Our best professional practices podcasts series focuses on the business end of being an artist. “What Do Curators Want” focuses on the curator and gallerie’s perspective on how to develop and sustain professional relationships. “Shop Talk” talks about project management and best practices of sustaining a career. “SOCIAL: HOW DOES SOCIALLY ENGAGED ART HAPPEN IN LOS ANGELES” speaks to what is needed in Los Angeles for artists to be effective working in communities and non-traditional spaces.


Was a Roundtable Workshop hosted by LACE. It explored the possibilities and limits of current organizational models and curatorial strategies that support Social Engagement Art practices. From trust building and community process to funding and timing, this session invites participants to grapple with fundamental questions: How to sustain a project? How to represent in the community? How long will the work really take?

These Conversations were a part of a larger project instigated by Anne Bray as part of Freewaves.org


A 10-part podcast series addressing best professional practices for contemporary visual artists.

A conversation with Lisa Melandri

Director for Exhibitions and Programs at The Santa Monica Museum of Art.

A conversation with Aimee Chang

Director of Academic and Residency Program at The Hammer Museum.

A conversation with Aram Moshayedi

Curator, LA><ART

A conversation with Irene Tsatsos

Independent Curator

A conversation with Jeff Poe

Curator, LA><ART

A conversation with Julie Deamer

Founder & Executive Director, Outpost for Contemporary Art

A conversation with Kristi Engle

Owner, Kristi Engle Gallery

A conversation with Karen Rapp

Director of  the Vincent Price Gallery, ELAC

A conversation with Lorraine Molina

Owner & Director, LM Projects (formerly Bank Gallery)

A conversation with Tyler Stallings

Director of the Sweeney Art Gallery, UC Riverside

Shop Talk

Features frank conversations with your favorite contemporary artists. Hosted by artist Bari Ziperstein, you can think of Shop Talk like that “Inside the Actor’s Studio” show on Bravo, except for visual artists. What are some misconceptions about being a contemporary LA artist? How do you juggle deadlines, personal life, and your day job? Has your life suffered because of art? These are tough questions, and Bari gets some very honest answers from some of LA’s most celebrated and respected artists.

Much thanks to the Tremaine Foundation and The Pasadena Art Alliance for their support of this series. Special thanks to Jonathan Stoffenmacher.

A conversation with Olga Koumoundouros

We were thrilled to launch this series with Olga Koumoundouros — a Los Angeles based sculptor whose work looks back to the very roots of the “American Dream,” as a way to decipher how, exactly, did we end up moving backwards and calling it advancement. This past June, Olga’s solo exhibition Demand Management opened at REDCAT in Los Angeles (visit the link & see pics of her REDCAT show before you listen). She is represented by Susanne Vielmetter in Los Angeles.

A conversation with Alexandra Grant

This week, Alexandra Grant is on board  — a Los Angeles based artist known for her dense and layered drawings that use layered text as painterly abstraction.  She is in the process of completing her first public sculpture for Watts House Project called Love House.  She is represented by Honor Fraser in Los Angeles.

A conversation with Eve Fowler

This week, we’ve got Eve Fowler on tap. Eve is a Los Angeles based photographer. In 2008, Eve and Lucas Michael opened Artist Curated Projects, an artist run space in Fowler’s Los Angeles apartment.

A conversation with Steve Hurd

Steve Hurd is a Los Angeles based painter whose most recent paintings brings his monumental frustrations and skepticism with the art world, mass media, the Iraq War, and the medium of painting into stunning view.  He is represented by Rosamund Felsen Gallery in Los Angeles.

A conversation with Mark Allen

Mark Allen is the owner and director of the non-profit Machine Project, which exists to “encourage heroic experiments of the gracefully over-ambitious.” They provide educational resources to people working with technology, collaborate with artists to produce site-specific works, and promote conversations between scientists, poets, technicians, performers, and the community of Los Angeles as a whole.

A conversation with Shana Lutker

Shana Lutker is a Los Angeles based artist whose work focuses on the psychological affects of history and politics. Using a combination of photography, sculpture, installation, drawing, and performance, she presents spare and economical objects, images, and situations. She has had solo exhibitions at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects and was included in the 2008 & 2006 California Biennial.  She finds time to be the Managing Editor of X-TRA magazine based in Los Angeles. She is represented by Susanne Vielmetterin Los Angeles.

A conversation with Mary Kelly

Mary Kelly is a Los Angeles based artist and seminal figure of the feminist art movement. She is known for her project-based work, addressing questions of sexuality, identity, psychoanalysis, feminist politics, and historical memory in the form of large-scale narrative installations.  Since 1996, Kelly has been Professor of Art and Critical Theory Art in the School of Art and Architecture at UCLA, where she has established an Interdisciplinary Studio area for graduate students engaged in site-specific, collective and project-based practices. She is represented by Rosamund Felsen Gallery in Los Angeles andPostmasters in NY.

A conversation with Tom Lawson

Tom Lawson is a Los Angeles based painter, writer, Dean of the School of Art at CalArts, and—for the past 8 years—the co-editor of Afterall. He is now starting a new website and publishing venture called East of Borneo.  Most recently he had solo exhibitions at Participant Inc in New York, and in Los Angeles at LAXART;‘The Pictures Generation, 1974-1984′ at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in NY and is the recipient of a 2009 Guggenheim Fellowship. He is represented by David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles.

A conversation with David Burns

David Burns is a Los Angeles-based artist, curator, and educator. David is a member of the seminal Los Angeles activist art collective Fallen Fruit, along with Matias Viegener and Austin Young.  Fallen Fruit’s recent solo projects include the ongoing EATLACMA at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, United Fruit at L.A.C.E., the annual Public Fruit Jam at Machine Project, and many more. Burns’ recent projects have been shown at the Ars Electronica (Austria), Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco), Netherlands Architecture Institute at Maastricht, and Artists Space in New York, among others. David Burns is a graduate of California Institute of the Arts (1993) and received his MFA from the University of California, Irvine in 2005.

A conversation with Brian Bress

Brian Bress is a Los Angeles based artist and filmmaker. His collages, photographs, videos and paintings have been exhibited in various group shows and film festivals in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, including Spike and Mike’s Festival of Animation, Black Maria Film Festival, New York Director’s Club Biennial and The LA Weekly Biennial. His work has been presented in solo exhibitions at Cherry and Martin, Zach Feuer Gallery, and Angstrom Gallery. Recent group exhibitions include those at the Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadephia PA), Human Resources (Los Angeles), and Diverse Works (Houston TX), among others. He received his BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 1998 and his MFA from University of California, Los Angeles in 2006.

More information about Brian Bress is available on his website, www.brianbress.com, or atCherry and Martin.

A conversation with Katie Grinnan

Katie Grinnan is an artist living and working in Los Angeles. She is represented by ACME. gallery in Los Angeles and has exhibited her work at the Whitney Museum in New York, MOCA in Los Angeles, the MAK Center in Los Angeles, and Modern Art Oxford in the UK.  She attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and received her M.F.A. from U.C.L.A.

Her sculptures and installations use hybrid techniques, borrowing from photography and approaching sculpture from an expanded field. Combining photography and sculpture allows social, psychological, imagined, physical, and visual space to exist simultaneously while spotlighting the incongruities between the structure and surface of an object.

For more information about Katie Grinnan’s work, visit ACME‘s website.

A conversation with Kim MacConnel

Kim MacConnel is an influential artist in the Pattern and Decoration Movement of the 1970s. Taking cues from Picasso and the so-called “primitivists,” MacConnel has taken the primitive and made it relevant in different dialogues between cultures. MacConnel’s work has been exhibited internationally for over three decades, including recent shows at the Holly  Solomon Gallery (NYC), Rosamund Felsen Gallery, and Claremont Graduate University.  He is represented by the Rosamund Felsen Gallery.

A conversation with Rebecca Morris

Rebecca Morris is  an artist known for revitalizing abstract painting through her acclaimed artwork. Among her many accomplishments, Morris is the recipient of the 2008 Guggenheim Fellowship, and has received awards from the Tiffany Foundation and the Illinois Arts Council. As a Professor of Visual Art and Media Studies at Pasadena City College, she was awarded The Board of Trustees/Academic Senate Faculty Distinguished Lecturer Award. She has held solo exhibitions at The Renaissance Society, Chicago and The Santa Monica Museum of Art. Rebecca continues to hold solo shows and lecture at universities across the country.