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Founded in December 2009 by Martha Weidmann and Molly Casey, NINE dot ARTS grew out of the premiere regional art consulting firm McGrath & Braun. Martha’s and Molly’s opposite yet complementary strengths created the foundation for a dynamic partnership built on integrity, transparency, collaboration and a passion for art. With an entire staff formally trained in the arts, NINE dot ARTS’ expertise includes studio practice, art history, arts administration and creative writing.

The NINE dot ARTS name is taken from the classic brain teaser known as the nine dot puzzle. The challenge is to connect all nine dots using only four straight lines without lifting the pen off the paper. Most people think within the perceived grid. The key is to think outside the box.

 

Allow us to introduce ourselves.

 

Martha Weidmann

Martha Weidmann

CEO & Co-Founder View Details
Molly Casey

Molly Casey

Studio Chief & Co-Founder View Details
Grant Adams

Grant Adams

Operations Director View Details
Jessye Ebbinghouse

Jessye Ebbinghouse

PROJECT ASSISTANT View Details
Deanne Gertner

Deanne Gertner

Project Manager View Details
Xavian Lahey

Xavian Lahey

Art Handler View Details
Chris Roth

Chris Roth

Project Manager View Details
Katherine Sharp

Katherine Sharp

Art Advisor View Details
Danni Simon

Danni Simon

PROJECT MANAGER View Details
Cheri Zandlo

Cheri Zandlo

Controller View Details
Kit Steffen

Kit Steffen

CPA View Details
Martha Weidmann

Martha Weidmann

CEO & Co-Founder

Martha Weidmann serves as NINE dot ARTS’ CEO where she leads the firm in business development, strategic planning and financial forecasting. She is a guiding force in shaping the company’s unique approach to art advising and, together with her partner, Molly Casey, has helped to set the standard in how businesses and artists connect. Martha’s major projects include The Colorado Convention Center, The Crawford Hotel at Denver Union Station and the Town of Avon. Her volunteer experience includes the Public Art Selection Panel for Denver Union Station, PechaKucha Denver and Downtown Denver Partnership among others. Born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, Martha moved to Colorado shortly after the close of the 20th century to study communications and fine arts at Colorado State University. She holds a BFA in photography, a BA in communications and certificates in Italian art, language and wine from the Lorenzo de Medici Institute in Florence, Italy. Prior to co-founding NINE dot ARTS in 2009, Martha worked as a gallery manager with Walker Fine art and as an art consultant with McGrath & Braun.

Molly Casey

Molly Casey

Studio Chief & Co-Founder

A Colorado native, Molly Casey co-founded NINE dot ARTS and works as Studio Chief, overseeing the creative side of the business. She studied sculpture at the University of Colorado Denver, where she earned a BA, in addition to completing an independent art history study in Paris, France. Prior to NINE dot ARTS, Molly worked as an art consultant for the 25-year old firm McGrath & Braun and served as a gallery assistant at Plus Gallery before that. Molly has led the curatorial vision for many of NINE dot ARTS’ key projects including The Colorado Convention Center, Saint Joseph Hospital, Jackson National Life Insurance and The Crawford Hotel at Denver Union Station to name a few. She regularly provides pro bono artist portfolio tutorials in addition to serving as a guest juror for the University of Colorado at Denver and Boulder Open Studios.

Grant Adams

Grant Adams

Operations Director

Grant Adams serves two roles at NINE dot ARTS: Operations Director and Project Manager. He oversees human resources, office maintenance and the internship program. He joined NINE dot ARTS in 2011 after earning an MFA in Arts Administration from Southern Utah University and a Bachelor of Arts from Brigham Young University in Communications Marketing. His projects with NINE dot ARTS include several multi-family residences with Holland Partners as well as multiple projects with Children’s Hospital Colorado and The Eating Recovery Center. Grant’s arts administration experience includes serving as Collections Manager at Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery and Marketing and Public Relations Assistant at Utah Shakespearean Festival. Grant has sat on PlatteForum’s Artist Committee since 2014 and has interned at both the Museum of Northern Arizona and Southwest Wildlife Foundation.

Jessye Ebbinghouse

Jessye Ebbinghouse

PROJECT ASSISTANT

Originally from the South, Jessye Ebbinghouse earned a BFA in Sculpture from the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD), where she graduated Magna Cum Laude. Jessye joined NINE dot ARTS in 2016 as the dotfolio librarian, helping artists manage and share their work with the NINE dot ARTS Studio. On top of her dotfolio responsibilities, she aids the Studio on projects. Before joining NINE dot ARTS, Jessye served as a gallery assistant at RMCAD’s Phillip J. Steele Gallery and worked with the school’s Visiting Artist Scholar and Designer program as well. Her other arts experience includes an internship with the Biennial of the Americas, volunteering at RedLine Denver and working as a private piano instructor.

Deanne Gertner

Deanne Gertner

Project Manager

Colorado-born and bred Deanne Gertner works as a Project Manager at NINE dot ARTS, where she makes art programs happen on budget and on time, often before construction is even complete. Deanne has played a key role in several NINE dot ARTS projects, specializing in large-scale, multi-phase hotels, such as Hotel Commonwealth in Boston and DoubleTree by Hilton Austin. Her upcoming projects include ground-up hotels in Boulder and Fort Collins, Colorado as well as Savannah, Georgia. She joined NINE dot ARTS in 2013 after working in the nonprofit arts sector for over five years with the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts. Deanne holds an English Literature and Fine Arts degree from Regis University and an MFA in Creative Writing from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. She currently sits on the board for Lighthouse Writer’s Workshop as Development Chair in addition to serving as a pro bono Ambassdor Writer for Presenting Denver. Deanne’s previous volunteer experience includes the Denver Art Museum’s CultureHaus Board, Center for Visual Art, Arts for Colorado and Create Denver to name a few. She was a finalist for the EY Emerging Leader in the Arts and has been published in Quaint Magazine and Scintilla.

Xavian Lahey

Xavian Lahey

Art Handler

NINE dot ARTS’ official art handler, Xavian Lahey, has called Colorado home since 1993. Xavian earned his BFA from Metropolitan State University of Denver with an emphasis in print making. A talented artist, he has exhibited locally with Point Gallery, Leisure Gallery, Dateline, Gildar Gallery and MCA Denver’s flat files as well as Central Utah Art Center in Salt Lake City, Utah and Satellite Contemporary in Las Vegas, Nevada. Xavian has installed exhibits at the McNichols Building as well as RedLine Denver in addition to numerous corporate collections throughout the Denver area. Xavian’s original artwork can be seen in The Halcyon Hotel’s art collection, which was curated by NINE dot ARTS.

Chris Roth

Chris Roth

Project Manager

A displaced New Yorker with an Art History degree from Fordham University in the Bronx, Chris works to source artwork for projects both locally and nationwide in addition to managing project logistics including procurement, shipping and installation. Chris came to NINE dot ARTS in 2014 from the nonprofit arts sector, working at Studio in a School, The Philip Johnson Glass House and Whitney Museum of American Art. Chris’ past NINE dot ARTS projects include several multi-family residential projects for Holland Partners as well as private residences in both Mexico and England. His upcoming projects include Denver’s Theatre District, a three-year large-scale project, and The Dairy Block, a full city block mixed-use development in downtown Denver. Chris currently sits on RedLine Denver’s Board of Directors and has previously volunteered for the Robert Rauchenberg Foundation, Sotheby’s and MoMA: PS1.

Katherine Sharp

Katherine Sharp

Art Advisor

A Chicago transplant, Katherine Sharp serves as an Art Advisor for NINE dot ARTS, driving the curatorial vision for her projects. Katherine’s past projects include The Hotel Commonwealth in Boston, DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Austin and Steele Creek Luxury Apartments. She will lead the curatorial vision for several upcoming projects locally in Boulder, Fort Collins and Denver as well as projects in Atlanta, Savannah and Chicago. Katherine holds an undergraduate degree from Colgate University in art history and a Masters from the University of Denver in art history with a concentration in museum studies. Before joining NINE dot ARTS, Katherine served as a gallery assistant at the University of Denver’s Victoria H. Myhren Gallery, a tour guide at the Clyfford Still Museum and was an intern for MCA Denver and Chicago’s Addington Gallery. Katherine is currently Board Chair for the Denver Art Museum’s young philanthropist organization, CultureHaus. She served as the pro bono curator for the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities’ COLLECT: The Art of Colorado Corporations exhibit.

Danni Simon

Danni Simon

PROJECT MANAGER

Originally from St. Louis, Missouri, Danni Simon joined NINE dot ARTS as a Project Manager in November 2016. Danni brings a unique background of theater, contemporary art history and nonprofits to the NINE dot ARTS procurement team, playing a key role in The Oxford Hotel renovation, 21 Fitzsimons Apartments and Urban Farmer restaurant. An undergraduate of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Danni has performed in New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. Danni earned her Master of Arts in Contemporary Art with Honors from Sotheby’s Institute of Art in New York in 2015. She moved to Colorado soon after, serving as Assistant to the Director of Gildar Gallery, where she performed a wide range of curatorial duties, before becoming the Development & Individual Giving Associate at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Danni’s volunteer experience includes New York’s MoMA, The Watermill Center and The Armory Show. She is also a certified yoga instructor.

Cheri Zandlo

Cheri Zandlo

Controller

Cheri Zandlo joined NINE dot ARTS as Controller in September 2016. Specializing in small business for the past fifteen years, Cheri works closely with Martha to understand NINE dot ARTS’ current financial and operational affairs while strategizing for the future. More than simply accounting and human resources, Cheri works to make all the different parts of the business fit together by reducing pain points internally and externally. Hailing from Minnesota, Cheri holds a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Metro State in St. Paul. Her past experience includes working for Fortune 500 companies in addition to numerous small businesses in hospitality, manufacturing, transportation, insurance, services and property management. She is passionate about small business because it’s always changing and challenges her skills.

Kit Steffen

Kit Steffen

CPA

Denver native Kit Steffen, manages NINE dot ARTS’ taxes. She holds multiple degrees including an MBA in Business Administration from the University of Colorado. She earned her Certified Public Accountant’s license in 2006. Before becoming self-employed in 2000, Kit worked in cable television as General Manager of Rapid Communications Partner, LP and was co-owner of Current Telecommunications Engineering, LLC. Kit’s experience includes a range of industries such as engineering, construction, retail, health care, technology, real estate and the arts.