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GYST Radio is a resource for all information on the business of art, hybrid careers and other DIY strategies for a successful career in the arts. We believe that artists should define their own careers on their own terms, and we provide the necessary tools and resources for doing so. We have great resources for artists but this radio broadcast concentrates on DIY artists, independent curators and arts organizations that support artists. Instead of waiting to be validated by a "gate keeper" come and find out strategies for doing it yourself here. We also post relevant content from other providers, so enjoy.

Pop Up Research Station is hosted by Liza Simone, founder of PhantomGalleriesLA and Alpha Breton, Chief Curator Phantom Gallery Chicago Network.


Pop Up Research Station - Blair Cohn

Conversation with the Executive Director of the Bixby Knolls Business Improvement Association Blair Cohn.  We cover the development of First Fridays and the Expo Arts Center.

Hosted by Liza Simone.


Pop Up Research Station-Lavon Pettis and Najjar Abdul Musawwir

Alpha Bruton interviews Curator Lavon Pettis. Pettis has created exhibition and featured artist in Chicago, and St.Louis, international, emerging, experimental, performance speaks about her mentor, teacher, and client: Najjar Abdul Musawwir recognized for his philanthropy/contributions to the arts & community.

To learn more about Najjar Abdul-Musawwir and his work, please contact Lavon Pettis, Creative Manager, at

Hosted by Alpha Breton. 


Pop Up Research Station The Mobile Arts Platform (MAP)

The Mobile Arts Platform (MAP) is a Bay Area art-making and curatorial team founded in 2009 by Peter Foucualt and Chris Treggiari with the goal of creating mobile exhibition structures that engage the public. . In a world where we are becoming more insular with advanced technologies MAPs events hope to bring residents together through positive interactions with neighbors and their neighborhood.

Hosted by Liza Simone and  Alpha Bruton.


GYST Radio_Pop Up Research Station- Peter Herley Eugene Storefront Art Project

Today's conversation is with Peter Herley the Creative Director of the The Eugene Springfield Art Project E.S.A.P formerly known as the Eugene Storefront Art Project.  E.S.A.P  is a non-profit grass roots group that produces art projects including an art in vacant storefronts program in Eugene Oregon.

Hosted by Liza Simone and  Alpha Bruton.


GYST Radio_Pop Up Research Station- Hammer Museum Arts ReStore LA_Fallen Fruit

Arts ReSTORE LA: Westwood—a new initiative by the Hammer Museum that aims to re-energize Westwood Village with the creative force of local Angeleno artisans and craftspeople. From November 1 to 24, the Hammer will fill several empty storefronts in Westwood, donated by the property owners to this project, with an array of artisan vendors. With its accompanying events and workshops, the Arts ReSTORE pop-up village will enliven the neighborhood with a new and vibrant retail experience.,,

Hosted by Liza Simone and Alpha Bruton.


    Pop Up Research Station- Ed Woodham Art in Odd Places

    Ed Woodham is a multi-disciplinary artist and arts educator dedicated to working in public space and is best known for his work with Art in Odd Places. Art in Odd Places (AiOP) presents visual and performance art in unexpected public spaces. AiOP also produces an annual festival along 14th Street in Manhattan, NYC from Avenue C to the Hudson River each October. Art in Odd Places aims to stretch the boundaries of communication in the public realm by presenting artworks in all disciplines outside the confines of traditional public space regulations. AiOP reminds us that public spaces function as the epicenter for diverse social interactions and the unfettered exchange of ideas.

    Hosted by Liza Simone and Alpha Bruton.


    Pop Up Research Station Books Bischof

    Converstation with Books Bischof founder of  Primary Projects, Primary Flight  and team member of The Arts Initiative. Primary Projects is a multidisciplinary space, positioned at the heart of the Miami World Center / Downtown Miami,  Primary Flight, historically, Primary Flight is the first organization to take an entire art district and envision the available concrete landscape as an open air museum. Primary is continuously developing new projects, positioning themselves at the center of Miami Art and Culture, expanding outside of their tropical paradise while priding themselves on developing programs that embrace original, thought provoking content year round. The Arts Initiative is a newly formed collective dedicated to placing highly interactive visual art in public and private venues,

    Hosted by Liza Simone and Alpha Bruton.


    PopUp Research Station (CAM)Danielle Monet Morse

    Danielle Monet Morse speaks to us about making an investment into the PopUp movement in Chicago. It feels amazing after years of pop up galleries to have a permanent space. Almost 2,000 sq ft and 50 ft of storefront. The build our started on my new gallery space at 1655-59 Chicago Avenue. My studio will remain inthe same building just down the road from the new gallery, was the post on Facebook that Popped Up, on Oct 17th, 2013.

    "I knew who Caravaggio and Rembrandt was before I could even spell my name. My mother was a full time artist, and my father an avid art collector who gave me my middle name, Monet. My father taught me how to collect at a very early age, and I purchased my first painting at the age of 11 with allowance that I had saved for two years. I have an art collection from all over the world that spans 28 years, and that I continute to grow."

    "I have thankfully  been surrounded by art my entire life."

    I can make something from nothing which leads to my never being bored. I have never worked harder in my entire life than I have since starting to paint full time in 2008.

    Hosted by Liza Simone and Alpha Bruton.


    PopUp Research Station (CAM) Dan Godston/Samuel A. Love

    Dan Godston, President and founder of Borderbend Arts Collective which mission is to promote the arts by giving artists opportunities to collaborate and show their work to a variety of audiences. Eighth Annual Chicago Calling Arts Festival - September 23 - October 12, involvesartists, organizations, and communities from across the United States, and aboard. These collaborations include a range of art forms,  collaborative projects, prepared or improvised,  between Chicago and other locations.

    Featured program "Ars in Natura, Urbs in Horto", Samuel A. Love, curator of artists, environmentalists, urban gardeners, activists and others involved with Grant Theater Project, in Gary Indiana, to celebrate and explore connections between nature, the arts, and urbanism. Here is an audio from the community discussion we did in Gary as part of Chicago Artists Month.

    "Call it urban landscape candid portraiture from Street Level elevation, with a healthy dose of surrealism, I'm interested in illustrating the ways that narratives shape people's perception of a place."

    Hosted by Liza Simone.


    PopUp Research Station (CAM) Lisa McDonald

    Lisa McDonald, President and founder of Research Explorers has over twenty-five years of research, marketing and strategic planning experience, and has been a member of Diasporal Rhythms for eight years.

    Diasporal Rhythms: A Ten Year Love Affair with Collecting Art of the African Diaspora: The group was founded in 2003, the organization hosts both public and private events, including home tours, exhibitions andother opportunities to build seeking to build knowledge about cultural value. Currently a regional organization a passionate group of collectors engaged in actively acquiring visual art created by contemporary artists of the African Diaspora.

    Chicago Artists Month combines curated weekends with a non-juried program featuring more than 200 events throughout October including open house/open studio tours, neighborhood art walks, informal discussions, workshops and exhibitions, featuring Chicago-based artists and arts organizations.

    Hosted by Liza Simone.


    Pop Up Research Station (CAM) Patricia Larkin Green

    In honor of Chicago Artists Month "In your neighborhood"  theme we are inviting Chicago based arts organizers to "share their story."   Today we speak with Patrica Larkin Green, Chair OpenWall Committee.  The 47th Ward OpenWall sub-committee is launching a Popup Gallery initiative. Chicago Artists Month combines curated weekends with a non-juried program featuring more than 200 events throughout October.   PatriciaLarkinGreen.comOpenWall

    Hosted by Alpha Bruton and Liza Simone.


    Pop Up Research Station- (CAM) Bill Moran

    In celebration of Chicago Artists Month we are hosting a series of interviews with local community leaders. Today's interview is with Bill Moran, a member of the 47th Ward OpenWall Chicago and chair of the sub-committee project that is exploring the use of empty storefronts as pop-up galleries.

    18th annual Chicago Artists Month (CAM), presented by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs.  This years theme is going "in the neighborhood." 

    Hosted by Alpha Bruton and Liza Simone.


    Pop Up Research Station- Kirstin Van Cleef

    Conversation with Kirstin Van Cleef, project manager of Scottsdale Public Art and IN FLUX in Arizona.  

    IN FLUX Cycle 4 brings together eleven organizations representing eight Valley cities and towns seeking local artists to create temporary public art in vacant spaces. IN FLUX demonstrates a holistic approach to temporary public art projects through a showcase of local Arizona artists creating original site-specific installations presented within the context of viewing the Valley as one community.

    Hosted by Alpha Bruton and Liza Simone.


    Pop-Up Research Station- Alpha Bruton

    Conversation with Alpha Bruton, art consultant and  chief curator of Phantom Gallery Chicago Network. The Phantom Galleries are temporary exhibitions spaces that matches artist-seeking places to display their work in non traditional gallery settings. 

    For more information about our guest please visit.,,

    Hosted by Alpha Bruton and Liza Simone.


    Pop-Up Research Station - Cherri Lakey

    Conversation with Cherri Lakey, co-founder of Phantom Galleries in San Jose. 

    Anno Domini // the second coming of Art & Design gallery. KALEID Gallery, a community art gallery featuring 60 plus artists from the South Bay region. South FIRST FRIDAYS Art Walk, a monthly art walk with 20 committed participants including museums, non-profit art organizations, alternative spaces and independent businesses. STREET MRKT, an outdoor urban faire. SubZERO Festival,  an annual subculture festival in San Jose. ArtBox Project, San Jose artists create original works of art on city utility boxes. 

    For more information about our guest visit ,

    Hosted by Alpha Bruton and Liza Simone.