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

I am a senior Art History major (but lost a semester of credits transferring, so I won’t be graduating until December). I am also a painter and just this year switched my major from painting to Art History. I am extremely interested in almost all of art history, but have found Modern and Contemporary Art to interest me most recently. As a painter, I find Impressionism and Expressionism to be most appealing, and love working with lots of color. I am also very interested in anthropology and astronomy and have taken a number of courses in these subjects. In terms of my Art History degree, I think that being either a Curator or an Art Dealer would be extremely exciting, but may follow a more creative path in the design world.

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

One recent exhibition that I went to was at the RedLine Gallery in Denver. I went to an opening at the gallery and found a few different aspects of the exhibition to be interesting. One aspect that was different and that caught my attention was the challenge of the artists to make use of a small amount of gold in their work. What I found interesting was the variety of ways that the artists used the gold. Some artists hammered it into sheets, some artists had it finely ground, made into chains, or into tiny gold nuggets. One artist sold the gold and lived off the money the gold made him, and made a conversation about this experience his piece of art. Another aspect of the exhibition that I loved was the fact that many of the artists had their own studios within the gallery. Their studios were open to the public and were able to be explored; this allowed me to really look deeper into the minds behind the works, which was probably my favorite part of the exhibition.

3. Which books did you read of lately (art, fiction, non-fiction)? Pick one and go into detail about it.

My favorite book that I’ve read recently is “An Object of Beauty” by the actor/ comedian Steve Martin, who also happens to be an art collector. I was very impressed by Steve Martin’s knowledge on Art, Art History, and Art Dealing. The book is about a girl who graduates from college with an Art History degree, moves to New York City, and becomes an intern at Sotheby’s Auction House. The book follows her journeys up the ladder of the Art World as she moves from being a somewhat clueless intern to a very keen and knowledgeable Art Dealer, and then on to owning her own gallery. The book was very interesting to me because it gives some insight into the art world and the fast-paced lifestyle of Art Dealers and gallery owners in NYC.

 

4. What are your main interests besides art?

While art (painting, drawing, learning about art) are my greatest interests, I am also very interested in interior design and fashion (which are also categories of art in my perspective). I hope to take some courses in interior design after I graduate, and possibly pursue a career in that field. I’m really interested in all cultural aspects, and love exploring wherever I go. I love going to concerts and music festivals, I am a vegetarian and love to experiment with cooking, I have explored the culture of Boulder through hiking, yoga, arts, music, food, etc… all of these things keep me interested.

5. Which blogs do you check regularly?

Some blogs that I check somewhat frequently (though not on a daily basis) are: http://lookbook.nu/, http://www.whowhatwear.com/website/home.php, http://www.designsponge.com/, http://www.contemporaryartdaily.com/, http://collegecuisinista.com/

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.

One impressive cultural event that I recently attended was SnowGlobe, a music festival held in South Lake Tahoe over New Years. I love going to music festivals and try to go to as many as I can; I think the experience is always unforgettable, and the time spent with friends at these events is priceless. My boyfriend is in an electronic group that has been gaining popularity, so I have been lucky enough to experience a lot of great festivals and shows recently. His group played at SnowGlobe, which made it possible for me to experience the festival in a more cultural sense than I otherwise would have. I was able to talk to a lot of musicians, photographers, and people involved with putting on the festival. It was a great experience, and it allowed me to learn a lot about music festivals and the production process that goes into them.

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!

As I am very interested in astronomy and fascinated by the way the universe works, I sometimes go on the website physorg.com to read about astronomical news. An article that I recently read discussed the discovery of a strange young star whose gaseous ring displayed interesting gravitational pulls and a structure that astronomers have never seen before. It is interesting because it is something completely new in astronomical discoveries, and may lead to new information about the formation of our solar system. http://www.physorg.com/news/2012-01-gaseous-young-star.html

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.

I can’t really think of any specific idea that has widened my intellectual horizon, but I do know that my outlook on learning and education has become much more appreciative and mature over the course of the past few years. I have tended to move around a good amount in recent years, and with every place I go I realize that there is so much to see and experience and learn that so many people take for granted. In moving out to Colorado, I first noticed how amazingly beautiful this place is, and I think that really has made me appreciate the opportunities that I have here. I always try to focus on the opportunities that I have been given and that I am obliged to take advantage of; I don’t want to let my life pass me by, so I always try to appreciate every opportunity I have to learn and grow.

9. Have you been to the Denver Art Museum, MCA Denver and BMoca Boulder? Describe one art object or a show you remember seeing.

Last year I remember some of the artworks in the contemporary art collection at the DAM. The works that stood out the most to me were the amazingly detailed large-scale photorealistic paintings by Marilyn Minter. I studied her work in a Contemporary Art class that I took last year and was very excited to see her work in person. The work made a huge impact on me in its realistic detail and its combination of beauty and grit. I love the way Minter addresses materialism and femininity in her work. What I did not like was the way the work was presented. One painting that I saw was placed very high on the wall and tilted upward, which made it very difficult to see and fully appreciate.

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