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 6: Cori McCarthy

Erica interviews young adult author and VCFA alum Cori McCarthy about writing, revising, and their approach to creating stories and characters. Cori received their MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults in 2011 and will return to VCFA this summer as a visiting faculty member for the program. Cori's most recent book, Now A Major Motion Picture, was released in April 2018.

Season 1, Episode 5: Eshrat Erfanian

In this episode, Erica Heilman interviews MFA in Visual Art Summer 2017 Artist-in-Residence Eshrat Erfanian, an Iranian-Canadian artist who works in a range of media including video, installation, digital photography, and painting. Eshrat talks about how her art has technologically evolved and how her childhood in Iran has shaped what she does today.

Season 1, Episode 4: Adam DelMarcelle

Host Erica Heilman interviews recent MFA in Graphic Design graduate Adam DelMarcelle, whose groundbreaking work surrounding the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania and the East Coast has garnered national attention. Adam, who graduated from VCFA in April 2018, also serves as an adjunct professor at York College of Pennsylvania and Lebanon Valley College, teaching courses in graphic design and printmaking. Adam's project "What Heroin Sounds Like" can be found here

Season 1, Episode 3: Till Schauder

Host Erica Heilman interviews documentary filmmaker Till Schauder, a faculty member with VCFA's MFA in Film program. Till, who has directed a number of documentaries including THE IRAN JOB, talks about his 2017 film WHEN GOD SLEEPS. In this in-depth interview, Till discusses the process of creating documentary films and how he handles working with challenging subjects. WHEN GOD SLEEPS follows Iranian musician Shahin Najafi, who is forced into hiding after hardline Iranian clerics issue a fatwa for his death, incensed by a rap song that focuses on the oppression of women and human rights abuses. Risking his life every time he steps on a stage, Shahin refuses to stop performing.

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. 

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. Matthew talks about how he creates his poetry and how a difficult childhood in Portland, Oregon has shaped his work.  


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