SAME 5 QUESTIONS, DIFFERENT ARTISTS:
a simple but meaningful list of questions offers concise, engaging conversations with a variety of artists.

The Ask Artists interview series has featured Tank and the Bangas, Bruno Big, Marco Gallotta, Jungho Lee, La rouille, Guante, Trevor Carroll, Nik West, Karen Francis, Mo Ganji and many others. All mediums and forms of creation are included — visual, performing, written, digital, community-based, etc.

I’m Julia Travers, and I founded and run this series. I’m a creative writer, journalist, artist and art teacher. Learn about submissions and interviews here.


“It’s never too late… you can change paths many times.”

Featured work: Bird illustrations


“Art is the expression of being.”

Featured Work: Illustrations for the “Wingspan” game and companion field guide.


“Writing is patience.”

Featured work: “Link-Up 2 Lift-Up: Sorting through Our Culture Kingdom for Our Future Generations”


“I like to think about music as a biography in sounds.”

Featured Work: Ear Training Challenge — Uirapuru (Musician Wren)

From bird song to quantum physics, composer and teacher Alexander Liebermann’s music explores the universe at levels minute and momentary, and epic and intangible. His ever-evolving collection of works, of which only a glimpse is offered here, invites deep wandering and listening.

His recent pieces include a soundtrack for the documentary film, “Frozen Corpses Golden Treasures,” about a search for the tombs of ancient steppe nomads; and “ear training challenges,” in which he transcribes voices of the natural world, such as those of wolves and whales. …


“I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to obsess.”

Featured work: “West Marin 3”


“I believe in the revolutionary potential for art — especially public art.”

Featured work: Mural of Brown Ballerinas for Change


This is the second incarnation of the Ask Artists interview series, which has featured Tank and the Bangas, Mo Ganji, Bruno Big, Marco Gallotta, Jungho Lee, La rouille, Guante, Trevor Carroll, Nik West, Karen Francis, Mo Ganji and many others. The archive is here. All mediums and forms of creation are included — visual, performing, written, digital, community-based, etc.

There is a $4 fee to submit work for consideration for an interview. If you or an artist you represent are interested, please pay this amount through PayPal here, email traversjul@gmail.com with links, and include “ASK ARTISTS” in the email subject…


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Ask Artists with Julia Travers

I’m a writer who runs the Ask Artist interview series. Find interviews here along with other stories. More of my work: https://linktr.ee/JuliaTravers

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