Beyond the Studio is a podcast about the work that happens behind the scenes for visual artists and makers. It’s how they’re supporting and sustaining themselves and their creative work. 

Artists are inherently resourceful, resilient, and ambitious, with a unique and diverse set of skills. We want to know how they’re connecting the dots in their own life, and demystify the process. We believe that by sharing these stories openly and honestly, artists will feel more empowered and become better equipped to live out their own creative life’s work. The podcast features candid conversations about their business practices, time management, financial planning, and how they’re navigating the unique challenges of making a living, creatively. 
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Co-hosts Nicole Mueller and Amanda Adams met while both attending the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. They became close friends and roommates while each navigating the start of their own creative careers post-art school. After realizing there was a gap in professional development for artists, and a lack of transparency in the art world, they started the podcast as a way to have honest conversations with artists, makers, and business experts on the business of being an artist, and dive deep into the work that happens “beyond the studio.”

Amanda runs her fiber and illustration brand Close Call Studio full-time from Baltimore, and has been featured at Anthropologie, Etsy, and boutique shops around the country.

Nicole is based in San Francisco, CA where she maintains an active studio practice as a full-time painter and installation artist. Previously, she worked at California College of the Arts as the Assistant Director for Career Development (Fine Arts and Humanities).

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Beyond the Studio is a fiscally sponsored project of Independent Arts & Media, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. All donations made through IAM are tax deductible. Your support is greatly appreciated and goes directly towards sustaining the work of the podcast.

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Credits: David Colson for creating Beyond the Studio’s brand identity and website, and Michael York for providing the music for the podcast.