rhonda Mitrani
A woman ahead of her time, journalist Nellie Bly, working in 1887, has inspired artist Jessica Mitrani to create a fantastical journey for the equally daring. Join the artist, along with curator Francine Birbragher-Rozencwaig, and co-curator and Miami's project host, Rhonda Mitrani as we go behind the scene.

06. Couples: Collectors & Art Activists
June 4, 2018:
Debra Scholl / Dennis Scholl
This may be their most important tip: How the alphabet might inspire the rest of your life! The passionate lives of this Miami couple are creating a legacy for the Miami Art Community. Locust Projects / ArtCenter SF / Mother Tongue Wine / Inside My Studio Film Documentaries

05. Sleeping with Art
May 21, 2018:
Mariela Alvarez / Jesse MacDougall
On hand in Miami from the stellar firm ICRAVE in NY, two designers make a quick drive-by visit before their flight back to NY. Their new project is going up near the BASS Museum on Miami Beach. Listen in on how hanging with friends can lead to a super successful career, about selecting artwork and baking designer cupcakes. Coseena

04. The Future Isn't What It Used To Be
May 7, 2018: Tami Katz-Freiman / Ombretta Agró Andruff / Susan Caraballo
Three Miami curators to follow! We sat down to talk about the effect of politics on art and funding, curating for the Venice Biennale, Utah's MOCA and examining man-made violence, and Miami's own floating art+science residency. The Isreali Pavillion at the 2017 Biennale / Art Sail Residency

03. Couples: Making Work & Working It Out
April 23, 2018:
Kathleen Hudspeth / Adler Guerrier
1st "Couples" series. Clothespin dolls, growing up in Haiti, working the system, frogs, & gaining poetics in art work. Kathleen's a master printmaker, art educator, founder/director of Turn-Based Press. Adler creates visual dialogues between multiple media, born in Haiti, he's a graduate of New World School of the Arts, and exhibits extensively including in the 2008 Whitney Biennial.

02. The View From Chavon
April 9, 2018:
Stephen Kaplan, / Raúl Miyar / Gustavo Fermín
Art & Company takes you to the Chavon School of Design in the Dominican Republic for a talk with the school's rector, and two artists who teach and head up programs there. We got together in the rector's office in the beautiful artist's village at Altos de Chavon. Chavon School of Design

01. Creative Crossovers
April 4, 2018:
Neil Ramsay / Thais Fontanelle / Natasha Duwin / Nina Surel / Cat Taylor
1st full podcast! Lunch&Learn with Neil Ramsay, economist/professor/art curator - Thais Fontenelle, director of Minotti Miami/design curator - Natasha Duwin, former president/co-founder of Kipu Systems/artist activist - Nina Surel, artist/director of Collective 62 -  Cat Taylor, business/creative strategist.

00. Our Podcast Tailer: Intro with the Host
April 2, 2018:
Alette Simmons-Jimenez
Intro and preview by the host of Art & Company: Miami artist Alette Simmons-Jimenez. Art & Company is a new biweekly podcast of spontaneous conversation on art and creativity in Miami and beyond. This short trailer includes audio samples from upcoming guests Neil Ramsey, Thais Fontanel, Dennis Scholl, and Debra Scholl.