Is the question, “what do you plan on doing with a degree in visual arts?” something you hear a lot? Do you like learning about different artists and their creative paths? The Business of Art and Design podcast, sponsored by the Art + Design Department, can help answer those questions.
An excellent resource for students as they make the transition from student to professional, The Business of Art and Design, “provides practical examples illustrating how different artists, designers, and scholars have used their arts degrees to forge careers in the visual arts,” shares Jodi McCoy, executive producer of the podcast. Jodi previously co-hosted a similar podcast at a different university and found that students and parents/guardians alike gained valuable information from it, as well as an helpful introduction into the variety of career possibilities. Though, the podcast is not only student-focused—it’s also a wonderful learning resource for anyone active in the art community—and will delve deeply into the specifics of interviewees’ experiences. Published episodes include a conversation with Corwin Levi on finding and working in artists residencies, as well as a discussion with Sara Hiatt regarding the process of creating a photography book versus a traditional exhibition.
“Everyone’s path looks different, but the types of conversation we’re having on the pod, I believe, will help normalize finding your way in the professional world,” shares Jodi, “and also help re-assure parents and guardians that we are focused on preparing students for a career in the visual arts.” The hope for The Business of Art and Design is to instill confidence in students as they determine which career path they want to grow toward, as well as provide helpful advice from individuals who were in their similar shoes not too long ago.
The Business of Art and Design is recorded at MSU, with undergrad and grad students from the Art + Design Department doing most of the interviewing. You can listen to The Business of Art and Design on these platforms: