Megan’s Intellectual Profile

1. Give some basic information about your studies and fields of interest.

My name is Megan McGrain, and I am a studio arts major. I work mainly with ceramics, drawing, clothing, and some 3D materials in the grotesque art. I am taking contemporary art to develop a further understanding of the world of art today, and to know what to expect of this field that I am working in. I am very interested in the art world in regard to design, fashion, and modern artwork. I hope to further my career of creating and designing and also teaching in the future. 

2. Describe an exhibition that you liked or found impressive. Tell us why. Please provide a link to a website, if possible.

I am still greatly moved by the exhibition of Picasso art in Barcalona, Spain. I distinctly remember walking into the gallery and seeing Guernica, by Picasso. I was blown away by the power of this piece. The work was on such a large scale, and blended a perfect amount of fictitious and factual information to have a large impact. I am inspired by Picasso, and his use of grotesque and distorted imagery to pull the viewer in and keep them interested.


3. Which books did you read of late (art, fiction, non-fiction)?

I recently picked up “You dont sweat that much for a fat girl”, in the interest of finding a comical light read. I was wildly disappointed considering that her humor left me feeling underwhelmed to say the least… I purposefully left the book in Austin while visiting over break, just to get rid of it. I would really like to find a substitute read soon.

4. What are your main interests besides art?

Beyond the field of visual arts, I have been involved in the preforming arts since I was 3 years old. I have been a dancer of all sorts for 16 years. I have been trained in ballet, jazz, modern, lyrical, and belly dancing. For the majority of my childhood I was oriented around being a professional dancer, until I was exposed to the visual arts. I am also involved with fashion and clothes designing. On a less creative level, I also enjoy yoga, mountain biking, and especially traveling. I have been blessed with the opportunity to travel to Thailand and Cambodia this summer with my family. I especially enjoyed seeing the ruins of ankor wat.

Travel is a very important part of my family and what we do together each summer. Included in my adventurous family’s  plans is my dad’s plan to climb Mount Everest in March!

5. Which blogs do you check regularly?

I do not follow any blogs, and this is actually my first experience writing a blog for this class.

6. Which cultural event has really impressed you lately? This can be a museum, a concert, or anything like that, but also a sports game (if you consider this a cultural event for which there are good reasons). Or anything I am not even thinking of … Again, tell us why.

My most recent adventure was going to the Ouray ice climbing festival over the christmas holiday. There are man made waterfalls of ice that people climb each day, while cold onlookers watch and freeze to death. Hundreds of thousands of gallons of water are poured on the ice falls each night so they can remain their structure.

7. Please describe briefly an article in a newspaper or a magazine that got you thinking lately. Reading online is fine, and what you introduce here does not have to be about art. If the respective article is available online, please link to it!

I recently read a national geographic article about Easter Island. The article was focused on how much mystery is surrounded by this small island, the origin of the Rapa Nui people is unclear, and there is even more speculation over the Moai sculptures that are littered around the island. I find it fascinating how many answers we can not answer about past civilizations and their accomplishments. In our modern day society with our incredible machinery, we can simply can not fathom the way such large sculptures came to be.  In some way, I like that we can still be baffled by the past, and what we can not understand. This keeps us humble.


8. Please share with us a thought or an idea that really widened your intellectual horizon. Again, this must not be limited to the visual arts. If possible, give a source for this idea so that others know where to go to if they are interested.

“How to practice the way to a meaningful life” by the Dalai Lama is a book that has always touched me. He is such an inspiration and offers many simple and meaningful lessons that are useful to any and everyone no matter your religious background. I have read the book about 3 times and I always find new notes to take from it.
9. Have you been to the Denver Art Museum, MCA Denver and BMoca Boulder? Describe one art object or a show you remember seeing.
I have been to the Denver Art Museum, and a piece that I remember vividly was a large scale projection and sound piece. There were projections of many memories and colors all over the walls and celling. The large scale imagery and business evokes a lot of emotion and thought from the viewer. Thoughts for me ranged from all sorts of pleasant and painful memories from the past, and ultimately led me to a state of presentness and calm. I was very moved by the power of this artwork.

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