Carolyn Martin

Host, Talking Art

Carolyn Martin joined WVIK as a host of Talking Art in September of 2017.  A long-time fan of NPR programming with a love of storytelling and all art forms, she is thrilled to have the opportunity to speak with creative people about their work in the Quad Cities region.

Retiring as an Obstetrician/Gynecologist physician after nearly 25 years of practice in Davenport, she was looking for a meaningful way to navigate retirement.  Thanks to Jay Pearce, the General Manager of WVIK, who despite her lack of previous radio experience was either insightful enough or crazy enough to let her embark on this adventure, she is giving voice to artists who beautify our community and make this a better place to live.  She also gets more sleep now and doesn’t have to work on weekends or holidays!

In addition to her volunteer work with WVIK, Carolyn is a board member of Quad City Arts, the foundation board of Quad Cities Cultural Trust, and Vera French Community Mental Health Center.

She lives in Bettendorf, Iowa with her husband Joseph. 

Carolyn would like to recognize the late Bruce Carter, whose years of interviewing artists for WVIK on his program Art Talks inspired her to continue in his legacy.

Courtesy of the Iowa DOT

Quad City residents have consistently stated that aesthetics and having a unique landmark were the two factors that mattered most in the design of a replacement I-74 bridge.

Carolyn Martin talks with Michelle and Joe Stroehle, co-owners of River Bend Retro, about mid-century modern design. 

Laura Wriedt and Brian Allen from "The Big Picture"
Courtesy of the Figge Art Museum

Carolyn Martin talks with Laura Wriedt and Brian Allen about “The Big Picture” program created by the Figge Art Museum. 

Michael Kienzle's work is on display at the Hudson River Gallery in Iowa City through November 11.
Carolyn Martin / WVIK

Carolyn Martin talks with Michael Kienzle, a painter whose exhibit “Outside the Lines” is currently showing at the Hudson River Gallery in Iowa City, and who also happens to be a University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics emeritus professor of Cardiology.

Courtesy of Carol Hummel

In this installment, Carolyn Martin talks with Dr. Claire Kovacs, Director of the Augustana Teaching Museum of Art, about the “yarn bombing” project unveiled to the public on October 29. 

Courtesy of Valerie Davis Bibbs

Carolyn Martin talks with Valerie Davis Bibbs, from Great Sounds Promotions, about the upcoming Smooth Jazz Fall Festival. 

Sarah Ruhl (left) with her mother, Kathleen Kehoe Ruhl and oldest daughter, photographed during the Chicago run of “For Peter Pan on her 70th Birthday.”
Courtesy of Sarah Ruhl

Carolyn Martin talks with playwright Sarah Ruhl about the importance of involvement in local theatre, and how exposing our children to art forms at a young age can have a lasting impact.

Lacy Scarmana / WVIK

In this installment, Carolyn Martin talks with C.J. Monzyk about the Handpan – the history of this unusual instrument, how it creates such ethereal sounds, and how it has accompanied him on his spiritual journey.

Carolyn Martin talks to Benjamin Fawks, owner of Rozz Tox in Rock Island, about the All Senses Festival and Lowland Block Party.

'Welcome To Davenport' mural by Johnnie Cluney
Carolyn Martin / WVIK

Longtime WVIK listeners might remember the program Art Talks. It was hosted by the late Bruce Carter and featured interviews with local painters, musicians, and writers.

Now, as part of our efforts to enhance coverage of the local art scene, we'll bring you Talking Art, a regular segment during Morning Edition hosted by Carolyn Martin.

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