Artist to Paint the Streets of Denver Theatre District

Artist Shantell Martin. Photo: Connie Tsang
Artist Shantell Martin. Photo: Connie Tsang

Internationally-renowned Artist Shantell Martin to Create Her Largest and Most Public-facing Installation

By Stephanie Blake, Blake Communications

Beginning October 16, 2017, over the course of four to six days, internationally renowned artist Shantell Martin will create one of her signature black-and-white drawings on the streets of the Denver Theatre District (DTD), covering an area on 14th Street from Stout to Champa, wrapping around Champa, and including the entire outdoor plaza of the Colorado Convention Center.

DTD presents Martin’s installation as part of its Terra Firma series to enliven a 16-block area of downtown Denver through interactive, immersive and experimental art and culture events and experiences. The series, including Martin’s installation, is curated by NINE dot ARTS.

“We are working closely with NINE dot ARTS to select artists for Terra Firma who embody the efforts of the Denver Theatre District. We’re focused on providing our community and visitors with experimental arts and culture experiences that captivate and engage,” said David Ehrlich, executive director, DTD. “Shantell’s fluid approach to her work is a perfect fit. Her large-scale signature drawing will engage the community and become an integral part of how people experience the Denver Theatre District.”

“My work is a meditation of drawn lines – a language of characters, creatures and messages that invites the community to share in the creative process,” said Martin. “I’m excited to bring this work to downtown Denver where I will create not only my largest and most public-facing installation to date, but also the first on the ground.”

In addition to the ground drawing, Martin has designed a sculptural bench that will read “DON’T HIDE + YOU ME” to be installed near the Colorado Convention Center entrance on 14th Street.

The installation will remain for two to three years, maintained through a protective coat and upkeep by the Denver Theatre District. For a shorter period of time, DTD will feature Shantell’s art on the triple billboard on the corner of 13th Street and Champa Street.

For more information on The Denver Theatre District and Martin’s installation, visit Follow DTD on Facebook and Instagram (@DenverTheatreDistrict).

Engage in the conversation about Shantell Martin’s installation using the hashtags #ShantellMartin, #AreYouYou and #DenverTheatreDistrict.

The Denver Theatre District (DTD) in Denver, Colorado enlivens a 16-block area of downtown Denver through interactive, immersive and experimental art and culture events and experiences. It provides creatives with a downtown platform and financial support for sharing their work. The DTD is a private non-profit funded through a revenue share collected from advertising on static and LED screens located throughout the District. The Denver Theatre District invests its outdoor media revenues in cultural and art-based experiences, most of which are free to the public. This model is the first of its kind, setting an example for cities nationwide in how to leverage private revenue streams to fund public art and activity. For more information about the Denver Theatre District, visit the website or follow the DTD on Facebook and Instagram (@DenverTheatreDistrict).

Founded in 2009, NINE dot ARTS is an international award-winning curatorial firm known for creating inspiring art collections. See more at

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