Cry Closet

The best public art instillations not only point out the problems in a community, but also address them. Through evincing practicality, humor, and making a statement, University of Utah Senior art student, Nemo Miller, built a cry closet.   This cry closet was designed during finals week last April (2018) and placed in one of…

CowParade

One of the most memorable public art pieces that I have experienced was the Denver CowParade of 2006. This hallmark of my 7th year on earth started in the summer in 2006, and still is not over today. The idea was to scatter 100 cow statues all around Denver, all painted and designed in unique…

Orange Crush

In publishing this blog post, I am taking a risk that I may be trying too hard to push football on an audience who, frankly, doesn’t care. The intersection of the Venn diagram of art students and football fans is a small one, and I think that leads to a conception that sports are without…

Cosmic Surgery

The project by artist Alma Haser entitled Cosmic Surgery is both hauntingly framed and impressively creative. This artist uses folded paper to evoke the idea of plastic surgery. She puts the paper in front of people’s faces and then photographs them in an old-timey style. Everything from the dress to the quality of the photograph…

180 Websites in 180 Days

As both a graphic designer and a coder, I find the intersection of the two to be fascinating. However, in my own life, in an effort to master both, I have adopted a tendency to approach them separately. When I am coding, I am so focused on finishing the code that I often let the…

Brenda Chapman

Having just finished show week for Bloomers, the all female comedy troupe that I am a part of, I am definitely on a big feminist kick. I mean, I am always on a big feminist kick, but it is especially on the forefront of my mind right now. One of the bits in the Bloomers…

To This Day

One of my favorite videos of all time is the well-known To This Day Project by Shane Koyczan. Even though this isn’t some obscure piece of art with lots of hidden meaning, I still think it does an amazing job of using animation to tell a story. The words are powerful and the cadence in…

The Power of Design

Over fall break, I went to visit a friend from high school who goes to school at Gonzaga University. There are a lot of differences between her small liberal arts school and my larger pre-professional one, but something that really stood out to me was how different the campus architecture was. Gonzaga is beautiful, as…

The Lesser Known Work of Georgia O’Keefe

Growing up, I had a picture book entitled simply Georgia O’Keefe. My grandmother had gotten it for me only because Georgia O’Keefe and I share a first name, but as I read the semi-biographical picture book, I began to look up to O’Keefe. I don’t remember the book perfectly, but I do remember how it…

The Doors of Madiera

For as long as I have remembered, I have wanted a colorful door. I remember when we replaced the door at my house I begged my mom to make it purple, or yellow, or even a bluish-gray to which she replied that would be against the neighborhood zoning. And I believe her, where I live,…