Sparks Gallery Recommends: Top Local Arts & Culture Podcasts

Want to join the 42 million Americans listening to podcasts weekly but don’t know where to start? Check out some of these top arts & culture-focused podcasts to stay up to date on what’s happening in the Southern California art scene and beyond. Click on the podcast thumbnails to subscribe to your selected pods on iTunes, and please do feel free to comment below to let us know if you have a favorite podcast that we have not listed here.


Kinsee Morlan’s VOSD Culturecast

Check out Season One of Voice of San Diego’s Culturecast, hosted by staff writer Kinsee Morlan, and learn about what’s been bubbling up creatively in our Barrio Logan. Also of note, newly launched VOSD podcast focused on local entrepreneurs I Made it in San Diego.





Mike Sakasegawa’s Keep the Channel Open

Local photographer Mike Sakasegawa launched his bi-weekly pod Keep the Channel Open in 2016. Listen to Sakasegawa’s insightful interviews with local artists like Sparks Gallery friend & collector Carolina Montejo, fellow gallerists like SDSU Gallery Director Chantel Paul, and authors like New York Times best seller Celest Ng.




Michael Shaw’s The Conversation

LA-based Michael Shaw hosts one-on-one and roundtable discussions with contemporary artists, dealers, curators, and collectors from across the country and globe. Shaw launched his pod in 2011 which has since been picked up and can also be heard live on artist-run AM station 1630 in Los Angeles.





Louis Vargas’ The (art)Scene

When local son and University of San Diego grad Louis Vargas moved to San Francisco to pursue his masters in museum and exhibition studies, he grew fascinated by the multi-faceted career trajectories of the artists and colleagues he met there. The (art)Scene Podcast was launched to tell those stories. Back after a brief hiatus, his latest pod features San Francisco artist Marcela Pardo Ariza.





Danny Stern’s Art Dealer Show

Host Danny Stern describes his podcast as the “bar around the corner from the gallery” where dealers retreat to share the straight sauce on the business of art. Sparks Gallery friend and dealer Alexander Salazar recently joined Stern for a two chapter conversation in July and September.





And of course, any art lover would be remiss if they slept on the pods from top institutions like The Getty’s Art + Ideas, National Gallery of Art‘s museum conversation pod, SFMoMA’s arts & culture podcast Raw Material, and theĀ MoMA Talks Panel Discussion & Symposia pod.