Intellectual profile Emily Potter

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

I am a Super Senior and Studio Art major with an emphasis in Digital Art.  I did have a main focus in photography, but I took classes at CU and they were not what I was expecting at all.  The instructor was terrible and extremely unsupportive, which was very discouraging as a new art student.  After having a horrible experience with photography, I went and played with Digital Art with Matt Weedman and fell in love with it.  He encouraged me and told me I had an eye for it and to stick with it.  Greatest man, ever.  Ever since, I have gotten back in touch with photography, but have expanded it with my digital focus.

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

When I was in middle school my parents bought my big sister and I tickets to go see a midnight exhibition at the DAM.  I can’t remember what it was called…”Something to Picasso”…It was paintings of Picasso, Monet, Van Gogh, etc.  Seeing the famous paintings in person was surreal.  I loved seeing the brush strokes on Van Gogh’s paintings and the finger prints and smudges on Picasso’s early sculptures. It was amazing. I keep kicking myself for not remembering the name of the show! Seeing the paintings at midnight gave it and extra special touch, too.

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

I hate to say it, but I have never been a huge reader.  One of very few books that I have read more than once is Choke by Chuck Palahniuk.  Funniest and strange book I have ever read.  It definately has been my favorite since high school! Fast Summary

4. What are your main interests besides art?

I’m a singer and a musician.  I have played piano since I was 5 and I taught myself guitar freshman year in high school.  Singing has always been something I have done growing up.  The National Anthem  at all the home basketball games were my “gig” back home.  I grew up in a really small town 45mins east of Denver called Bennett, Colorado.  I went away to college with a lot of pressure from people back home wanting to “see my name in lights” next time I came home.  It became too much and too constant where I walked away from it for a little bit.  I have done a few mic nights down town Denver and have sang at a few local jazz clubs, too, over the past few years.  I love it.  I have missed being on stage!

5. Which blogs do you check regularly?

I’m not a huge fan of blogs. It hasn’t ever been something that I have gotten attached to.  My big sister has one that I keep up with as often as I can, but I talk to her on a regular basis that makes it hard to check the blog everyday.  Her blog is about her crazy travels and stories and about our family.  The most recent has been about our grandma who was diagnosed with Lymphoma January 2011.  The writing is beautifully written and really makes my family shine.  I love it. All the Little Blue Birds

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.

I have found the New Year to be really interesting in how people celebrate and think so positive.  I spent my New Year’s in Keystone with my boyfriend, his brother, and our friend Sarah.  It was just the four of us ice skating on the lake and skiing.  We were playing cards in our pjs when midnight hit.  We laughed, drank, cheered, then went to bed.  Once we got back home, it was interesting how everyone else spent theirs.  Hotels, fancy parties, night clubs, hammered, plastered, sober, tipsy.  It was all where we wanted to be and spent it with who we wanted.  The thought just hit hard that everyone in the world was celebrating the same holiday.  No hate. No discrimination. No disrespect. Just bringing in the New Year.

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!

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 took an art, race and ethnicity class last semester.  My professor was extremely passionate about this subject, which I thought was great, but he said the point of his class was to teach us about minority artists that “all the other art professors will not teach us about”…the majority of the minority artists were ones I learned in ARTH1300 and ARTS1010….The professor tried to make us think that the art department is trying to teach us what they WANT us to know, rather than what we SHOULD know….that class drove me crazy. He tried to put words in our mouth that werent ours.

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 DAM and Bmoca Boulder, but not the MCA Denver, yet.  I’m excited to go there and see what it’s like.  I’m actually surprised that I have never been to MCA Denver, being an art major.  I cant count how many times I have been to the DAM as an art major.  I have that placed almost memorized! The one exhibit that still follows me today was the exhibit I explained in question 2.

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