The Art of the Matter
Explore what "art" means within the city's vibrant cultural scene. Uncover new genres, discover new perspectives, and celebrate the wide diversity of the arts in central Indiana.
Each week, you'll hear from an array of fascinating guests who examine the cultural community from the perspective of who, what, when and where, while exploring the broader effects the arts have on our lives.
Each weekly episode airs Saturdays at 7 a.m. on 90.1, then repeats on Thursdays at 8 p.m.
November 18, 2017
7:00AM | 90.1 FM and HD1
November 23, 2017
8:00PM | 90.1 FM and HD1
November 25, 2017
7:00AM | 90.1 FM and HD1
November 30, 2017
8:00PM | 90.1 FM and HD1
Nov 18, 2017
This week, in honor of Thanksgiving, we're revisiting some of our favorite interviews. Tune in for conversations with the Vogue Theatre's Steve Ross, rising star singer Jackie Evancho, local musical legends Tad Robinson and Rob Dixon, and poet Kaveh Akbar.
Nov 11, 2017
A Hymn to Patriotism, a Book Club for Science Geeks, Klingon Can Help You be a Better Student, 1.2 Million Holiday Lights, and Arts at All Saints
This week, a new biography of the poet who wrote America the Beautiful, Indiana Humanities' Books, Booze, and Brains, Starbase Indy, WinterLights at Newfields, and Arts at All Saints.
Nov 04, 2017
The Power of Poison, Fountain Square Monthly Comedy Hour, Pianist Sean Chen, Dick Wolfsie Deconstructs Jokes, and Clint Breeze & The Groove
This week, something poisonous has invaded the Indiana State Museum, Fountain Square hosts a monthly comedy event, and APA Fellow Sean Chen is everywhere. Also, Dick Wolfsie tells us what makes a Jewish joke work, and Clint Breeze & The Groove are our featured Small Studio Session.
Oct 28, 2017
Satch the Artist, Engineers and Fiber Artisans, Dorothy Alig at the Cummins Building, Indy Funk and Soul, and 4,000 Works of Clay
This week, how Julie Kern the banker became Satch the artist, how engineers and fiber artists decided to collaborate, how Dorothy Alig got her work in the new Cummins Building, that era when Indy had a booming funk and soul scene, and a show and sale of 4,000 works of clay.
Oct 21, 2017
Veterans & Tattoos, Writer Dan Grossman, Justin Vining's New Art, Bobdirex Redux, and IMA's Portraits of a City
This week, a photography exhibit that celebrates the special power of tattoos in the lives of veterans, a profile of Nuvo's new arts editor Dan Grossman, and Justin Vining's really big work in the lobby of Clowes Hall. Also on tap: Bob Harbin's company BobDirex brings back the spirit of burlesque and vaudeville in an expanded version of an IndyFringe show, and the IMA explores our citizens and asks "Where would you like to wake up tomorrow?"
Oct 14, 2017
Spirit & Place Festival, Ann Katz Festival, Native Art Now, Bill Foley Takes On A Challenger, And A Teen Film Composer
This week, the Spirit & Place Festival explores power, the Ann Katz Festival celebrates books, films, food, and more, and Native Art Now showcases the best of the Eiteljorg's Contemporary Art Fellows' work. Plus, photographer Bill Foley creates stunning portraits of nuns, and teen composer Ashton Gleckman scores films. Don't miss out - tune in!
Oct 07, 2017
A New Public Art Initiative, Brett Wiscons' New Work, Broadway in Indianapolis's Season, Influential Women Speak, and DK Channels The Beatles
This week, the Arts Council of Indianapolis has a new public art initiative, Small Studio's Brett Wiscons is on tour, Broadway comes to Indianapolis, influential women give talks, and Dance Kaleidoscope takes us on a Magical Mystery Tour.
Sep 30, 2017
Early Andy Warhol, Jazz at UIndy, Celebrating Immigrants' Gifts, A Pre-Enactment, and Ghost Stories at Crown Hill Cemetery
This week UIndy's jazz season, a Full Circle Festival, and Andy Warhol at the Long-Sharp Gallery. We'll also learn how the arts can envision a more connected neighborhood, and narrowly escape a boo-hag. Don't miss out - tune in!
Sep 23, 2017
Fat Turtle Theatre Debuts. Steve Archbold Writes About Poverty, Koganada's Film About Columbus, Vess Ruhtenberg, and Mandrell Photography
This week an in-depth conversation with the writer and director of the new film Columbus, we'll meet the Fat Turtle Theatre Company, and we'll preview Vess Ruhtenberg's Small Studio Session. We'll also learn about a new book about poverty, and meet a husband and wife photography team.
Sep 16, 2017
Nuts at Buck Creek Players, IDADA is Closing its Doors, Free Cultural Landscape Tours, 50 Cities of the USA, and Keith Hampton's Automatic Art
This week, a Buck Creek Players production about legal shades of gray, what life will be like for Indy galleries after IDADA's demise, and a weekend devoted to touring our city's greatest landscapes. We'll also check out a new kids' book that helps families explore cities, and discover automatic art with painter and sculptor Keith Hampton.
Sep 09, 2017
This week, we're revisiting some of our favorite recent interviews. Tune in for conversations with painters and friends Justin Vining and Benny Sanders, mother and son artists Sylvia and Sean Gray, The Geeky Press, and IRT Playwright-in-Residence James Still. And if you're at the Penrod Arts Fair at Newfields on Saturday, September 9th, come say "Hi" - we're broadcasting "The Art of the Matter" live next to the WFYI Blues tent from 11:00 to 2:00.
Sep 02, 2017
Jeff Byrd Performs, Columbus Holds a Scottish Festival, The Texas Tenors Come to Town, ATI Raises Eyebrows this Season, and a Classical Guitar Season Not to be Missed
This week, a sneak preview of Actors Theatre of Indiana's fall offerings, the Indianapolis Society of the Classical Guitar, and nearly 5,000 visitors celebrate Scottish heritage, music, and food in Columbus, Indiana. We'll also hear from one of the Texas Tenors about their upcoming performance in Indy, and get the skinny on Jeff Byrd's upcoming concert.
Aug 26, 2017
Butler Arts Center Fall Season, The Cabaret Gets a New Home, Rob Dixon's Small Studio Session, Carrie Newcomer's New Projects, And IUPUI’s Museum Studies Program
This week, the Butler Arts Center has some surprises planned, the Cabaret is no longer itinerant, and Rob Dixon recorded a Small Studio Session for us. We'll also learn why IUPUI is famous in museum circles, and get the latest update on Carrie Newcomer's career. Don't miss out - tune in!
Aug 19, 2017
New Book by Georgia Buchanan, Science Kits at the State Museum, Larissa Hammond at the Tube Factory, Start With Art, and Penrod
This week, How to Live Beyond 90 Without Falling Down - really, it's a new memoir by Georgia Buchanan - John and Sarah Lechleiter play with science kits at the Indiana State Museum, and Larissa Hammond is turns an obstacle into an advantage at the Tube Factory. We'll also get sneak previews of the Start With Art luncheon and the Penrod Arts Fair. Don't miss out - tune in!
Aug 12, 2017
Indy Fringe Fest, Carmel Celebration of Bands, Exhibit Columbus, Nickel Plate Arts, and Poet Adrian Matejka
It's nearly time for the Indy Fringe Fest, all the bands are coming to Carmel, and why you should visit Columbus, Indiana this month. We'll also get a sneak preview of Nickel Plate Arts' fall season, and meet poet Adrian Matejka. Join us for these conversations and more on "The Art of the Matter."
Jul 29, 2017
Indiana State Fair's Wonderful World of Food, Boogie-Woogie Piano Fest, Steampunk Art Show, Comedian Rick Garrett, and Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre Season
This week, a sneak peek at a highlight of the Indiana State Fair, a festival devoted to boogie-woogie piano, and some mad scientists stage an art exhibit. We'll also meet comedian, musician, and motivational speaker Rick Garrett, and learn how Gregory Hancock Dance Theatre is celebrating its 20th anniversary season. Join us for these conversations and more on "The Art of the Matter."
Jul 22, 2017
Stutz Residents' Exhibit, The State Museum Celebrates Limestone, Yelp Indy's New Festival, DK's Summer Shows, and a Poetry Carnival
This week, Stutz Artist Resident John Klinkose can't escape water, the Indiana State Museum showcases the role of Hoosier limestone around the world and right at home, and Yelp Indy's creative new festival. We'll also get a peek at the inspiration behind two summer concerts by Dance Kaleidoscope, and find out what you can expect if you attend Butler's Divedapper Poetry Carnival. Join us for these conversations and more on "The Art of the Matter."
Jul 15, 2017
Great American Songbook Academy, Using Music to Help People with Alzheimer's Disease, Human Rites at The Phoenix Theatre, and The Band Eliot Bigger
This week, the Great American Songbook Academy, using music to enrich the lives of people with Alzheimer's Disease, the band Eliot Bigger, and a premiere at the Phoenix Theatre. Join us for these conversations and more on "The Art of the Matter."