Intellectual Profile (Alysa Sharp)

1.I am double majoring in Anthropology and Studio Arts with an emphasis in photography. I am an avid learner about different cultures and what they bring forth within today’s society and what makes each one unique. As far as photography goes my ultimate dream job would be to work for National Geographic, but until then I am working on putting together a few books of some unique photo projects that I have done.

2. In all honesty I haven’t been to that many exhibitions so I couldn’t tell you which I have found the most impressive or which one I like the most. However one exhibition that I would love to go see is the “Digital Dark Room”

3. I am an avid reader and probably read a bit too much once I’m out of school for the summer or am on break. Over the break I read The Huger GamesWild At Heart, and I am finishing up Blue Like Jazz by Donald Miller. “I never liked jazz music because jazz music doesn’t resolve. . . . I used to not like God because God didn’t resolve. But that was before any of this happened.” In Donald Miller’s early years, he was vaguely familiar with a distant God. But when he came to know Jesus Christ, he pursued the Christian life with great zeal. Within a few years he had a successful ministry that ultimately left him feeling empty, burned out, and, once again, far away from God. In this intimate, soul-searching account, Miller describes his remarkable journey back to a culturally relevant, infinitely loving God. However, if you happen to pick up this book it isn’t your run of the mill book of how the author became a Christian and found his way back to his faith its more of a journey that seems to be able to relate to anyone who reads it in some fashion or another.

4. My main interests besides art is sports, being outdoors, hanging out with friends, movies, cooking, baking, and pretty much anything really. I enjoy being active and staying active but that doesn’t mean that I don’t enjoy just relaxing and being lazy every once in a while.

5. The blogs that I regularly check are few and minimal they are Donald Miller’s, Angie’s, and my friend Jenny’s . Otherwise I just roam and see what I can find but as well I have my own blog that if you want to check out please do!

6. I went to a concert at the Fox theater for the bands Switchfoot and Anberlin and let me tell ya they know how to put on a show. It was a sold out crowd and the way that they are able to connect to the audience was an awesome experience; heads banging, people jumping up and down it has probably been one of my favorite concerts that I have been to ever. This is probably because they are such good bands with great front men who know how to draw the audience in and create a whole new atmosphere within the building.

7. Even though yes he has probably been in the news too much and has been spoken about too often an article that I read a while ago on Tim Tebow got me thinking about how we live out our lives. Tebow is known for two things “Tebow Time” and his faith in God. I found it interesting as to how he professes his faith so willingly and is able to live a life that stays true to what he says. It makes me question whether or not I am living out what I hold true and believe or if I am putting on a mask for people and becoming two faced.

8. I don’t think that I could point to one thing specifically that has really widened my intellectual horizon rather its a conglomeration of many things that have added up over time and would take far too long to explain all of them.

9. Yes I have been to the Denver Art Museum but it was a long, long time ago when I was in elementary so I don’t really remember what I saw that day all those years ago.

2 Responses

  1. My dream is to work for Nat Geo, too!! :) I have yet to meet another student who had the same dream. I love art and the art of photography because of the fact that they teach us so much about past and present cultures. We learn about ourselves today through our own art.

  2. I had never heard of this “DIgital Darkroom” Exhibition. Some of the work by Maggie Taylor (“Subject to Change” and “Patient Gardens”) and Brooke Shaden (“Visions of Worlds”) remind me of some of the works by Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison. I am not sure they speak of the same context points but the almost sculpture like reconstruction of scenes and people are visually similar. The ParkeHarrison’s do not create their images solely by digital photography though, they create by making the sculptures/scenes and then assembling several shots into darkroom collages. I believe they started with digital much later in their careers.

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