I practice my radio art, organize other sound artists, and teach sound culture and production via online courses. Currently located in California along the U.S. West Coast.

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Support for the design of HyperAcousia is provided by a 2017 Develop Grant, Arts Council Santa Cruz County

recent broadcasts | festivals

2019, 2017, 2016 | Radiophrenia: A temporary art radio station, Centre for Contemporary arts, Glasgow (Radiation Day: Conversation with Anna Friz, 2019; Flesh has turned itself to stone or dust, 2016; Ligature, 2017)
2019 | Blind Tourist: DJ Adriene Lilly, WFMU-FM, episode “Going Inside” (excerpts, Residence Elsewhere)
2019 | Wayback Sound Machine – A Sonic Constellation of Sounding Time, Compilation Part 2, Sonic Field, an interdisciplinary network of sonic arts, sound studies and aural culture (Intermix and Cicatrix featured)
2019 | Radio Compost, a radio /podcast project that focuses on acoustic ecology, seeking sounds of changes in the environment (This Beautiful Carcass)
2018 | Long Live the New Sound, a podcast for makers and listeners to share and hear work that experiments in sound (Flesh has turned itself to stone or dust; Ligature; Radio Without Scaffolding, part 2)
2018 | Intermix 3, invited collaborator to ongoing performance project developed by UK artist Seth Guy
2018 | Fair_Play 2, compilation of 90 international women artists, launched at the Lieu Multiple in Poitiers, France, through public listening sessions (Daniela Cascella, The Scream)
2018 | Constellations, international experimental storytelling podcast, Toronto (Walking in Bad Circles)
2017 | Datscha Radio: A garden in the air, live radio festival, held in a back-yard garden, Berlin (Flesh has turned itself to stone or dust)
2017 | Deep Wireless Festival of Radio and Transmission Art & the TransX Transmission Art Symposium, Toronto (Flesh has turned itself to stone or dust)
2017 | Martian Gardens, modern classical and experimental music podcast (Walking in Bad Circles)
2015 | Spirit of the Forest, podcast of audio drama (Walking in Bad Circles)

ongoing curating

Founder of Earlid, an international online museum of various sound- and media-makers. Themed, quarterly exhibits; contextualized essays; sonic portraits/interviews/dialogues; annual open submission calls based on sound or theme — since 2015.

digital media collaborations

2019-2020 | Mentor, Radio Artist Fellowship: One of three mentors (Gregory Whitehead, Anna Friz) to guide inaugural artist in year-long engagement, Wave Farm/WGXC-FM.

2018 | Organizer-moderator for Radio Without Scaffolding, Earlid’s second online gathering, with invitational presentations (improvised, mixed, composed, written) by eight experimenters exploring podcasting as a platform for creative, sonic ingenuity. Open-comment period, July 2018.

2018 | Intermix 3 (propositions for performance installation), an ongoing, collaborative performance project developed by artist Seth Guy; as invited collaborator, I responded aurally to what I saw through a voice-only composition.

2017 | Coordinator for Radio’s Art, an online gathering at Earlid, curating invitational presentations about critical media discourse on new and early forms of aural arts followed by open-comments, summer exhibit. Co-moderated with Gregory Whitehead; session presentation at Megapolis Audio Festival, Philadelphia; broadcast, WGXC-FM, Wave Farm, Acra, NY

2014 | Curator-Producer, The WHY Conversations, six international artist interview-portraits commissioned for 5-year Trickhouse retrospective, online curating arts space

2013 | Guest Curator, Listening as a Form of Activism, Trickhouse, featuring sound-artists Kevin T. Allen, Tessie Word, Maile Colbert Costa

2009 | Co-curator, Lo-Fi Radio @ NEXUS/Foundation for Today’s Art, with radio artist Cambra Moniz-Edwards (Philadelphia, remote sync in California)

2007 | Sound Editor, rural healthcare series, California Center for Rural Policy, KHSU-FM, Humboldt State University public radio

2004 | Curator, The Sound Lounge, artist headphone installation, Dinnerware Gallery and live performance event, Tucson, AZ

2003 | Story Editing Consultant, Laramie: Inside Out, Beverly Seckinger, Video Producer, Tucson, AZ

2003 | Sound Designer, Tokyo Equinox, Yuri Makino, Film Producer, Tucson, AZ

2000-2004 | Contributing Producer, Outright Radio, documentary series, David Gilmor, executive producer, KUSP-FM, Santa Cruz + PRI – Public Radio International

1998-1999 | Radio Curating, KUSP-FM, Santa Cruz, CA
Acoustic Mining (13-part radio art series featuring unannounced drop-in sound narrative productions)
– Right Ear Dominant (13-part features of radio artists and excerpted works)

awards | grants
2018 | Radio Art Residency, (one of 8 finalists out of 150 applicants), invitational, international fellowship, Radio Corax, Halle/Saale, Germany, in collaboration with the Goethe-Institut.

2018 | USA Fellowship, finalist (anonymous nomination)

2017 | Arts Council Santa Cruz CountyDevelop Grant, support for web portfolio re-design, HyperAcousia

2017 | Distinguished University Teaching Award, The New School, Provost’s Office, one of 13 semi-finalists (out of 189 nominations)

2010 | Sloan Foundation Development Grant, online technologies and pedagogy, The New School

2008 | Part-Time Faculty Development Fund, The New School, travel grant to attend Third Coast Audio Festival

2000 | Golden Reel Award (first place), National Federation of Community Broadcasters, producer, Becoming a Man, Outright Radio

press + commissions
“Joan Schuman, Audiophile,Public Radio Remix, PRX, curated hour of nine pieces, posted by Emily Corwin, Jan. 12, 2011

Lo-Fi Radio @ NEXUS/Foundation for Today’s Art, conversation and co-curation, Cambra Moniz-Edwards (Philadelphia, remote sync in California), 2009

“Radio~Sound~Art,” by Joan Schuman, Transom: A showcase and workshop for new public radio, March 1, 2001

“Residence Elsewhere,” commission, half-hour documentary, Inside Housing – series, , WBEZ-FM, Chicago, 2002

Outer Ear Festival of Sound, Experimental Sound Studio, Chicago, project commission, inaugural festival, 2000

New American Radio, independent radio art commission, Conversations With Jane, 1992-93

teaching + advising
2004-present | The New School for Public Engagement-School of Media Studies, New York
Part-time Assistant Professor (online faculty)
graduate and undergraduate online seminars and production courses in sound culture and radio experiments; course development; student advising (independent study, prior learning, thesis reader); distributed education platform management

2010-2013 | Prescott College, Prescott, AZ
Graduate Adviser – Low-Residency Program, Environmental Studies/Humanities – mentored graduate student throughout his MA program

2004 | Association of Independents in Radio (AIR)
Mentor – new radio producer, building skills in interviewing, story development and production

2003-2004 | University of Arizona – School of Media Arts, Tucson, AZ
Guest Faculty – “Sound for Film,” Summer intensives, 3-credit production courses for BFA students learning Pro Tools production skills

2002 | Outright Radio, Tucson, AZ
Internship CoordinatorMentor to three university-based students to create features for national LGBTQ radio series; guidance on narrative development, field recording, interviewing and post-production

1998-2000 | Producer/Radio Trainer, Prime Time, KUSP-FM, Santa Cruz, CA

print | reporting | arts writing
2002-2006 | Writer/Editor, Tucson Weekly, Tucson, interviews with artists, writers, filmmakers, community activists; selecting, writing, editing calendar listings

2005 | City Reporter, Bisbee Observer, weekly articles covering US/Mexico border and government issues in border town, Bisbee, AZ

screening committees + panelist
2004 | Wingspan Film Festival, Wingspan Community LGBTQ Center, Tucson, AZ

2004 | Arizona Commission on the Arts, grants review panelist, Phoenix, AZ

2003 | Lesbian Looks Video Festival, University of Arizona, Media Arts

2000 | Haas Foundation, grants review panelist, San Francisco, CA

programming committees

2001 | Third Coast International Audio Festival, Chicago – inaugural year panel organizer, “Taking Risks in Radio” with Scott Carrier/PRI and Priya Ramu/CBC

2000 | KUSP-FM, Santa Cruz, on-air programming committee

2008-present | World Listening Project

2006-present | Public Radio Exchange (PRX)

1999-2005 | Association of Independents in Radio (AIR)

2000 | San Jose State University, San Jose, CA: School of Art & Design, Digital Media Arts, MFA

1983 | Temple University, Philadelphia, PA: School of Humanities, Bachelor of Arts, History, summa cum laude
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