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Shantell Martin working on an installation for Rolf & Daughters.

Martin was commissioned to come and use the Germantown, Nashville, home of Rolf & Daughters as blueprint. The side of the building, a hundred-year-old factory turned restaurant that has now become its own iconic landmark in the town, is punctuated with phrases like “Grow” and “One Day” spiraling through the pale brown cement wall outside.

Using her simple trademark linework—black ink on white surfaces—Shantell Martin transforms everything from walls to found objects, ceramics, toys, sneakers, and even the faces and bodies of participants and passersby into a signature visual narrative. This is the first time an artist working with the Albright-Knox's Public Art Initiative will install work simultaneously at the museum and in the community.

Supported by a grant from the University at Buffalo’s Creative Arts Initiative, the artist will work with the AK Public Art team, UB students, and East Side community representatives to identify the final location for a permanent mural. The core work from UB graduate students will result in an actionable matrix of locations throughout Buffalo’s East Side for future public art activities. 

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The Public Art Initiative is supported by the County of Erie and the City of Buffalo.

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