Podcasts are taking over. 112 million Americans have listened to a podcast. 67 million listen monthly and 42 million listen weekly. That’s a lot of people and a lot of time! So many exciting and informative stories are being created through podcasts. Have you jumped into the podcast world yet? We’ve got the perfect art podcast list for you to start.
Whatever you’re interested in, there’s a podcast for it. Odd Lovecraftian story? Try Welcome to Night Vale. Looking for some folklore and true horror stories? Try Lore (soon to be a series on Amazon). Want an informative podcast that weaves together stories and science? Try Radiolab.
There are podcasts for every topic, and art podcasts are no exception. Though it’s an auditory medium, podcasts can paint a very visual picture. Listening to art podcasts you might join a celebrity strolling through a museum, jump back in time to learn the cultural influences that shaped an artist or dive deep into the examination of a painting.
Podcasts are perfect for road trips, a long commute or while you’re working in the studio. Download the episode, pop those headphones in and get inspired with these top twelve podcasts.
Top Art Podcasts to Explore
1. The Lonely Palette
In this podcast, host Tamar Avishai helps return art history to the masses, one painting at a time. In each episode Tamar picks a painting and interviews unsuspecting museum visitors about it. They dive into the subject matter, movement and social context surrounding the piece. For more information, visit thelonelypalette.com.
2. A Piece of Work
A Piece of Work makes modern and contemporary art approachable. Hosted by Broad City’s co-creator and star Abbi Jacobson, this 10-episode series explores everything from Pop art to performance in lively conversations with curators, artists and a few special guests.
3. Bad at Sports
Bad At Sports is a weekly podcast about contemporary art. Founded in 2005, the podcast focuses on presenting the practices of artists, curators, critics, dealers and other art professionals who are shaping the present and future of art.
4. The Jealous Curator: Art for Your Ears
Everyone loves to get the big scoop right? The Jealous Curator brings you the gossip on contemporary artists before that gossip hits the history books. Find out why artists do certain things, what goes on in their personal lives and behind-the-scenes details on other artists they’ve worked with. You’ll enjoy the first-hand stories from successful, full-time artists.
5. The Modern Art Notes Podcast
Host Tyler Green interviews artists, art historians, curators, critics and authors both in the studio and in art museums around the country.
Think art history is boring? Think again. It’s weird, funny, mysterious and liberating. Who is Banksy, really? Did Van Gogh actually kill himself? Why were the Impressionists so great?
Go to www.artcuriouspodcast.com for further information and fun extras.
7. Art History Babes Podcast
Four fresh Masters drink wine and discuss all things visual culture.
8. Raw Material
Raw Material is an arts and culture podcast from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA). Each season focuses on a different topic, featuring voices of artists working in all media and exploring the inspiration and stories behind modern and contemporary art.
9. The Renaissance: A History of Renaissance Art
Artist and educator Denis Byrd hosts an in-depth look into the artists of the Renaissance.
10. Art Detective
Art is the truest expression of the workings of the mind. More than that, it is the visual expression of culture, politics, society, religion and emotion channelled through the hands of creative individuals. Understanding art allows us to understand history: to visualize the faces, colors, drama and expression of that time.
Art Detective brings you bite-size insights about art history. Join Dr. Janina Ramirez in her discussion with art experts.
11. The Sculptor’s Funeral
The Sculptor’s Funeral is the only podcast dedicated to figurative sculptors living and working today. Art history, tech talk, news, and interviews for the figurative sculptor along with a social media forum and listener mail/questions/comments make this podcast required listening for any sculptor who knows the fine arts aren’t dead, they just smell a little funny.
12. Dr. Great Art! Short, Fun Art History Artecdotes!
Dr. Mark Staff Brandl’s tidbits take listeners inside the world of visual art by merging historical art knowledge with aesthetic pleasure.
Do you listen to other art podcasts? Comment below with your favorite!