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See What’s New at ArtSpeak !


In this space we will publish video conversations between Beverly R. Muzii (Chief Student Correspondent for ArtSpeak) and Raymond Elman (founding editor-in-chief of ArtSpeak) regarding insightful new video interviews with impactful people in the arts, across all art disciplines, which will be published on the ArtSpeak website in the weeks to come.

ArtSpeak is sponsored by the Lee Caplin School of Journalism & Media, which is part of the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) at Florida International University (FIU).

Stay tuned.

— Beverly & Ray


The videos below were recorded via Zoom. Click on any video. You must be connected to the Internet to view the videos.




CARLOS BETANCOURT (born in San Juan, Puerto Rico 1966) is a multi-disciplinary artist.  His artworks explore issues of memory, and his own experiences, while also dwelling on issues of nature, the environment and matters of beauty, identity, and communication. By means of re-examination, he recycles and reinterprets the past by delivering it in a fresh and new relevant context.

Betancourt’s artwork is part of public collections such as the Smithsonian’ National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.; the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.  Betancourt and Alberto Latorre established the Betancourt-Latorre foundation in 2017. A 501(c) organization, its main goal is to help support artists based in Miami and the Caribbean basin. In October of the same year, the organization raised and collected supplies that were quickly donated to those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico.

Click on this link to watch our whole ArtSpeak video conversation with Carlos Betancourt:



ANA MENENDEZ  5:49 min.  

ANA MENÉNDEZ  (b.1970) has published five books of fiction: “The Apartment” (2023), “Adios, Happy Homeland!” (2011), “The Last War” (2009), “Loving Che” (2004) and “In Cuba I Was a German Shepherd” (2001), whose title story won a Pushcart Prize. She has worked as a journalist in the United States and abroad, lastly as a prize-winning columnist for the Miami Herald.

As a reporter, she wrote about Cuba, Haiti, Kashmir, Afghanistan, and India.  From 2008 to 2009, she lived in Cairo as a Fulbright Scholar in Egypt. She has also lived in India, Turkey, Slovakia and The Netherlands

Click on this link to watch our whole ArtSpeak video conversation with Ana Menendez:



CAMERON BASDEN  4:30 min.  

CAMERON BASDEN is a director, educator, répétiteur, writer and former professional ballerina who brings passion and spirit to her art as well as a keen sense of organization and integrity to the projects she undertakes.  She is the Co-Founder & Artistic Director of Miami Dance Hub, a non-profit organization founded in South Florida to unite, educate, equip, and support professional/non-professional dancers and to promote the extensive multi-genre dance community in South Florida.  Basden has lived and breathed the dance industry for 40+ years. After a successful performing career with the Joffrey Ballet, she served as Rehearsal Director and Co-Associate Director of that company and director of dance at Interlochen Arts Academy.

Click on this link to watch our whole ArtSpeak video conversation with Cameron Basden:



LAURENCE GARTEL  8:27 min.  

LAURENCE GARTEL (b.1956) is a very innovative and eclectic artist, who is a pioneer of digital art. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, Joan Whitney Payson Museum, Long Beach Museum of Art, Princeton Art Museum, PS 1, Norton Museum, Palm Beach Photographic Center and in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution’s Museum of American History and the Bibliotheque Nationale.  Gartel has worked on projects with Andy Warhol and Nam June Paik, and his “Absolut Gartel” ad for Absolut vodka ran on the back cover of magazines for ten years.  We think you will enjoy this short conversation about the video interview.

Click on this link to watch our whole ArtSpeak video conversation with Laurence Gartel:



CHRISTINA LANE  11:38 min.  

DR. CHRISTINA LANE is an Edgar® Award-winning author, and educator. Her book, “Phantom Lady: Hollywood Producer Joan Harrison, The Forgotten Woman Behind Hitchcock” is a biography of Joan Harrison who started as Alfred Hitchcock’s secretary and soon became one of his closest collaborators, earning an Oscar nomination for his first American film, “Rebecca,” and critically shaping his brand as the “Master of Suspense.” Dr.Lane has also written the books “Feminist Hollywood: From Born in Flames to Point Break” and “Magnolia,” which is the first full-length study of the Paul Thomas Anderson film.

Click on this link to watch our video conversation with Christina Lane:




NICHOLAS GRIFFIN is a journalist and author of four novels and three works of nonfiction. His writing has appeared in The Times (London), the Financial Times, and Foreign Policy, among other publications.  Griffin adapted his 2020 book, “The Year of Dangerous Days,” into a play, “Dangerous Days,” which was produced by Miami New Drama and will open on April 4, 2024, at the the Colony Theatre on Lincoln Road in Miami Beach.

In 2020, ArtSpeak published a video conversation with Griffin covering the full arch of his career to that point.



BRIGITTE “BIBI” ANDRADE:   8:00 min.  

BRIGITTE “BIBI” ANDRADE is a multi-talented artist, former model, and a 43 year veteran of the Beauty Industry. Andrade moved to Miami Beach in 1993, where she founded BB International Productions (1998-2021), and in 2022 formed a new company, Bibi Art Media Inc. with the innovative creation of “The Adventures of Bibi and Friends,” a comic book that chronicles the travels and business dealings of a fictional public relations executive as she conducts her business. To date, 17 “Bibi” comic books have been published, the most recent of which is a comic book biography of Hall of Fame music legend Sam Moore.

Click on this link to watch our video conversation with Brigitte “Bibi” Andrade:







Through March 2024, we published video conversations between Margarita Salas-Amaro (producer of “Tech Conversations”) and Raymond Elman (founding editor-in-chief of ArtSpeak) regarding insightful new video interviews with impactful people in the arts, across all art disciplines.  We hope you enjoy these discussions.

Both the Ratcliffe Art + Design Incubator and ArtSpeak are part of the College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) at Florida International University (FIU), and are headquartered at the FIU | Lee Caplin School of Journalism & Media on the Biscayne Bay campus in North Miami, Florida.

Stay tuned.

— Maggie & Ray


The videos below were recorded via Zoom. Click on any video. You must be connected to the Internet to view the videos.


DAVID PARK:   4:53 min.  

DAVID PARK PhD is an author, musician, and educator. Park’s research interests include critical political economy of communication, new media technologies, media and democracy, environmental sustainability, consumerism, and international communication.  He is the author of “Media Reform and the Climate Emergency: Rethinking Communication in the Struggle for a Sustainable Future” with the University of Michigan Press, and “Conglomerate Rock: The Music Industry’s Quest to Divide Music and Conquer Wallets” with Lexington Books.



Retired from long careers in journalism, BEVERLY & ANDERS GYLLENHAAL have been documenting vanishing populations of birds since 2010, producing the website and authoring the book “A Wing and a Prayer: The Race to Save Our Vanishing Birds.”


BRAD ROTHSCHILD:   7:37 min.  

Director/Producer BRAD ROTHSCHILD is an award winning producer and writer with both a creative and a business background. His most recent documentary film, “Rabbi on the Block,” will be screened at the Miami Jewish Film Festival on 1/18/24.


LIMMIE PULLIAM:   7:08 min.  

Operatic tenor LIMMIE PULLIAM grew up the son of a preacher in the small town of Kennett, Missouri (pop. 11,000), which has proven to be a fertile environment for other musical talent such as Sheryl Crow. In January and February, 2024 Pulliam will be performing the lead role of Canio in “Pagliacci” for the Florida Grand Opera.



After nine years of publishing e-Magazines for iPads and iPhones under the “Inspicio” brand, in December 2023 we published our first edition — Volume 9, Number 2 — under the ArtSpeak brand.  Watch this video conversation about how to install the new ArtSpeak e-Magazine APP on your iPad and/or iPhone — and learn why our cover person is Cuban-American artist Leonor Anthony bundled up in a parka.


JUDY RAKOWSY:   5:41 min.  

JUDY RAKOWSKY is the author of the critically acclaimed narrative nonfiction book “Jews in the Garden.” A career journalist, she spent decades on deadline as an award-winning reporter and editor at the Boston Globe, People Magazine, the Providence Journal, and other outlets.



On May 26th, 2023, after 9 years of publication, we officially changed our name from ArtSpeak to ArtSpeak. ArtSpeak is sponsored by the newly renamed FIU Lee Caplin School of Journalism & Media, which is part of The College of Communication, Architecture + The Arts (CARTA) at Florida International University (FIU).



HEIDI PASTER HARF is a photographer from Eastern Long Island, who spent the last 15 years photographing daily life in Cali, Colombia, where she lived for two decades. EZRA AXELROD is creative director of ThisTopia, producing Colombian film projects focused on countercultures, regenerative psychoactive plant economies, and social and environmental justice.  Together they are in post-production on “Torah Tropical,” a film about indigenous Columbian people who converted to orthodox Judaism.


ETIENNE CHARLES:  8:08 min.  

Trinidad born ETIENNE CHARLES is a performer, composer and storyteller, who is continuously searching for untold stories and sounds with which to tell them. His lush trumpet sound, varied compositional textures and pulsating percussive grooves enable him to invoke trance, soothing and exciting listeners while referencing touchy and sometimes controversial subjects in his music.


SUSAN ORLEAN:  6:36 min.

SUSAN ORLEAN is the author of 12 books, including “The Orchid Thief,” which was made into an Academy Award winning movie called “Adaptation,” starring Nicholas Cage, Chris Cooper, and Meryl Streep as Susan Orlean. Orlean is also a longtime staff writer for “The New Yorker” magazine.



SEBASTIAN JUNGER is the #1 New York Times Bestselling author of The Perfect Storm, Fire, A Death in Belmont, War, Tribe, and Freedom. As an award-winning journalist, a contributing editor to Vanity Fair and a special correspondent at ABC News, he has covered major international news stories around the world. Junger is also a documentary filmmaker whose debut film “Restrepo” (co-directed with Tim Hetherington), was nominated for an Academy Award and won the Grand Jury Prize at Sundance.



Founded in October 2016 in Kyev, Ukraine by JULIA + MAXIM VOLOSHYN, Voloshyn Gallery specializes in contemporary art. It showcases a broad range of media, hosting solo and group exhibitions and participating in leading contemporary art fairs worldwide. In 2015, the Voloshyns were included in the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list.


KERRY GRUSON:  10:06 min.

KERRY GRUSON is an inspiration to all. Though permanently paralyzed at the age of 26, after being strangled and left for dead by a hallucinating Green Beret in Hawaii, the Harvard graduate worked for the New York Times for 27 years, and participates in competitive sports. She is the co-founder of ThumbsUp International.


JOYCE TENNESON:  8:22 min.

JOYCE TENNESON is the author of sixteen books including the best seller, “Wise Women,” which was featured in a six-part NBC Today Show series. She is the recipient of many awards, including Fine Art Photographer of the Year in 2005 (Lucie Awards), and the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Professional Photographers of America in 2012.



First Person Portraits: Hampton House Performers & Patrons is funded by The Ellies, Miami’s visual arts awards, presented by Oolite Arts. Artist Raymond Elman’s show opens to the public at the Historic Hampton House on February 1 and 2, 2022 with storytelling from 3-6 pm each day and limited free ticketed viewing. 

In 1989, after 20 years of making only abstract art, Raymond Elman started creating large-scale (i.e., 5 x 6 foot), mixed-media paintings portraying the 150-year-old Provincetown art colony (northern tip of Cape Cod) at leisure – what people do when they are not working – the fabric of life that draws people back every year. Four of his portraits are in the collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and have been exhibited there. In 2012, he moved year-round to Miami, and began to document its dynamic art community.



The ABCs of Paradise Found is a stunning book by author / journalist KAREN AMANDA TOULON, and her husband, artist / illustrator ERIC RHINEHART (Published by Wordeee, COO PATRICE SAMARA). The book and Rhinehart’s watercolors will be exhibited at ANTHONY LIGGINS’ GALLERY 88, 237 20th St C, Miami Beach, FL – opening reception on January 22, 2022, 6-9 PM.


AURIN SQUIRE:  16:19 min.

AURIN SQUIRE is a playwright, screenwriter, and reporter. He has written numerous plays, while his reporting has appeared in The New Republic, Talking Points Memo, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald, and ESPN, among other outlets.

Born and raised in Opa-locka, Florida, Squire graduated from The Juilliard School, The Actors Studio at New School University, and Northwestern University, where he majored in radio/TV/film and worked as a professional journalist for the Chicago Tribune and the Miami Herald.


TAMARY KUDITA:  11:49 min.

A product of dual heritage, TAMARY KUDITA was born in Zimbabwe. Her ancestry can be traced back to the Orange Free State, the historical Boer state in Southern Africa. Kudita’s investigation of the impact of colonialism on the family structure, has resulted in exhibitions delving into the history of the post-colonial identity. Her photographs will be exhibited at The Betsy Hotel in Miami Beach beginning November 20, 2021.


CHARLES BLOW:  14:21 min.

CHARLES M. BLOW has been a New York Times Opinion columnist since 2008. His column appears on Monday and Thursday. Mr. Blow joined the New York Times in 1994 as a graphics editor and quickly became the paper’s graphics director, a position he held for nine years. He is the author of “The Devil You Know” and “Fire Shut Up in My Bones.” In May, 2021, “Prime with Charles Blow” premiered on the Black News Channel (BNC). 

“Fire Shut Up in My Bones” was adapted into an opera by Terence Blanchard and Kasi Lemmons – the first opera by a Black composer performed by the  Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center.


DONNA RUFF:  11:15 min.

For years, as a graphic designer, artist DONNA RUFF worked on communicating economically. Now she’s interested in pushing that idea of economy to its limits, even to the point of impeding communication — how much information can be removed or transformed, how much must be left behind to retain the narrative?


JACK RAPKE:  13:04 min.

JACK RAPKE is a film producer whose first production was the award-winning “Cast Away,” starring Tom Hanks and Helen Hunt. Directed by Robert Zemeckis. He is the former chairman of Creative Artists Agency (CAA). Rapke has produced numerous award-winning films including “Flight,” starring Denzel Washington, which was nominated for two Academy Awards; The Walk,” starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt; “Allied,” starring Brad Pitt; “Welcome to Marwen” starring Steve Carell; The Witches” starring starred Anne Hathaway and Octavia Spencer;  the upcoming “Finch” starring Tom Hanks; “What Lies Beneath” starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer, the Ridley Scott-directed “Matchstick Men” starring Nicolas Cage; “The Prize Winner of Defiance, Ohio” starring Julianne Moore and Woody Harrelson, and “Last Holiday” starring Queen Latifah.



HANK PHILLIPPI RYAN has been honored with more than 50 prestigious awards from news organizations all over the world including 37 EMMYs and 14 Edward R. Murrow Awards. Ryan is also the USA Today bestselling author of 13 psychological thrillers, winning the genre’s most prestigious awards: five Agathas, four Anthonys, and the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award.


MICHEL HAUSMANN:  12:53 min.

MICHEL HAUSMANN is a Venezuelan-born theater director, writer, and producer. He is the co-founder and artistic director of Miami New Drama, the resident theater company and operator of the Colony Theatre in Miami Beach. Under Hausmann’s leadership, the company has presented over a dozen productions — nine of them world premieres.  Hausmann also started Miami New Drama’s educational program, which serves more than 8,000 students annually and provides online programming for people across the United States and internationally — offering master classes on a variety of different theater topics such as acting, playwriting, directing, and theater management.


CAMILA GIL:  12:58 min.

In 2021, CAMILA GIL was named the Executive Director of the Armour Dance Theatre of Miami.  Born in Bogota, Colombia, Camila Gil holds a Masters in Global Governance from Florida International University and a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies & Political Science from the University of Miami.  At the age of 13, Gil began training at Armour Dance Theatre, under the artistic leadership of Ruth Wiesen.   For the past decade, Gil has supported and led the growth of the scope and reach of Armour Dance Theatre.  She is passionate about making arts education accessible to all children in the Miami-Dade County community.



RICHARD SAUL WURMAN created and chaired the TED conference from 1984 thru 2002 and the TEDMED conference from 1995 to 2010. Wurman received both his masters and bachelor in architecture degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He has written, designed, and published 90 books on wildly divergent topics.


KIMBERLY GREEN: 13:29 min.

A philanthropist, writer and documentary-filmmaker, KIMBERLY GREEN has led the Green Family Foundation (GFF) since 1997. Under her leadership, GFF has spearheaded a wide variety of initiatives in Haiti and in her native Miami.


PAUL SALTZMAN: 13:03 min.

PAUL SALTZMAN (b.1943) is a Canadian film and television producer and director. A two-time Emmy Award-recipient, he has been credited on more than 300 films, both dramas and documentaries. His most recent film is the feature documentary Meeting the Beatles in India.  His photographs of The Beatles will be permanently installed at The Betsy Hotel in South Beach on 9/23/2021.



STEPHANIE BERTINI is the Miami-based correspondent for the Black News Channel (BNC). Her coverage area includes Latin America, the Caribbean, Central and South Florida.