The Gallery Gap

Claire Kovacs and Melissa Mohr host "Gallery Gap" on WVIK.
Credit Jared Johnson

WVIK has partnered with the Figge Art Museum and Augustana College's Teaching Museum of Art to produce a new podcast focusing on underrepresented populations in art galleries across the world, and in our community.

Melissa Mohr, director of Education at the Figge, and Claire Kovacs, director of the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art, host the Gallery Gap.

Produced by Lacy Scarmana.

Support for The Gallery Gap on WVIK comes from Pederson Paetz Design and the estate of Margaret Skinner, a long time friend of WVIK and lover of the arts.

Courtesy of the Mildred Thompson Estate

This is the final episode in a three part series about the National Museum for Women in the Arts (NMWA), an institution that has done so much in its brief 30 years to advocate for equity in the arts and beyond. 

Courtesy of Yassine El Mansouri

This episode continues Claire and Melissa’s three part series about the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) and its 30th anniversary. 

As Claire and Melissa close out the first season of The Gallery Gap, they have created a special three part series that celebrates the institution that inspired The Gallery Gap’s creation, the National Museum of Women in the Arts, or NMWA, located in Washington, D.C. 

From the series Glory on a Budget: A Domestic Mythology, 1980 by Barbara Ciurej and Lindsay Lochman.
Courtesy of the artists

Melissa asks Claire about her recent experiences at the Biennial Midwest Artists Symposium, organized by the Illinois Women Artists Project (IWAP). Now in its fourth iteration, the symposium focused on Midwest women artists from the 1960s-1980s. 

In light of the current Figge exhibition, Edouard Duval Carrié: Endless Flight, Claire and Melissa explore the topic of Haitian art with Haitian artist Edouard Duval-Carrié and Caribbean art scholar, Dr. Alfredo Rivera of Grinnell College. 

Lacy Scarmana

This is the complete audio from the Rainbow Coalition panel held at the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art on August 30, 2017. 

Courtesy of Daniel Tucker

In this episode, we switch things up a bit, and Melissa talks to Claire about the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art's current exhibition, Organize Your Own: the Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements. 

Urban Exposure

After a summer hiatus, Claire and Melissa jump back into The Gallery Gap with an interview of Quad Citizens Gaye Shannon Burnett and Jon Burnett regarding their summer film program, Urban Exposure.

Kara Walker's artwork The Emancipation Approximation is on view at the Figge until August 27. This series of 27 silkscreen prints features the provocative silhouettes for which Walker is known. 

Courtesy of Jefferson Pinder

In the second part of a two-episode conversation about art and race in the Quad Cities, Claire and Melissa continue talking with Chicago-based artist Jefferson Pinder.