We had the good fortune of connecting with Sandy Ceas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Sandy, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
When I think about risk, I think about what innovative possibility can be discovered and seized during the risk taking adventure. The role of taking risks in my career delivered unique products, experiences and relationships. In my personal life, risk taking helped me to see the world and exposed me to diverse cultural visions and encounters. As an artist immersing myself into the unknown, generates a powerful creativity that has become critical to my success and my character.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is a reflection of how I see and experience humanity. My empathetic heart triggers research on issues that are oppressing humankind. Probing what lies behind the sensitive concerns unveils an emotional response that drives me to make my art, So often it is about social justice and community building. My MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute prepared me for art with a powerful voice. For many years I practiced as a social practice artist, creating artworks for advocacy and art participation events for relationship building. Today after the pandemic but a halt on my global travels and I aged during that season, I have turned more to studio art. My art is still very human-centric and narrative with a theme of restoration and redemption. I am proud of all the international art projects I have created and lead. Artist Residencies in Mexico, Morocco, Spain and Italy gave me powerful experiences with the cultures and people of the origin. Commissioned community engagement projects also were rewarding. I think what sets me apart from others is the blend of business sense with creative energy. I am entrepreneurial in my professional practice and I have succeeded with many innovative initiatives. Getting to where I am today did have time constraint challenges, yet I pushed through and learn to have more patience and trust that when the time is right, all things will fall into place. A commitment to my calling as an artist and strong discipline helped me to succeed. I would like the world to know that I deeply believe art is an undervalued language that is essential to human connection and that I made a contribution to fostering new art engagement and appreciation.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely include a mountain drive to see Colorado’s beautiful scenery. Then a trip downtown on the lightrail to including scootering to find a nice outdoor spot to eat around Larimar Square or in the RINO district. I live in the suburbs and at our local park has an outdoor amphitheater with concerts every Thursday night with food trucks. And of course Red Rocks amphitheater for a concert. I also live near Chatfield lack and Bear Creek lake that would be perfect for kayaking or paddle boarding. A bike ride would be fun it it’s not to hot. Lots of bike trails all around Denver and the metro area. A Rockie’s baseball game would be fun. River rafting would be great too. Colorado is an outdoor state with lots of physical activities to enjoy.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The confidence behind my endurance and success comes from my spiritual belief in a Creator God who uniquely crafted me to walk through this life with gifted abilities and a devoted faith. I believe that I am to leave a footprint in this world that brings Him glory and increases His kingdom of fellowship. My Christian worldview is paramount in how I see the world and its potential.
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