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Art Heroes Review No. 004, Brad Aspey

Art Heroes Review, No. 004
How to Tell Your Story on Radio, a Conversation with Brad Aspey
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Many artists are shy when it comes to speaking about their art, whether in person, in print or on the air. But most art purchases are about more than whether the painting matches the sofa. Your buyers want to know about you as an artist— who you are, where you came from, why you make the work, what your ideas and influences are. Radio is a great way to tell a story that resonates, and inspires your audience to identify with your work.

This Art Heroes conversation is with Brad Aspey, veteran public radio announcer and producer. He is currently Interlochen Public Radio's Arts Reporter. He has interviewed thousands of people, from opera stars to jazz musicians to movie stars and even dozens of stand-up comedians.

Art Heroes Review No. 002, Hugh MacLeod

Art Heroes Review, No. 002
Why Art Success Can Suck— a conversation with Hugh MacLeod
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Hugh MacLeod is an artist who first made his name with “cartoons drawn on the back of business cards”. Although originally resistant to the idea of selling his art, Hugh found that his ideas and his engagement with his audience have created a strong market for his work. He now makes his living mostly drawing “Cube Grenades” for clients and publishing fine art prints via the internet. Hugh started blogging at in 2001. He started off just publishing his cartoons, but as time wore on he started blogging about his other main interest, marketing. In 2005 he scored his first major blog marketing success with, a blog he started with Savile Row tailor, Thomas Mahon. It tripled Thomas’ sales within six months.

Art Heroes Review No. 001, Austin Kleon

Art Heroes Review, No. 001
Gimmicks, Poetry and Presentation— a conversation with Austin Kleon
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Austin Kleon is a writer and artist. He’s the author of Newspaper Blackout, a best-selling book of poetry made by redacting newspaper articles with a permanent marker. New York Magazine called the book “brilliant” and The New Yorker said the poems “resurrect the newspaper when everyone else is declaring it dead.” His new book is called Steal Like An Artist — a creative manifesto based on 10 things he wish he’d heard when he was starting out. His work has been featured on 20×200, NPR’s Morning Edition, PBS Newshour, and in The Wall Street Journal. He speaks about creativity, visual thinking, and being an artist online for organizations such as SXSW, TEDx, and The Economist. He lives in Austin, Texas, with his wife, Meghan, and their dog, Milo. Visit him online at

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