The Center's Studio Podcast

The Center's Studio Podcast
The official podcast of the Center for Latter-day Saint Arts with interviews of artists and scholars on topics of art with host Glen Nelson.

Neylan McBaine: Pioneering the Vote
Aug 1 • 58 min
2020 marks three historic milestones surrounding women and voting rights. In her new book, Pioneering the Vote: The Untold Story of Suffragists in Utah and the West, author Neylan McBaine narrates this extraordinary history through the eyes of the women…
John Williamson, Art, and Mobility
Jul 1 • 46 min
Although he was born with a physical condition requiring prosthetic legs and braces to walk, John Williamson was a high-functioning professional with a long career in the technology industry until five years ago, when his body began to break down,…
James Best’s Latest Scenario
Jun 1 • 54 min
Two-time Emmy nominated writer James Best talks in this episode about his new one-act play, The Last Lake, which was a winner of the Art for Uncertain Times grant program of the Center for Latter-day Saint Arts. In addition to a discussion about the…
Artists in the Pandemic, Part 1: Introduction and Javen Tanner, playwright
May 1 • 26 min
In this special episode recorded during the COVID-19 pandemic, four artists discuss their current life and work. Each answers the same four questions: What is it like to make your art right now?; How does this pandemic affect content?; Are there works…
Artists in the Pandemic, Part 3: Susan Howe, poet
May 1 • 26 min
Poet Susan Howe in Ephraim, Utah talks about the disruption of her writing practice that typically involves peers gathering together. She notes the lag time and emotional distance required for a personal experience to enter into her work without…
Artists in the Pandemic, Part 2: Deon Nielsen Price, composer
May 1 • 25 min
Composer Deon Nielsen Price in San Francisco, California talks about her distinguished career writing music that is socially relevant including works about the Watts Riots and Vietnam. She finds comfort in poetry written by Japanese Americans imprisoned…
Artists in the Pandemic, Part 4: Samuel Evensen, painter
May 1 • 40 min
Painter Samuel Evensen in New York, New York is recovering from COVID-19 symptoms that have forced him into quarantine and attacked his body. A painter whose subject is the body, Evensen discusses the Spanish Flu epidemic, HIV/AIDS, and other global…
Lisa DeSpain’s Train to Fame
Apr 1 • 78 min
American composer of jazz, musical theater, concert, and choral music, Lisa DeSpain has not one, not two, but three operas in late-stage development—all winners of important commissions and grants. In this interview peppered with excerpts from the…
Steven L. Peck, Science, Fiction, and “King Leere”
Mar 1 • 53 min
In this episode, scientist and novelist Steven L. Peck discusses his newest novel, The Tragedy of King Leere, Goatherd of the La Sals. The book updates the Shakespearean tragedy to the near future, specifically, after a global climate change disaster….
Kent Christensen’s Secrets of the Great Salt Lake
Feb 1 • 56 min
Painter Kent Christensen’s Secrets of the Great Salt Lake is a virtuosic piece of visual satire representing early Utah history. Brigham Young rides a dinosaur in the lake while two trains bringing Jell-O, Snelgrove’s ice cream, donuts, and toxic waste…
Seven at Sea with Erik and Emily Orton
Jan 1 • 70 min
“Beleaguered but buoyant parents of five children between the ages of 6 and 16,” as The New York Times described Erik and Emily Orton, “hadn’t even plotted an itinerary when they bought a 38-foot catamaran (sight unseen), flew to a Caribbean harbor and…
Juilliard’s Opera Whisperer: Darrell Babidge
Dec 1, 2019 • 64 min
New Juilliard vocal faculty member, Darrell Babidge, discusses his career training a generation of the world’s opera singers. He discusses what it is like to be a vocal teacher of these elite musicians, what his voice lessons are like, and how he works…
Jeremy Grimshaw: Gamelan, Bali, and BYU
Nov 1, 2019 • 63 min
Music from Bali is the subject of this podcast interview, with Jeremy Grimshaw, who brought the traditional percussion ensemble of gamelan to Brigham Young University. The nature of gamelan is communal music-making, and Grimshaw discusses the history and…
The Come, Follow Me (Art Companion) and Jennifer Wilcox
Oct 1, 2019 • 44 min
The Center for Latter-day Saint Arts provides a weekly Art Companion for the gospel study curriculum, Come, Follow Me. This was the idea of Jennifer Wilcox who explores, in this podcast episode, how the project came to be, how she uses art in her church…
Brian Kershisnik Is Looking for Something
Sep 1, 2019 • 68 min
Artist Brian Kershisnik discusses a new monograph of his art work, Looking for Something: Selected Paintings, published Unicorn Publishing Group (London) and discusses how growing up in Angola, Thailand, and Pakistan has informed his worldview and…
Audacious Play: Sculptures by Page Turner
Aug 1, 2019 • 78 min
Assemblage artist Page Turner talks about how the sisterhood of church women in her hollow near Roanoke, Virginia, inspire her work, which has recently been included in 50 Women Contemporary Women Artists, alongside some of the most important artists…
Two Journeys: Angie Denison’s Documentaries of Amish Latter-day Saints and a Kidnapped Boy from India
Jul 1, 2019 • 33 min
Emmy-award winning producer Angie Denison takes listeners behind the scenes of two recent KSL documentaries: Amish Latter-day Saints and the story of a kidnapped boy from India who finds his family again in adulthood.
Ethan Wickman’s Oratorio, To a Village Called Emmaus
Jun 1, 2019 • 59 min
On the day of the premiere of his Easter oratorio, To a Village Called Emmaus, composer Ethan Wickman previews the work with excerpts and behind-the-scenes insights into its creation. The oratorio was commissioned by the American Festival Chorus and…
Laura Allred Hurtado: Her Years at the Church History Museum
May 1, 2019 • 68 min
The former global acquisitions curator for the Church History Museum reflects on her tenure and influence on art in the Church with the aid of tributes written by artists and colleagues: Neylan McBaine, Walter Rane, Rose Datoc Dall, Alan Johnson, Valerie…
Tade Biesinger on Broadway, the West End, and on a Mission
Mar 26, 2019 • 48 min
Starring on Broadway at the age of 11, Tade Biesinger played the title role in Billy Elliot the Musical and reprised the part in London and St. Louis. The experience left a strong impression on him but not in a way you’d expect; he learned at this tender…
The Writ and Vision of Brad Kramer: Gallerist and Community Builder
Mar 1, 2019 • 95 min
In an unlikely space in an unlikely place, Brad Kramer has achieved in four years something that many thought impossible: open a fine art gallery tailored to the contemporary art of Latter-day Saints. In the process, he has invited a highly diverse group…
Lance Larsen’s New Poems: What the Body Knows
Feb 7, 2019 • 67 min
In a discussion about his newest book of poetry, award-winning poet Lance Larsen speaks about prose poetry, describes how his work evolves from draft to print, reads from his work, listens to an art song setting of his poems, and considers other art forms…
Brontë Hebdon and the Church’s Visual Culture
Jan 19, 2019 • 69 min
Art historian and Latter-day Saint Brontë Hebdon, a PhD student at the prestigious Institute of Fine Arts in New York City, discusses the Church’s visual culture and how new approaches to art history and the exploration of objects affect identity,…
Are There Anybody Here: The Music of David Fletcher
Dec 26, 2018 • 97 min
In this podcast, composer David Fletcher discusses the musical path of his life and illustrates some of his best-loved works with recordings, including never-before shared demos.
Onetwo moremons more: LDS Allusions in the Works of James Joyce, with Brigham Barnes
Nov 15, 2018 • 51 min
Independent scholar Brigham Barnes explores allusions to Mormonism, Joseph Smith, Brigham Young, and the Book of Mormon in James Joyce’s novels Ulysses and Finnegans Wake.
Opera and Ballet Teenagers at the Met: Ruby Gilmore and Addy Hawley
Oct 25, 2018 • 80 min
Ruby Gilmore and Addy Hawley are LDS teenagers who have performed with the Metropolitan Opera and American Ballet Theatre companies. In this podcast, they talk about the dedication required and the joys encountered in the performing arts.
Richard Bushman and Farms, Families, and Faith
Sep 20, 2018 • 61 min
Discussion with historian Richard Bushman about early American farmers, families, and the development of society.
The Unknown Galaxy of Mormon Music with Scott Holden
Aug 9, 2018 • 79 min
Excerpts and discussion with pianist Scott Holden about his Carnegie Hall concert and new CD of a century of Mormon music.
The Extraordinary History of Mormon Cinema with Randy Astle
Jul 17, 2018 • 100 min
In this episode, author Randy Astle tells the extraordinary and largely-unknown story of the history of cinema and its remarkable connections to early LDS history.
Hildebrando de Melo: Out of Angola
Jun 14, 2018 • 90 min
The life and art of Angolan painter, Hildebrando de Melo.
Trevor Reed and the Sovereignty of Sound
May 18, 2018 • 109 min
The composer, scholar, Hopi, Mormon composer Trevor Reed discusses new genres of Hopi/contemporary concert music and his work to repatriate art and advocate for the rights of indigenous peoples.
Joy and Terror in the Art of Annie Poon
Apr 9, 2018 • 66 min
Interview with visual artist Annie Poon
Masterpieces That Might Have Been: The Life and Music of James W. McConkie
Mar 21, 2018 • 39 min
The life and music of composer James W. McConkie