Intellectual Profile – Jenna Speare

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

            My name is Jenna, I am currently enrolled in my final semester here at CU. I will be graduating with a BFA in Film Studies with an emphasis in Animation and a BA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography. Aside from my majors, I work heavily with film and photo editing, sound design and music. I hope to work for a while out of college before I pursue a masters degree in either Art History or Global Marketing and Advertising.

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

 An exhibition that I liked was actually a permanent studio set up in Cuernavaca Mexico. In November I visited the Diego Rivera Studio, which had a significant amount of artwork by Rivera himself, as well as Frida Kahlo. It was entirely different for me to see this work up close in person, and was such an amazing experience. To see the artist’s personal space with their artwork within made the experience that much more powerful.


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

            I have actually not read a book recently that was not a part of course I have taken. Since most of my classes are production or art based, I do the readings for the classes then spend the rest of my time taking photos, filming, editing, etc. Hopefully by May, there will be more time for me to read for pleasure again.

4. What are your main interests besides Art?

            Outside of school and art, I am a rock climber. I typically boulder at the spot but enjoy top-rope climbing and tend to be better when there is a rope attached to me. I am also a musician (piano for 13 years), a lacrosse player, and a snowboarder. I grew up in Salt Lake City so being on the mountain is a large part of my life.

5. Which blogs do you check regularly?

            I don’t tend to follow blogs unless the author is a friend or family member…especially if that person is traveling and sharing their experience. I stay updated with famous museums, filmmakers and studios, and photographers, but that is typically through their personal websites.

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.

            A cultural event, which really impressed me lately, was SOPA. I find it incredible that people want to censor what can be on the Internet. I agree that online piracy is wrong, but to see all the different websites (such as Craigslist, Google and WordPress) take part in SOPA makes you wonder how much could actually be censored from us, not just websites that are involved in piracy. Far more information and various websites could become a part of this and the “World Wide Web” would become something much different.


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!

            An article that got me thinking lately was addressing the death of the first Czech President, Vaclav Havel. He was a playwright and a revolutionary leader who helped Czechoslovakia out of its communist state to form the Czech Republic. It made me realize how recent that event was. The year I was born, The Czech Republic was only a year out of the Velvet Revolution. When I visited the Czech Republic this past spring (21 years later), they were still coming out of that communist state. While 21 years seems like a long time, it shows how long it takes for a country to evolve from an event such as this. Vaclav Havel died December 18th, 2011.

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.

            The concept of time has really widened my intellectual horizon. Since we are not all guaranteed time, we have to find a way to live in the “now” (as if we were running out of time) but also set ourselves up for a future of happiness and success (as if we were guaranteed another 80 years of living). This idea is complicated, but has allowed me to live my life knowing I am achieving great things for the future, while crossing off items on my bucket list.

  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 BMoCA, but never the Denver Art Museum or MCA. I intend on visiting both several times this semester…now that I think I have figured out downtown Denver and it’s one was streets.


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