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Shantell Martin working on her mural, Dance Everyday, 2017, at 537 East Delavan Avenue

Shantell Martin working on her mural, Dance Everyday, 2017, at 537 East Delavan Avenue. Photograph by Connie Tsang.

Location: 537 East Delavan Avenue (Get Directions)

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 has installed work simultaneously at the museum and in the community.

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

Shantell Martin in front of her mural, Dance Everyday, 2017, at 537 East Delavan Avenue

Shantell Martin in front of her mural, Dance Everyday, 2017, at 537 East Delavan Avenue. Photograph by Connie Tsang.

Shantell Martin working on her mural, Dance Everyday, 2017, at 537 East Delavan Avenue

Shantell Martin working on her mural, Dance Everyday, 2017, at 537 East Delavan Avenue. Photograph by Connie Tsang.

Shantell Martin working on her mural, Dance Everyday, 2017, at 537 East Delavan Avenue

Shantell Martin working on her mural, Dance Everyday, 2017, at 537 East Delavan Avenue. Photograph by Connie Tsang.

Shantell Martin's Dance Everyday, 2017, at 537 East Delavan Avenue

Shantell Martin's Dance Everyday, 2017, at 537 East Delavan Avenue. Photograph by Connie Tsang.

About Shantell Martin

On surfaces ranging from walls to found objects, sneakers, cars, and circuit boards, Shantell Martin has developed a language of characters, creatures, and messages that invites her viewers to share in her creative process. Infusing autobiography with dreamlike whimsy, Martin bridges drawing, performance art, technology, and everyday experience. Underlying her work is a quest for identity—her own, discovered and refined in the development of her characteristic style, and that of the viewer, engaged by Martin’s direct questioning and winding lines.

Project Sponsors

This mural was made possible through funding provided by the Creative Arts Initiative of the University at Buffalo.

AK Public Art mural projects are generously underwritten by the New Era Cap Foundation.

Initiative Sponsors

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

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