Relief Podcast

Episode 3: Motivation

This weekly podcast brings listeners joy and comfort for these uncertain times.

The Akron Art Museum’s staff shares insights from their own lives combined with conversations about the collection and interviews with regional artists and musicians.

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This week the topic is Motivation. Seema and Gina share some of their thoughts about how motivation looks different during quarantine and how artists get themselves motivated.

Deep Dive with Reggie: Mickalene Thomas

Girlfriends and Lovers, Mickalene Thomas, (Camden, New Jersey, 1971 — ), 2008, Acrylic, enamel and rhinestones on panel, 108 in. x 144 in. (274.32 cm x 365.76 cm), The Mary S. and Louis S. Myers Endowment Fund for Painting and Sculpture, 2010.1

To hear Mickalene Thomas talk about what motivates her, click here.

Shop Talk with Arron Foster

Arron Foster is an artist and educator who works in a variety of media, including printmaking, book arts, video, and installation. Arron has exhibited both nationally and internationally, while also teaching university coursework in print media and book arts. This edition is especially fun since Katelyn had Arron as a professor at Kent State University. Hear Arron discuss Mickalene Thomas’s work, what drives his motivation, and his favorite (and very specific!) salty snack.

Instagram: @fosta1918
Zygote Exhibition:

Current & Forthcoming Exhibitions:
Virtual Exhibition: And the Band Played On- Failure, Catastrophe, and Absurdity. IN TOTO Gallery

  • 2020 Mid American Print Council Juried Members Exhibition hosted by Kent State University.
  • 2020 Screenprint Biennial- Hosted by Todd Gallery at Middle Tennessee State University.
  • Past Lives Collaborative Book project- published by Risolve Studios- Lancaster PA.
  • Cul-De-Sac Print Exchange (Exhibition)- Gathered Glassblowing- Toledo, OH.

Relief Podcast Music

Jordan King is a multi-instrumentalist based in Kent, Ohio. Through his music project, Swell Tides, he has worked with Akron Recording Company and Electric Company Records. His work has been featured in the Devil Strip, Cleveland Scene, Akron Recording Company’s Where the Hell is Akron, OH? Vol. 2. Find Swell Tides on Bandcamp and Spotify, and stay in tune with upcoming shows on Instagram @swelltides




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Where There’s Smoke There’s Fire: Patti LaBelle’s ‘Burnin’’ Turns 30

Patti LaBelle’s ‘Burnin’’ album cover: she sits on a chaise lounge with a backing made of thin, curved metal railing. She wears a red skirt suit, with a black top, gold bangles on her right wrist, a gold geometric necklace, and a shiny, gold belt.

My track-by-track breakdown of The 1975’s ‘Notes On a Conditional Form’

The Beach Boys LIVE! at Ocean Grove’s Great Auditorium

Odilon Redon + Artistic Flappers

Rock Until Your Purple Drops

The Best Female Guitarists: An Essential Top 25 Countdown

The Best 20 Imogen Heap Quotes

The Unofficial Bridgerton Musical

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