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Interview with The Art History Babes

Give us a brief summary of The Art History Babes.  

The Art History Babes are four lady pals with Masters’ degrees in Art History that love to drink wine and discuss visual culture. The show explores various aspects of art and art history from a largely interdisciplinary perspective. Our primary goal is to makeart accessible, promote curiosity, and illuminate how relevant and fun the study of visual culture can be.

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Tell us about the ladies behind this show. How did you meet and decide to work together? 

Corrie, Natalie, Jen, and Ginny met during graduate school. We all attended the University of California, Davis for our M.A. in ArtHistory. One night we were grabbing drinks to decompress from grad school stress. We were a bit tipsy and Ginny told this amazing story about Gian Lorenzo Bernini. Corrie had recently gotten really into listening to podcasts so her first instinct was “We should start a podcast!”. It started a fun side project to help express our love for art in a non-academic setting. The response we got was overwhelmingly supportive and now it’s become our primary focus.


What are some ways young contemporary artists can become better versed in art history? Give us some tips on where to begin. 

The world of art history is vast. The internet is an amazing resource and we would suggest exploring the history of a theme, idea, or material that you find intriguing. Go to museums any chance you get! You will inevitably find yourself attracted to certain works and artists. Take an art history course if you have the opportunity. And listen to our podcast obvi :)

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What are your team's hobbies and interests outside of making this show? How do you spend your free time? 

We all love to travel and we all enjoy live music.

Natalie is into cooking, running, and learning about health and wellness.

Corrie is a dancer, loves teaching and working with children, and a is self-proclaimed “wonder junkie”.

Ginny loves reading, collecting old records, and making pasta.

Jen loves comic books and likes to paint and draw.

What inspires each episode, how do you come up with the theme?

Really whatever tickles our fancy. While we were in grad school the episodes would often overlap with what we were studying or writing about at the time. We try to address topics that are in the news or currently relevant as often as possible. We also get a ton of listener requests so we do our best to keep up with those.

What are top 10 art history books you think artists should know about?

In no particular order and by no means comprehensive:

“The Brilliant History of Color in Art” by Victoria Finlay

“Inside the White Cube: The Ideology of the Gallery Space” by Brian O’Doherty

“Art in Theory 1900-2000: An Anthology of Changing Ideas” Edited by Charles Townsend Harrison, Paul Wood


“Legend, Myth, and Magic in the Image of the Artist: A Historical Experiment” by Ernst Kris and Otto Kurz

“The Subversive Stitch” by Rozsika Parker

“Orientalism” by Edward W. Said

“Damn Good Advice (For People with Talent!): How to Unleash Your Creative Potential by America’s Master Communicator, George Lois”

“The Guerrilla Girls’ Bedside Companion to the History of Western Art” by the Guerrilla Girls

For artist’s seeking insight into the curation process:

“The Curator’s Handbook” by Adrian George

If you’re looking for something more comprehensive, art history survey textbooks by Marilyn Stokstad or Helen Gardner are a good place to start.

How can we learn more and support you?

We are entirely listener supported and donating to our Patreon is a huuuge help:

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Beautiful Podcasts for Art Ideas and Creative Inspiration

We love listening to podcasts during our commute or even in the studio. We decided to compile a list of beautiful audio programs and podcasts you can use to discover contemporary artists, get tips, inspiration, latest news in the industry and business advice from the top creative professionals.

By Monocle Magazine

Weekly cultural nourishment with Monocle 24’s international critics in the fields of art, music, theatre, literature, film and television. Enjoy conversations with the directors, artists, authors and musicians and minds behind it all. 

2. Art For Your Ear

2. Art For Your Ear

By The Jealous Curator

Art For Your Ear brings you stories from some of my favorite contemporary artists. When I studied Art History, the best part was, well, the gossip. I loved finding out why artists did certain things, what was going on in their personal lives, and behind-the-scenes details about other artists they knew and worked with.

By Daphne Cohn

Daphne Cohn is the host of The Creativity Habit Podcast: conversations with artist, creatives, and makers about art, creativity, and courage. 

4. The Chase Jarvis LIVE Show

4. The Chase Jarvis LIVE Show

By Chase Jarvis

Chase Jarvis is a visionary photographer, artist and entrepreneur. Cited as one of the most influential photographers of the past decade, he is the founder & CEO of CreativeLive. In this show, Chase and some of the world’s top creative entrepreneurs, artists, and celebrities share stories designed to help you gain actionable insights to recognize your passions and achieve your goals.


Some of the world's greatest artists, designers, photographers and architects showcase their work and visions onstage at the TED conference, TEDx events and partner events around the world. You can also download these and many other videos free on, with an interactive English transcript and subtitles in up to 80 languages. TED is a nonprofit devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.

Best Books for Creatives

We picked seven of our favorite books for art and creativity to get you motivated. The topics vary from overcoming blocks, silencing your inner critic and tackling the business side of your art practice.

1. Your Inner Critic Is a Big Jerk: And Other Truths About Being Creative

By Danielle Krysa

"This book is duct tape for the mouth of every artist's inner critic. Silencing that stifling voice once and for all, this salve for creatives introduces ten truths they must face in order to defeat self-doubt. Each encouraging chapter deconstructs a pivotal moment on the path to success—fear of the blank page, the dangers of jealousy, sharing work with others—and explains how to navigate roadblock."

2. Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear

By Elizabeth Gilbert

"Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration."

3. ART/WORK: Everything You Need to Know (and Do) As You Pursue Your Art Career

By Heather Darcy Bhandari and Jonathan Melber

"The most comprehensive guide of its kind, Art/Work gives artists of every level the tools they need to make it in an art world so competitive one dealer likens it to "The Sopranos, except nobody gets killed." Whether you're an art school grad looking for a gallery, a mid-career artist managing a busy studio, or someone just thinking about becoming a professional artist, this indispensable resource will help you build your career and protect yourself along the way."

4. The Art Cure: A Memoir of Abuse and Fortune

By Bridgette Mayer

"How did a young girl who came through social services and foster care end up in the art world with a multi-million dollar gallery and consulting business? 

Through the kindness of strangers, fierce determination, and a survivor's sheer will, Bridgette Mayer's is a success story for the ages. In her inspirational memoir of gross neglect, violent abuse, and ultimately redemption, she shares her journey from the projects of Jersey City to eventually becoming one of Philadelphia's most celebrated gallery owners."

5. Creative Block: Get Unstuck, Discover New Ideas. Advice & Projects from 50 Successful Artists

By Danielle Krysa

"Creative block presents the most crippling—and unfortunately universal—challenge for artists. No longer! This chunky blockbuster of a book is chock-full of solutions for overcoming all manner of artistic impediment. The blogger behind The Jealous Curator interviews 50 successful international artists working in different mediums and mines their insights on how to conquer self-doubt, stay motivated, and get new ideas to flow."

6. Art, Inc.: The Essential Guide for Building Your Career as an Artist

By Lisa Congdon

"You don't have to starve to be an artist. Build a career doing what you love. In this practical guide, professional artist Lisa Congdon reveals the many ways you can earn a living by making art—through illustration, licensing, fine art sales, print sales, teaching, and beyond. Including industry advice from such successful art-world pros as Nikki McClure, Mark Hearld, Paula Scher, and more, Art, Inc. will equip you with the tools—and the confidence—to turn your passion into a profitable business.

7. Steal Like an Artist: 10 Things Nobody Told You About Being Creative

By Austin Kleon

"You don’t need to be a genius, you just need to be yourself. That’s the message from Austin Kleon, a young writer and artist who knows that creativity is everywhere, creativity is for everyone. A manifesto for the digital age, Steal Like an Artist is a guide whose positive message, graphic look and illustrations, exercises, and examples will put readers directly in touch with their artistic side."