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20 questions with associate art professor Judith Jia


October 13, 2011
Judith Jia Judith Jia, Charles T. Hazelrigg Associate Professor and chair
of the art program.

Jia and son Luke Jia and her son, Luke.
1. Position at Centre?
Charles T. Hazelrigg Associate Professor and chair of the art program.

2. Where did you grow up (and describe the place in one phrase or sentence)?
Holcomb, Kansas. Isolated and windswept on the Great Plains, exactly as Capote described it in “In Cold Blood.”

3. What are your hobbies?
Doing a variety of things with my husband and two sons (i.e. flea marketing, target shooting, board games, etc …).

4. What is your dream vacation?
Italy — all of it — with my family.

5. Favorite artist and/or work of art?
Henry Moore, Richard Diebenkorn and a Longquan vase from the Yuan Dynasty.

6. Favorite novel or poem?
This is often what I’m currently reading. Right now that is “The Phantom Tollbooth” by Norton Juster, discovered on my son’s bookshelf.

7. Favorite sport (to watch or play)?
Watching a cutting horse competition.

8. Favorite TV show?
“Arrested Development.”

9. Favorite album?
Today, it is “Brian Blade Fellowship.”

10. Favorite holiday?
Thanksgiving.

11. Favorite food?
Homemade cinnamon rolls.

12. Most prized possession?
Health.

13. Three people, living or deceased, whom you’d invite to the same dinner party?
Gilda Radner, Christopher Lloyd and Mitchell Hurwitz.

14. Favorite aspect of your job?
Great people to work with (students, staff and faculty) and having the trust of the administration to do my job well.

15. Most memorable experience of your youth?
Eating lemon pie in the shade of our stalled-out IH Travelall in Death Valley, California, circa 1970. While my dad and older brothers worked on the vehicle, my mom pulled the pie out of the cooler. It seemed to ease the fear of, well, dying in Death Valley.

16. What would you be doing if you weren't working at Centre?
Working as a ceramic appraiser for an art auction house or designing and making ceramic objects.

17. Educational experience that's been most helpful to you?
Working variously as a receptionist, physical therapy aide, waitress and grocery clerk. You learn a lot about people and society when in a service position.

18. Fictional character in whose shoes you’d love to spend a day?
Lia Frank, the porcelain appraiser in “A Cup of Light.”

19. Favorite place on campus (and why)?
Walking anywhere and enjoying the wide variety of trees.

20. Advice you'd give to a first-year college student to make success more likely?
Actually listen and learn in your gen-ed classes. We ask you to take them for a reason. This will be revealed to you in the decades to come.



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