New Chicago-based weekly podcast to focus on inspiring contemporary artists

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On Thursday January 8th, 2015, a new podcast geared to educate and inspire contemporary artists launched at the iTunes platform. The free podcast titled Art NXT Level with Sergio Gomez is set to provide a weekly dose of inspiring interviews, art resources and business practices for the contemporary artist. At the time of its launch, the podcast channel offered three initial episodes by its author, Chicago-based artist Sergio Gomez. New episodes will come on a weekly basis.

 

According to a recent Edison Research Study on the Podcast Consumer, awareness of Podcasting has grown 105% since 2006; from 22% in 2006 to 45% in 2012. Likewise, the percentage of consumers indicating they have listened to an audio podcast has grown 163%; from 11% in 2006 to 29% in 2012 (http://www.edisonresearch.com/home/archives/2012/05/the-podcast-consumer-2012.php). In another article by USA Today titled, “Remember podcasting? It’s back – and booming,” Apple surpassed 1 billion subscriptions for podcasts via iTunes in 2013 (http://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/columnist/talkingtech/2013/08/15/podcast-explosion/2647963/).

 

In a digital world apparently saturated with content, what makes the Art NXT Level unique from other art related podcasts? “At the core of our podcast, there is a commitment to inspire contemporary visual artists to advance in the complicated world of art. The podcast not only provides practical advise and resources but it also features interviews with artists and art professionals alike in a down to earth fashion. Our focus is on providing tools and practical content that artists can actually use in their daily art practice. The interviews focus on the the individual’s life story and what have been the failures and successes particularly to that person.” explains Sergio Gomez. “Story-telling not only has the capacity to keep the audience engaged in the story but also has the power to educate, inspire and motivate change in the listener.” he adds. A line up of interviews will start appearing in the Art NXT Level podcast in the beginning of February.

 

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This podcast is a shared effort between Sergio Gomez (artist and curator) and his wife Dr. Yanina Gomez (psychologist and gallerist). Both, own Chicago-based 33 Contemporary Gallery. After ten years in the contemporary art business, they agreed that it was time to expand the educational arm of the gallery. “Coaching and helping artists have always been at the heart of what we do with the community of artists we work with. Creating a digital structure for deployment of content was the next logical step for us in order to have a larger impact and help more artists.” says Yanina Gomez who also plans to participate in the podcast from time to time providing insight into the mental health and psychological well being of the artist.

 

The podcast is only one element of the recently launched Art NXT Level program which aims to inspire and educate artists through webinars, workshops, blogs, publications, speaking engagements and podcasts. Moving from content consumers to content creators has been a long term dream of the Gomez duo. Their first online free webinar gathered seventy-seven artists to their computers or mobile devices for a one hour session of Photoshop tips and techniques provided by Mr. Gomez.

 

Only time will tell of the true impact of such effort. Judging by the energy, determination and growing support of Team Gomez, the Chicago-based Art NXT Level podcast should provide a wonderful resource for artists around the world.

 

The podcast is professionally recorded and engineered at Studio V Productions. Audio Production: JM Gomez
Find the episodes in iTunes:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/artist-next-level-sergio-gomez/id956413262Find the episodes online at:
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