Art and Inspiration with William Rock

Art and Inspiration with William Rock is a program designed to give artists, poets, writers, scientists, monks, mystics and others a forum to shar...
Jeff Berman is a multi-instrumentalist, improvising artist, and composer whose work reflects his global musical vision. He has developed a genre-extending concept on mountain dulcimer, vibraphone, and percussion, that has allowed him to collaborate across stylistic boundaries with a diverse group...
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Vietnam war veterans Kathleen Trew Swazuk and Joe Diener engage in a dialogue on Art and Inspiration with William Rock. Kathleen was an army nurse stationed at Long Binh, Vietnam. She is the author of "Wartorn Heart/ Poems and art inspired by the Vietnam War." Joe was wounded during the war and t...
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Poet and educator Michael Wurster is interviewed on Art and Inspiration with William Rock. Michael is a founding member of The Pittsburgh Poetry Exchange and for over forty years he has encouraged and mentored poets. In this dialogue, he articulates his poetic influences and offers insights into ...
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Poet, educator and humorist Deena November is interviewed on Art and Inspiration with William Rock. Deena grew up in a household where writing and reading was strongly encouraged. She speaks of her academic experience both as a MFA student and also as a creative writing professor. Deena also tal...
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Artist Kim Barry is interviewed on Art and Inspiration with William Rock.  Beginning at the age of 4, Kim Barry has had a lifetime of exposure to varying forms of arts education.  Kim speaks of the "great experience" of hanging on the street with kids doing Graffiti as a teenager and how it infor...
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Artist and educator Celeste Neuhaus is interviewed on Art and Inspiration with William Rock. She speaks of living in New Mexico and how its incredible, intense light affected the formal qualities of her art and also influenced her work with healing modalities. Celeste talks of corresponding ide...
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Tempa Lama is an ordained Tibetan Bon Buddhist Lama, author, poet and artist.  In this interview with William Rock on Art and Inspiration, Lama Tempa speaks of the subtleties of the creative process.  He articulates a rarely, if ever heard discourse about creativity from the perspective of the T...
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The Huffington Post noted Vanessa German is “one of 30 contemporary art makers under 40 that you should know about.”  Vanessa German is the founder of “The Love Front Porch” and the “Art House” in Pittsburgh’s Homewood section.  Her “Stop Shooting We Love You” yard signs have garnered internation...
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Jennifer Nagle Myers is a visual artist and director of site-specific performances for public spaces who makes work to defend new possibilities of imagining and defining our world. In this interview with William Rock on Art and Inspiration, Jennifer speaks of her lifelong passion for art and sto...
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Pat DiCesare promoted the Beatles concert in Pittsburgh on September 14, 1964.  In this interview on Art and Inspiration with William Rock, Pat DiCesare shares details of promoting and financing the historic Beatles concert. He also speaks of encounters with Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison and others...
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David Bonnett is a Pink Dolphin of The Amazon researcher. David is an acoustical engineer, a nuclear physicist and a retired nuclear submarine commander. For twenty years during the Cold War he monitored and listened to the almost silent coming and goings of Soviet nuclear submarines. In this in...
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Maryum "May May" Ali spent many years as a successful performer and stand-up comedian. In this interview with William Rock on Art and Inspiration, May May talks about her lifelong passion for social activism. She also speaks of her father Muhammad Ali and the positive examples he set for her in ...
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This is a recording of a talk given by William Rock an artist and founder of Art and Inspiration International. The talk was recorded at The Olmo Ling Center for Meditation and Compassionate Outreach. In this talk, William Rock speaks of the artist as mystic and how making art and mystical insi...
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Ani Drubgyudma is a Buddhist monk ordained in both Chan and Tibetan Kagyu traditions. In this interview with William Rock on Art and Inspiration, Ani speaks of what it means to be human and the impact of living from a stabilized realization of the authentic self. She also speaks on how to use ob...
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Thaddeus Mosley, at 86 years young, the great sculptor and artist speaks in depth about his art, life and technique to William Rock on Art and Inspiration. A rare opportunity to hear this master sculptor discuss the intricacies and rhythms of a life dedicated to the pursuit of the creative and m...
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Edwin Lee Gibson is an Obie award (off broadway's highest award) winning actor and a playwright. Edwin has never had a formal acting class and has appeared in 97 professional productions. In this interview with William Rock on Art and Inspiration, he speaks of the ongoing influence August Wilson...
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Sevan Ross is a Zen priest and teacher. In this dialogue with William Rock on Art and Inspiration, Sevan Ross speaks of various Zen practice techniques. He says, "Zen has practices that have the mind spill in upon itself until the mind collapses into itself and disappears" and "when you forget t...
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Carolina Loyola Garcia is an educator, artist, Flamenco dancer and filmmaker. Her documentary film Sobre  las  Olas  - A story of flamenco in the U.S . has received high praise from audiences and critics alike. In this interview with William Rock on Art and Inspiration, Carolina speaks extensive...
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Bill Farr is an educator, mixed martial arts champion, nutritionist and author of "The Power of Personality Types in Love and Relationships."   In this interview with William Rock on Art and Inspiration, Bill talks of life lessons learned from master teachers and the shamans he has encountered d...
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Tom Kurlander is a filmmaker, songwriter, actor and musician.  Tom appeared in such films as Kindergarten Cop, Young Guns 2 and Flatliners. In this interview with William Rock on Art and Inspiration, Tom shares some of his on-set stories, the influence of Marlon Brando and also speaks of the inn...
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