Art Radio for the 21st Century
Cathy met me in New York to record a podcast episode while I was artistic director of Prospect New Orleans. She is creating unique coverage of the global art scene. Franklin Sirmans, Director, Perez Art Museum Miami
Cathy Byrd in conversation with artist Tania Bruguera, Havana, Cuba, 2015
Cathy Byrd is an independent curator with a deep passion for contemporary art, travel and diversity. On the Fresh Art International podcast and live streaming radio show, she sparks conversations about contemporary art, design and film with culture makers from around the globe.
Our Mission: To inform and inspire our world of followers.
Our Vision: To explore the local and global contemporary art scene and share the voices of artists and curators, writers, filmmakers, and designers engaging in creative initiatives, international biennials and residency programs at the center and margins of cultural communities.
Our History: Launched from a park bench in Brooklyn, on 1 October 2011, Fresh Art International is now based in Miami, Florida. Our independent art media initiative began as a roving audio podcast with bi-weekly episodes. In late 2016, we became a weekly content producer—releasing short podcast episodes and live streaming a weekly one-hour radio program. For our first three radio programs, we broadcast remote from Brazil during opening days of the São Paulo Biennial.
Our website features:
Fresh Art International’s podcast with more than 150 listening experiences.
Fresh News: news and commentary on events and trends that resonate with our conversations about creativity
Fresh VUE: photos featuring art fairs, exhibitions, biennials, studio visits, and other creative projects introduce you to past and future episodes
Fresh Art International NOW: smart guide to contemporary art inspired by our audio podcast
In a process that involves research, networking, and field recordings, scripting, producing, and promoting, Fresh Art International is building an oral history of contemporary creativity with diverse perspectives. Our short podcast episodes and live streaming talk radio programs with emerging and established cultural makers appeal to the curious and the cognoscenti. A generous 2017 Knight Arts Challenge grant reinforces our commitment to cover new territories and share fresh voices from around the world.
Fresh Art International draws on more than two decades of field work across the U.S., and Canada, to Mexico, Cuba, Jamaica and Barbados, Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal and Turkey, Japan, China, Norway, Greece and Africa. To capture the voices you hear on Fresh Art International, we record in-studio, in the field, via Skype and by mobile phone. Our program features the voices of Claire Tancons, Tania Bruguera, Theaster Gates, Joan Jonas, Jason Moran, Franklin Sirmans, Marinella Senatore, Cesar Cornejo, Antoni Muntadas, Janet Biggs, Valerie Cassel Oliver, Trenton Doyle Hancock, William Pope.L, and many more. Our content is fresh from the real world: from exhibition openings and studio visits in South Florida to the fairs of Miami Art Week and far beyond. Our international coverage features the São Paulo Biennial, documenta, Venice Art Biennale, Istanbul Biennial, Lyon Biennial, South By South West (SXSW), ARCO Madrid, Armory Arts Week, Frieze New York, Cartagena Biennial, Havana Biennial, and Prospect New Orleans, among other exhibitions and events.
Our Global Initiative: Before landing in Miami, we were on the move, popping up for residencies across the U.S. and in Europe. We engage locally and globally to deepen our knowledge of innovative visual, performance and sound artists, curators, architects, and filmmakers, among other culture makers. We explore art exhibitions, fairs, public art and architecture in urban and remote settings worldwide. Follow our adventures in São Paulo, Brazil; New York City; Lubbock, TX; Roswell, NM; Marfa; Baltimore; Washington, DC; Madrid; Lisbon; Istanbul; Oslo, Bergen, and Tromso, Norway; The Hague; Frankfurt, Brooklyn; Providence, Rhode Island; New Orleans; Chicago; Atlanta; Austin, Texas; and Key West, Florida, to name a few destinations!