Conversations on arts and culture focusing on personalities, influences, and passions. Host Craig Martin highlights events and projects but concentrates on what led guests to pursue the arts and the passions they seek to share.
info_outline ART TAP episode 090 09/02/2019
ART TAP episode 090 On tap this week is a conversation with two people working to develop "To Kill a Mockingbird" at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette. First up is local musician, accomplished singer-songwriter Jeff Anderson. Joining him is musician, performer, actor, and director TJ Rosa, who is directing the show. The two talk about Jeff’s contributions to the production as an on-stage “troubadour,” lending tonal sounds and musical transitions.
info_outline ART TAP episode 088 08/12/2019
ART TAP episode 088 On tap this week is Shelley Lowenberg-DeBoer, who has played the Tippecanus Rex game with me before. She has a creative work she shares, “A Short Biography of Ginger Wigglemann,” as inspiration for the upcoming Tipp. Rex project of creative stories of (un)natural history of the Tippecanoe County region.
info_outline ART TAP episode 087 07/29/2019
ART TAP episode 087 On tap this week are my first husband and wife guests, David and Thea Strand, local performers and arts supporters. We talk about shared experiences with local arts, including the Jefferson High School music program, and the dual roles of performers and parents of performers.
info_outline ART TAP episode 086 07/15/2019
ART TAP episode 086 On tap this week is Zach Medler, local muralist/graffiti artist and more. Zach’s got an exhibit opening soon at Artist’s Own titled “Squint.” It runs July 18 through August 17, with an opening reception during Gallery Walk on July 19 from 6 – 9 pm. We talk about the nature and challenges of graffiti and being a public artist as well as the wide range of media in which he works. Zach’s website is https://www.zmedstudios.com.
info_outline ART TAP episode 085 06/24/2019
ART TAP episode 085 On tap this week are friends from the Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering, coming this weekend, June 28th– 30th in Battle Ground, Indiana. With me are Karah Rawlings, Executive Director of Indiana Fiddlers’ Gathering, and board president Cliff Harrison, as well as members of the Bum Ditty Barn Dance Band, who will be performing at the festival.
info_outline ART TAP episode 084 06/18/2019
ART TAP episode 084 On tap this week are improv and podcasting buds who contribute to the “Adventures in Videoland” podcast, Doug Pruim and Gary McFall. The boys share their early experiences with acting and singing, a fascinating discussion of reading imaginatively, developing artistic skills through Photoshopped nipple work, and their shared experiences with improv. You can catch Gary and Doug in a One Size Fits All performance this Friday, June 21 at Bobby T’s on campus at 8:00 pm. Be sure to catch it!
info_outline ART TAP episode 083 06/03/2019
ART TAP episode 083 On tap this week is TJ Rosa, Purdue University student, local musician, and volunteer at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette as an actor, director, and educator. TJ talks about taking on the directing challenges of the American classic “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee this fall at Civic Theatre, and three shows at the upcoming 7th Annual 10-Minute Play Festival. Make sure to catch it this weekend, June 7th, 8th, and 9th. She also shares her original song, "Travis."
info_outline ART TAP episode 082 05/28/2019
ART TAP episode 082 On tap this week is an introduction to a special project in which ART TAP will play host to creative storytelling from the community. “Tippecanus Rex” will be a story project celebrating the (un)natural history of Tippecanoe County, Indiana through mythical beasts, imagined histories and fake statistics. Creative works of writers, performers, and musicians will be selected for “major awards” and broadcast on this podcast! Entries will be due Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019!
info_outline ART TAP episode 081 05/20/2019
ART TAP episode 081 On tap this week are friends from Lafayette Citizens Band, promoting itself as "Music that Brings the Community Together Every Summer". With me are Jenn Tordil and Krista Steinmetz. Jenn is Vice President of the Board and Krista is a board member on the PR community – “the face of the band.” We talk a bit about the history of the band, the aspects of playing outdoors in the summer, and the upcoming season of performances.
info_outline ART TAP episode 080 05/14/2019
ART TAP episode 080 On tap this week are friends from CHiPS, or Community Historic Project Support, which highlights the City of West Lafayette's heritage through the identification and acquisition of significant historic properties throughout the West Lafayette community.
info_outline ART TAP episode 079 05/07/2019
ART TAP episode 079 On tap this week (again) are my friends Amy Long and Cindy Gerlach, from the Live765 arts section of the Lafayette Journal and Courier. We meet occasionally to review and discuss the things we’ve seen and experienced in the area, and to recognize the efforts that are not getting much formal recognition. So what's happened since December...?
info_outline ART TAP episode 078 04/08/2019
ART TAP episode 078 On tap this week is John Clare, music director at WBAA Public Radio from Purdue University. John is a classical music host, a videographer, and an accomplished violinist. John surprisingly talks a lot about art (visual) while describing music (classical).
info_outline ART TAP episode 077 04/01/2019
ART TAP episode 077 On tap this week is Amy Lynn Budd, Visiting Assistant Professor at Purdue University Theatre. Amy was our guest in episode 011 and she’s back to discuss a new project, “She Kills Monsters,” opening April 12th. Amy also talks about a recent course in which she collaborated, designed to explore the musical “Hamilton” from very creative perspectives.
info_outline ART TAP episode 076 03/18/2019
ART TAP episode 076 On tap this week is Jake Wood, scenic artist and properties manager for Purdue University Theatre. Jake talks about getting into scenic work, some of the challenges of painting for theatre as part of a technical team, and presenting theatre in a university system.
info_outline ART TAP episode 074 03/04/2019
ART TAP episode 074 On tap this week is a group of my friends, that I’m calling the Comics Guys, gentlemen from various walks of life I’ve called together to talk about something near and dear to our hearts – comic books. On hand are writer and editor and previous guest on the ART TAP podcast, Brian K. Morris; Keith Long, Vice President of W. H. Long Companies; and actor, teacher, and technical director at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, Trey Gorden.
info_outline ART TAP episode 073 02/25/2019
ART TAP episode 073 On tap this week is Mark Ruschman, senior curator of art and culture for the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. Mark went from managing his own art gallery in downtown Indianapolis, which featured Indiana creatives, to curating exhibits of Indiana artists for the State Museum. He shares a number of historical and contemporary Look-up links that examine the wide-ranging Indiana arts scene.
info_outline ART TAP episode 072 02/18/2019
ART TAP episode 072 On tap this week is Julia Muney Moore, Director of Public Art at the Arts Council of Indianapolis. Julia directs and manages all aspects of public art programs for the Arts Council of Indianapolis, including project development, execution, and maintenance of individual works of art. She talks about how artists can work with neighborhoods and communities to not just enhance shared spaces but to draw attention with the artwork to what makes those areas unique and important.
info_outline ART TAP episode 071 02/11/2019
ART TAP episode 071 On tap this week is State Representative Sheila Klinker, who represents Indiana House District 27. Sheila was first elected to the Indiana House of Representatives in 1982 and she is a member of the Education, Veterans Affairs and Public Safety, and Ways and Means committees. Her personal arts background is in vocal music and she is a tireless supporter of, and very colorful presence in, the arts and education in this region.
info_outline ART TAP episode 070 01/28/2019
ART TAP episode 070 On tap this week is Kate Walker, actor, director, and Director of Communications for the Office of the Provost at Purdue University. We discuss her work in telecommunications and theatre, her eventual turn as “big musical” director at Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, and the current production of “Into the Woods.”
info_outline ART TAP episode 069 01/21/2019
ART TAP episode 069 On tap this week is a conversation with Michael Crowthers, Curator of Collections, Exhibitions, and Education at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. We discuss his personal work with sculpture and his eventual turn to exhibition preparation and curating at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, http://www.artlafayette.org. Presenting artwork for audiences is a more challenging and thoughtful process than most might think, and we burrow in for an edition of “Gallery Guy Talk.”
info_outline ART TAP episode 068 01/07/2019
ART TAP episode 068 On tap this week is a conversation with Lisa Walsh, glass and metals artist and proprietor of Abednego Creations. We discuss her work with flameworked glass and metals, her recent work based upon topographical maps, and grants and residencies connected to parks and maps.
info_outline ART TAP episode 067 12/18/2018
ART TAP episode 067 On tap this week is a conversation with Amy Long and Cindy Gerlach of the Live765 arts section of the Lafayette Journal and Courier. We joined forces for a session of reviews of recent arts productions in the area, something we will revisit on a regular basis. And we enjoy some lovely mulled wine, and some good, snarky fun and diversions, in the process.
info_outline ART TAP episode 066 12/10/2018
ART TAP episode 066 On tap this week are local artists Lorie Amick and LaDonna Vohar. Both are members of the Artists’ Own artists cooperative in Lafayette, Indiana and work in a wide range of mediums. And they have collaborated on a new exhibition, The Un-limited Figure: Creating an Afterlife for Retail Mannequins, which opens Friday, December 14th and runs through March 3rd in the East Gallery at the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette.
info_outline ART TAP episode 065 12/03/2018
ART TAP episode 065 On tap this week is music educator, choral director, and keyboard artist Michael Bennett. Michael is Artistic Director of Lafayette Master Chorale, Music & Dance Department Chair at Lafayette Jefferson High School, and Director of Music at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Lafayette. There's a lot of choral music happening this time of year, and Michael's at the heart of it!
info_outline ART TAP episode 064 11/19/2018
ART TAP episode 064 On tap this week is a group of Master of Fine Arts candidates from Purdue University, which goes by the name of the Purdue Artist Collective. Their unifying thread is that they work and study with a friend of the ART TAP podcast, Sigrid Zahner. The artists with me are a diverse midwestern selection: Amanda Kendrick from DeWitt, Michigan, Jessica Peterson from Iroquois, Illinois, Charmaine Renee from Dayton, Ohio, and Tracy Smoll, from Waynetown, Indiana.
info_outline ART TAP episode 063 11/05/2018
ART TAP episode 063 On tap this week are three guests who have been guests previously on the podcast, Kelly McBurnette-Andronicos, Steve Martin,and Rachel Lopez. Each is a produced and/or published playwright and a member of the greater Lafayette theatre community. I thought I’d get them all at the same table and conduct a session of “Playwright Talk.” Along with thoughts on the current nature and themes of American theatre, each shares a notable new or reworked play they’ve seen recently.
info_outline ART TAP episode 062 10/29/2018
ART TAP episode 062 On tap this week is an explicit conversation (fair warning) with jewelry artist, painter, muralist, web comic creator Gwyne Bahler. Gwyne is a member of Ruckus Indy artist’s maker space and produces a web comic you should check out – midwestdirtcomic.com.
info_outline ART TAP episode 061 10/22/2018
ART TAP episode 061 On tap this week is a conversation with Amy Long and Cindy Gerlach of the Live765 arts section of the Lafayette Journal and Courier. We joined forces for a session of reviews of recent arts productions in the area, something we will revisit on a regular basis. And we enjoy some lovely wines in the process.