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Author: Laura Tanner and Anne Stagg

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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.
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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.
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  Joelle Dietrick. Joelle is a multi-disciplinary artist who works in digital and physical realms, creating conceptual artworks that thematically champion the individual in the face of large economic systems, and inevitably, those system failures. Joelle's studio practice is steeped in research, reacting to current social and political events. Her work is often characterized by warped architectural elements, large scale shifts and bright color. In her work, she calls into question the relationship between person, place, and the concealed global systems that govern our everyday lives. In addition to her independent studio practice, Joelle also collaborates with her husband, Owen Mundy, who is an artist and coder. Together with Joelle’s background in painting, illustration, and design, they pool their skill sets to expand their approach to subjects and create interactive artworks that extend into the public sphere. There is often an educational component to their collaborative work, exposing surveillance capitalism and digital trackers, and reminding us to balance our virtual interactions with those in the material world. Their collaborative works often break free from the gallery and engage the viewer through more accessible platforms like public spaces, websites, and our cell phones: bringing awareness of the symbiotic relationship between all of these spaces. Joelle is on the faculty at Davidson in North Carolina School. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Open Call Podcast hosts conversations centered around contemporary art and is hosted by Laura Tanner and Anne Stagg. We share images of the artwork we discuss on our Instagram at #the_open_call_podcast. Another feature is that we ask each guest to give shoutouts to other artists and organizations and we feature their shoutouts on our Instagram too. New episodes are released every Thursday and our Instagram is active 5 days a week. Special thanks to Susan Cooper for voicing the Outro, Scott Stagg for composing our music, and to our interns: Alyssia Price, Erin Miller, Syd Cole, Ainsley Coty, and Christian Pruitt.In this episode of The Open Call Podcast, we talk with  Io Palmer. Io is a conceptual artist who lives and works in Pullman, Washington. She creates large-scale installations with humble materials to investigate ideas of access, and belonging. Io's work is richly surfaced and walks the line between beauty and kitsch, borrowing from the decorative arts to lure the viewer into an exploration of existing architecture in order to question how spaces can divide, as well as bring us together.  Join us as we catch up with Io Palmer and learn more about her work.
The Open Call Podcast hosts conversations centered around contemporary art and is hosted by Laura Tanner and Anne Stagg. We share images of the artwork we discuss on our Instagram at #the_open_call_podcast. Another feature is that we ask each guest to give shoutouts to other artists and organizations and we feature their shoutouts on our Instagram too. New episodes are released every Thursday and our Instagram is active 5 days a week. 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.In this episode of The Open Call Podcast, we talk with  Veronica Jackson. Veronica is a conceptual artist with an MFA in Visual and Critical Studies and a background in architecture and exhibition design. Her work  investigates her experience as a black woman in America and centers around themes of invisibility, hyper-visibility, and devaluation. In this episode we will hear more about her work and hear stories surrounding themes in her work. Join us as we catch up with Veronica Jackson. 
The Open Call Podcast is back with a new season of artist interviews. We launch our first episode on March 11. We hope that you will tune in for that conversation with Veronica Jackson and subscribe to The Open Call Podcast with co-hosts Laura Tanner and Anne Stagg
The Open Call Podcast hosts conversations centered around contemporary art and is hosted by Laura Tanner and Anne Stagg. We share images of the artwork we discuss on our Instagram at #the_open_call_podcast. Another feature is that we ask each guest to give shoutouts to other artists and organizations and we feature their shoutouts on our Instagram too. New episodes are released every Thursday and our Instagram is active 5 days a week. 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.In this episode of The Open Call Podcast, we talk with Mike Calway-Fagan who has been curating exhibitions for Stove Works. Stove Works is a new, multi-platform contemporary arts organization whose mission is to amplify the voices of artists in the SouthEast. We will learn more about Stove Works and their mission, get an in-depth look at Mike's curatorial practice, and hear about his own studio practice. Join us for our last podcast of Season 1 as we catch up with Mike Calway-Fagan and learn more about Stove Works.
The Open Call Podcast hosts conversations centered around contemporary art and is hosted by Laura Tanner and Anne Stagg. We share images of the artwork we discuss on our Instagram at #the_open_call_podcast. Another feature is that we ask each guest to give shoutouts to other artists and we feature those artists on our Instagram too. New episodes are released every Thursday and our Instagram is active 5 days a week. 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.In this episode of The Open Call Podcast, we will talk with Sharon Dynak and Tracey Kikut who together direct The Ucross Foundation. We will learn more about their highly esteemed residency program which are currently operating at 50% capacity due to COVID-19. We will learn about their many partnerships with other organizations and find out about how they are staying connected to their community as they continue their mission to serve artists, writers, and composers during the pandemic. Join us as we discover many of the wonderful things that make Ucross an esteemed residency program.
The Open Call Podcast hosts conversations centered around contemporary art and is hosted by Laura Tanner and Anne Stagg. We share images of the artwork we discuss on our Instagram at #the_open_call_podcast. Another feature is that we ask each guest to give shoutouts to other artists and we feature those artists on our Instagram too. New episodes are released every Thursday and our Instagram is active 5 days a week. 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. In this short bonus episode, Laura and Anne have a brief conversation with Kerianne Quick and learn more about her studio practice.
The Open Call Podcast hosts conversations centered around contemporary art and is hosted by Laura Tanner and Anne Stagg. We share images of the artwork we discuss on our Instagram at #the_open_call_podcast. Another feature is that we ask each guest to give shoutouts to other artists and we feature those artists on our Instagram too. New episodes are released every Thursday and our Instagram is active 5 days a week. 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. In this short bonus episode, Laura and Anne have a brief conversation with Jess Tolbert and learn more about her studio practice.
The Open Call Podcast hosts conversations centered around contemporary art and is hosted by Laura Tanner and Anne Stagg. We share images of the artwork we discuss on our Instagram at #the_open_call_podcast. Another feature is that we ask each guest to give shoutouts to other artists and we feature those artists on our Instagram too. New episodes are released every Thursday and our Instagram is active 5 days a week. Special thanks to our research assistants: Syd Cole, Ainsley Coty, Erin Miller, Alyssia Price, and Christian Pruitt who help with production. In this episode of The Open Call Podcast, we will talk with the indefatigable duo of Kevin O’Halloran and Sheila Pleasants who together direct the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts [VCCA] and their affiliated international programs in France, Ireland, and Germany. We will learn more about their highly esteemed residency programs which are currently closed to residents due to COVID-19. We will find out about how they are spending their days and discover how they are staying connected to their community and continuing their mission to serve writers, composers, and visual artists during the pandemic. Join us as we learn some of the wonderful things that set VCCA apart and make it such a beloved artist residency program to so many.
The Open Call Podcast hosts conversations centered around contemporary art and is hosted by Laura Tanner and Anne Stagg. We share images of the artwork we discuss on our Instagram at #the_open_call_podcast. Another feature is that we ask each guest to give shoutouts to other artists and we feature those artists on our Instagram too. New episodes are released every Thursday and our Instagram is active 5 days a week. Special thanks to our research assistants: Syd Cole, Ainsley Coty, Erin Miller, Alyssia Price, and Christian Pruitt who help with production. In this episode Laura and Anne head to New Orleans, Louisiana to talk with Cristina Molina. Cristina is a conceptual artist with a background in psychology and theater. Her work spans textiles, photography, video, installation, and performance. She presents her work through the lens of strong women calling into question many traditionally male-dominated narratives along the way.  We get a deep dive into some of her projects and hear about how the pandemic is impacting her studio practice. We also hear a little bit about The Front Gallery in New Orleans. Join us as we learn more about Cristina's work. 
The Open Call Podcast hosts conversations centered around contemporary art and is hosted by Laura Tanner and Anne Stagg. We share images of the artwork we discuss on our Instagram at #the_open_call_podcast. Another feature is that we ask each guest to give shoutouts to other artists and we feature those artists on our Instagram too. New episodes are released every Thursday and our Instagram is active 5 days a week. Special thanks to our research assistants: Syd Cole, Ainsley Coty, Erin Miller, Alyssia Price, and Christian Pruitt who help with production. In this episode, Laura and Anne catch up Kerianne Quick and Jess Tolbert to talk about their collaborative project, Secret Identity Projects. Kerianne and Jess are jewelers, activists, and academics and they use their artwork as a platform to engage social and political issues.  Join us for a fun conversation through which we learn more about their collaborative and independent artistic practices.
The Open Call Podcast hosts conversations centered around contemporary art and is hosted by Laura Tanner and Anne Stagg. We share images of the artwork we discuss on our Instagram at #the_open_call_podcast. Another feature is that we ask each guest to give shoutouts to other artists and we feature those artists on our Instagram too. New episodes are released every Thursday and our Instagram is active 5 days a week. Special thanks to our research assistants: Syd Cole, Ainsley Coty, Erin Miller, Alyssia Price, and Christian Pruitt who help with production. In this episode we head to Nashville, Tennessee to talk with Chalet Comellas Baker. Chalet is an interdisciplinary artist who wears many hats including artist, gallery director, academic, and bird enthusiast. She is a serial collaborator who enjoys working with others. We hear about her work and how she takes inspiration from music, language, and poetry as well as from her home in Nashville, Tennessee. We also hear about Unrequited Leisure, the gallery that she runs with her collaborator and gallery partner Clint Sleeper. Join us as we learn more about Chalet's work. 
How can visual art reach people at home? What are some of the ideas, themes, and concepts that artists explore in their work? How can we support artists’ while they are making work? In this podcast, Anne Stagg and Laura Tanner set out to bring together the contemporary art community through in-depth discussions. This podcast brings you engaging conversations with artists, curators, and arts organizations about what they are doing during the COVID-19 pandemic and it provides a behind-the-scenes look into their creative practices. The Open Call amplifies the voices of our guests to share the importance of art and staying connected. 
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