Amanda Begaye is an artist who does not limit herself to one medium. While most would describe her as a painter, or sculptor; she prefers her medium to be described as a diverse range of skills that accentuate her talents as an artist. With inspiration ranging from the realistic beauty of John Singer Sargent to the compelling albeit slightly unnerving performances of Mariana Abramovich, she finds herself attracted to both beauty and the macabre.
Ms. Begaye was raised in an agricultural town in the northwestern corner of Colorado, which survived off of its tourism and hunting seasons. It was like any other town with sports and ranching being the primary hobbies that encompassed the community of 2,500 people. As a Native American descendant, she struggled to gain a grasp of her place in the strongly conservative town and turned to art for solace. Through the constant help and mentorship from her early mentors, she gained the confidence to pursue art full-time.
With her art paving the way for scholarships and awards across the state, from hanging her design in the State Capital Building to have the honor of speaking at the National Women’s PEO convention at 17. She currently resides in Denver, Colorado where she continues to gain more experience. She was part of the first inaugural cohort of the Diversity in the Arts Program, and from there worked as the Assistant Curator for the Center for the Arts in Evergreen, leading her to curate their 2019 Member exhibition. Amanda received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art Practices from the University of Colorado Denver in 2020 and is currently focused on further community involvement in the arts as she continues her creative practice.
Bachelors of Fine Arts, Emphasis: Painting and Drawing, Dean’s List 2017-2020. University of Colorado Denver, Denver, Colorado.
Associate of Arts, Colorado Northwestern Community College of Craig, Craig, Colorado.
Golden Showers, Solo Installation, King Center, Auraria Campus, Denver, Colorado.
Bubly Monster, Group Exhibition, University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, Colorado.
The Creature, Group Exhibition, University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, Colorado.
Pop-Up Exhibition, Solo Exhibition, Center for the Arts Evergreen, Evergreen, Colorado.
CU Denver Art Practices Exhibition, Gallery ONE CU Building Foyer, University of Colorado at Denver, Denver, Colorado.
Versions of Myself, Solo Exhibition, Metropolitan State University, Denver, Colorado.
My True Love, Solo Exhibition, Metropolitan State University, Denver, Colorado.
Freedom, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Group Exhibition, History of Colorado Center, Denver, Colorado.
Annual Youth Art Show, Group Exhibition, Recreational and Community Center, Meeker, Colorado.
National Youth Art Month (YAM). Group Exhibition. Second Floor of State Capital building. Denver, Colorado. Permanently at Youth Art Month Museum of the National Art Education Association Convention.
Colorado Grand Scholarship, Meeker, Colorado.
Colorado State Scholarship Fund, Colorado State Chapter of P.E.O. Denver Tech Center at Marriott, Denver, Colorado.
Johnny Wix Aspiring Artist Award, Meeker, Colorado.
Best of Show, Spring Art Show, Recreational Center, Meeker, Colorado.
Artists Awards, Spring Art Show, Meeker High School, Meeker, Colorado.
Weeks Scholarship, Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, History of Colorado Center, Denver, Colorado.
Honorable Mention, Colorado State Capitol Building, National Youth Art Month State Flag Design, Youth Art Month Museum, Denver, Colorado.
Publications and Reviews
“2016 State Chapter Convention.”Colorado State PEO Chapter Blog.Colorado Grand. 28th Annual Route Book.
“Quinn leading MHS fine arts program on professional, quality path.” Herald Times,April 4, 2015. < arts-program-on-professional-quality-path/meeker/>.
“MHS art students to Denver…” Herald Times, Meeker, Colorado. August 2014.
Artist Talks and Discussions
Artist/Scholarship Talk. Colorado Women’s PEO State Chapter Convention. Denver, Colorado. Discussion of work and how it has helped my life.