Art in Your Ear

Friday: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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We are a weekly interview program, chatting with local, regional, national, and supersonic creative makers of things and ideas. We have a freeform playlist. To get in touch, please email [email protected].
Thank you to Creative Loafing for giving Art in Your Ear a Best of the Bay Award!

This week ~ Fresh Squeezed at The Morean Art Center

Morean Arts Center Curator Amanda Cooper, and two of the six participating artists come on the show to chat about the work.

Alexis Childress works in collage, and Camilla Byrd paints. Their work is glorious! (not sure what is wrong with the media center – their work is not at all fuzzy!)

Last Week ~ Strength of Character

The Strength of Character exhibit, with works by Kathleen & David Bly (who go by Jib Projects), Edgar Sanchez Cumbas, and Kendra Frorup. Curated by our guest, Katherine Gibson. We are going to talk about this show, and also curation. I have QUESTIONS!

Previous shows:

Stageworks ‘The Immigrant’

Stageworks Theatre came in to chat about The Immigrant,. Jim Wicker, Rosemary Orlando, Karla Hartley, & Candace Rotolo

 Great conversation about memory, strangers, and who we are within (and without) our community. 

Previous shows:

Kelly O’Dell & Raven Skyriver at the Duncan  McClellan Gallery:
then Robin O’Dell & Wendy Leigh from the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts.

Glass artists Kelly O’Dell  and Raven Skyriver approach nature in very different ways, playing with light, weight (is heft a better word?), and texture. Their collaborative and solo pieces are meditative and lovely.  The pair will appear at the Duncan McClennan Gallery during their dual exhibition opening on Saturday,

Saturday March 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by demonstrations in the Gallery’s hot shop between 5 and 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, March 10, from 12 to 4 p.m. with lectures and additional hot shop demonstrations.

raven skyriver & kelly o'dell glass works with a shell and fish

FMoPA opened to much excitement in its new Ybor space last year. A lot of the excitement centered around the art veterans picked to run the space, Robin O’Dell and Wendy Leigh. So much to talk about!

Mark Mitchell at Jim Woodfield’s Gallery with True Colors

Surreal pop art – perfectly attuned to our times. 

Mark Mitchell in his studio.
Mark Mitchell in his studio.

Fund Drive! AiYE is raising $2,200 on 2/23/24
Update, thank YOU lovely people. We are very close to our goal, needing only a couple $100. xoxoxo

Past Shows:

Christopher Still & The Great State of Florida  

Christopher Still's painted crab on a tannish background
Christopher Still

Christopher Still joins us to chat about The Great State of Florida, his permanent work at the Heritage Museum in Tarpon Springs. His exquisite work, underpinned by copious research, explores Florida, diving underwater and soaring overhead.

Dr Gordon Gilbert  St Petersburg Celebration of the Arts 

Andrea Assaf The Gaza Monologues Teach In
American Stage The Chinese Lady


Radio Theatre at Studio @ 620

Join in as we chat with Bonnie Agan about Radio Theatre and then Ed Lehmann about improv theater at the radio station!

Live radio theater Studio at 620

Artist Nathan Beard & SPAACES

Founder Marianne Chapel Junker

Artist Nathan Beard and SPAACES founder Marianne Chapel Junker in to talk about contemporary cutting edge work here on the edge of the world.


Curator Emily Kapes put together an amazing show looking at the role of Chinese immigrants and Chinese Americans in the early West, onward to today. Really interesting show and lots to talk about.

Curator Emily Kapes of the James Museum stands near one of Hung Liu's pieces.
Curator Emily Kapes of the James Museum stands near one of Hung Liu’s pieces.


Jorge Vidal, Nick Reale, & Florida Craft Art

The Florida Craft Art Festival sprawls around downtown St. Pete this weekend. Jorge Vidal took over the leadership of Florida Craft Art earlier this year, and we are going to chat about all of the related things. Nick Reale is an amazing woodturner.

Playwright Natalie Symons and Eric Davis (director, set design, everything!) came in for the comedy/thriller Nightsweats at freeFall theater.
Then from Powerstories theater, we’ll talk about their upcoming season, and the play Alabama Story, with director Sheri Whittington, and the two lead actors, TR Butler, and Lisa Negron.

B.A.S.K. Because Art Should Kill

& American Stage – Indecent

Construct Destruct Restruct ~ Frank Strunk

Robert Margouleff & Jade Dellinger

Producer & Inventor Robert Margouleff
Producer & Inventor Robert Margouleff

Revolutionary producer Bob Margouleff and author and curator Jade Dellinger join us to talk about Bob’s impact on music. TONTO Expanding Head  Band (done after producing an Edie Sedgewick movie!!!) led to working with Stevie Wonder on his most creative set of music in the 1970s, which led to many other bands, which led to DEVO.

There is a show at the Bob Rauschenberg Gallery devoted to DEVO’s 50 years of existence, The Beginning Was the EndYou can listen back to this fascinating man!


Art2Action’s Artistic Director Andrea Assaf and playwright Linda Parris-Bailey will be in to talk about the Veteran Community Open Mic and so much more.

Veteran Community Open Mic - 10th Anniversary!

Dr. Julie Buckner Armstrong & Learning from Birmingham

Happy to welcome Julie back to Art in Your Ear. ‘As goes Birmingham, so the nation goes.’ the Reverend Fred Shuttlesworth told Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Her new book, Learning from Birmingham, explores all the crossroads of history, personal and public; civil rights and alt rights; what we see and what we miss. If you want a preview of what we are going to chat about, here are a few posts she did while she was researching Birmingham.  Holley’s art, Civil Rights Trail, and Bombingham. Julie will be chatting with Eric Deggans at Tombolo Books on Wednesday, September 6. Her birthday!

We also will be speaking with Hillsborough County Commissioner Pat Kemp about the current proposal to reallocate Arts Council funding, possibly defunding a chunk of the arts and artists in the county. There is a petition you can sign, and we are going to find out how people can address this.

In Their Own Words – Group art show at HCC

In Their Own Words Greeting Wall at HCC Dale Mabry

Countdown Improv Fest

Kelly Buttermore and Matt Walker will be in to talk about this unusual and fun fest. We will be asking listener suggestions for improv! You can write in at [email protected] or text in to 813.433.0885 xo

cover of image breaker book featuring 2 men

Author Mark Leib ~ Image breaker

What happens when you question every single thing you believe – or don’t believe – in?


 Parachute Gallery’s Summer School

Smiling drag queen with book and rainbow

Jessica Todd and Victoria Alvarez come in to talk about banned books, drag queens, and pushing back.

Tempus Projects’
Like two Sealed copies of Expansions

𝕋𝔼𝕄ℙ𝕌𝕊 ℙℝ𝕆𝕁𝔼ℂ𝕋𝕊 is excited to announce the opening of 𝗟𝗜𝗞𝗘 𝗧𝗪𝗢 𝗦𝗘𝗔𝗟𝗘𝗗 𝗖𝗢𝗣𝗜𝗘𝗦 𝗢𝗙 𝗘𝗫𝗣𝗔𝗡𝗦𝗜𝗢𝗡𝗦, a group exhibition that showcases mixtapes from artists such as Hildebrando Bellizzio, Neil Bender, Ryan Berg, Joe Griffith, Gigi Lage, Jenn Ryann Miller, Justin Myers, Justin Nelson, Ashley Niven, Kym O’Donnell, Anthony Record, Emiliano Settecasi, Ryann Slauson, Brian Taylor, Kay Three, Matthew Drennan Wicks and more.
The exhibition serves as a tribute to the art of mixtapes and their cultural significance. The artists have created a series of works that delve into the mixtape as an object and an analog format for sharing music and self-expression. The exhibit highlights various mixtape components such as the cassette, jcard, case, and curated playlist.

American stage’s Disgraced

5 cast members of Disgraced at American Stage
Cast of Disgraced, now at American Stage L-R: Liam MacDougall- Isaac Ahsan Ali- Amir Natasha Hakata – Jory Shivam Patel – Abe/ Amir Madeleine Russell – Emily, plus director Sharifa Yasmin joined the conversation.

Rico Gatson: Visible Time at USFCAM

art showing an icon with black radiant lines
Artwork by Rico Gatson

Rico Gatson is a multimedia visual artist whose work explores themes of history, identity, popular culture, and spirituality, through sculpture, painting, video, and public projects. In late May, Gatson will transform the walls of the USF Contemporary Art Museum with a kaleidoscopic, life-size image of Zora Neale Hurston—author, anthropologist, filmmaker, and former Florida resident—while exhibiting important paintings and works on paper, as well as a mini-survey of videos from 2001 to the present. Rico Gatson: Visible Time is curated by Christian Viveros-Fauné, CAM Curator-at-Large and organized by the USF Contemporary Art Museum.

Leslie, Christian, and Rico in WMNF's studio
Leslie, Christian, and Rico in Studio 1.

Jobsite Theater’s ALICE

 Lab Theater Project

Owen Robertson comes in for LAB Theater Project. They are focused on bringing new artists – from playwrights to actors to directors to designers – into theater, keeping the theater community vibrant.

Owen and Maurice, 2 men in the wmnf studio
Owen Robertson & Maurice Parker of LAB Theater Project
Jakob Nordstrom and Epimetheus, and Brooke West as Eliora. Photo by Paula Brito for use by LAB Theater Project..
Maurice Parker as Ethon, and Christopher Rushing as Prometheus. Photo by Paula Brito for use by LAB Theater Project.


Shrimpfinity! At fairgrounds created by
the Milagros collective

We will be chatting with artists Felici Asteinza and Joey Fillastre  of the Milagros Collective. They create immersive art among many other things, and have built Shrimpfinity at the Fairgrounds.

Tampa Fringe Fest – May 10-14

Rosemary Orlando for Stageworks theater’s Talking with…

4/7 Kirk Ke Wang ~ Snow in September
at HCC Galleries, Dale Mabry Campus

Coming up: 

March 24 ~ Reclaiming Home: Contemporary Seminole Art at The Ringling with artist Corinne Zepeda.

Alyssa Osceola (Seminole, b. 2001), Carolyn (detail), 2022. Oil on wood panel
Alyssa Osceola (Seminole, b. 2001), Carolyn (detail), 2022. Oil on wood panel

March 17 – Jobsite Theater’s Summer BohnenKamp & David Jenkins in for MISERY.

Summer Bohnenkamp & David Jenkins from Jobsite Theater's Misery in the WMNF studio.
Summer Bohnenkamp & David Jenkins from Jobsite Theater’s Misery.
Summer Bohnenkamp & David Jenkins from Jobsite Theater's Misery in the studio making faces.
Summer Bohnenkamp & David Jenkins from Jobsite Theater’s Misery in the studio making faces.

March 10 ~ CampGround & SpaceStPete

Double awesome show! First, Eunmi Ko of Camp/Contemporary Art Music Project, and Paula Nunez from the Tampa City Ballet will talk about Campground, composing, choreographing, dancing, moving, all of it!

Then Chad Mize will dial in from spacestpete, which gathers together dozens of killer artists in an undone space. Lots of excitement about this!

March 3 ~ Photographer Águeda Sanfiz: The Other Pandemic


Vintage world liquors sign
Photo by JES

february 17 ~ St Pete Month of Photography ~ with Clara ten Berge and Marieke Van Der Krabben

Marieke and Clara sitting in WMNF's broadcast studio 1.
Marieke van der Krabben & Clara ten Berge for St. Pete Month of Photography. They were so nice about me butchering their names!

February 10 ~ Dr. Angelo Spoto and Stephanie Crank of the C.G. Jung Library of Tampa Bay

Angelo Spoto and Stephanie Crank of the CG Jung Library


February 3 ~ This Is Our Youth  at Studio Grand Central

january 27 ~ Tampa Repertory Theatre production of The Elephant Man

Directed by Emilia Sargent, featuring Paul Potenza, Christopher Marshall, and Georgia Mallory Guy.

Emilian and Georgia sitting in the WMNF Studio
Emilia Sargent (Director) and Georgia Mallory Guy (Mrs. Kendal) chatting in studio about Tampa Rep’s The Elephant Man.



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JoEllen Schilke

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