Shantell Martin | The Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series

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This speaker event was recorded live on Thursday, April 04, 2024 at 5:30 pm at the Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MI.

Shantell Martin’s work has entranced audiences around the world in its intuitive energy, skill and bravura. With her highly personalized language of characters, faces, creatures, and messages, Martin invites viewers to actively engage in the creative process. Using drawing as a physical stream-of-consciousness, her work is characterized by a unique freedom, expressed through the possibilities of her chosen ​canvas’ – whether a piece of paper or textile, a sculptural surface, wall or screen.

Martin is a designer, curator, cultural facilitator, choreographer, performer, teacher, and more. She has collaborated with iconic brands such as Vitra, Max Mara, Tiffany & Co, and B&B Italia, and in 2021 The North Face launched a Shantell Martin collection featuring her drawings inspired by pieces from their Search & Rescue archive. She has also collaborated with legendary artists such as Pulitzer Prize-winning performance artist Kendrick Lamar and acclaimed designer Kelly Wearstler.

From design, fashion, and celebrity collaborations to positions at MIT Media Lab, NYU, Columbia University’s Brown Institute, and choreographing a ballet at the Boston Ballet, Martin’s drawn LINE constantly evolves. Creating new connections, she explores themes such as intersectionality, identity, and play.

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The Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series Spring 2024 Season

This spring, the Penny Stamps Distinguished Speaker Series brings respected leaders and innovators from a broad spectrum of creative fields to Ann Arbor’s historic Michigan Theater for weekly in-person events.

Detroit Public Television and PBS Books, in partnership with the Stamps School, will stream each week’s event Fridays at 8pm.

See the full schedule of events livestreamed by PBS Books here.

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