23 episodes

The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver's original podcast, How Art is Born, delves deep into the creative process with artists representing the spectrum of art making.

Join host R. Alan Brooks as he explores the stories behind the artist and how their art is born.

www.mcadenver.org/podcast
Instagram: @mca_denver
TikTok: @mcadenver
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/mcadenver1485

How Art is Born MCA Denver

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 9 Ratings

The Museum of Contemporary Art Denver's original podcast, How Art is Born, delves deep into the creative process with artists representing the spectrum of art making.

Join host R. Alan Brooks as he explores the stories behind the artist and how their art is born.

www.mcadenver.org/podcast
Instagram: @mca_denver
TikTok: @mcadenver
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/mcadenver1485

    Going from "square job" to comic book artist and writer with R. Alan Brooks

    Going from "square job" to comic book artist and writer with R. Alan Brooks

    R. Alan Brooks is Denver-based writer, artist, and professor. He teaches graphic novel writing for Regis University’s MFA program, and Lighthouse Writers Workshop. He’s the author of the graphic novels “The Burning Metronome” and “Anguish Garden”, and his award-winning weekly comic for The Colorado Sun, “What’d I Miss?” has been praised for its direct engagement with social issues. His viral TED Talk on the importance of art has nearly 2.5M views. Alan also has graphic novel work featured in the Denver Art Museum's recently renovated Western exhibit.
    In this special bonus episode of How Art is Born season 2, R. Alan Brooks and guest host and MCA Denver Digital Producer, Dele Johnson, discuss Alan's love for comics, his time as a hip hop artist, his decision to close down his insurance agency to pursue his dream, and more! 

    • 1 hr 9 min
    Cooking up culture, community, hospitality, entrepreneurism, and activism with Eric See

    Cooking up culture, community, hospitality, entrepreneurism, and activism with Eric See

    Eric See is a New Mexican-born and raised chef, living in Brooklyn, NY. In 2020, he opened the popular and award winning New Mexican-inspired cafe, Ursula, where he has worked to support and celebrate his intersectional queer and New Mexican-Hispanic identities. His restaurant was a 2022 top 10 nominee for Best New Restaurant by the James Beard Foundation and a 2021 Bon Appetit Heads of The Table honoree for his work within the queer food community.
    In this episode of How Art is Born season 2, Eric See and host, R. Alan Brooks, discuss Eric’s love of hospitality, his journey to becoming a pastry chef and eventually opening his own restaurant, activism and supporting his LGBTQ+ community in New York and beyond, and much more! 

    • 48 min
    The intersections of disability, accessibility, and art with Shannon Finnegan

    The intersections of disability, accessibility, and art with Shannon Finnegan

    Project-based Shannon Finnegan experiments with forms of access that intervene in ableist structures using humor, earnestness, rage, and delight. Some of their recent work includes Alt Text as Poetry, a collaboration with Bojana Coklyat that explores the expressive potential of image description. Shannon has done projects with MoCA Cleveland, Queens Museum, the High Line, MMK Frankfurt, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and Nook Gallery.
    In this episode of How Art is Born season 2, Shannon Finnegan and host, R. Alan Brooks, discuss the intersections of disability, accessibility, and art, and centering marginalized communities in their work to influence change.  

    • 47 min
    Sustaining a successful art career, and experimentation, playfulness, and healing through art with artist Maia Ruth Lee

    Sustaining a successful art career, and experimentation, playfulness, and healing through art with artist Maia Ruth Lee

    Maia Ruth Lee is an award winning multidisciplinary artist based in Salida, Colorado. Lee's works have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art, Aspen Art Museum, MCA Denver, and other select galleries around New York City and Los Angeles. In this episode of How Art is Born season 2, Maia Ruth Lee and host, R. Alan Brooks, discuss her early exposure to art through Nepali culture, her formal art education in Korea, sustaining a career in art, maintaining a playfulness in her creative process through experimentation, and more. 

    • 52 min
    Becoming a professional illustrator by chance, and "making it" as a freelance creative with Sofie Birkin

    Becoming a professional illustrator by chance, and "making it" as a freelance creative with Sofie Birkin

    Sofie Birkin is a queer British artist currently living in Denver. Her work explores transhistorical narratives of femininity and queerness, focusing heavily on themes of fantasy, community, intimacy and empowerment, in dynamic scenes and vivid color. She’s been commissioned by companies like Apple, Google, Facebook, Planned Parenthood, Nike and The New York Times. Sofie has published work available both domestically and internationally including a permanent installation at Meow Wolf’s Denver location, Convergence Station.
    In this episode of How Art is Born season 2 Sofie and host, R. Alan Brooks discuss her journey to becoming a professional illustrator (and all her stops along the way), her interest in the narrative around domestic labor, her creative process, and more. 

    • 46 min
    Passing energy through art and creating art from a place of courageous optimism with Cami Galofre

    Passing energy through art and creating art from a place of courageous optimism with Cami Galofre

    Cami Galofre is a Colombian contemporary visual artist and educator based in Denver, CO with a national and international exhibition record, including a permanent installation in Meow Wolf’s Convergence Station. She holds a Bachelors degrees in Studio Art and Environmental Science from Colorado College and a Masters of Fine Art from Arizona State University. In addition to her work as an artist, Galofre currently teaches at the Community College of Denver and El Museo de las Americas. In this episode of How Art is Born Season 2, host R. Alan Brooks and Cami Galofre discuss creating art from a place of positivity and passing that energy along through her art, creating for her own satisfaction and taking commissions to create artwork for others, and more. 

    • 42 min

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