The Artist Next Level with Sergio Gomez

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Inspiring artists to take control of their art career. Hosted by Sergio Gomez, The Artist Next Level Podcasts features interviews with successful artists, art professionals, and provides practical advice to take your art career to the next level. Join us every week to get your dosage of inspiration and check out our resources at www.TheArtistNextLevel.com

Episode Date
The one thing that continues to bring new collectors year after year.
23:01

In this episode Sergio talks about turning a simple idea of challenging himself to paint small into a big promotion campaign that continues to bring new collectors to his work over and over again. In this episode you will hear how he launched it and reproduced it successfully every year since 2012.  Don't miss it and take notes. 

Sep 19, 2019
Expo Chicago President Tony Karman Talks About Community Impact
14:32

In this episode, Sergio Gomez chats with Tony Karman, President and Director of Expo Chicago. 

EXPO CHICAGO, The International Exposition of Contemporary & Modern Art, today announced the premier list of exhibitors for its eighth annual edition, September 19 – 22, 2019 at Navy Pier’s Festival Hall (600 E. Grand Ave). Marking another global edition, EXPO CHICAGO welcomes more than 135 leading galleries representing 24 countries and 68 cities from around the world. Countries represented at the 2019 exposition include: Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark, France, Germany, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, The Netherlands, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela and Zimbabwe.

Sep 10, 2019
How to network like a pro with Dale Miller
23:04

Do you want to connect with other artists, curators, gallerists or anyone else?  As you know, networking can be intimidating, difficult and honestly sometimes frustrating.  

Some people seem to have the magic wand to attract crowds while others have to work hard at it. In this episode, business expert Dale Miller shares amazing and practical strategies to connect with people both in person and online.

 

Sep 05, 2019
Why Artists Need More Patience in 2019
21:29

There is something very important to say about patience when it comes to growing an audience, selling art, getting opportunities and more. It seems like everyone wants fast results, quick wins and rise to success in no time.  However, growing in audience today is not easy. To get the results you want takes time. It is a long term game not a shortchanged one.  Maybe you have been struggling with that issue or maybe you see other succeeding and you wonder when it is going to be your turn. Well, this episode wil help you stay motivated for the long term. Enjoy!

Aug 29, 2019
Seven Instagram Tips to Grow Your Engagement
27:20

Are having a hard time growing your engagement and audience on Instagram? Are you stuck or frustrated? Then check out this episode and learn seven powerful ways to start getting results.

Aug 22, 2019
What makes a successful artist website?
25:23

Do you have an artist website? What makes a website attractive, functional and successful?  In today's episode Sergio shares light about the top features your artists website should have and the reasons behind that features. 

Jul 02, 2019
Marci Marsden on Pursuing Creativity Amongst Adversity
27:55

Marci Marsden is a Portland based artist. Her earliest creative expression was modern dance, but when diagnosed with an autoimmune disease at 19, she was forced to find  other outlets to explore her creative spirit. She spent time with working in clay, she co-designed furniture pieces along side her ex husband. She also designed and made one off fashion pieces using vintage fabric.

But it wasn’t until deep challenges that she came to painting. In the last several years her autoimmune disease began to have physical manifestation resulting in many surgeries and in turn limiting the use of her hands.  It can be challenging some days, to open jars or button her coat. But the one thing that it has not taken from her is her creativity. In a lot of ways it has actually brought her back to her art. No matter the limitations She have physically , her creativity remains in tact. And in a many ways it has been strengthened. Through these challenges and changing landscape that life is full of, It is the one constant thread.

Jun 14, 2019
Returning to your creative passion with artist Victoria Mitchell
23:28

Victoria Mitchell is a Canadian-based artists. In her early twenties creative projects included commission paintings, sketch design planning, and fashion illustration. Then in 1993 she shifted her focus to physical bodywork, which led to a 22 year career as a Registered Massage Therapist.

In recent years, and as a result of conversations with her ill father and the creation of a home art studio she returned to seriously pursing her passion in abstract/representational mixed media art. She began showing her paintings again in 2017 and she has not looked back since. 

Jun 05, 2019
Kelly Joy Ladd converts obstacles into opportunities through paper
24:05

Kelly Joy Ladd converts obstacles into opportunities through paper. Combining her admiration for understanding the universe and self, Ladd explores connections between space, time and our many roles within it.

May 31, 2019
How to Talk About Your Art with Greater IMPACT
31:13

In this episode Sergio shares a live broadcast recording where he explains 6 strategies to talk about your art with greater impact. 

May 22, 2019
Community Engagement in the Arts with Laura Sievert and Joi Cuartero
32:28

Community Engagement in the Arts with Laura Sievert and Joi Cuartero of Quincy, IL.

Laura Sievert is Executive Director of Arts Quincy, America’s First Arts Council.

Joi Cuartero is Marketing & Communications director for Great River Economic Development Foundation

May 02, 2019
Advice for Emerging Artist in 2019
29:29
Apr 05, 2019
Marilyn Artus: 100 Years. 36 States and 1 Artist's Journey
18:48

2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution. It took almost a year for 36 states to ratify it into law. But on August 18, 1920, my foresisters woke up with the right to speak their voice into the policies and the people that steer this nation. Finally, they could vote.

Marilyn Artus is a visual artist based in Oklahoma, and her work explores the female experience and women’s issues. She has created shows that explore the suffragist era in the U.S., pays tribute to an assortment of women in U.S. history and continues to collide the many different stereotypes that women navigate through on a daily basis.

Mar 28, 2019
Laurence de Valmy Gives Instagram to Famous Artists from the Past
37:33

Imagine if the famous artists of the past had access to Instagram! In this week's episode of the Artist Next Level Podcast, I have the opportunity to chat with artist Laurence de Valmy. She is known for her paintings featuring Instagram posts from artists of historical significance.   

Laurence de Valmy is a French born artist, who lives and works in Philadelphia area. She studied art both in France and in the USA. At first, she pursued a career in business in parallel of her artwork and has been a full time artist since 2015. 

Her current work titledPOST series, depicts fictional Instagram Posts of the past of famous artists and invites us to reflect on the links between artists through times and the relationship between Art and social media today.​

The artist combines her knowledge in art history and her skills in painting to appropriate iconic artworks and share their stories. Each artwork, created with acrylic, is a clever juxtaposition of an original painting and an imagined conversation historically accurate yet humorous.

Mar 19, 2019
Making Architecturally Scaled Collages with Phil Irish
38:08

Phil Irish makes paintings that are both fierce and beautiful. He is known for cutting paintings into fragments, and installing those pieces to make architecturally scaled collages that engage your senses and your mind.

Ontario artist, Phil Irish, has taken some dramatic turns in his creative practice.  Very much a painter, he began to scale up his work to an immersive scale. Creating painterly collages that interact with architecture has opened up new opportunities and collaborations.  These shifts have also involved rethinking business aspects of his work, from venues to funding.  With the ecological and spiritual themes that underlie his work, artist residencies have also been a critical research opportunities - including the Banff Centre and on an arctic icebreaker.

Phil Irish holds degrees from York (MFA) and Guelph (BA). His work has been shown at public museums, artist-run-centres, and commercial galleries across Canada, and in touring group exhibitions in the USA.

Mar 13, 2019
Juan de Lascurain turns a dream into a licensing world brand
40:34

Juan de Lascurain is an artist/designer from Mexico City. Six years ago while sitting at a table he picked up a black marker and a pen and did his first painting without realizing that it would change his life forever. A few days later a lady saw it and asked him if he was an artist.

He had never painted anything in his life, he spent his youth playing tennis and competing in triathlons around the world. Today, his commercial brand called Dream Big is being commerialized around the world and he continues to paint. He has participated in numerous biennals, solo exhibits and just started to get invited to paint murals in Colombia and France.

Some of his collaborations include companies like, Emaux de Longwy, Cultural department of Monterrey Mexico, Cultural department of Cali, Colombia, Museo Diego Rivera, Art Basel, Tuuci company and others.

Mar 05, 2019
Family, happiness & Hustle. Guest episode with Studio Confessions Podcast
26:24

In this episode, I share my guest appearance with Luis Martin, host of Studio Confessions Podcast. We talked about joy, happiness, family and hustle in the life of the artist. Take a listen and share with your friends.

Feb 26, 2019
The ever-changing life of an artist with Jaime Foster
31:57

What does it take to be an artist? Adaptation may be a good word. In this episode, Sergio and Chicago-based Jaime Foster talk about life, pets, family and the hustle life of an artist. Jaime shares her story and  figuring out how to combine passions with the causes we care about.

Feb 13, 2019
Painting with Fire with Shelley Gilchrist and Carol Hamilton
25:30

FUSEDChicago is an organization of Midwest artists who share an interest in the medium of encaustic. A method of making art using pigmented wax fused to a surface by heat. their mission is to advance public awareness of encaustic art through workshops and thematic exhibitions, and to create professional opportunities for networking and learning exchanges for their members.

Feb 05, 2019
20 Instagram Post Ideas to Try Next
33:03

Do you have trouble coming up with content ideas for Instagram? Are you running out of ideas what to post? Look no further. In today's episode, Sergio shares 20 Instagram Post Ideas to Try Next. Check out Sergio's new online course Social Media Skills for Artists to Grow Your Audience and Get Results in 2019. Visit http://www.theartistnextlevel.com/socialmedia

Feb 01, 2019
Rethinking the Way You See Social Media
18:43

Are you having trouble catching up with all things social media? Do you feel like you just have no time to manage all your content?  Maybe you just cannot seem to be able to grow your Instagram account.  This episode is for YOU!

Social Media Course: http://www.theartistnextlevel.com/socialmedia

Jan 17, 2019
Making 2019 Your Best Year Ever
23:50

As we get started with the new year, have you taken the time to plan and THINK about the new year?  In this episode I talk about planning and spending time thinking for the new year.  This is an episode you do not want to miss.

Dec 28, 2018
My visit to Art Basel Miami Beach 2018
24:01

Every year, I take time in my schedule to visit Art Basel Miami Beach and many of the other art fairs gather in Miami for that week. Everything from shows, art, people and more, Art Basel is a destination for thousands of people in the art world. In this episode, I chat with art expert Ruth Crnkovich and I share tips to visit Art Basel on a small budget.

Dec 13, 2018
Sarah Opat talks about why artists should have their work written about
22:21

I spent 25 minutes with artist and writer Sarah Opat talking about writing about art. This is something she is super passionate about. In the episode we discuss why artists should have their work written about and documented in their careers.

Dec 03, 2018
How to find international opportunities for your art
26:21

In this episode Sergio talks about one strategy to adopt when looking for international opportunities for your art. In 2018, Sergio was subject of four solo museum shows in three different countries. He talks about what it takes and one specific strategy that will help you get outside of your country and into the world.

Nov 29, 2018
Pia Cruzalegui talks about launching Twisted Oyster Film Festival
37:50

Twisted Oyster is an annual theme-based and socially conscious festival showcasing stories and works of human interest. At the core of the festival lies community engagement and social inclusion with a mission to place a spotlight on stories of human interest across a broad range of social issues, through the curation of films and time-based media artworks.  

Twisted Oyster is a unique festival in Chicago where film and art intersect in a dual program exhibition.  The works created by culturally diverse artists and filmmakers from around the world open doors to stories that engage the public into an in-depth experience of human tales and narratives. Every year, the festival selects a number of works created with the use of advanced digital technologies or electronics to create provocative installations, while films are selected by a jury panel of artists, filmmakers and writers. 

The festival’s dual program offers an opportunity to experience local and international short, feature, fiction, experimental, documentary films, and animation, plus a time-based art exhibition that includes small and large installations and performance for an immersive sensorial experience.

Twisted Oyster hosts lectures, presentations and invites high school- and community college-level artists to show their films or video artworks.

Nov 20, 2018
A conversation about collaborations with Satellite - Chicago
35:20

In this episode I have a great chat with the brand new art space Satellite - Chicago in the eve of their debut opening their space to the public. This group of four young emerging artists and creatives share their experiences and challenges with collaborating with one another.

Satellite Chicago is a co-operatively run artists space for performative, interactive and installation-based art. Founded around the thesis that the monoculture of economic rationality does not allow for the collective imagination of new social/organizational projects.

Our mission is to: Activate the art exhibition space as a tool for producing disruptive sensorial experiences that estrange socio-spatial contexts from codified etiquettes.

Nov 15, 2018
How to evaluate your art career and plan for the future
31:55

November is the perfect time to take a minute to evaluate your art career and start planning for the next year. Often we wait till January to plan ahead. Understanding how you used your time and the results you got will help you strategize for success in the new year. This episode will help you look at the areas of marketing, sales, organization, productivity and wellness.art

Nov 07, 2018
Why sometimes artists need a break
15:17

Sometimes you need a break from an art project or an activity you may be currently doing. Giving yourself permission to stop is the first step in moving to a happier place.

Nov 01, 2018
National Park Art Residencies with artist Fred Moss
37:18

Born and raised in the Chicago area Fred Moss was drawing and sketching the world around him from an early age. He grew up visiting the Chicago Art Institute, often admiring the outstanding impressionistic and classical painting collection. He also saw the traveling shows, and was influenced by the master painters and Impressionist shows.

He attended the College for Creative Studies after receiving a partial school grant and earned a bachelor’s degree. After graduation he studied with renowned painter Romel De La Torre, who helped him convey on canvas his thoughts and feelings. He also studied at the Florence Academy of Art in his grandparents’ native country, Italy. There he found a subject matter that inspired him—the scenic towns and countrysides of Italy. Fred painted Florence, Lake Como, Venetian canals, and hiked the mountains of the Cinque Terre looking for scenic views to capture on canvas.

 

In 2007 he was accepted into the American Impressionist Society's Annual National Juried Exhibition for his painting of "Springtime Flowers" which was held at Hilligoss Galleries in Chicago. In 2008 he was accepted into the American Impressionist Society’s Annual Juried Exhibition for his painting of “Rose Garden” which was held at Coda Gallery in California. In 2008 he had a solo show at the North Charleston City Gallery. In 2011 he had a painting in ArtPrize, which is a global art competition held in Grand Rapids Michigan. In 2014 he was commissioned to paint a public art “horse of honor”. Each horse was dedicated to a Chicago police officer who was killed or injured in the line of duty. The exhibit featured life size statues of Chicago mounted patrol units that were each artistically designed by local Chicago artists. The exhibit benefited the Chicago memorial foundation. In 2017 he was commissioned to paint a public art “K9” statue. Each K9 statue was of K9 officers. Fred created a Chicago Blackhawks themed K9 that was signed by the Chicago Blackhawks team. In 2014 he had a solo exhibition at the Harold Washington Chicago Library of “Impressions of Chicago Gardens”. He has exhibited in several galleries and shows which include the Hinsdale Center for the Arts, Beverly Art Center, Karen Solem’s Gallery, 7013 Studio, Hinsdale gallery, Arlington Heights Historical Museum, Elmhurst Artist Guild, Mainstreet Art Center, and Silhouettes Fifth Annual Exhibit. During 2004 and 2005 he participated at Art in the Barn, a juried art show. He has also painted Chicago and Italy cityscapes for limited edition prints which were signed, numbered, then distributed and sold in the Chicagoland area. Chicago city hall has one of his prints hanging there.

His painting "Cliffside View of Vernazza" was a finalist in the May Art Muse Contest. And his painting "Gliding Gondola" was a finalist in the January Art Muse Contest.

Over the years, he has done painting demonstrations for Friendship Village, taught oil painting at Art Cube Studios, and taught a workshop at the Elmhurst Art Guild about the use of computers by artists. Fred is now working on paintings of National Parks.

Aug 03, 2018
Katherine Macnaughton & Ashley Werhun take mentorship to the next level (Mentorly.co)
44:04

Mentorly was Co-founded by artist-entrepreneurs, Ashley Werhun, professional dancer formerly with Les Ballets Jazz de Montréal and Katherine Macnaughton, Filmmaker and Co-founder of Bis Films. Both are working artists with 20 years combined professional experience.

Mentorly is the first online arts mentorship platform providing accessible and engaging opportunities to connect with emerging and professional artists from around the world.

their mission is to empower artists by fostering learning through creative exchanges and to giving back to the community through our InKind Fund.

As working artists, Mentorly’s co-founders united over a common pain point. On one hand, Ashley, would receive hundreds of informal requests for advice that would clog up her Facebook messenger and Instagram inbox. As much as she wanted to help these aspiring dancers, the channel seemed too informal and inefficiently setup for providing thoughtful guidance. She noticed that this happened to the artists around her and wondered if it was a problem that crossed industries - it was.

Katherine, however, experienced the gap from a different perspective. “Founding a video production company right out of school and building it for the following 8 years was extremely rewarding, but also isolating at times. I often felt I missed out on the opportunity to build a network of peers and more importantly, experienced and like-minded professionals that I could look up to for guidance. What I really needed was a mentor.”

Both set out to fill this gap by building a platform that would foster creative exchanges and overall unite and strengthen the art community. After speaking with hundreds of artists who expressed the same pain points, the gap became achingly apparent: artists are hard-pressed to find guidance that can help steer their careers, develop and sharpen skills, and build confidence. This led to an urgent call to action: to provide direct access to mentors in one stroke and Mentorly was the timely solution. Since launch, the feedback has been resoundingly positive with many users asking us why this platform hasn’t existed sooner!

Mentorship is essential to growth, though it is often informal and inaccessible to most. It’s difficult to find a mentor in any profession, not just the arts. Universities feel this gap every day. They have experienced alumni that want to give back to their alma mater and enrolled students but they don’t live in the same city and are most often only solicited for donations. Students, however, attend that school because of their respected programs and resulting successful alumni. They aspire to be like them, but are currently disconnected from past graduates. The task of bringing them together and guiding these young minds is often left to a handful of staff who are already doing a million other things. By streamlining mentorship, Mentorly adds value to any university or organization. Mentorly, most recently is working with MIT!

“Finally something truly helpful in the world of art education and an opening gate & path to realizing a dream for many more creative people! (...) Linking people who want to learn with the people who have paid their dues and achieved a measure of success in their discipline has been rare and often extremely expensive. You are changing that!” - Barbara Rogers

Apr 30, 2018
Dr. Elaine M. Schmidt talks about collecting and curating
41:00

Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt spent her work career facilitating the education of younger students.  As teacher and administrator she was involved in creating learning environments for students with special learning needs.

Elaine is now spending her time and energy on a number of other projects she holds close to her heart.   She lives with her husband, Steven Alan Bennett, in San Antonio, Texas.  She and Steven are art collectors who specialize in realist paintings of women by women artists.  This undertaking has afforded them the opportunity to create a collection of women experiencing various emotions from all walks of life as well as to meet many creative artists.  The couple recently launched The Bennett Prize, designed to propel the careers of women painters who are or seek to become full-time professional painters.  Elaine also is one of the curators for “Visions of Venus/Venus’s Visions” at the Zhou B. Center which opens this coming Friday.

 

 

Apr 16, 2018
Artist Doug Frohman and his curatorial project Vitality Rising
39:41

Doug Frohman is a contemporary artist working in Chicago. His explorations into painting draw upon minimalist, color-field and architectural influences. Painted primarily in oil and encaustic with a cement trowel, he delivers a richly, sophisticated palette on wood panels. Mr. Frohman's work has been collected and exhibited widely across the US, including at the Trump International Hotel & Tower in Chicago, Eaton Center, Cleveland, OH and the Library of Congress, Washington DC.

Doug is currently represented by 4 Galleries across the US. in New York, Chicago, Atlanta and Columbus, OH. In 2016-17, he exhibited at 6 top US Art Fairs, including CONTEXT New York and Art Basel Miami. He has worked extensively with corporate art consultants, interior designers and architects executing commissions, installations, and sales to private collectors.

Apr 04, 2018
Artist Claire Becker and the reconciliaion of spirit and material
46:52

Claire Becker, born in Paris, France, grew up in Strasbourg where she studied art, literature, music, theater and dance. At 22, she left France to cross the Atlantic Ocean to Washington DC, and never returned, except to visit and present exhibitions.

She has lived in the United States, a short time in Tokyo in Japan, and presently lives and works in Mexico City.

She dedicated 10 years to dance, and has been a sculptor for the past 20 years. Her camera accompanied her in all of her travels and is a key tool in her creative process. Over the last 4 years, she has shown photography alongside her sculpture work.

Her work has been recognized with several grants and prizes and is part of important private art collections, museums’ collections, and public spaces.

She has participated in more than 80 exhibitions and international shows in galleries, art fairs and museums in Mexico, USA, Canada, Chile, Cuba, Australia, Singapore, China, France, Germany and Italy. She has presented more than 20 solo exhibitions in galleries, museums and public spaces, mostly in Mexico, like the Women’s museum (The Table is Set, 2016), the Traeger and Pinto contemporary art gallery (Head in the clouds, 2014), the downtown Plaza Juarez (Bbla, 2012), the Chopo museum (Sweet and Sour, 2007), all in Mexico City; She presented Materia Dispuesta in The Museum of Contemporary Art of Yucatan (MACAY) in the city of Merida, Mexico, in 2013; The moon’s exuberances in The Matthei gallery in Santiago, Chile (2007); Dismantled Reality in the Museum of Anthropology of the City of Xalapa, Mexico, in 2005.

 

 

 

Mar 27, 2018
When should I make an Exhibition Proposal? Breakfast with Sergio
13:52

Introducing Breakfast with Sergio. A live video show on social media covering art topics artists need to know about to grow their art career. Listen to episode one in today's podcast.

Feb 27, 2018
Artist Darryll Schiff takes the camera well beyond its conventions
35:20

Within a few short years, following his decision to focus solely on his fine art career, Darryll Schiff became an internationally recognized artist.  His work appears in the collections of many private collectors and in leading museums, such as the Art Institute of Chicago, Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Norton Simon Museum in California.  Darryll takes the camera well beyond its conventions. He is unique in the poetic and painterly results you see in his art.

Darryll Schiff’s work has been featured in international art fairs in Art Busan South Korea, and Bazaar Art Jakarta Indonesia. He had solo shows at Prak-sis gallery and En Foco Gallery, and more is in the works, including SCOPE Miami Beach and SCOPE New York.  Recently, Schiff unveiled his massive 24x56 foot mural "Descending to Heaven" in the famous Wabash Arts Corridor of Chicago.

Feb 06, 2018
Art, dance and inspiration with choreographer Laura Thurston
30:48

Laura is also thrilled to share her artistic visions as a choreographer with Still Inspired(?). She independently co-produces Still Inspired(?) and is honored to produce the show’s fourth installment in the beautiful City of Chicago, where she can share artistic visions with other dance and visual creators AND provide opportunities to artists and dancers alike through this incredible project. It is a dream come true!

Jan 27, 2018
Identity and personhood in the hands of Alejandra Zermeño
42:58

Alejandra Zermeño conducts studies in Visual Arts Degree with an average position in the High Academic Performance Program at the Academy of San Carlos, UNAM. From 2006 to 2008 she completes her Master studies with honors in the same Institution. Zermeño´s interests have been since her beginners, the human body exploration. Her prolific art production has been present in more than 50 collective exhibitions and National and International Biennale, which include: Latin Views Biennale, Connecticut (2014- 2012-2010). International Tokyo’s Prize, Centro Diffusione Arte, Edizioni e Promozioni Artiche. Italy-Tokyo (2011). Art Women International Encounter, National Polytechnic (2011). Nord Art Busseldorf, Germany (2011). Description of a Journey,  US and Canada (2010-2012).  XIV Iberoamerican and International Women Arts Encounter, Madrid (2010). Art al Vent VII, Alicante; Spain.

She has 15 solo exhibitions in Mexican galleries and museums, some of them are: “Cellular physiology”, Chavez Morado Gallery, Guanajuato (2015); “Cherchez la Femme”, Women´s Museum (2014) y “BIDA (Internal Biology of Animals)” Chopo´s Museum (2012). Her work belong to José Vasconcelos Public Library, Presidential Project it is called City of Books, Zermeño produced three sculptures which are exhibited in the Castro´s Leal Collection in collaboration with the renown architect Bernardo Gómez-Pimienta. This artwork was commissioner by Consejo Nacional para la Cultura y las Artes in 2012. Her sculptures could be seeing all over the Mexican Republic thanks to Taktile Project in 2016. In 2016 she was invited to the ESSARTS International Sculpture Symposium  to produce a public sculpture in Quebec, Canada.

She has received several awards, fellowships and honors, which include:  1er Acquisition Prize V International Biennale Sacred Contemporary Art, Monterrey (2015). International Tokyo´s Prize: To the Master of Arts, Japan (2011). Honorific Mention V National Art Biennale, Yucatán (2011).First prize National paint and sculpture contest, Women in Arts (2009). Acquisition Prize I International Biennale Sacred Contemporary Art (2008) Monterrey. In 2007 won the contest Open art and the Annual Contest organized by Leopoldo Flores University Museum in Mexico State.

Alejandra Zermeño was invited in 2016 to be part of the Arts & Letters Council of the Mexican Museum in San Francisco, CA.

Jan 09, 2018
Countdown to the top 5 most downloaded episodes of 2017
13:39

Check out the top 5 most dowloaded episodes of 2017 and find out why they were at the top of the charts. Thanks for an amazing 2017!

Dec 28, 2017
Five skills every artist needs to succeed in 2018
22:44

The skills you need to succeed in 2018 are probably very different from those you needed say 20 years ago. Yet, there are skills such as the ability to work with others that still remain as important regardless of time. I consider the skills I share in this episode essential in the context of today. If you don't think you have these skills or you think you need to get better at any of them, I give you resources to follow.

Dec 19, 2017
Publishing and promoting artists in the digital age with Didi Menendez
49:13

Didi Menendez (Cuban born) is the creator and publisher of PoetsArtists. She has been curating group exhibitions since 2013 mostly with Sergio Gomez at the Zhou B Art Center. In 2018 she has several group exhibitions planned including WTF at Art Palm Beach International, Visions of Venus/Venus’ Visions curated by Dr. Elaine Melotti Schmidt, Painting The Figure Now curated by Walt Morton, Chronicles of a Future Foretold curated by Dr. Samuel Peralta, The Human Condition curated by Steven DaLuz and she has already made plans for the 2019 season. Catch all of her upcoming publication and exhibition calls at www.poetsandartists.com.

Dec 13, 2017
What is the process to trademark your name?
04:28

In this mini-podcast, creative attorney Patrice Perkins talks about the process to trademark your art work.

Dec 08, 2017
Should artists register for copyright of their art?
03:35

In this mini podcast episode, creative attorney Patrice Perkins talks about the benefits of registering your work for copyright.

Dec 08, 2017
Can artists deduct museum donations in their taxes?
03:17

In this mini episode art expert and appraiser Ruth Crnkovich discuses artists donating art to public museums and what the law says can and cannot be deducted.

Dec 06, 2017
Should artists sell their art in Auctions?
04:01

In this mini episode, art expert and certified appraiser Ruth Crnkovich talks about the reasons why artists may or may not consider putting their work for auction.

Dec 05, 2017
Should artists trademark their name?
02:44

In this mini episode, Creative Attorney Patrice Perkins answers the question of if artists should trademark their name. Don't miss it and share it with your friends.

Dec 05, 2017
How to manage & organize your art career with Justin Anthony of Artwork Archive
43:01

In this podcast episode, Justin Antony, co-founder of Artwork Archive discusses how to manage your art career, save time, be organized and productive. Additionally, he shares valuable insights into current and upcoming features of Artwork Archive.

Dec 05, 2017
How to price your artwork
05:24

In this mini-episode, curator and professional art appraiser Ruth Crnkovich answers the question of how to price your own artwork. 

Nov 21, 2017
How to get into art galleries
08:14

In this mini-episode, artist and gallery director Dan Addington answers the question of how artists should approach and get into art galleries. Do to miss this practical advice.

Nov 08, 2017
Why artists need to be part of an art community
02:47

In this mini-episode, artist Steve Prince answers the question of why artists need to be part of an art community. If you want to listen to the full podcast episode, listen to episode number 006 of the Art Next Level podcast.

Oct 30, 2017
How to Create an Electronic Press Kit for Artists
21:44

In this episode, Sergio Gomez shares why you should have an Electronic Press Kit for Artists. He talks about how to use and how to make one. Listen to this episode and make a Press Kit to add to your arsenal of marketing tools. 

Oct 27, 2017
Christybomb® Talks About How to Build a Personal Brand
35:36

I am Christy Lee, better known as Christybomb, a visual artist based out of New York City and Charleston, WV. The "Christybomb" moniker was given to me by friends because of the energy and vivaciousness embodied within my art. I was born in Louisville, Kentucky and graduated from the University of North Florida with a bachelor's degree in biology and a minor in public health. In spite of my research biologist training, I ultimately came to the realization that creating art could be more than a hobby.

This realization occurred when I was living in Japan after the tsunami and earthquake of 2011, with the subsequent reflection and introspection that resulted from this upheaval. I was inspired to create a completely self-taught portfolio of work, which resulted in my acceptance into the prestigious MFA Fine Arts program at the School of Visual Arts in New York City, where I received my MFA in Fine Arts degree.

One of the more significant accomplishments of my formal education was bringing glitter and other craft materials to academia, and exhibiting them in academic spaces. My art practice has developed in such a way that I now pull from my scientific background, my self-taught art training, as well as from my academic, traditional artist education. I would say that it is the marriage of these aspects of my background and personality that have resulted in my unconventional style.

Since then, I have shown both at major art fairs and in international exhibitions as well as having completed large commissions for public spaces. My work has been acquired by major private collections and a foreign museum. More recently, I have also ventured into Design, where I have worldwide exclusive licensing representation. I continue to exhibit my work regularly at a variety of venues and locations.

Oct 18, 2017
Artists Allen Vandever and Derek Hopkins on a Journey to Stop Child Sexual Abuse
39:04

Childhood Fractured is a Humanities based Human Rights Initiative centered on exploring, defining, and preventing the sexual abuse and exploitation of children. The foundation of this project is a series of 13 paintings each with a written narrative meant to explore the childhood sexual abuse of artist, Allen Vandever. This contemporary artwork functions as a creative interface for the public to be made aware of the realities of childhood sexual abuse told from the male perspective and to foster constructive, critical, and positive dialogues on this topic. The artwork and their respective narratives are currently being compiled into a book. This book will also feature expository writings on the topic of childhood sexual abuse, current medical research, and critical analysis of what we can do as a society in relation to childhood sexual abuse and exploitation.

Oct 10, 2017
Take your art career to the next level with Sergio & Dr. Yanina Gomez
25:47

In this podcast episode, Sergio and Dr Yanina Gomez discuss the features and benefits of the Art NXT Level program. In their conversation, they answer recently asked questions and clarify what the program is and how it works. The Art NXT Level program helps artists manage their art career and take it to the next level.

Sep 20, 2017
Artist / Curator Chuck Gniech and The Art of Social Change
39:41

Charles Gniech is an Associate Professor of Graphic Design at Joliet Junior College and has been teaching at various colleges and universities for more then twenty-five years. Chuck served as Curator for the galleries of The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago from 2002-2013 and acted as the Collections Curator for the Institute’s Corporate Fine Art Collection. In 2013, acting as Curator-at-Large, Chuck launched two traveling group exhibitions—one that addresses human rights issues and the other exploring visual harmony in contemporary art. 

In March 2016, he was a member of a four-person panel that presented a session titled "Change Artists-Using the Arts to Leverage Change" at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, 60th Session. In February of 2017, Chuck acted as a Session Chair at the College Art Association, 105th Annual Conference in New York, where the three-member panel defined the ability of fine art to confront social issues on a global scale.

Chuck holds a Master of Fine Art degree with an emphasis in painting and a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in illustration, both from Northern Illinois University. While teaching, curating, and consulting, he continues to paint and exhibits at the national level. 

Chucks paintings have been included into numerous gallery and museum exhibitions. His work has been exhibited repeatedly at both The Rockford Art Museum and The Fort Wayne Museum of Art. his paintings have been acquired for multiple public and private collections, with a large canvas recently purchased for the Permanent Collection of The Fort Wayne Museum of Art.

Sep 07, 2017
From Attorney to full-time artist, Justin Vining on building a sustainable art career from the ground up.
39:57

In this episode, artist Justin Vining shares his story of going through Law School and building a sustainable art career from the ground up. 

Justin Vining is an Indianapolis-based artist, specializing in landscapes and cityscapes. Justin studied Art Education at Purdue University and taught elementary art for three years. Following his tenure as a teacher, Justin attended Valparaiso Law school, where he rekindled his love for creating between classes and clerking. Shortly after graduating and passing the bar in 2010, Justin decided to pursue art full time and hasn’t looked back since.

Originally from a small farm town in Indiana, Justin finds inspiration from American regionalist painters and WPA-era public works. In his progress as a full-time artist, his artwork has evolved from bright, whimsical watercolors and acrylics to more classical oil scenes. In his exploration of oils, he’s begun working en plein air and exploring more muted, natural tones. In 2017, Justin plans on continuing his exploration in oils, balancing this new found love of plain air painting with his studio work.

Aug 15, 2017
Artist Victoria Fuller discusses her curated show “Domestic Disturbances” at UIMA
35:23

Chicago artist Victoria Fuller has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and fellowship awards from the Colorado Council on the Arts and Humanities, and the Illinois Arts Council. She also received an Illinois Arts Council CAAP Grant, and was a resident artist at Sculpture Space in Utica, NY and Ragdale Foundation in Lake Forest, IL. Her large-scale public sculpture “Shoe of Shoes” is in the collection of Caleres Shoes in St. Louis. Sound Transit in Seattle commissioned another large-scale sculpture, “Global Garden Shovel,” and she was commissioned by Comed to create a the sculpture, Peas and Quiet.” In 2016 she was featured in Sculpture Magazine’s May issue, as part of the show “Disruption” at Grounds For Sculpture in Hamilton, NJ. Her most recent large-scale public sculpture, titled ”Canoe Fan,” is installed along the Huron River in Ann Arbor, MI. 

“Domestic Disturbances”

Ukrainian Institute of Modern Art, Chicago
August 4 - October 1, 2017

Alberto Aguilar, Robert Burnier, Lily Dithrich, Victoria Fuller, Alyssa Miserendino and Alison Ruttan, curated by Victoria Fuller
Opening Reception: Friday, August 4, 2017, 6-9pm

Artist Talk & Performance: Sunday, September 24, 2017 at 2pm

“Domestic Disturbances” is an exhibition of work relating to the home, the human condition, and how our lives are reflected in what we call home. Issues represented in the work of Alberto Aguilar, Robert Burnier, Lily Dithrich, Victoria Fuller, Alyssa Miserendino and Alison Ruttan deal with what constitutes a home, and how homes reflect our selves, outwardly and psychologically.

In this exhibition, Robert Burnier’s suspended tent installation suggests the impermanence of home, whether in the urban environment, or in war-torn countries. So too does Alison Ruttan find urgent subject matter in the displacement of people, with ceramic sculptures of bombed buildings in Syria. In his photographs and installations, Alberto Aguilar explores formal and personal connections to objects from his own home, and from the homes of local Ukrainian Village residents. Lily Dithrich and Victoria Fuller also draw from everyday domestic objects; the former finds hidden meaning through the manipulation of furniture, and the latter manifests ordinary household items in extraordinary ways. Alyssa Miserendino re-photographs the photographs made by her father, who coped with a personality disorder by using a camera to connect with his family and home life.

Homes have such a deep connection to our identity and it is where our most intimate moments play out, for better and for worse. The loss of home by war, disaster, or economic hardship can be devastating. Objects we collect are both personal and impersonal – some have a personal history, and connect to our personal identity, and others are of throwaway value or simply utilitarian. The artists in “Domestic Disturbances” approach the subject of home through psychological and symbolic perspectives, as well as situational ones.

 

Aug 01, 2017
Fighting Procrastination. Not today... maybe tomorrow? with Sergio & Yanina Gomez
26:55

In this episode, Sergio & Dr. Yanina Gomez discuss procrastination and provide four practical strategies to get things done. Often it is the mundane, boring or tedious tasks that as artists we put away for later. Things like updating the website, following up with people, taxes filings, and others are the common tasks we try to avoid as much as possible. In this episode, you will find ammunition to fight back procrastination. Do not leave it for later and listen to this episode TODAY!!

Jul 27, 2017
Ted Glasoe and Nelson Armour. Two artists on a mission to save Lake Michigan
42:31

Surface Tension: Beauty and Fragility in Lake Michigan
A collaboration project between by Nelson Armour and Ted Glasoe


It’s a beautiful summer day in Chicago. The sun beats down on the azure waters of Lake Michigan, the fifth-largest lake in the world. Gentle waves lap the sands of a beach. Puffy clouds drift across the sky. But no one is in the water. The lifeguards stand watch over an empty beach.


Why? Because raw sewage has fouled the water. It was released into the lake after a torrential rain overwhelmed the municipal storm sewers. This scene has become all too common along the shores of Lake Michigan and in much of the world’s water supply.

But untreated municipal sewage overflows are only one of the threats to the health of our water. For example, according to the Alliance for the Great Lakes (greatlakes.org), other major areas of concern for Lake Michigan are nutrient runoff/algae growth, plastic and plastic microbeads, pollution from petroleum refineries and other industries, pharmaceutical pollution, and invasive species.
So we are faced with two uncomfortable realities: Lake Michigan is a beautiful, vast, life-sustaining natural wonder and, at the same time, a valuable resource under silent siege from pollution and other perils.


In Surface Tension, we explore these opposing realities. Ted Glasoe’s photographs of Lake Michigan invite us to contemplate and appreciate the lake’s power and its ever-changing moods, textures and colors. Each of these is juxtaposed with a Nelson Armour photograph of the lake altered to unsettle the viewer. These multilayered images reveal the unseen forces and traumas that threaten the lake.


Surface Tension challenges viewers to reconcile the outward beauty of Lake Michigan with the dangers that lie beneath the surface. It also asks that we all consider how our water is being polluted and what we can do to protect our water supply.

Jul 19, 2017
Artist Ray Beldner talks about why he started stARTup Art Fair and what it can do for independent artists
50:32

stARTup Art Fair is a unique contemporary art fair for independent artists. The boutique hotel fair provides artists and art enthusiasts with direct access to the art world, in three major cities across the country: San Francisco, Los Angeles and Chicago. The founder, Ray Beldner is himself a sculptor and new media artist whose work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. He started this fair as a response to issues he faced as an artist in the 21st century art world. His work has been reviewed in several national publications including Art in America, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times, and can be found in many public and private collections including the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and the Oakland Museum of California. 

Jul 11, 2017
Protecting Yourself from Art Scams. A conversation with Renée LaVerné Rose
44:08

Are you protecting yourself from online art scams? In this episode Sergio talks to gallery owner Renée LaVerné Rose about identifying red flags and prevent possible scams to artists and galleries. Increasingly, scammers get more cleaver in there message and pursue of victims. Artists need to be savvy and smart to protect themselves. Share this episode with your friends.

Jul 05, 2017
Artist Survival Kit 2017. Organization and Productivity Guide
21:36

Join Sergio and Dr. Yanina Gomez as they share their latest free eBook resource for working artists. The Artist Survival Kit 2017: Organization and Productivity Guide will help you organize your art career and use resources to help be more productive.

In this podcast, you will learn about tools for managing social media, back up your art, manage your inventory, sales, time and project management, learning and much more. Do not miss out on this useful episode and share it with your artists friends.

Download the Artist Survival Kit free eBook at: http://www,theartistnextlevel.com

Jun 29, 2017
Tim & Suzanne Smith share the journey of running a thriving gallery (Sirona Fine Art)
57:40

Tim and Suzanne Smith are a power couple whose career path took them from the New York art scene to open a successful art gallery in the Miami area.

Sirona Fine Art is a grand showcase for artists who embrace classic academic structure and technique, yet have an understanding and facility within the modernist landscape in which their work is viewed. Art can appeal to the senses, the emotions and the intellect equally or separately, as long as it connects. Creators who skillfully present their ideas and personalities, constructed with a masterly hand, these are the artists Sirona Fine Art represents.

Jun 15, 2017
Managing LIFE/WORK Balance for Artists and Creatives. Part 2
24:46

Do you feel like time is always running short? Do you find yourself struggling to keep up with all the things you have to do as an artist or creative? Stop chasing the world around and get practical strategic advice from Sergio and Dr. Yanina Gomez on how to manage your life/work balance in a way that makes sense to you. In this Part 2 of 2 podcast episodes, we unpack this topic with a few effective tips so you can experienced a more balanced life.

Jun 08, 2017
Managing LIFE/WORK balance for artists and creatives. Part 1
29:30

Do you feel like time is always running short? Do you find yourself struggling to keep up with all the things you have to do as an artist or creative? Stop chasing the world around and get practical strategic advice from Sergio and Dr. Yanina Gomez on how to manage your life/work balance in a way that makes sense to you. In this Part 1 of 2 podcast episodes, we unpack this topic with a few effective tips so you can experienced a more balanced life.

May 30, 2017
When Plans Don't Go as Planned
21:29

What happens when the plans you make for your art career do not go as you wish they would? What happens when plans have to change?  In this episode Sergio & Dr. Yanina Gomez address this issue and provide 4 practical suggestions to avoid feelings of frustration and defeat before they pop up:

May 26, 2017
Eight Strategies to Prepare for Your Next Artist Talk
24:00

Have you ever been asked to facilitate an Artist Talk during your solo exhibition? Chances are that if you have been showing for a while, you have been asked. Perhaps more than once. Yes, it is the dreaded “artist talk” many artists fear about. There are good reasons indeed. For once, you are in the spotlight and people are staring at you and your every move. Aren’t we supposed to make the art and let the people figure it out on their own?

Well, it turns out Artists Talks are not such bad idea after all and you do not have to be intimidated by them. In fact, a successful talk may result in greater self-confidence, can lead to increased sales, greater friendships, new connections and future opportunities. And, who wouldn’t want this?

In this podcast episode, we help you get ready for your next Artist Talk.

May 18, 2017
CEO & Founder Thomas Griffin explains the time-saving benefits of his new platform ArtSquare
25:19

In this episode, Sergio Gomez chats with Thomas Griffin, CEO and Founder of Artsquare about launching an online platform designed to help artists manage their art career. ArtSquare is an online platform designed to save time managing your art career by instantly publishing your artwork to multiple online platforms that work best for you. 

May 10, 2017
Floating World Gallery director Elias Martin discusses the art market and international art fairs
40:16

In this episode, Sergio Gomez talks with Elias Martin, Director of Floating World Gallery about the world of collecting, the art market and the future of international art fairs.

As a dealer, curator to private clients, collector, and educator with 16 years of professional experience, Elias has helped build important private collections and has placed works at notable public institutions. He is passionate about educating both his clients and the public on the fine art of woodblock prints in the Ukiyo-e, Shin Hanga, and Sosaku Hanga traditions, as well as on contemporary Japanese sculpture and painting. He has a special place in his heart for Sosaku Hanga and has personally amassed one of the world’s foremost collections.

May 02, 2017
Sergio & Dr. Yanina celebrate their 100th episode and share the top 5 most downloaded episodes
23:31

In this episode, Sergio & Dr. Yanina Gomez celebrate the 100th episode of the Artist NXT Level podcast with a countdown to the top 5 downloaded episodes thus far. Then, they explain what the Art NXT Level is and what it has to offer for contemporary working artists.

Apr 25, 2017
How John Zilewicz and the IHSAE raised over 50M in scholarship money for high school art students.
50:38

John P. Zilewicz Jr. is an Artist, Art Educator and advocate for the Visual Arts. Zilewicz works out of his home studio in Arlington Heights. His artwork ranges from works on paper to found object assemblage. He is a full time  Art Educator and has been teaching visual art for the past 19 years.  Zilewicz is currently teaching at Niles West High School in Skokie, Illinois where he has been working since 2005. In 2014, Zilewicz  and a group of 4 art teachers developed one of the largest high school art exhibits in the state of Illinois called the Illinois High School Art Exhibition. The show has gained national recognition around the country from top art schools, colleges and universities. Zilewicz is currently serving as the Illinois Art Education Association's Northeast Council Vice-President. He frequently conducts artist workshops around the state of Illinois for teachers and students. Zilewicz was the recipient of the Illinois Art Education Associations, Art Educator of the Year 2016.

The IHSAE is a not-for-profit corporation whose mission is the advancement of visual arts education through exhibition. The organization maintains its guiding principle of a show developed by teachers, for students. The entire organization is run by full-time art educators who collaborate with corporate sponsors, art schools/colleges/universities, and participating high schools to celebrate the artistic talents of Illinois high school art students on a grand scale.

Since 2014, the IHSAE has been responsible for awarding high school art students more than $30,000 in cash and prizes, facilitating 150 early college program scholarships, and connecting over 600 high school seniors to tuition scholarship offers totalling more than $50 million. Each year the IHSAE continues to improve its ability to connect our participating high school students to future post-secondary opportunities in the arts.

Apr 06, 2017
Rev. Paul-Gordon Chandler shares how art can serve as an effective medium to break cultural stereotypes
34:20

The Rev. Paul-Gordon CHANDLER is the Founder and President of CARAVAN: an author, interfaith advocate, arts patron, social entrepreneur and an American Episcopal priest. He grew up in Senegal, West Africa, and has lived and worked extensively throughout the Islamic world in leadership roles within faith-based publishing, relief and development agencies and churches. Most recently, he served as the rector of the historic St. John’s Church, Maadi in Cairo, Egypt (2003-2013). He has curated high profile exhibitions at London’s St. Paul’s Cathedral, Egypt’s Museum of Modern Art, Metz Cathedral (France), St. Germain des Pres in Paris, Washington D.C.’s National Cathedral, New York City’s Cathedral of St. John the Divine, London’s St-Martin’s-in-the-Fields and St James’s, Piccadilly.

Background on CARAVAN, the global coordinating body 

The I AM exhibition builds upon nine successful years of strategic East-West arts initiatives implemented by CARAVAN. CARAVAN is an international peacebuilding arts NGO that originated in Cairo, Egypt in 2009, with the objective of building bridges through the arts between the creeds and cultures of the Middle East and West. 

CARAVAN’s experience demonstrates that the arts can serve as one of the most effective mediums to enhance understanding, bring about respect, enable sharing, and deepen friendships between those of different cultures and faiths in the Middle East and the West. A flagship initiative of CARAVAN is the globally recognized annual CARAVAN Exhibition of Art, a unique arts initiative that brings together many of the premier and emerging artists from the Middle East and the West. These CARAVAN exhibitions have resulted in unprecedented gatherings of renowned Middle Eastern and Western artists who use art for intercultural and interreligious dialogue. These exhibitions have garnered attention from the international press, media and art world, and attract thousands of visitors. For more information on CARAVAN, see: www.oncaravan.org 

Following on from the strategic successes of the CARAVAN peacebuilding art initiatives, the I AM exhibition takes the same message of intercultural and interreligious understanding and harmony around the world. 

Mar 24, 2017
Finance Expert Michael Pak provides practical tax advice for visual artists.
41:23

Finance Expert Michael Pak provides practical tax advice for visual artists. Michael Pak is the Chief Financial Officer of FiveCurrents. He received his B.A. Degree in Business Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his J.D. from the UC Hastings College of the Law. Prior to joining Five Currents, Michael served as the CFO for a private equity investment firm, and as a business manager for entertainment industry based creative artists, executives, and production companies.

Mar 15, 2017
From the Convent to the art world: The journey of artist Anabel Ruiz
01:01:19

Anabel was born in La Habana, Cuba, in 1974, in a Cuba that was picturesque, quirky and resourceful – a Cuba that laughed through the pain – characteristics that are reflected in her own persona.  Her family left Cuba for Spain when she was 9, and there her father secured a scholarship for her to a private Catholic school.  It was here that she began to acquire her appreciation for art, at that time mostly for the great classic artists and their works; and it was here that her formation as a self-taught artist commenced.

She was uprooted again at 14 when her family moved to the US, to Miami, like so many other Cuban exiles, to make a new life.

Her high school education complete, she studied Business Administration, deaf to the voice of her soul that constantly reminded her that her passion is art and that her life should follow that passion.  And so she graduated from college very well prepared to “make a living”, but empty and dissatisfied; knowing  that making a living is not equal to living itself, but blind to her true calling and not knowing where to turn. In the midst of this existential search for meaning her life suddenly took a 180 degree turn and she decided to become a nun, entering religious life.  

She entered two different congregations in different parts of the world, first in Miami, followed by service in Fatima, Portugal.  During eight years of religious service, bound by vows of obedience, chastity and poverty, she anonymously produced dozens of art works in different mediums; works that currently grace churches, convents and the homes of private church patrons. 

In 2011, after much soul searching, she envisioned a different future for herself and left religious life, returning to Miami, to face new challenges and create a new future – a future where her art, now free and without restrictions, truly reflects the journey to self-acceptance that has been her life. 

Today Anabel lives with her partner and their two dogs in Coconut Grove, Florida. 

Mar 07, 2017
Michael Coakes shares his journey and gives tips on how to photograph your art
49:21

In this episode, Chicago based artist Michael Coakes shares his journey and gives tips on how to photograph your art. Michael Coakes grew up with the influence of the 60s and 70s pop culture and an attraction to a diverse array of artists from Mucha to Rembrandt, Michael displayed a serious passion for art even in his pre-teen years.
As a mostly self-taught artist he has created many drawings, paintings and photographs in the years since. His predominant style early in his artistic career was photorealist painting. More recently his mediums and concentrations have expanded to include photography. He shows his work in gallery exhibits frequently and his work is in private collections around the world.

Feb 28, 2017
Artist King Farish talks about his work and the Wool Factory Residency in Barcelona
37:19

In this episode, Sergio Gomez chats with Barcelona-based artist King Farish about his work and the new Wool Factory in Barcelona.

King Farish moved to Brooklyn in 2005 and had his first studio in Red Hook. Over the following years Brooklyn was the base for stints in Vermont, Amsterdam, London, and Chicago before moving to Los Angeles in 2013. He attended Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting in 2011 and received a full fellowship to Vermont Studio Center for a summer session in 2013.

King moved with his wife and son to Barcelona in 2015 and started laying the groundwork for Wool Factory A.I.R. in 2016. Jules Buck Jones was the first artist in residency - January 2017.

Feb 21, 2017
How to Maximize Your Artistic Momentum
09:13

In this first episode of Season II of the Artist Next Level podcast, Sergio Gomez talks about the importance of maximizing the momentum every opportunity brings your way. From exhibitions to special projects, think about what you can do t maximize your efforts past the opening night.

Feb 14, 2017
Setting Goals for Your Art Career with Sergio & Dr. Yanina Gomez. Part 2
17:39

In the last of three episodes related to goal-setting, Sergio and Dr. Yanina Gomez discuss the importance of tracking progress throughout the year.

Jan 10, 2017
Setting Goals for Your Art Career with Sergio & Dr. Yanina Gomez. Part 2
13:51

In Part 2 of the series, Sergio and Dr. Yanina Gomez share valuable information in this first podcast related to setting goals for your art career. Download our FREE Goal Setting and Progress System for Artists and get ready to make 2017 your best year ever.

Jan 03, 2017
Setting Goals for Your Art Career with Sergio & Dr. Yanina Gomez. Part 1
18:20

In this episode, Sergio & Dr Yanina Gomez discuss setting goals and asking the right questions that lead to the right answers.  Download the FREE Goal Setting and Progress System for Artists at http://www.theartistnextlevel.com/goals

Dec 22, 2016
Conversation between artist Michiko Itatani and art historian Jason Foumberg
34:36

 

Conversation with artists Michiko Itatani and art critic Jason Foumberg. Hi Point Contact. Retrospective at the Zhou B Art Center. October to December 2016

Itatani's work has been seen in more than 100 solo and group exhibitions nationally, and internationally. Most recent exhibition of her new work was just closed at Linda Warren Project, Chicago.

Her works are in many public and private collections, including Museu D’art Contemporani(MACBA), Barcelona, Spain, Olympic Museum, Switzerland, Tokoha Museum, Japan, Musée du Québec, Canada, Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, State of Illinois Museum, Muskegon Museum of Art, MI, Erie Art Museum, PA, Maier Museum,VA, Cincinnati Art Museum, OH, Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA, Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum, MI

Itatani is a Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has taught at many other institutions, for example, SACI, Florence, Italy; University of Bonn, Germany; Royal College of Art, London; China National Academy of Fine Arts, China; Tokyo National University of Art and Music, Japan.

She has received National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Marie Sharp Walsh New York Studio Grant and John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship among others.

 

 

Dec 06, 2016
Conversation with artists Julia Martin, Buddy Jackson and curator Sara Lee Burd
20:38

Julia Martin

Julia Martin’s latest series of paintings focus on single figure female faces, rendered with expressive lines and tonal complexity. Guided by instinct she explores line and color to develop compositions. Using layers of non-objective colors, Martin realizes unique faces on canvas that communicate individual personality and identity. Her wooden sculptural work complements her paintings conceptually and enables her the freedom to explore a more hands on process. Martin searches for inspiration within herself to make art that expresses what she knows and feels as a woman. “The feminine flows freely out of me for obvious reason, but there’s a cocktail of deep-seated strength and vulnerability in women that I find utterly fascinating.”

Buddy Jackson

Buddy Jackson’s new series of paintings, gum dichromate prints, and bronze sculptures highlight body and facial expressions, which poignantly evoke the beauty, strength, and vulnerability that permeates the human condition. Jackson’s focus on representing women comes from his admiration of their perseverance despite inequalities “little boys are taught by society—by school, by coaches, by their dads, by their moms, by everybody—that feminine traits are bad. But then we expect these little boys to grow up and respect women. Jackson’s representations of women are guided by what he sees in himself and his rejection of binary gender stereotypes that restrict men and women from revealing their authentic physical and emotional selves.

Curator’s Note (Sara Lee Burd)

One objective of this exhibition is to introduce artworks by two prominent Nashville artists to Chicago. I am interested in beginning a conversation about art from the South. While many Southern artists receive national and international recognition, many remain underrepresented in terms of prevalence and prominence. An exhibition such as this is an opportunity to see two artistic voices that are examples of the fine art being produced in Nashville, TN. Martin and Jackson do not represent the whole of art from the south. In fact there is no single narrative of southern art, but these artists are significant contributors to the fabric of the rich, diverse art being produced. Martin and Jackson create skilled, imaginative artworks with eclectic color and form and whose subjects and details provoke contemplative moments.

Nov 30, 2016
Harry Sudman and the Streams of Consciousness
35:12
Harry Sudman was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He completed a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Southern Illinois University with disciplines in drawing and painting. Sudman then attended the Atelier Neo Medici located outside of Paris, France where he studied and refined traditional realistic painting techniques. Those, along with his recent exploration of photographic assemblage, have become the foundation for his concepts which explores contemporary visual culture and viewer interaction. 
 
Sudman presently exhibits his work at Rosenthal Fine Art in Chicago. His work has been exhibited in France, Austria, Mexico, and Italy. Nationally he has exhibited in such cities as New York, Los Angeles, New Orleans and Miami.
Oct 19, 2016
Artist Sam Kirk shares her story and the pursue of happiness
32:10
Sam, a multidisciplinary artist, explores culture, identity and urban politics through her art. Born and raised on the south side of Chicago, Kirk is the product of a working class family. Her upbringing largely contributes to the inspiration behind her work. 
 
Oct 04, 2016
Ali Cavanaugh talks about managing life, family, social media and a successful art career.
48:57

Ali Cavanaugh (American, b. 1973) is an internationally represented fine artist. She earned a BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design in 1995. Cavanaugh's  paintings have been featured on book covers, countless internet features such as the Huffington Post, Fine Art ConnoisseurHi-Fructose and in numerous print publications including The New York Times Magazine, American Art CollectorAmerican Artist Watercolor. She has painted portraits for TIME magazine and The New York Times. She currently lives in St Louis, Missouri with her husband and their four children.

Sep 13, 2016
Beth Inglish speaks about art, marketing and how to build an artist community
36:12

Beth Inglish is an artist and emerging leader in Nashville, TN who serves the community by creating spaces for people to connect. Beth uses an “intuitive” painting process to express her creative energy within. Her instincts and energy lead the way, choosing colors by feeling and using line to create pathways that connect one moment to the next. She opens her heart to connect with the viewer in hopes that they feel what she feels.

“If I can tell their story through my story then we can discover that we’re not alone and walk together.”

Beth is also the founder of Tennessee’s largest creative network, The Nashville Creative Group. She has partnered with numerous organizations, nonprofits and communities using her experience in business and art to bring people together online and offline. Her critical eye and thoughtful process work together to help people achieve their goals creatively and collaboratively. 

Sep 06, 2016
Artists Ginny Sykes and Kim Dotty Hachmann discuss international collaborations
45:09

Since 2013 artists Kim Dotty Hachmann (GER) and Ginny Sykes (USA) have worked on video collaborations addressing the complex relationship of civilization and nature.

Aug 28, 2016
Candace Wark and Shirley Nannini speak about the intersection of science and art
31:59

For twenty-five years, Candace Wark has been a Mechanical and Aerospace engineering professor at Illinois Institute of Technology specializing in the field of aerodynamics and utilizing photography in her research.  Shirley Nannini worked as a high school teacher, coach and administrator at Evanston Township High School for over thirty years and reinvented herself by actively pursuing her passion for photography.  A student wind tunnel project led to a series of steps and turns that evolved into an intriguing art form that neither anticipated and both are enthralled with.  The result has been a resolute artistic endeavor and collaboration formalized in June 2012 as Wind Flow Photography.

Aug 11, 2016
Jessica Segal and Krista Hoefle talk about art, technology and video games.
35:49

Krista Hoefle received her MFA in Sculpture from Penn State University, and her BFA in Furniture Design from the Savannah College of Art and Design.  Her work uses sculpture as a creative methodology in the exploration of videogame experiences. Through the reinterpretation of virtual interactions and objects into physical spaces, she is interested in revealing underlying -or- hidden aspects of game structure that are otherwise not apparent during regular game play.  

 
Jessica Segal is a professional artist and curator, born and raised in the Chicago South Suburbs. Jessica earned her MA from Eastern Illinois University in 2009. She is currently the Assistant Director of Fine Arts at North Central College in Naperville, IL and prior to that was the Director of Union Street Gallery in Chicago Heights, IL. Her curatorial style focuses on audience engagement and education, producing exhibits that are interactive and include text, artist talks, and panel discussions that spark dialogue and provide insight into the concepts and theory that play into the artwork. Her own art work is playful with a purpose, engaging the viewers own biases and judgements and forcing them to "judge" the figure she paints. She has exhibited her work in several exhibitions throughout the Midwest and her work resides in several collections including that of well known Chicago collector Howard Tullman.
Jul 25, 2016
Rebecca Stahr finds beauty through the lens of pain, brokenness and imperfection.
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Rebecca Stahr is a visual artist living with her husband and son in a conservation community surrounded by the beautiful native prairie of northern Illinois. Rebecca went on to attend the American Academy of Art in Chicago, studying advertising, graphic design and illustration, where she graduated in 1992. After more than 20 years of working in the commercial art field, Rebecca is now a full time artist. She is a member of various professional organizations and has work displayed in many private collections and public gallery spaces in the greater Chicago and Milwaukee areas.

For over the past 10 years, Rebecca has been struggling with a growing battle of auto-immune illness and chronic pain. Rebecca has learned to use this pain as a lens which informs her art.  Rebecca’s art is inspired by being able to find beauty and value in the broken, as well as the impermanence and cycles of life and nature. The works created point toward a of reflection of deeper value and identity and enables compassion for humanity’s brokenness and imperfection.

Jun 21, 2016
Deanna Krueger and the juncture of painting, sculpture, and drawing
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Deanna Krueger works abstractly at the juncture where painting, sculpture, and drawing intersect, employing a variety of media, resulting in hybrid works of art.

Deanna received her MFA from Eastern Michigan University. Recent exhibitions include Mediative Surfaces exhibition in Fort Wayne Museum of Art, along with: Mediative Surfaces at North Central College, ZIA Gallery, and The Art Center - Highland Park. All curated by Chuck Gniech. She has received numerous fellowships and awards exhibited widely across the United States. 

Her work can be found in collections of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Reyes Holdings, Rosemont, IL; University of Michigan Rackham Graduate School; and numerous private collections across the United States and Europe 

 

Jun 15, 2016
Conversation with artists in Parallel Lives: Chicago/New York
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Parallel Lives is created and curated by Luis Martin, Founder and Chief Curator of Parenthesis Art Space currently located at Brooklyn Brush Studios in Brooklyn. The exhibition kicks off in Chicago at Next Level Gallery at the Zhou B Art Center co-curated by Sergio Gomez, Founder and Director of NXT Level Projects.

This collaboration invites the audience of both cities to think about art and the Artists that made the work in terms of context and questions the influence of place and time. Furthermore, the PARALLEL LIVES series will create a platform to expand the Artist’s reach to forge a wider sense of community and visibility.

Both events coincide with established community art events. The Chicago opening will occur on May 20th, during “Third Fridays”, a longstanding monthly program initiated by Sergio Gomez that has created a robust audience around the Artists at the Zhou B Art Center. The New York opening takes center stage in Bushwick during an annual weekend summer arts festival, that is now a major attraction for the New York art audience.

 

Jun 01, 2016
Artist Julia Haw talks about art and maintaining a healthy body.
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Julia Haw (b. 1982, Flint, MI) attended Western Michigan University with a concentration in painting.  She is recognized for her highly bold, nostalgia-inducing and memory-staining paintings. She deals with issues rooted in personal life, Midwestern culture and Western Culture at large that delve into feminism, ageism, memory deterioration, death, intimacy and confrontation. She uses oil paint on cotton or linen as her mainstay medium, in order to achieve empathetic coverage of these socially and emotionally shared issues, and has been able to achieve considerable viewer pause through her dedicated work habit, vibrant color choices, straightforward subject matter, and by using people and objects within her community as models.  Haw’s paintings tend to function as highly relatable, ensuing discussion amongst viewers, and bringing the public forum necessarily back.    

Her work has been exhibited in such places as the Chicago Cultural Center, IL State Museum, and extensively with Claire Molek.

May 31, 2016
Enrico Magnani Shares His Experience from Scientist to Artist
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Enrico Magnani is an Italian artist who is living among Italy, France, and Germany. His first exhibition opened November 1997 in Milan. Until 2006 he worked as figurative painter and after a transition period his work has become exclusively abstract. His original abstract artworks have brought him in few years to international attention and been presented in museums, foundations, private galleries, and public institutions in Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, UK, Vatican City, and the USA. 

 

May 16, 2016
Artist Lisa Goesling shares her story and latest exhibit Same Difference
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Lisa was awarded an Artists Residency at the Studios of Key West for 2016. She was one of six artists awarded a two year Residency from 2010-2012 at the Merchandise Mart of Chicago. Her art appears on the cover of NY Times Bestseller, Colum McCann's novel, TransAtlantic, which won the 2015 D&AD Award of Excellence in London, England. Domenic Iacono awarded Lisa Best of Show in the 2014 Less Is More Exhibition at the Mitchell Gallery in Annapolis, MD. She is featured on the Cable TV Show, Artist to Artist, is a multiple Award Winner through Manhattan Arts International, exhibits throughout the United States and has her art in private/public collections throughout the world.  

Apr 12, 2016
074 Artist Alberto Aguilar talks about ____, life and taking over the Instagram of the ___ Institute of Chicago.
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Alberto Aguilar wrote this biography but will be speaking in third person. For an unexplained reason he has omitted the word art from this paragraph but has made one exception. Alberto is a Chicago based ___ist and teaches at Harold Washington College. He is coordinator of Pedestrian Project a program dedicated to making ___ more accessible and available to all. Currently he is ___ist in residence at the ___ Institute of Chicago. Aguilar's creative practice incorporates whatever materials are at hand as well as exchanges with others. His work integrates his various life roles and has been exhibited at Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary ___, the Queens Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American __, the Nelson-Atkins Museum and the Minneapolis Institute of ___.

Apr 07, 2016
Artist Maria Gaspar talks about art, community, walls and her solo show at NMMA
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Maria Gaspar is an interdisciplinary artist born in Chicago. She has presented her work at The MCA Chicago, Jane Addams Hull House Museum, the Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, the Alpineum Produzentengalerie, and Artspace New Haven, amongst others. Recently, Gaspar was awarded a Creative Capital Award, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Award, the National Museum of Mexican Art Sor Juana Women of Achievement Award, and residencies at the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago and Project Row Houses in Houston. She was featured in the Chicago Tribune as Chicagoan of the Year in the Visual Arts in 2014. She is an Assistant Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Gaspar received her MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago and her BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

Mar 29, 2016
Artist Dan Ramirez talks about his latest museum show and enduring a long art career
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Dan Ramirez been exhibiting Nationally and Internationally for over 35 years. A major influence in his work during his formative years was the Minimalist movement of the late 50’s and 60’s and a love for the art of Barnett Newman. Over time, his paintings developed into a synthesis of Geometric Abstraction coupled with the visual aesthetic of Minimalism. Dan tends to see his work as a form of Minimalist/Romantic/Baroque.

Dan is in the collections of numerous major museums including the Art Institute of Chicago, The National Museum of Mexican Art, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, MOCRA, St. Louis, The Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, and Fundacion Llorens Artigas in Spain. There are numerous books and publications featuring his work and he is currently represented in Chicago by Zolla Liberman Gallery.

Mar 25, 2016
Artist Mandy Cano Villalobos talks about exhibitions, residency programs and balancing life and art
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Mandy Cano Villalobos mingles cultural histories and personal narrative to make sense of nostalgic sentiments and life’s ephemerality. Her materials include dirt, human hair, and pig blood, which she employs as a dual symbol of filth and redemption. In the Sisyphus series, the artist repetitively marks the paper with circular patterns, thus transforming the action of painting into a meditative ritual. Erogenous and mournful, Modern Day Magdalene is a bed of burlap and human hair, a quiet reflection upon the disappointments and desires of an aging woman. Among these pieces and others, Cano Villalobos provides a thoughtful, somewhat sad pause, through which viewers might recognize their own vulnerabilities amidst her visceral materials and the stories she grafts into her work.

Mar 18, 2016
Artist Edra Soto shares her story and talks about the “Present Standard” exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center
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070 Artist Edra Soto shares her story and talks about the “Present Standard” exhibition at the Chicago Cultural Center.

Edra Soto (b. Puerto Rico, 1971) is a Chicago-based artist, educator, curator, and gallery director. She obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2000, as well as attending Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2000), Beta-Local in Puerto Rico (2011), and the Robert Rauschenberg Residency Program in Captiva, Florida though a 3Arts Fellowship (2013), among others. She recently co-curated  with artist Josue Pellot the exhibition PRESENT STANDARD at the Chicago Cultural Center. With her husband Dan Sullivan, she designed and fabricated THE FRANKLIN, an outdoor project space that they co-direct. THE FRANKLIN has received support from various institutions, including the Propeller Fund. Soto has received a commission from the Chicago Transit Authority, and her GRAFT project will be featured at the Western Avenue stop on the train line to O'Hare Airport. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, and she is an instructor at the School of the Art institute of Chicago.

Mar 08, 2016
Artist Brandon Graving talks about experimental printmaking and surviving Hurricane Katrina
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Artist Brandon Graving talks about experimental printmaking and surviving Hurricane Katrina. Brandon Graving is an artist whose focus is experimental printmaking and sculpture. She has expanded and contributed to experimental techniques in printmaking and been at the forefront of creating very large scale monoprints. Her print installation " Ephemera: River with Flowers" , is the largest monoprint made by a single artist measuring 10.5' x 32'. Collected by the Frederick R.Weisman Foundation, this work was on exhibit at the New Orleans Museum of Art when Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans.

Mar 02, 2016
David Versluis talks about approaching college and university art galleries
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With Dordt since 2001 David Versluis has taught graphic design in the Department of Art and Design. Prior to the College, Versluis worked extensively in professional design as a graphic designer, art director and advertising manager. Professor Versluis has presented papers on graphic design at various national conferences including the biennial CIVA (Christians in the Visual Arts) conferences. Many of his students have received recognition for their design work with regional non-profit clients. Several of his students have produced award-winning projects in professional competitions on the state and Midwest regional levels.

Versluis practices graphic design on selected projects and is actively producing prints, sculpture and exhibiting in national and Midwest regional juried art exhibitions. In addition to teaching the graphic design courses, Versluis is the advisor for the pre-architecture program at Dordt College and is director of the Campus Center Art Gallery and curator of the Dordt College Permanent Art Collection. He is a member of the American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA) and Christians in the Visual Arts (CIVA).

Feb 17, 2016
Curator Janice Bond speaks about her career and current exhibition projects
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With a zeal for the creative and imaginative, Janice Bond is a communications, programs, and business development strategist specializing in arts and culture. A combination of "Northern edge", "Midwest will", and "Southern hospitality", Bond's forward thinking and high energy approach has been utilized over the past decade in a range of curatorial projects and programs. Her insight has also been an integral part of developing interactive, and creative marketing campaigns. 
The debut of her company SAVANT | SAVANT in 2009, began the incalculable journey of Janice leading stellar collectives of great artistic minds and institutions as a consultant. From Dakar to Detroit, local art exhibitions to international music festivals, her continued interest and investments in arts and culture stems from her passion for developing more impactful, shared, restorative, and sustainable creative economies globally. In the community, she lends her time to multiple organizations and institutions as a gracious speaker, board member, volunteer, and mentor. From 2013 to 2015, she was appointed and served as Director of Arts and Culture at IMANwith a focus of using art as a tool for social justice and restorative healing on Chicago's Southwest Side and beyond. 
 
Janice opened Gallery ONI in 2014, a contemporary art gallery and cultural space located in Chicago,Illinois dedicated to promoting the work of women artists of color. As a visual/multimedia artist, her original paintings, installations,and collective soundscapes focus on multidimensional human perspectives and identity, sacred geometry, sound frequencies, and indigenous fractal patterns found in various cultures and urban landscapes. 
In 2015, The Art Allies was launched, an initiative created to educate and develop more visual art collectors and arts entrepreneurs in major cities all over the world.
Feb 03, 2016
Artist Sarvin Haghighi talks about working towards a vision despite the obstacles
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Born in Iran to the daughter of a civil engineer, and an educated artist, Sarvin Haghighi experienced great joys, and harsh challenges. In a very short while, the pendulum would swing from privilege and independence to experiencing war firsthand, and the most basic of freedoms revoked. for Sarvin, the answer was art.

Sarvin Haghighi merges traditional Iranian art forms with a contemporary sensibility. In combining Farsi calligraphy and Islamic architectural designs with mixed media (including resin and gold leaf) and bold lines and framing, Haghighi affirms the enduring aesthetic of a culture that is too often represented through the limited lenses of war and political turmoil. The meticulous composition of these works share the laconic beauty of Rumi’s poetry, which ultimately works to create and emotionally resonant homage to tradition in the frantic modern world. 

Jan 19, 2016
Living your fullest even if you have chronic illnesses with Jenni Prokopy
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Jenni Prokopy is the founder of ChronicBabe.com, where she draws on her experience with fibromyalgia and other conditions to teach women to live incredibly in spite of illness. She tweets @ChronicBabe, speaks onstage across the country, consults with amazing clients, and wants YOU to have FUN even if you’re sick!

For 23 years (the past 14 as an entrepreneur), Jenni has enjoyed success as a writer, editor and consultant to hundreds of organizations worldwide, helping them craft and share their messages. She focuses on working with health care organizations—sharing stories of strength, wellness and inspiration in the face of adversity.

Jan 14, 2016
Artist and Gallery Owner Dan Addington Talks About What Galleries Want in an Artist
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In this episode, artist and gallery owner Dan Addington talks about what galleries want in an artist. 

Dan Addington is an artist and gallery owner who has been exhibiting his work professionally since 1992. His paintings have been featured in group and solo shows across the US, and are in numerous public and private collections including but not limited to the Chicago Cultural Center, Contemporary Art Workshop, the Evanston Art Center, the Highland Park Art Center, the Riverside Art Center, the Beverly Art Center among others. Dan has served as visiting artist at colleges across the US, recently exhibiting work and teaching workshops at St. Cloud State University, MN, Ball State University, IN, Arkansas State University, John Brown University, AR, and Judson University, IL

In addition to his role as practicing artist, Dan has served as curator and director of various galleries since moving to Chicago in 1995. He has been owner and director of Addington Gallery in Chicago since 2007. Dan has sat on panels and spoken about art and his work at LUMA (Loyola Museum of Art), the St. Louis Art Center, the Karitos National Conference on Art and Spirituality, Kendall College of Art and Design, MI, the Chicago Artists Coalition, and the International Encaustic Conference in Provincetown MA. He has also served as juror for exhibitions at various colleges and art centers. Addington has sat on the board of the Chicago Artists Coalition and is a member of the Chicago Art Dealers Association.

Jan 06, 2016
Sergio & Dr. Yanina Gomez Wrap-Up 2015 and Share Plans for an Online Art Community in 2016
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In this podcast, Sergio & Dr. Yanina Gomez Wrap-Up 2015 and Share Plans for an Online Art Community in 2016

Dec 29, 2015
How to Keep a Positive Mindset in 2016 with Sergio & Dr. Yanina Gomez
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In this episode, you will learn how to keep a positive mindset in 2016. Sergio & Dr. Yanina Gomez discuss five practical strategies to help you choose a proactive attitude for the new year. 

Dec 22, 2015
Artist and Master Printer Thomas Lucas talks about the entrepreneurial life of the artist
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MFA Merit Scholarship The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. BFA Printmaking Tyler School of Art, Temple University in Phila. Pa. Founder and Master Printer at Hummingbird Press Editions located on Chicago's south side. Thomas has published such artists as Kerry Marshall, William Conger, Richard Hunt, Willie Cole and Barbara Jones-Hogu among others. He as taught at Tyler School of Art, The School of the Art Institute Chicago., Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, Anchor Graphics, Columbia College, Penland School of Crafts and Ox bow and is currently on faculty at Chicago State University. His own artworks are included in various private and public collections, exhibits nationally and abroad. Recent commissions include the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Chicago Transit Authority.  He is represented by N’Namdi Contemporary Miami-Detroit.
Dec 15, 2015
Artist Wesley Kimler talks about his career and the powers that run the art world.
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Wesley Kimler was born in Billings, Montana. Largely self-taught, his college campus was effectively a conflation of the streets of Afghanistan, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, and the Laguna Gloria School of Art in Austin, Texas. His work can be found in many collections, private and public. Of his work in the group show Constellations at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Margaret Hawkins --critic for the Chicago Sun Times-- said: But categories hardly matter. Perhaps the most stunning gallery is also the largest and most loosely defined, the room devoted to fantasy. It is anchored by two enormous paintings -- a Chuck Close portrait of Cindy Sherman on one end and Wesley Kimler's tour de force "Umurbrogol," which despite its somber subject features vast swaths of delicious pink and purple paint. Some of the less imposing works here may be as memorable. William Baziotes' "Cat" is a satisfying discovery, as is Brice Marden's abstract meditation on the light and color of olive groves in Greece.

Nov 25, 2015
Dr. Anh Nguyen talks about the benefits of using food as medicine.

Dr. Anh Nguyen talks about the benefits of using food as medicine.

Dr. Anh Nguyen (wen) is a board-certified pharmacist and certified health coach who helps people use food as medicine to come off their chronic medications naturally.  She specializes in treating cholesterol, thyroid, and gut conditions naturally.  She is also the host of the popular podcast, Food as Medicine with Dr. Anh where she interviews people who have healed themselves or their clients using food as medicine.

She is obsessed with globes, elephants, corgis, and all things furry.  Her approach to food and nutrition is practical, baby step by baby step, and tailored to the individual person’s preferences to create healthy habits for life.
Nov 18, 2015
Artist René Romero Schuler shares her story and talks about keeping a positive attitude
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René Romero Schuler is a recognized contemporary artists. Now living in both Chicago and Carmel, CA, Renee is creating powerful images of strength and vulnerability

Her work is in the permanent collections of The Union League Club of Chicago, Loyola University Museum of Art (LUMA) in Chicago and St. Thomas University – Sardiñas Gallery in Miami.

Whether on canvas, paper, or three-dimensional sculpture, René studies the relationship between what is immediately apparent at the surface and what exists beneath. She creates visually powerful images that haunt us with their beauty and truth.

René’s work has been exhibited during Art Basel Miami since 2011, and exhibited internationally in Paris, Rome, Paxos and Beirut. She continues to be permanently represented in the United States and in Paris, France.

A book, René Romero Schuler: Life and Works, showcasing images of the artist’s thick impastos and striking figural canvases in addition to providing readers a look into her artistic process, was released in 2013.

 

Oct 29, 2015
Allison Peters Quinn talks about developing a career as a curator and arts programing
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Allison Peters Quinn is the Director of Exhibition & Residency Programs at Hyde Park Art Center, where she has curated exhibitions and produced symposiums, performances and publications since 2004.  She has curated significant exhibitions for emerging and established artists such as Cándida Alvarez, Theaster Gates, Kelly Kaczynski, and Bibiana Suárez. 
Oct 22, 2015
Michael Zhou talks about the history of the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago
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In this episode, Michael Zhou talks about the history of the Zhou B Art Center in Chicago

Oct 13, 2015
Artist Marcos Raya talks about his artistic path and enduring a long art career
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Marcos Raya has shown his work in the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, the Museum of Modern Art in Mexico City, the Smart Museum of the University of Chicago, the Snite Museum of the University of Notre Dame, the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. He was subject of a retrospective at Institution Ospicio Cabanas, Guadalajara, Mexico and a one man London show in 2013. Marcos Raya will be part of the upcoming exhibition "Surrealism the Configured Life" at Chicago’s MCA in the Fall of 2015

Oct 06, 2015
Exercise specialist & personal trainer Annette Bowman talks about the benefits of exercising
37:31

Annette is an Exercise Specialist and  Personal Trainer at The Community Hospital Fitness Pointe.  She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Indiana University.  Annette has been working in medical fitness helping individuals achieve a higher quality of life through exercise for sixteen years.

Sep 30, 2015
Robin Greenwood, founder of Verni, speaks about creating a platform for artists and collectors to meet
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Robin Greenwood, founder of Verni, speaks about creating a platform for artists and collectors to meet. Robin Greenwood was born and raised in Berlin, Germany, and had a strong desire to paint throughout his adolescence. Robin chose a career in design, and received a BFA in Communication Design from Parsons in New York. Already during and soon following his studies, he began to freelance as a designer and animator for various advertising agencies, and design/animation/visual effects studios in New York City. His clients include Nike, Coca Cola, Bank of America, Verizon, X-Games, and many more. In 2012, Robin decided to leave the world of advertising behind. He moved back to Berlin, taught himself to code, and started building a platform he wished he had as a painter: Verni. The first prototype was launched in early summer of 2014, and he's been building away at it ever since.

Sep 23, 2015
Chicago artists talk about what’s exciting and challenging about being an artist. Part 2
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Eleven Chicago artists talk about what’s exciting and challenging about being an artist. Part 2

Sep 15, 2015
Gallery owner and curator Anca Negescu talks about opening an art gallery in Romania
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In this episode, gallery owner and curator Anca Negescu talks about opening an art gallery in Romania. Artfooly, The Slice of Art Gallery is located in the center of Bucharest, Romania and it shows mainly Romanian contemporary artists, both established and emerging

Sep 08, 2015
John Feustel, Founder and CEO of Artwork Archive talks about tools to organize your art career
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John Feustel, Founder and CEO of Artwork Archive talks about tools to organize your art career.

John Feustel has had a lifelong passion for creating interesting products and tools to help people be more creative, more connected, and more successful. After studying Computer Science at the Rochester Institute of Technology, he went on to develop research tools for lawyers at a large corporation. After a few years, he left to pursue his passion for music. He spent a year touring with his band, playing hundreds of shows across the US.
 
It was around this time that John started Artwork Archive as a side project to help his mother manage her growing career as a professional oil painter. John had grown up with a love of art, often doing art and craft projects with his mother. Creating Artwork Archive was a natural melding of his passion and talents. Soon after, he began working at a venture-funded startup that went through one of Silicon Valley’s top accelerator programs. It cemented his skill set and Artwork Archive took off. John continues to apply his knowledge and experience to make Artwork Archive the number one tool for artists to manage and grow their careers.
Sep 01, 2015
Nicole Berry talks about behind the scenes of an international art fair, Expo Chicago and more
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Nicole Berry talks about behind the scenes of an international art fair. Nicole is Deputy Director for Expo Chicago. She has been actively involved in the international art world for over a decade. She is an art historian, art writer, curator and former art adviser. First gaining experience in the Contemporary Department at Sotheby's in London, she subsequently worked in New York City at a number of secondary market galleries. In addition to her gallery work, Berry created her own company, Accessible Art, in 2006. Incorporating advising and organized tours through the often intimidating gallery and museum scene, the main focus of Accessible Art was a monthly newsletter she wrote that reviewed exhibitions and provided information about global art events. She has also written articles for BBC Travel. Berry has curated numerous exhibitions as a freelancer as well as in her gallery positions. She has been a member of panels at various art fairs and has given lectures throughout New York on topics ranging from how to begin a collection to navigating fine art museums.

 

Aug 25, 2015
Chicago artists talk about what's exciting and challenging about being an artist. Part 1
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Chicago artists talk about what's exciting and challenging about being an artist. Part 1

Aug 20, 2015
Jamey Garza talks about Garza Marfa line of furniture & textiles
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Jamey Garza talks about Garza Marfa line of furniture & textiles. Jamey Garza is originally from Austin, Texas.He received his BFA in painting from the University of Texas at Austin in 1986 and his MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute in 1990.  Constance Holt-Garza is originally from San Francisco, California.  She owned and operated Salon de The, a boutique clothing store in San Francisco, from 1993-1998, and designed a line of clothing sold exclusively through the store.

Constance and Jamey met in 1996 as Garza was showing his paintings in San Francisco galleries while simultaneously building custom furniture for retail spaces and restaurants.  The duo moved to Marfa in 2003 to design and build beds for the Thunderbird Hotel in Marfa, Texas.  Once there, the couple decided Marfa was home, and began work on what is now the Garza Marfa line of furniture.

Aug 18, 2015
Art Engineer Luis Martin talks about finding success and his NYC projects
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Art Engineer Luis Martin talks about finding success and his NYC projects

Aug 11, 2015
Artist Patty Carroll talks about the success of her Anonymous Women Series
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Chicago-based artist Patty Carroll talks about the success of her Anonymous Women Series and her experience with bringing the exhibition to China. 

Aug 04, 2015
Dr. Rachel Lindsey talks about the mind-body-spirit relationship
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Dr. Rachel Lindsey talks about the mind-body-spirit relationship

Jul 28, 2015
Carl Atiya Swanson and Springboard for the Arts' Tool Kits
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Carl Atiya Swanson is Springboard for the Arts' Director of Movement Building, working on Creative Exchange, a national hub for stories and toolkits for artists and organizations to solve local challenges and create new opportunities. Swanson previously worked at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and founded Crown & Sparrow, a boutique communications consulting firm specializing in work with artists. He is a theater maker with Savage Umbrella, a company dedicated to creating new, relevant works of theater, and is on the board of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network Twin Cities. Swanson holds a BA in Studio Art from the University of Southern California and an MBA from the University of St. Thomas Opus College of Business.

Jul 24, 2015
Artist Allison Luce shares valuable information about art residencies
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Artist Allison Luce shares valuable information about art residencies. Allison explores the ephemeral nature of existence and the mystery of eternity through her ceramic sculptures and monoprints. Luce graduated with dual BFA degrees in Painting and Art History from Ohio University and her MFA from Hunter College, City University of New York. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina where she is a studio artist and an adjunct art instructor. She has shown her work in solo and group exhibitions internationally and her work is included in private collections. She has been a resident artist at the International Ceramic Research Center in Skaelskør, Denmark, the Zentrum für Keramik-Berlin in Germany, and the Shaw International Centre for Contemporary Ceramics at the Medalta International Artists in Residence in Medicine Hat, Alberta, Canada. In 2012, her work has reviewed in The Charlotte Observer and she was awarded a Regional Artist Project Grant from the Arts and Science Council of Charlotte.

Jul 15, 2015
Artist Faheem Majeed talks about his exhibition at MCA Chicago
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In this episode, artist Faheem Majeed talks about his exhibition at MCA Chicago. Faheem is a resident of the South Shore neighborhood in Chicago, Faheem often looks to the material makeup of his neighborhood and surrounding areas as an entry point into larger questions around civic-mindedness, community activism, and institutional racism. As part of his studio practice, the artist transforms materials such as particle board, scrap metal, wood, discarded signs and billboard remnants, breathing new life into these often overlooked and devalued materials. His broader engagement with the arts also involves arts administration, curation, and community facilitation, all which feed into his larger practice.

Faheem’s solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago runs from March 10 to August 16, 2015. 

Jul 07, 2015
Artist and Curator Serena Kovalosky shares her life story and curatorial projects
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Serena Kovalosky is a sculptor, curator, cultural project developer and owner of Artful Vagabond Productions whose mission is to celebrate the creativity and inspiration that artists bring to this world and to promote the arts as a viable and valuable commodity in today's society.

Serena began her career in the travel industry.  After 18 years, she traded her suitcase for an artist’s loft in Montreal, Canada to pursue her talents as a professional artist. Returning to the U.S., she began transferring her project management skills to the art world and co-founded the juried biennial Open Studios of Washington County which to date has brought over $200,000 in art revenue as well as increased tourism to this rural New York community. 

In 2014, Serena curated and produced the five-month Slate as Muse National Art Exhibition at the Slate Valley Museum and was recently invited to speak at the Museum Association of New York's Annual Conference about the exhibition's success.

 

Serena has exhibited her work widely. She has appeared on the television programs, done numerous interviews on print and radio, and has written hundreds of articles on artists from around the world for the Artful Vagabond art blogsite.

Jul 02, 2015
Life & Wellness Coach Lara Tallman talks about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle
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In this episode, Life & Wellness Coach Lara Tallman talks about the benefits of a healthy lifestyle

Jun 29, 2015
Publisher & curator Noor Blazekovic talks about IRREVERSIBLE International Projects
31:27

Publisher & curator Noor Blazekovic talks about IRREVERSIBLE International Projects

Jun 24, 2015
Framing experts Cole Glassner & Micah James Zayner share framing tips
22:57

Framing experts Cole Glassner & Micah James Zayner share framing tips

Jun 22, 2015
Curator Claire Molek talks about recent and upcoming projects
28:16

In this episode, curator Claire Molek talks about recent and upcoming projects

Jun 18, 2015
Curator Claire Molek talks about recent and upcoming projects
29:23

Curator Claire Molek talks about recent and upcoming projects

Jun 18, 2015
Sergio & Yanina's Next Level Spring Update
18:01

Sergio & Yanina's Art Next Level Spring Update

Jun 16, 2015
Artist Petronilla Hohenwarter shares her experience with international projects
39:33

In this episode, Germany-based artist Petronilla Hohenwarter shares her experience with international projects.

Jun 09, 2015
Linda Dorman talks about her career as an artist manager
34:26

In this episode, Linda Dorman talks about her career as an artist manager

Jun 03, 2015
Machaqmara Center for the Arts founder Rodrigo Ghattas talks about the art residency program
30:27

In this episode, Machaqmara Center for the Arts founder Rodrigo Ghattas talks about the art residency program

May 28, 2015
Artist/Counselor Alice Berry, MA/LPC shares time and stress management skills
28:29

In this episode, Artist/Counselor Alice Berry, MA/LPC shares time and stress management skills.

May 26, 2015
Artist Tom Torluemke speaks about his work and how to push the boundaries
36:34

030 Artist Tom Torluemke speaks about his work and how to push the boundaries

May 21, 2015
Photography expert Jennifer Stoots explains the evolution of the medium, archiving and estate planning
44:13

Photography expert Jennifer Stoots explains the evolution of the medium, archiving and estate planning. Sergio Gomez and Jennifer Stoots discuss best practices for contemporary photographers.

May 19, 2015
Sara Lee Burd talks about working with artists, photographers and writers
26:06

Executive Editor for Nashville Arts Magazine Sara Lee Burd talks about working with artists, photographers and writers

May 14, 2015
Art expert Paul Klein provides advice and talks about his new book The Art Rules
37:57

Art expert Paul Klein provides advice and talks about his new book The Art Rules

May 11, 2015
Cynthia Gessele shares insights about the interior design industry
30:26

Cynthia Gessele shares insights about the interior design industry

May 07, 2015
Artist Marianne Lettieri talks about goals, values and expectations
34:50

Artist Marianne Lettieri talks about goals, values and expectations

May 05, 2015
Louella DeVries, LCPC discusses depression, its dangers and prevention
29:42

In this episode, Louella DeVries, LCPC discusses depression, its dangers and prevention

Apr 28, 2015
Artists discuss their work in the Immortality & Vulnerability exhibition
27:01

In this episode, artists discuss their work in the Immortality & Vulnerability exhibition at the Zhou B Art Center, Chicago. Curated by Sergio Gomez and Didi Menendez

Apr 23, 2015
Artist Manager Erin Brammer discusses the many aspects of managing her husband's art career.
32:30

Artist Manager Erin Brammer discusses the many aspects of managing her husband Jason Brammer's art career.

Apr 20, 2015
Artist Carlos Rolón/Dzine shares the stories behind his successful career
36:33

Artist Carlos Rolon DZine shares the stories behind his successful career and his experience at the Venice Biennale.

Apr 14, 2015
Artist Tim Okamura shares struggle and success stories and how they have helped him to stay focused
37:07

Artist Tim Okamura shares struggle and success stories and how they have helped him to stay focused.

Apr 06, 2015
Wendy Ritchey talks about the benefits of art therapy
32:23

In this episode, Wendy Ritchey talks about the benefits of art therapy 

Apr 01, 2015
Artist Jason Brammer talks about finding and fostering your artistic voice
34:51

Chicago based artist Jason Brammer talks about finding and fostering your artistic voice

Mar 24, 2015
Hammond Arts Center engages its community through the arts
28:28

In this Artist Next Level podcast episode, Sergio Gomez interviews Sarah Smith and Dan Whiteman of the Hammond Arts Center. They talked about community engagement trough the arts.

Mar 18, 2015
Attorney Patrice Perkins talks about trademark, copyright and how artists should protect themselves
25:54

Attorney Patricia Perkins talks with Sergio Gomez about trademark, copyright and how artists should protect themselves. 

Mar 13, 2015
Rachel Lechocki shares the benefits of Yoga and how it can ignite your creativity
26:26

Rachel Lechocki shares the benefits of Yoga and how it can ignite your creativity

Mar 12, 2015
What is your digital back up plan?
05:21

In this episode, Sergio Gomez talks about having a digital back up plan for all your important data.

Mar 11, 2015
Author Mary A. Osborne talks about Press Releases, Art Statements, and Press Kits for artists
32:32

Author Mary A. Osborne talks about Press Releases, Art Statements, and Press Kits for artists

Mar 09, 2015
Seven Lessons I Have Learned About The Art World
07:32

Sergio Gomez shares Seven Lessons he has learned about the art world and how they apply to your art practice.

Mar 08, 2015
Gallery owner Kimberly Atwood shares her story and the intern placement program
26:47

In this episode, gallery owner Kimberly Atwood shares her story and the intern placement program at Elephant Room Gallery, Chicago.

Mar 03, 2015
Art expert Ruth Crnkovich talks about auctions, pricing, mentors and the art market
31:15

In this episode, art expert Ruth Crnkovich talks about art auctions, artist's donations, pricing your art, importance of mentors and what it all means for the contemporary artist. 

Feb 23, 2015
Meg Frazier speaks about chasing your dreams and the power of community
22:22

In this episode, Chicago artist and gallery owner Meg Frazier speaks about chasing your dreams, the power of networking and engaging the community through art education. 

Feb 16, 2015
Facing Your Biggest Fears with Dr. Gomez
16:25

In this episode, Sergio Gomez speaks with psychologist Dr. Yanina Gomez about the nature of our fears. Dr Gomez offers practical advise to artists about facing their fears in a healthier manner.

Feb 10, 2015
Artist and gallery owner Dan Addington gives valuable advice to contemporary artists
33:45

Artist and gallery owner of Chicago-based Addington Gallery, Dan Addington talks about his journey as an artist and his experience running a successful art gallery. Do not miss his valuable advice to contemporary artists.

Feb 03, 2015
Artist Steve Prince shares his passionate life story
23:06

In this episode, artist Steve Prince shares his life in art and career path. He talks about his struggles and success as well as what he learned from each experience. 

Jan 27, 2015
Carron Little talks about her art career and Out of Site Chicago
24:14

Carron Little is a cultural producer in the broadest sense of the word.  Carron is an artist who creates drawings, performance and installation and she is a producer creating opportunities for other artists to be innovative, writing policy to facilitate artists in a fully creative process. She is also the Founder and Director of Out of Site Chicag

Jan 20, 2015
Making Art in the Face of Adversity
04:00
Making art in a season of pain and hardship opens up an opportunity for artists to connect with the rest of humanity. Join Sergio Gomez as he encourages artists to make art in the face of adversity. "When lives give you lemons, make art"

 

Jan 12, 2015
Seven killer art resources for 2015
15:54

Sergio shares seven killer resources for your art career. From art management tools to back-up strategies, these resources will help you get organized and productive in 2015.

Jan 09, 2015
Practical advice to make the art you always wanted
08:45

Sergio Gomez shares practical advice to make the art you always wanted. Plan ahead and conquer your dreams!!!

Jan 08, 2015
An artist and a psychologist join forces to create art resources
12:11

In this first episode, Sergio Gomez introduces the Artist Next Level Podcast and talks about the idea behind it. Inspiring and Equipping Artists to take Control of their Art Career.

Jan 08, 2015