Art More Than Ever Podcast

Welcome to Art More Than Ever, the official Vermont College of Fine Arts podcast, featuring lengthy interviews with faculty, alumni, current students, and visiting artists.

The podcast showcases the breadth of artists VCFA brings to its campus during the year through our nine academic programs. You'll hear from writers, artists, designers, musicians, filmmakers, and more. 

Art More Than Ever is hosted by Erica Heilman, a well-known Vermont radio and podcast producer. Heilman also produces Rumble Strip, a podcast that features vivid stories about everyday lives. The show airs monthly on Vermont Public Radio, and her work has aired on NPR’s Day to Day, Hearing Voices, SOUNDPRINT, KCRW’s UnFictional, and on major public radio affiliates across the country. Prior to her work in audio, Erica worked in documentary television in New York City. She produced programming for WNET, HBO, and ABC News.

Heilman’s background in journalism and in the art of the podcast has led to deep and meaningful interviews, all conducted within the warmth of VCFA’s Gary Library. 

The podcast's music is written by MFA in Music Composition alumnus Scott Barkan ('16). Visit his website

We'll release episodes every six weeks. Look to this page for podcast updates!

Season 1, Episode 1: Matthew Dickman:

In the first episode, Heilman interviews poet Matthew Dickman, faculty member in VCFA’s MFA in Writing and MFA in Writing & Publishing program. Dickman talks about how he creates his poetry and how a difficult childhood in Portland, Oregon has shaped his work.  

Season 1, Episode 2: Carla Kihlstedt

“Art More Than Ever” host Erica Heilman interviews songwriter, composer, singer, and violinist Carla Kihlstedt, a faculty member in VCFA’s MFA in Music Composition program. In this fascinating conversation, Carla discusses writing music with her songwriter husband, Matthias Bossi, her most recent song cycle, Black Inscription, and much more. 


Art More Than Ever really highlights the best of VCFA. Our artists, writers, designers, musicians, and filmmakers all have stories to tell and experiences to share. These remarkable interviews get to the heart of what drives our artists and what makes VCFA so extraordinary."

-VCFA President Thomas Christopher Greene