The Story Of Us....

When NINE dot ARTS opened its doors in 2009 (just one door in a closet-sized office rented at an architecture firm, to be exact), our co-founders Martha and Molly had a vision for a new kind of art consulting firm. Their vision was to build a company that not only delivers thought-provoking art that engages audiences, but is also embedded deep into the art community itself and serves as an advocate for both art and artists. They wanted to prove that you can grow a successful, for-profit arts sector business while displaying non-profit, mission-based values. And they wanted to work with clients who share their appreciation for the power of art to eliminate the ordinary and transform spaces.

Today, with lots of doors and an entire staff formally trained in the history, theory, and curation of art, that vision is not only intact, it’s thriving. Because while we’re in the business of curating narratives and creating art experiences for our clients, we find just as much satisfaction in finding new and emerging artists and helping them gain visibility for their work. Art helps everybody win.

 

Allow us to introduce ourselves.

 

Martha Weidmann

Martha Weidmann

CEO & Co-Founder View Details
Molly Casey

Molly Casey

Chief Curator & Co-Founder View Details
Dominic Monahan

Dominic Monahan

Head of Finance and Accounting View Details
Jerry Touslee

Jerry Touslee

Head of Marketing and Sales View Details
Grant Adams

Grant Adams

Curator View Details
Denise Joseph

Denise Joseph

Curator View Details
Chris Roth

Chris Roth

Business Development View Details
Hannah Penny

Hannah Penny

Associate Curator View Details
Stephanie Edwards

Stephanie Edwards

Associate Curator View Details
Lauren Donald

Lauren Donald

Art Acquisitions View Details
Kinsey Alexander

Kinsey Alexander

Accounting Associate View Details
Natalie Greenberg

Natalie Greenberg

Communications Designer View Details
Samantha Stamps

Samantha Stamps

Art Logistics Coordinator View Details
Arielle M. Myers

Arielle M. Myers

Special Projects Curator View Details
 Jason Astorino

Jason Astorino

Art Handler View Details
Devon Stevinson

Devon Stevinson

Regional Curator View Details
Martha Weidmann

Martha Weidmann

CEO & Co-Founder

When you’re born and raised in Mobile, Alabama, genteel grace and charm are just a natural byproduct of your upbringing. But Martha’s deep understanding of the art business and tenacious drive for business success are something all her own. As our CEO and Co-Founder of NINE dot ARTS, Martha oversees business planning, company finances, marketing and sales, team development, and is basically our head cheerleader and evangelist to the world. Martha left Alabama at 18 to expand her horizons and graduated from Colorado State University with a dual major – Communications and Fine Arts – to launch her journey. With her two diplomas in hand, she started her career with Walker Fine Art gallery in Denver, then moved on to the most prestigious art consulting firm (at the time) in the region, McGrath and Braun, from which NINE dot ARTS was born. Martha loves the business of art and finds tremendous satisfaction in helping new and emerging artists discover that you can actually get paid for your talent. She also loves using both sides of her brain on a daily basis, which can mean touring an amazing new NINE dot ARTS art experience in the morning and reviewing equally inspiring spreadsheets in the afternoon. When she’s not bouncing from meeting to meeting around our office, talking to movers and shakers in the art world, or giving high fives (with a handmade artistic hand, naturally) to team members, you might find her shopping at estate sales, urban hiking, listening to podcasts and audiobooks, or making cool stuff with her three art loving children.

Martha supports the art community by: currently serving on the Board of the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts and serving as Executive Director for Union Hall. Past experiences include lecturer for the Americans for the Arts conference in San Francisco on Art & Placemaking, serving on the Planning Committee for Stuart Semple’s Happy City, speaking on the CBCA Arts and Real Estate Panel, lecturer for the artist education series, Moxie U, and lecturer on Artist professional development for the Pueblo Economic Development Council.

Molly Casey

Molly Casey

Chief Curator & Co-Founder

We like to think that Molly is a pretty rare bird. In fact, her middle name is Bird, and that’s pretty rare. But it’s her ability to walk into a space and see it transform in her mind into an amazing art experience that truly makes her unique. As Martha’s partner and Co-Founder of NINE dot ARTS, Molly works as Chief Curator, overseeing our NINE dot ARTS curatorial teams and basically being Chief Vision Officer for all client engagements. Molly loves art for two primary reasons: it makes the world a little more sane and it tells the story of humankind throughout history, which she says is pretty cool. She chose art consulting because it feeds her need to work with art and artists and allows her to be an advocate for both, while adding her own artistic vision along the way. After living in Paris as a teen to further her appreciation of art and tiny cups of coffee, Molly enrolled at UC Santa Cruz (Go Banana Slugs!) but soon hightailed it back to her native Colorado home to finish her Sculpture degree at CU Denver. When she’s not overseeing the curation of awe-inspiring art experiences or huddling with Martha to blaze new trails for our company, she’s taking care of her two kiddos, gardening, eating sushi, or doing outdoorsy Colorado things that don’t include riding a bike (she hates those things). Her rather surprising favorite color, or lack thereof, is black. Works for us, because we know to trust her artistic instincts.

Molly supports the art community by: providing pro bono artist portfolio tutorials and serving as a guest juror for Open Studios at the University of Colorado at Denver and Boulder, being a Board member for Think 360 Arts for Learning, volunteering as a guest presenter at Boulder Art Association, and being a guest presenter and volunteer annual photo reviewer for Colorado Photographic Arts Center (CPAC).

Dominic Monahan

Dominic Monahan

Head of Finance and Accounting

When we were ready to make our first full-time hire to run our financial operations, we felt we needed someone with deep tactical operation training, personal strength with a “team first” attitude, an ability to be underwater and come up fighting, and unwavering courage and focus to complete the mission. So naturally, we hired a former Navy SEAL. Dominic Monahan isn’t your typical finance guy, but then we’re not your typical company. After serving his country as a Communications Specialist on SEAL Team 4 and doing things that the rest of us only see in movies, he went back to school for his MBA at Washington University’s Olin Business School in St. Louis. Then he embarked on a personal mission to apply his skill for problem solving and creating customized financial system solutions within unique and diverse company environments. Those companies included a printing press manufacturer, a global public relations firm, and an industrial motor repair company (think motors the size of a small RV). Dominic says he was drawn to NINE dot ARTS because “it’s a radically different kind of business in a really interesting consulting niche” and “it’s good to be part of a company that does meaningful work that can have a positive impact on people’s daily lives.” We couldn’t agree more! And although we’ve had a few complaints from staff about the mandatory 10 mile runs at 4 a.m. in fatigues and combat boots, we’re willing to go along with his program because he’s had an immediate impact with great ideas and very tangible improvements. We’re very glad that he’s here to use his experience and discipline to whip our finances and accounting into peak condition. Hooyah!

Dominic supports the art community by learning about upcoming art events from his co-workers and attending the ones that he thinks sound cool.

Jerry Touslee

Jerry Touslee

Head of Marketing and Sales

Jerry got his start by writing and placing classified newspaper ads, which is obviously a career path for pre-ordained marketing greatness. After moving into the fast paced, cocktails-before-lunch world of ad agency client management, he spent way too many years working at J. Walter Thompson, advising such clients as Microsoft, Starbucks, Intel, and Boeing. Having made the transition to “the client side,” Jerry is now applying all those agency smarts to increasing brand awareness and generating demand. At NINE dot ARTS, he oversees everything from our brand style and voice to our website to helping people figure out just what the heck we do and why we’re really good at it. Oh, and our events strategy, P.R., and other marketing sounding things. A Colorado native and graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder with a degree in Journalism, Jerry spends his free time exploring places way up high in the mountains, standing in a river waving a fly rod, and being a continually frustrated yet still fanatic CU Buff fan.

Jerry supports the art community by: purchasing art from local artists, attending art shows and exhibitions, and being a volunteer judge for various young writers’ contests.

Grant Adams

Grant Adams

Curator

Grant Adams, devoted father and sustainable urban farmsteader, serves as a senior member of our curating team and overall key client guy. He oversees projects for healthcare, multi-family residential, and hospitality clients and delivers such great art experiences that many of his clients call him again and again for more of his curation and insights. 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. He loves art and art consulting because both can express the inexpressible and touch people’s lives. Coming from a musical family, Grant plays a bevy of instruments and loves to sing. His other three loves (not counting his three beautiful daughters, of course) are: satire, odd music, and horror films, or preferably horror films with odd music and satire. While seemingly quiet, he usually has some of the best one-liners around and can also be known to eat ridiculous amounts of gummy candies, which is an art all its own.

Grant supports the art community by: volunteering as a panel member for Colorado Creates.

Denise Joseph

Denise Joseph

Curator

Q: When you’ve been delivering brand communications and outstanding client service in the ad agency business for 15 years and have a passion for art, how do you take your career in a cool new direction?
A: Become a Curator at the nation’s fastest growing art consulting and curating firm so you can lead client projects and deliver work with cultural value and meaning (sorry ad agencies, we win in that category).

We found Denise in Chicago, longing for not only a change in her career, but also a change of address. And we were more than happy to help her with both. With her roots in marketing and client service, combined with her Master’s degree in Art History, Theory and Criticism from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), Denise provides a very unique perspective for our clients. She feels strongly that there is magic to be made when art and marketing are brought together with thoughtful planning and a keen eye for the visual expression of business goals. We love that, because we agree with her that marketing and art are both part of the same story that communicates a vision, a purpose, and a brand. When Denise isn’t working at the crossroads of art and business, you might find her at a remote crossroads somewhere in a foreign land. She’s traveled to 25 countries on 4 continents and is busy making plans for more. It’s that kind of passion for exploring new territory and experiencing diverse cultures that makes Denise a natural curator. We’re thrilled that her explorations landed her on our team.

Denise supports the art community by purchasing art from local artists when traveling, curating exhibitions based on trends she has observed, managing an Instagram account that increases visibility for artists, and being a member and volunteer panel speaker for CAA (College Art Association).

Chris Roth

Chris Roth

Business Development

A displaced New Yorker with an Art History degree from Fordham University in the Bronx, Chris helps prospective clients understand how NINE dot ARTS can help to develop the vision for their projects and create a truly unique art experience. Sure, his job is Business Development, but don’t think of him as a sales person, because Chris spent his first four years on our team as a Curator. He’s worked closely with clients to create dozens of unique art installations in hospitality, multifamily residential, mixed use, and public spaces. You can see his curation skills on display at The Dairy Block (don’t miss the Alley!), Colorado Convention Center, and projects in and around Denver’s Theater District. Chris came to NINE dot ARTS in 2014 from the nonprofit arts sector where he started as Art Director before moving into Project Management and then Art Advising. He loves how art can inspire multiple, varied and sometimes contradicting interpretations and was drawn to art consulting because of its convergence between the art and business worlds. When he’s not chatting with potential clients and developing proposals with targeted scopes of work and easy-to-understand budget summaries, he can be found skiing, golfing, swimming, tennis-ing and being a confirmed foodie who can always provide a review on the latest hot spots in town. Good taste in art and good taste in food. We’ll call that a win-win.

Chris supports the art community by: being a current member of the Board of Directors at RedLine Contemporary Art Center, volunteering with the Colorado Photographic Arts Center’s portfolio reviews for Month of Photography, and serving as a juror for the 2018 Cherry Creek Arts Festival.

Hannah Penny

Hannah Penny

Associate Curator

You might call Hannah our resident nomad. She has traveled around the U.S., sampling different places to live like some people sample ice cream flavors before committing to their cone. But if you were to ask her where she’s from she would say New York, so we’ll go with that. Graduating from the Art Academy of Cincinnati in 2011 with a Bachelors in Fine Arts Painting and a Minor in Art History, Hannah interned at the Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center in Covington, KY as the assistant to the Gallery Director. Upon arriving in Denver in 2017 to sample the flavor of Colorado, Hannah found NINE dot ARTS through an artist friend and has never looked back. She has quickly become an art consulting superstar in her role as Associate Curator, taking clients through projects like an expert tour guide. Hannah loves working in the art business because she’s able to use her creativity and passion for art on a daily basis, while collaborating with artists to share their talents with people who might not normally encounter their work. It’s obvious she loves art because she recently graduated from the Leadership Arts program provided by the CBCA. It’s a really cool, nine-month program that “equips and inspires professionals to be effective nonprofit board members and arts advocates.” It’s the only program of its kind in the region focused on arts and culture and it’s an honor to be accepted. Way to go, Hannah! Outside of the office, she occasionally paints abstract oil paintings, loves to cook, attends lots of live music around town, and is the proud mom of Rose the Adorable Dog.

Hannah supports the art community by: being a member at the MCA, going to art openings, buying local art for her own (very small) personal collection, and visiting the studios of artists to learn about their art and provide advice.

Stephanie Edwards

Stephanie Edwards

Associate Curator

Stephanie is proof that internships can be the start of something great at NINE dot ARTS. Her journey here started in 2018 as an intern, but we quickly realized we wanted to keep her around on a more permanent basis. So she became our dotfolio librarian focused on helping our team build our online community of artists and their artwork. Her work continued to blow us away, so the fast track kept rolling and she’s now applying her talents as an Associate Curator on our client-facing curatorial team. Stephanie says she loves working in the art world because of her passion for artist advocacy and interest in making a positive impact on the sustainability of artist communities. She recently completed her Masters of Gallery Management with an Exhibit Specialization from Western Colorado University. Prior to working at NINE dot ARTS, Stephanie worked as a gallery manager at Mai Wyn Fine Art, served as student curator at Center for Visual Art and curatorial intern at Black Cube, and holds a degree in Art from MSU Denver with a self-designed minor in Curatorial Studies and Gallery Administration. Stephanie has put in over 300 hours under the mentorship of Cortney Lane Stell at Black Cube where she assisted ArtLab interns in an exhibition making program, launched and managed the volunteer program, and assisted in curatorial research for exhibitions including an approved satellite for the Venice Biennial. When she’s not busy accomplishing all of that (see why we wanted to keep her around?), Stephanie enjoys rock climbing, riding bikes, making art, and spending time with her family.

Stephanie supports the art community by: volunteering at Black Cube nomadic museum, guest lecturing on Creating Sustainable Artistic Practices, teaching workshops, working as a guest scholar, organizing print exchanges, collecting/exhibiting/writing about art, and coaching artists on professional development.

Lauren Donald

Lauren Donald

Art Acquisitions

Searching for the right art piece or discovering an artist you’ve never seen before can be a little bit like working on an archeological dig. Good thing that Lauren, our newest Art Administrator, has done just that. She studied abroad and worked on an archeological field study in Greece and excavated for artifacts at the ancient city of Sikyon. She now applies her Indiana Jones-like skills to help reveal new art experiences that were previously undiscovered. Lauren is a proud graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder (Go Buffs!) with a degree in Classical Studies and minors in Business and Art History. But she didn’t limit her international studies to just Greece, she also studied international business in China. When not packing her international travel bags, she was a marketing intern at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art. Then it was on to the Denver Art Museum, where she helped make their studio and artist programs run as smooth as glazed ceramic. Lauren enjoys working in the art industry because the people are fun and creative and she loves helping artists gain recognition and get paid for it. Born and raised as a Bronco fan here in the greater Denver metroplex, Lauren is the fifth of six kids. That means, of course, that she’s just a tad competitive and feels comfortable sitting in the middle of the back seat during long car rides. She’s currently learning how to play the guitar, which makes sense because she’s striking all the right chords with our clients and our team.

Lauren supports the art community by: being a member of the American Alliance of Museums, Denver Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and Museum of Nature and Science. She also attends art openings and happenings all over the city to support local artists.

Kinsey Alexander

Kinsey Alexander

Accounting Associate

Accounting guru Kinsey is from a very small town in Missouri where her father knows everyone and her mother is a master chef of Chex mix. She went to school to become a librarian and although she sometimes wears glasses and has been known to spontaneously organize things alphabetically, she has since changed her career path. In her spare time she likes to sculpt human bodies (classically in clay, not like Dexter) and you should see her sharpie & pen illustrations and wire art creations. Her job description is basically “make magic happen with piles of numbers” and she crushes it. In fact, we’re thinking of creating an app that live streams her work in Excel. Yes, she’s that good.

Kinsey supports the art community by: taking art classes, being a muse and model for photographs, paintings, and sketches by local emerging artists, and expanding the art network by introducing otherwise unconnected aesthetes to established members of the arts community.

Natalie Greenberg

Natalie Greenberg

Communications Designer

Natalie is a Denver native and was raised in the local art scene, so it was destiny that she ended up at NINE dot ARTS. Natalie joined our team in 2017 as a Studio Assistant, initially helping with art installations and related tasks, but quickly moved into a role that put her graphic design skills to work as she helped the client teams with digital content and presentations. Now she has solidified her role on our marketing team and is helping to create a well defined brand design style for NINE dot ARTS in both online and offline channels. Natalie loves working in the art industry because, more than anything, she takes satisfaction in helping to get recognition for those who produce exceptional work. As impressive as her design skills can be, she can be equally impressive with her technology troubleshooting knowledge and mental library of random, helpful “life hacks.” Away from the office, you might find her making handmade leather accessories at a boutique leather goods startup, playing her latest favorite video game, or reading completely unrealistic fantasy novels outside in full sun-shielding outerwear underneath an umbrella.

Natalie supports the art community by: working with art nonprofits such as La Napoule Art Foundation’s children’s outreach program, and assisting artists such as Marsha Robinson and Christine Buchsbaum.

Samantha Stamps

Samantha Stamps

Art Logistics Coordinator

While you are completing your Master’s in Art History and you are certified by Toastmaster’s, a great job to have would be working for a fast-growing art consulting and curating company while striking up conversations every day with clients, artists, and vendors. Lucky for us, Samantha is doing just that as part of our team. After completing her undergrad work, she packed up her Art History diploma from Grand Valley State University and left the grand area of Grand Rapids, Michigan to further her academic pursuits here in Denver. Her current focused area of study is in contemporary Middle Eastern art and she hopes to one day travel to that part of the world to see places like The Dome of the Rock and Hagia Sophia. To which her co-workers say “That’s great! What are those?” One thing we all understand about Samantha is her diligence and follow-through on projects and her unmatched ability to take on any task or timeline, make it her own, and exceed expectations on delivering work on time with a keen eye for quality. We think that’s definitely worthy of a toast. Cheers, Sam!

Sam supports the local art community by attending art exhibits and in the past has interned/volunteered at organizations such as Museo de las Americas and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science.

Arielle M. Myers

Arielle M. Myers

Special Projects Curator

Hailing from Clearwater, Florida, Arielle Myers joined NINE dot ARTS in June 2017 as an Associate Curator before becoming Curator of Special Projects in October 2018. Drawn to the generative nature of curatorial work, Arielle sees art as a weathervane for culture and relishes the opportunity to leverage art for client-based solutions. Arielle’s past projects with NINE dot ARTS include curation of the St. Paul Collection in Cherry Creek, project management of large-scale installations at Moxy Hotel and Colorado Convention Center in Denver, Embassy Suites in Boulder, and Firehouse Alley at The Elizabeth Hotel in Ft. Collins, and acquisitions for private collections in Denver, Ft. Collins, New York City and Mexico City. As Curator of Special Projects, her focus is on art exhibitions, initiatives, and programming, temporary art activations, large-scale art installations, and art advising for private collectors. She is also serving as the Chief Curator for Union Hall, a nonprofit, exhibition-focused arts space located next to Denver’s Union Station, where she curates six exhibitions of local and nationally recognized contemporary artists per year. When she’s not focused on a cool new idea for an art experience, she buys too many plants and never passes up an opportunity for a road trip.

Arielle supports the art community by: applying her curatorial skills to producing independent and collaborative emerging artist exhibitions.

 Jason Astorino

Jason Astorino

Art Handler

Jason comes to NINE dot, half builder and half artist. His degrees in Art History, and Studio Arts from the University of Pittsburgh give him the knowledge needed to be an art handler. While His Master’s Degree in architecture from the University of Colorado allows him to understand the built environment, and how art and architecture enrich our daily lives. Working his way through graduate school in the construction industry has left Jason with the ability to hang varied art in creative ways, and lend a hand fixing just about anything around the office. As an artist Jason works in mixed media sculpture, and oils. Jason enjoys creating large site specific pieces like his interactive installation for “Gunther Gerzo: A Mexican Master” at Denver’s Museo de las Americas. Jason also co-curated this collaboration between the Museo, and the Denver Art Museum for the Biennial of the Americas.
A recipient of the Hobart Wagener Travel Fellowship, Jason loves to travel in the pursuit of architectural and design masterpieces, his recent studies in Scandinavia have left him in search for hygge, craft and creative space back in the states.

Devon Stevinson

Devon Stevinson

Regional Curator

A Denver native, Devon Stevinson joined NINE dot ARTS in February 2017 as a Small Projects Curator to work on such projects as the Dairy Block, Husch Blackwell and Unico. Devon’s diverse background includes television production, arts administration, digital marketing and events management. Before working at NINE dot ARTS, Devon worked for the Food Network Challenge, as a gallery assistant at Space Gallery and most recently at Carriageworks, Australia’s largest multi-disciplinary arts center, in visitor services. Devon studied abroad at Ireland’s University College Dublin Quinn School of Business in 2007, earned a business administration degree from the University in Denver (DU) in 2009 and went on to receive her MBA from DU’s Daniels College of Business in 2010. Her volunteer activities include fundraising and planning efforts for The Denver Police Foundation, The Gathering Place and Children’s Museum of Denver.