Sandra Jean Ceas
Sandra Jean Ceas was born Sandra Jean Raymond on April 26, 1951 in the state of Rhode Island.After experiencing a successful career as a Fashion Designer, Product Developer, Corporate Consultant, and Educator, Ceas eventually turned to Fine Arts. From 2002 to 2012 she added to her AAS Fashion Institute of Technology Fashion Degree a BFA in Sculpture from Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, a MFA in New Genres from the San Francisco Art Institute, and a MA in Religious Studies from the University of Denver.
Ceas has a eighteen-year exhibition history including international exposure and forty plus years of teaching and speaking at various public venues to included conferences, college campuses, U.S. military exhibitions, and creative and spiritual retreats. Her topics have continually engaged art and spirituality. In the last seven years, Ceas has experienced an annual artist-in-residence in Italy, Morocco, New Mexico, New York Spain, and Mexico, and she often leads collaborative social practice projects with students and colleagues.
Today, Ceas lives and works from a Colorado home/art studio and teaches as Colorado State University in the LEAP Master’s program for Art Leadership and Cultural Management, and studio arts at Art Students League of Denver. Her art practice engages a socio-political point of view with an interdisciplinary approach expressed through various mediums to include installation, drawing, collage, appropriation, street art public intervention, and observational photography. Ceas travels the globe surveying opportunities to use art as a means for discourse, especially where religious tension resides.
I work with a variety of materials to etch, draw, cast, print, collage, assemble, juxtapose, photograph, up-cycle, intervene, distribute, install or document a silent concern that speaks loudly in its time. On a global scale, my art specifically addresses social sensitivities around religious conflict and human nature. My art practice is generated from my worldly travels to zones of cultural tension, prompted by the Holy Spirit and grounded in the study of human conditions surrounding oppression, war and peace. My aim is to create emotional connections to unresolved situations seeking redemption. Often I embed the concept in the art making process as opposed to relying totally on the formal presentation of the work; each attribute feeds off the other to communicate the significance behind the art. Presently I am investigating the crisis in the Middle East and in Africa to deliver a visual commentary for empathetic response, education and advocacy.
ART IS OUR TESTIMONY