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Art & Cocktails: Exploring the World of Contemporary Art, Creativity, Business, and Inspiration


Join host Ekaterina Popova, artist and founder of Create! Magazine, as she uncorks the vibrant and multifaceted world of contemporary art, creative entrepreneurship, mindset, and creativity one episode at a time. Welcome to "Art & Cocktails," a podcast where artists, creatives, dreamers, and artpreneurs gather to share their journeys and their art over their favorite drinks.

Building on the success of the "Create!" podcast, Ekaterina steers the artistic conversation towards more intimate, heart-to-heart discussions that fuel the spirit and inspire the artist's soul. Tune in for insightful, honest discussions with leading artists, curators, writers, coaches, leaders, and artpreneurs who not only share their journeys in the creative world but also enjoy a "fireside chat" over a glass of wine or a cup of tea. This podcast offers a rich blend of inspiration, art business insights, and the simple joy of sipping your favorite beverage while discussing what lights your heart on fire.

Pour your favorite drink into a beautiful cup, get comfy, and settle down for a session of "Art & Cocktails" each week. Let's celebrate the artist in all of us with a toast to creativity and the limitless possibilities it brings to our lives.

Apr 22, 2024

In this episode of Art & Cocktails, host Ekaterina Popova sits down with the incredible Jennifer Rizzo, a Brooklyn-based curator, writer, and partner at Hashimoto Contemporary. Jennifer shares her journey to becoming a curator, offering insights into how galleries discover and support emerging talent. They discuss the behind-the-scenes of curating issue number #43 of Create Magazine, discovering new artists, and navigating the art world. Jennifer also gives valuable tips for artists and creative entrepreneurs looking to grow their careers. Plus, they delve into Hashimoto Contemporary's upcoming 10-year anniversary exhibition and Jennifer's personal projects.




The Early Journey:
Jennifer shares her background, revealing her early passion for art and eventual transition from aspiring artist to curator. She discusses her decision to pursue curatorial studies at FIT in New York City and the challenges she faced in finding her first gallery assistant role.

Navigating the Art World:
Jennifer offers insights into the dynamics of the art world, emphasizing the importance of building relationships and persistence. She highlights the significance of internships and networking in establishing a career in the arts, encouraging aspiring curators to pursue diverse opportunities.

Gallery Behind The Scenes:
Ekaterina and Jennifer chat about the process of curating art exhibitions, discussing the criteria for selecting artists and maintaining a cohesive vision. Jennifer shares stories about discovering new talent and fostering relationships with artists, emphasizing the role of social media in contemporary art promotion.

Tips for Artists:
Jennifer provides valuable advice for emerging artists submitting their work to galleries and publications, emphasizing the importance of clear communication and professionalism. She encourages artists to focus on developing a strong online presence and providing comprehensive submission materials, including artist statements and high-quality images.

Hashimoto Contemporary's Milestones:
Jennifer announces Hashimoto Contemporary's upcoming 10-year anniversary exhibition, celebrating a decade of supporting emerging artists. She discusses the gallery's participation in Future Fair and other upcoming projects, showcasing their commitment to promoting contemporary art.

Connect with Jennifer Rizzo:
Instagram: @JenniferSRizzo
Hashimoto Contemporary: @hashimotocontemporary


Connect with Kat and Art & Cocktails:
Instagram: @createmagazine @katerinaspopova


Sponsor Message:
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