Fresh Art International

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Fresh Art International is the launch pad for Fresh Talk, our signature podcast series.

A Fresh view of the Art World By SpeedofLight2015 – Jul 28,2015

I look forward to the release of each new podcast. Fresh Art International is engaging and entertaining covering a wide variety of topics and issues from the art world.

Our Mission: We collect and share conversations, commentary, news, and views that inform and energize aspiring and experienced creative individuals working in an array of media and disciplines. Fresh Art International fulfills a commitment to promoting public access to the arts while building a free digital archive that documents the global phenomenon of contemporary cultural production in the 21st century.

Our HistoryLaunched in October 2011, Fresh Art International is an evolving independent media outlet with global point of view. Our website welcomes up to 3,000 monthly visitors from around the world. With an audience averaging 9,000 listeners monthly, we're welcoming new friends and followers every day: Facebook (1,000+ Likes/2,000+ Friends) and Twitter (5,000+ Followers)!

In spring 2015, we launched Fresh Art International NOW, a new publication series inspired by our Fresh Talk audio podcast series.

Our website features weekly posts:

Fresh Talk: an audio podcast series with more than 80 episodes

Fresh News: news and commentary on events and trends

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

Beginning with research, networking, and field recordings, independent curator Cathy Byrd works with a team of creative professionals to script, direct, produce, publish, and promote this range of perspectives on contemporary creative practice. Fresh Art International models the fresh thinking and positivity essential to building a sustainable professional practice in the field. With her supporters, Cathy has effectively invented a vital new media platform that offers a globally-informed assessment of contemporary art and culture.

For more than 20 years, Cathy has engaged in extensive field work, traveling across the U.S., and to Germany, France, Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal and Turkey. To capture the voices you hear in our Fresh Talk podcast series, Cathy records in person, via Skype and by mobile phone. Fresh Talk features include Tania Bruguera, Theaster Gates, Joan Jonas, Jason Moran, Franklin Sirmans, Cheryl Pope, Antoni Muntadas, Janet Biggs, Sarah Lewis, Valerie Cassel Oliver, Trenton Doyle Hancock, William Pope.L, and many more. Select sounds and images serve to illustrate Fresh News and Fresh VUE features on Miami Art Week, dOCUMENTA, the Venice Art Biennale, SXSW, ARCO Madrid, Armory Arts Week, Frieze New York, the first Cartagena Biennial,the Havana Biennial and Prospect New Orleans, among other international exhibitions and events.

Notably, each Fresh Talk audio podcast includes an introductory text, photo feature and signature sound. All are archived on, and the full series is downloadable for free on iTunesStitcherSoundCloud, and, where we make Fresh Talk available for public radio broadcast.

Fresh Art International has created two years of solid, informative and exclusive programming. The podcasts illustrate the strength of Cathy Byrd’s curatorial experience, her international network and her professional commitment to the field. - Zoë Charlton, Baltimore-based artist and Associate Professor, Dept of Art, American University, 2014

Our Global Initiative: From the beginning, our reach has spanned the U.S., including residencies in Baltimore, Newcastle, Austin, Brooklyn, Chicago and New Orleans. In Europe, we've set up shop in Barcelona, Amsterdam, and Berlin. Aware of the transdisciplinary character of creative practitioners globally, we've recorded conversations with visual, performance and sound artists, curators, architects, composers, and writers. We've  toured exhibitions and art fairs, attended performances, experienced public art and explored architecture—capturing field recordings worldwide in cities and remote sites including New York City; Lubbock; Roswell, NM; Marfa; Baltimore; Washington, DC; Madrid; Lisbon; Istanbul; Bergen (Norway); The Hague; Frankfurt, Brooklyn; Providence, Rhode Island; New Orleans; Chicago; Atlanta; Austin, Texas; and Tampa, Florida.

Our Vision: To broaden coverage of international biennials and residency programs and venture further afield—to Latin America, Eastern Europe, Africa, and Asia. Fresh Art International is definitely going places!

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