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

Our Mission: To inform and inspire our world of followers, Fresh Art International shares conversations, news and views on contemporary art.

Our Vision: To cover the local and global contemporary art scene, sharing the voices of artists and curators, filmmakers, and designers, 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 bi-weekly audio podcast episode.

In fall 2016, we increased our listening audience one hundred percent when we began live streaming a weekly one-hour radio show on the Miami-based internet station known as JoltRadio. We broadcast remote from Brazil for our first three programs, during the vernissage of the São Paulo Biennial. Ever since, we’ve been releasing two podcast episodes monthly and streaming weekly radio programs about contemporary art in Miami, South Florida, and the world!

Our website features:

Fresh Art International’s radio show and podcast with more than 100 listening experiences.

Fresh News: news and commentary on events and trends

Fresh VUE: photo features about select art fairs, exhibitions, biennials, studio visits, and other creative projects

Fresh Art International NOW: digital guide to contemporary art based on our audio podcast

Beginning with research, networking, and field recordings, independent curator Cathy Byrd works with a team of creatives to script, direct, produce, publish, and promote a range of perspectives on contemporary art. Fresh Art International models the fresh thinking and positivity essential to building a professional practice in the field. With her supporters, Byrd has effectively invented a vital new art media platform that offers local and global content in a virtual archive of contemporary art and culture.

Now calling Miami home, Byrd has engaged in extensive field work for more than twenty years, traveling across the U.S., and to Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal and Turkey. 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.

Notably, all our Fresh Art International audio content is archived on a range of internet platforms, with an introductory text, photo feature and signature sound. Our entire audio archive is free and available for listening and downloads on SoundCloud. Podcast episodes are archived on iTunes, Stitcher, Android, Google Music Play, and Public Radio Exchange.

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. On this site, you can 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 for fresh art!

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