Art Acquisition: Transforming Your Vision into a Reality

The business of art curation and consulting is creative and imaginative. It also wields significant influence when you consider art’s function as a catalyst for conversation, celebration, learning and self-reflection.

Whether it’s a vibrant mixed media display that effortlessly adds charm and character of your favorite hotel or an immersive installation that awakens a public gathering place, we take our role as art curators and storytellers seriously by helping our clients craft a vision that transforms their space into an unforgettable art experience.

ART ACQUISITION: TRANSFORMING YOUR VISION INTO A REALITY

Our award-winning installations at Denver’s Dairy Block, The Curtis Hotel and Le Méridien are proof that art has tremendous power.

And while it’s usually the final product – which can range from helping a brand communicate a new narrative to its employees to giving an emerging artist a platform for visibility – that receives the attention, we find just as much satisfaction in the behind-the-scenes activities that make it possible to share these special moments with our communities.

Enter, art acquisition.

At NINE dot ARTS, we have a dedicated art acquisition team that’s solely focused on this phase of a project’s lifecycle. This team spends each day talking to artists, galleries, brokers, suppliers, framers and art handlers to ensure that the works within a specific art collection are procured (or created, if needed), appropriately packaged, shipped and cared for prior to and during installation.

Although no two projects are alike, NINE dot ARTS has formed enduring relationships with art creators and collectors around the world. Because we procure hundreds of artworks each year, we’re able to use our purchasing power and industry reputation to skillfully negotiate substantial discounts on the cost of top-quality artwork.

While the entire art acquisition process is enjoyable, two of my favorite elements are regularly the most overlooked: framing and shipping.

Framing is arguably as important as the art collection itself. As a crucial design element, our NINE dot ARTS curators hand-select frames that elevate the purchased or commissioned artwork and maintain the integrity of the collection’s narrative.

Shipping, on the other hand, is an exercise in both patience and delicacy. That’s why we hire trained art carrying crews to securely pack, crate, insure and deliver the final artwork to its installation destination.

As any of our clients will tell you, it takes the right combination of curatorial curiosity and project management expertise to turn an ordinary space into an engaging experience.

Central to that process is art acquisition. It’s a complex, and often times unsung piece of the puzzle, but without it, it’s impossible to translate a project’s collaborative vision into something tangible.

Interested in learning more about the lifecycle of a project? Check out our previous blog posts on the importance of crafting a vision and understanding a space.

 

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.

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