Finding Your Line with Shantell Martin

Contemplating existential questions about identity, internationally renowned artist and philosopher Shantell Martin began an artistic journey to “find her line” and help others do the same. “A line is accessible, but you can’t hide from it…Literally anyone can make a line, but only each individual has a line that can become recognizably theirs.” Influenced by both the simplicity and profoundness of this idea, Shantell built a thriving career around her own line, leveraging it for performances as a visual jockey, artwork NFTs and technological innovations, and large-scale collaborations on public and private commercial projects. This episode reflects on some of these projects, including her choreography of Kites for the Boston Ballet and her massive Stream of Consciousness drawing that NINE dot ARTS helped curate for the Denver Theatre District. The episode concludes with a powerful call to action for all patrons of the arts. “We romanticize and value art but we don’t support and value artists,” says Shantell, emphasizing the value in creating and sharing art to spread its power with the masses while “enabling artists to enable themselves.”


Discussed in the Episode: 
Lines – Shantell Martin – HENI Publishing
NEW/NOW Exhibition at the New Britain Museum of American Art
How Drawing Can Set You Free – TED
LINE by Shantell Martin for the Whitney Museum Shop
How I Became 100 Artists – TED
Shantell Martin Stream of Consciousness Installation for the Denver Theatre District
Shantell Martin’s NFT “THE QUESTION” for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA)
Ben Sheppe
Shantell Martin’s Charge Yourself, an immersive installation at Chandran Gallery
KITES – A Ballet, choreographed by Shantell Martin for the Boston Ballet
The May Room by Shantell Martin on Governer’s Island
The Cage – New York City Ballet
Twitter – Shantell Martin
Instagram – Shantell Martin
Shantell Martin on YouTube
Provenance – Shantell Martin on YouTube

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Request for Qualifications: Public Art Sculpture Commissions for Wichita Water Facility

NINE dot ARTS and the City of Wichita are seeking artists for three public art commissions for Wichita’s new Northwest Water Facility (NWWF). The facility is expected to be operational by the end of 2024. The artwork is expected to be installed by the end of 2023.

Artwork will be selected by a project steering committee based on artist eligibility and fulfillment of the selection criteria found here. Select artists will receive a $1,000 design fee to develop a full proposal for the specified art location. 


  • January 15, 2023 – Any questions from artists are due in writing to
  • January 25, 2023 – Deadline to submit
  • February 6, 2023 – Finalists announced with a stipend for project concept designs
  • February 24, 2023 – Finalists to submit project concept designs
  • March 6, 2023 – Commission awarded
  • September – December 2023 – Project installation

*If this schedule is changed, NINE dot ARTS will revise the schedule and send notice to all finalists

Webinar: How to Win a Public Art Commission

Seeking public art opportunities? Curious about where to start?

Check out the recording of our webinar, where artist and author Thomas “Detour” Evans shares how to secure your next public art commission with a stellar proposal. Plus, NINE dot ARTS Chief Curator Molly Casey discusses what our team looks for in a proposal, from attention to detail to scalability and more.

What: Webinar Recording – How to Win a Public Art Commission

Who: Artist Thomas “Detour” Evans, NINE dot ARTS Chief Curator Molly Casey, and Host Keith Hitchcock

What You’ll Learn:

  • The benefits of working with an art consultant
  • Where to find public art opportunities
  • Best practices for creating a stand-out proposal
  • How to market your art business
  • and more! 

And don’t forget to check out Detour’s new book, Be the Artist: The Interactive Guide to a Lasting Art Career.

Virtual Artist Biz Workshops by Amelia Furman

Colorado based artist Amelia Furman has been running her own business for more than 12 years, learning valuable lessons along the way that have helped her significantly increase profits. Now, she’s sharing her lessons learned to help other creatives navigate the challenges of managing an art business, from marketing your artwork to mastering commissions. 

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Uplifting the Creative Economy with Michael Gadlin

Contemporary multimedia artist Michael Gadlin discusses his journey as an artist, activist, and community leader – from working under other artists to employing his own creative teams to now serving as the Executive Director of PlatteForum, an award-winning arts and youth development nonprofit. He and CEO Martha Weidmann reflect on Denver’s growing creative community and strong public art scene, noting the importance of context and collaboration to create something meaningful and everlasting. Michael discusses public art as a vehicle for community activism and shares his experience as a BIPOC leader working to expand opportunities for artists across Denver.
Discussed in the Episode: 
K Contemporary Gallery
Pratt Institute
Marcell Duchamp 
Damien Hirst
Darrel Anderson 
Darrel Anderson Artwork at Denver International Airport
Bluecityjungle for Denver Police Department District 2 Station
Jean-Michael Basquiat
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Seattle-based visual artist Juan Alonso-Rodríguez discusses his experience creating commissioned artwork for both public initiatives and private developers, including his recent installation for Lake Union Partners and ARTÉ NOIR at Midtown Square in Seattle’s Central District. The exterior steel sculpture depicts the area’s native Hollyhock plant, which grows even in distressing environments. The artwork symbolizes the resiliency of the area’s Black community, who’ve faced displacement in the historically redlined district. Juan also discusses what the private and public sectors can learn from one another when commissioning artwork, emphasizing the value of an art consultant to facilitate the process, serve as project manager, and protect the integrity of artists while bringing value to developers and distinguishing their properties.

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Artwork Donation Opportunity: American Red Cross of Colorado Annual Fundraiser

Interested in supporting the Red Cross of Colorado?

Need to offload a few pieces of your artwork?

Consider donating your work for a silent auction at the annual fundraising gala for the American Red Cross of Colorado, a nonprofit humanitarian organization that provides important disaster relief services and resources to Coloradans. 

The Rocky Mountain Heroes Soiree is themed “Red Cross: An Evening in Red” and will take place on March 18th, 2023 featuring red decor, attire, cuisine, and more. Notably, there will be an interactive cocktail hour that includes an art gallery with custom creations from local artists – all in red. Items will be for sale via a silent auction. 

To Participate: 

  • Please complete the form linked below and email it to and at the American Red Cross of Colorado. 
  • Please relabel the form file with your name.
  • Artists will be notified of approval within 7 days of submitting a form.
  • All original artwork is due to the American Red Cross by March 1st, 2023

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What to Expect When Creating a Commission

Are you new to the artwork commissioning process? Are you curious about how to ensure a successful commission for a galley, consultant, or corporate client? Download our free resource for an overview of the process to guarantee a satisfactory client-artist collaboration!

NOTE: This is one example of a commission process between an artist/gallery and a consultant/client. Processes are subject to change depending on the entity with whom the artist works.

Sample of Artwork Purchase Agreement

Our Simple Artwork Pricing Guide

NINE dot ARTS is committed to supporting the careers of emerging artists. We know pricing your artwork can be challenging, especially early in your career. This guide explains how art pricing works when NINE dot ARTS purchases your work and resells it to a client. Our process is similar to how galleries earn commissions for the work they do to sell your art.