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Vanessa Irzyk

Episode 177:  Vanessa Irzyk joins us this week from Boston (MA) to discusses her paintings that explore color interaction through various layers of paint, washes, geometric shapes, and intricate design.   Vanessa was selected as one of Studio Break’s 2016 competition winners in our PRO category and she has an upcoming show May 5th entitled Lord Help Us Get It All Together at Lens Gallery in Boston.

Vanessa Irzyk      Lens Gallery      iTunes

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  • Chromiumphalooxidebluelightfluorescentmagenta
  • Dnaultramarinehansaphaloglitter
  • Magentasiennachromiumgoldglitter
  • Phalocarbonmagentavioletglitter
  • Magentapinkpreylinegoldglitter

Daniel Mrva

Episode 176:  Studio Break is pleased to present the work of Daniel Mrva, who was selected as one of Studio Break’s 2016 PRO Competition Winners.  Daniel currently lives and works in the great state of Colorado where he continues to make new work rooted in geometry,  systems of abstraction, color, and form.

Daniel Mrva      iTunes

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  • Archive of Scarcity Window Asheville install_edit
  • Archivist Orientation Install1_edit
  • Archivist Orientation Install2_edit
  • Body Archive poster_edit
  • Body Archiving Handbook cover_edit
  • Body Bureaucratic Archivist Orientation_edit
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Leah Sandler

Episode 175:  This week Leah Sandler discusses her studio practice, which explores institutional critique and archiving the body through a variety of interdisciplinary approaches.  Leah was chosen as one of Studio Break’s 2016 MFA Competition Winners, her work is currently on view at Window (Re-Production/Re-Presentation) in Asheville (NC) and the Olin Library at Rollins College in Winter Park (FL).

Leah Sandler      Window (Re-Production/Re-Presentation)      Artborne Magazine     iTunes

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Joseph Podlesnik

Episode 174:  Joseph Podlesnik joins the podcast from Phoenix (AZ) to discuss his recent series of photo based work after spending years drawing and painting.  His work is quite formal in nature and heavily  influenced by the Elements and Principals of Design which serve as a way of distilling each experience of the observed world into a tightly composed photograph.

Joseph Podlesnik      JSS in Civita      iTunes

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Barbara Marks

Episode 173:  Barbara Marks joins us from Connecticut to discuss her evolution as a painter following a successful career as a graphic designer in the book publishing industry.  Her abstract works are rooted in observation.  Through a deliberate process  of layering colors, mark making, and editing she works to ensure each painting is a unique exploration unto itself.

Barbara Marks      iTunes

  • 1 A Library for Soft Rains 2016
  • 2 Soft Rains detail
  • 3 HEX Outpost (collaboration with Leslie Mutchler) 2016
  • 4 Streaming Fields 2014
  • 5 Temporary Monument 2013
  • 6 Temporary Monument alternate view
  • 7 LETTERFORM 2013
  • 8 Sunrise Sticks

Jason Urban

Episode 172:  Jason Urban joins us from Austin to provide an overview of his studio practice which explores a wide range of printmaking, sculpture, and installation art.  Over the last year Jason has been  researching libraries and working toward an exhibition entitled “The Formalist’s Library,” which opens at SNAP Gallery in March.

Jason Urban      SNAP      iTunes


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  • Naïve Object #2
  • P.P.S. (Heart’s Ease)
  • P.P.S. (Perennial)
  • P.S. (Cover)
  • P.S.
  • Screen Lovers (Beach #2)
  • Screen Lovers (One Head)
  • Wake
  • Wake, panel detail

Eli Craven

Episode 171:  This week Eli Craven joins Studio Break to talk about his work that explores nostalgia through appropriated images and objects, which  are then recontextualized into  sculptural and installation based works.  Eli was selected as Studio Break’s 2016 Competition Winner and his exhibition entitled Touching will open January 20th at DEMO Project in Springfield IL.

Eli Craven      DEMO Project      iTunes

  • Gate(alternate)_Grandma Beach Spirit_Aftermath
  • Audrey Wig and View from a room
  • SB_Audrey wig (detail)
  • Radarhomeinstall
  • SB_Tumor Storm
  • SB_AuntCarol
  • SB_Bald Mom
  • SB_Tumors
  • SB_Tumor(detail)
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Amy Reidel

Episode 170:  Amy Reidel joins Studio Break as our first guest of the year, she a St. Louis based multimedia artist creating painting and drawing works as well as mixed media installation, collage, and video works.  Her latest exhibition is entitled Radar home 11.8.13 and is on view at The Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries in St. Louis Missouri.

Amy Reidel      iTunes

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Benjamin Gardner

Episode 169:  Benjamin Gardner returns to the podcast to discuss the evolution of his recent series of painting and sculpture works, which are informed by the 1962 film La Jetee by Chris Marker.

Benjamin Gardner      iTunes

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  • 8_tangerine-apples
  • 6_a-family-experience
  • 2_nesting
  • 4_follow-the-leader
  • 3_snake-in-the-tacks
  • 5_a-family-portrait

Philip Jackson

Episode 168:  This week Philip Jackson joins the podcast to discuss perceptual painting and his latest series of paintings entitled Preludes, which will be exhibited at the Southside Gallery in Oxford Mississippi on November 3rd from 6-8 pm.

Philip Jackson      Southside Gallery      iTunes


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Steve Adair

Episode 167:  Steve Adair returns to the podcast to discuss his studio works which include a series of figurative paintings that combine portraiture with abstraction; in addition Steve also discusses his recent exhibition of his “Leaf Form” series at the Tinnin Center Art Gallery at Three Rivers College.

Steve Adair      iTunes

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Dana Sikkila Murphy, The 410 Project

Episode 166:  This week Dana Sikkila Murphy returns to the podcast to discuss the latest from The 410 Project, a contemporary art gallery and experimental space located in Mankato, MN.  The 410’s latest venture entitled “Project Bike” has literally been a journey with Dana biking across the state, visiting and documenting artists working in their studios.  In all 10 artists from Minnesota will be featured in an upcoming documentary that will culminate in an exhibition of artwork, which opens at the 410 Project on October 7th from 7-9pm.

The 410 Project      Project Bike, Video Preview     Dana Sikkila Murphy      iTunes


  • Amorphous Longing Pink, 2016, watercolor on paper, 5’x8′ feet
  • Detail, Amorphous Longing Pink, watercolor on paper
  • Bloomington Center for the Arts, summer 2016
  • Crystalline Pathways, 2015, watercolor on paper, 5’x8′ feet
  • Cloud VioletMy Sea,2015, watercolor on paper, 5’x8′ feet
  • Detail, Cloud Violet My Sea
  • Lingering Reflection, 2015, watercolor on paper, 5’x8′ feet
  • Detail, Lingering Reflection
  • Brilliant Absorption Red, 2015, watercolor on paper, 5’x8′ feet
  • Susupended Thought, 2016, watercolor on paper, 5’x8′ feet
  • Moments at the Edges of Things, 2016, paper, 9’x4′ feet

Keren Kroul

Episode 165: This week Keren Kroul joins us from Minnesota to discuss her large-scale watercolor paintings that explore abstraction, mapping, and neural pathways through memory and reflection.  Keren was selected by Julia Friedman (Exchangeworks) as the winner of Studio Break’s 2015 competition and was selected for a solo exhibition at Jan Brandt Gallery in 2017.

Keren Kroul      Artistry      iTunes

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Jamey Hart

Episode 164:  This week Jamey Hart joins us to talk discuss his paintings inspired by daily life and walking the streets of Cleveland, Ohio.  His recent work combine a variety of materials including paint, fabric, plywood, string, foam, recycled paintings, and “other things.”

Jamey Hart     337 Project Space      New American Paintings      iTunes

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Josh Johnson

Episode 163:  Josh Johnson joins us from Lincoln, Nebraska to discuss his sculpture and installation works which explore a wide range of materials.  Josh was selected as a finalist by Julia Friedman (Exchangeworks) for Studio Break’s 2015 competition.

Josh Johnson      iTunes

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  • 2_The_Space_Between_Exhibition
  • 3_The_Space_Between_Pillows
  • 4_How_You_Doin
  • 5_Mammy_Tag
  • 6_Hey
  • 7_All_the_Men_in_the_World_Layer_2
  • 8_The_Space_Between_Interactions
  • 9_N.O.Y.F.B._Exhibition
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Ashley Hairston Doughty

Episode 162:  Ashley Hairston Doughty joins the podcast to discuss her experience as an artist and graphic designer, and teacher.  Her recent work utilizes personal accounts of street harassment and transforms them into  colorful installations that invite the viewer to consider their experiences and further the discussion.  Ashley was selected as a finalist by Julia Friedman (Exchangeworks) for Studio Break’s 2015 competition.

Ashley Hairston Doughty      Design Kettle      iTunes

  • Deep Dark II
  • Piled Up
  • Whirlwind
  • Pooled
  • From Within
  • Filtered
  • Deep Dark
  • Deep Dark III
  • A Swimmer on the streets
  • A Swimmer in the Studio

Amanda Kralovic

Episode 161:  Amanda Kralovic joins us and delves into her studio practice which explores the medium of print and other mixed media.   Amanda is a 2015 Studio Break Competition finalists selected by Julia Friedman of ExchangeWorks and is currently exhibiting work in the 29th Annual McNeese National Works on Paper Exhibition in Lake Charles (LA) through May 12th.

Amanda Kralovic      iTunes

  • Apocalyptic Nostalgia #1 Gallery Shot
  • Genesis Project
  • Genesis Project #1
  • Genesis Project #1 Close Up
  • Post-Times Survival Tip #86
  • Post-Times Survival Tip #86 Close Up
  • Post-Times Survival Tip #109
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  • Mannequins
  • Mannequins Close Up
  • Rock Drawings
  • Prayer Flags Installation #1
  • Prayer Flags Installation #2
  • Prayer Flags Installation Close Up

Jonathon Engelien

Episode 160: This week we’re joined by Minnesota artist Jonathon Engelien who explores  ideas of a post-apocalyptic landscape within his multimedia works and web project entitled Norde Tribe.  Jonathan’s exhibition entitled Apocalyptic Nostalgia 2 opens at Roy G Biv Gallery in Columbus Ohio on April 2nd, 7 p.m.

Jonathon Engelien      Norde Tribe      iTunes

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Osage Arts Community, Mark McClane/John Dorsey

Episode 159:  This week Mark McClane and John Dorsey join us to discuss Osage Arts Community, an artist residency located in rural Belle, Missouri.  Serving as Executive Director, Mark provides a history of the residency, it’s mission to support artists of all types, and what’s in store for the future of OAC.  John is a poet and is currently an artist in residence, he provides some perspective on life in Belle and his completion of a new book of poetry entitled Being the Fire which will be published by Tangerine Press in September.

Osage Arts Community      OAC, Facebook      John Dorsey, Tangernie Press

  • An Outline
  • Double Time
  • Forward, Rewind
  • No More Goodbyes
  • No Thank You
  • Private Plans
  • School For Girls
  • Secrets Revealed
  • Shorthand
  • This is Not That Book

Jordan Buschur

Episode 158:  Jordan Buschur invites us into her studio this week to discuss the evolution of her painting, her current works, and her experiences traveling and working as an artist.  Her work is currently being exhibited throughout the U.S. and you can check it out at: Fred Simon Gallery, Elizabeth Stone Harper Gallery, and Trestle Gallery.

Jordan Buschur      iTunes

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  • Replacing Space I
  • Revelation:Surface tension
  • Revelation:Surface tension, detail
  • Boro:Reclaimed Space

Grant Benoit

Episode 157:  This week Grant Benoit joins the podcast to discuss his multimedia work, which incorporates printmaking, ceramics, and found materials.   Grants work was selected by Julia Friedman  (Exchange Works) for Studio Break’s 2015 Competition, ultimately earning a solo exhibition hosted by DEMO Project of Springfield, IL; Were we even here opens January 15th, 6-8:30 p.m.

Grant Benoit      DEMO Project      iTunes

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Shelby Shadwell

Episode 156:  Shelby Shadwell is our first guest of 2016, he joins Dave to talk about his most recent series of objective works entitled COMEDIE as well as a new series of non-objective line drawings.  He currently has a solo exhibition up called Apex at the Portland Art Museum and also has a group exhibition entitled Gesture Control at the Dayton Visual Art Center.

Shelby Shadwell      Creative Research (Facebook)      iTunes

  • Belonging (Saw)
  • Belonging (Arm Chair)
  • Belonging (Magnifying Glass)1
  • Belonging (Compass)
  • Belonging (Wrench)
  • Cloud 5 (web)
  • Cloud 14
  • Rurality 33 (Shadows)1
  • Rurality 34 (To-From)1

Ben Cohan

Episode 155:  Ben Cohan is our guest this week and as always there’s a lot discuss about his painting practice, which has explored both representation and abstraction.  His newest series of paintings are based off objects and artifacts left by his great grandfather and are the basis for his solo exhibition entitled Belonging, at Jan Brandt Gallery.

Ben Cohan      Jan Brandt Gallery      iTunes

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  • 5_The Compatibilists
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  • 12-ExceptingAlice
  • PersistentRemainders
  • REBuilding

Ben Duke

Episode 154:  Ben Duke made the trek in from Michigan for a special live recording of the podcast this week.  During the discussion Ben sheds light on a very intensive studio practice that keeps his exploration open, allowing each painting to be a unique experience.

Ben Duke      Ann Nathan Gallery      iTunes

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Heidi Cody

Episode 153:  This week Heidi Cody joins us to share insight into her studio work that explores products, branding, and ideas of American Consumerism.  Her current project is entitled “Climate Toothpaste,” which is a crowd funded Indiegogo project created to raise awareness about the dangers of climate change.

Heidi Cody      Climate Toothpaste (Indiegogo)      Climate Toothpaste (Facebook)      iTunes


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Max Manning

Episode 152:  Max Manning joins us this week to delve into his painting practice which explores just about every avenue of abstraction.   His work is currently featured in the in a group exhibition at Front/Space in Kansas City with fellow painters Jessica Simorte and Peter Shear entitled More or Less.

Max Manning       Front/Space      iTunes

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Nick Naber

Episode 151:  This week Nick Naber joins us to discuss his studio practice which explores ideas of architecture, space, and home through an intensive drawing practice.  Nick is the co-editor of The Costal Post and his work is currently featured in a group exhibition at Opus Projects in New York entitled Opus Unum.

Nick Naber      Opus Projects      The Costal Post      iTunes

  • One Every Day at EFA Project Space, The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, New York, NY 2009
  • Copy Jam
  • Copy Jam,  Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction in Philadelphia, PA, 2010
  • Inkster comic book
  • Lecture at Baltimore Contemporary Print Fair, Baltimore Museum of Art, 2012
  • Printeresting Black Ink collaboration with Gamblin Aritsts Colors 2012
  • Rum Riot Press at Space Gallery in Portland, Maine, 2012-2
  • Rum Riot Press at Space Gallery in Portland, Maine, 2012
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Episode 150:  This week Amze Emmons, Jason Urban, and R.L. Tillman of Printeresting join Studio Break to discuss the organizations 7 years history exploring Contemporary Print.  The members of Printeresting also share their thoughts on the organizations new direction with the launch of their new project on October 7th entitled Ghost.

Printeresting      Ghost      iTunes

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Megan Kathol Bersett

Episode 149:  Megan Kathol Bersett joins us this week to discuss her paintings and her solo exhibition entitled “Tug” that’s up through October 1st at McHenry County College.

Megan Kathol Bersett      iTunes

  • Manifest Street View
  • High: A Survey of Realism
  • 1st Manifest Prize (ONE 1)
  • Solo Exhibit – Shelby Shadwell
  • Bestiary video installation
  • 3rd Manifest Prize (ONE 3)
  • Master Pieces 5 (2)
  • INPHA 3 in local bookstore
  • INPHA and INPA publications
  • Manifest Open Figure Life Drawing Session
  • David Kassan demo 2012_2
  • 1st Manifest Artist Residency Studio
  • 2nd Manifest Artists in Residence Nicholas Mancini and Jeremy Plunkett
  • Manifest Staff (Summer 2013) Tim Parsley, Michelle Sanchez, Katie Baker, Jason Franz

Jason Franz, Manifest

Episode 148: Jason Franz of Manifest joins us this week to discuss the history and formation of the Cincinnati nonprofit since it’s inception in 2004.  Manifest Gallery has exhibited artists from around the globe with each and every exhibition available as an exhibition in print through Manifest Press.  In addition to exhibitions Manifest now features an Artist Residency and offers a variety of drawing courses and workshops through their Drawing Center.

Manifest      iTunes