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 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 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.