Great Curatorial Work Comes from Great Collaborations with Artists: A Team Member’s Takeaways from the Emerging Curators Retreat

Earlier this summer one of our very own dots had the opportunity to attend Otis College of Art and Design’s first Emerging Curators Retreat. NINE dot ARTS Associate Curator Arielle Myers joined professional curators, artists and thinkers alike on the retreat in Los Angeles to listen in on talks, conversations and presentations from some of the most established curators and artists in the country. The program, which focuses specifically on Los Angeles’ local art scene, aims to attract emerging, talented and diverse individuals looking to advance their artistic and curatorial skills, while allowing them the opportunity to engage with the local art community and advance their careers as curators.

Read more from Arielle as she shares a few of her favorite experiences from the retreat. Read more

Meet the Muse: Adelaide Harcourt’s Collection at the Perry Lane Hotel

We’d like to introduce you to Adelaide Harcourt, a seventh generation Savannian. She comes from a long line of financiers with a penchant for collecting, and as the sole living member of her family, she’s determined to gift the arts legacy of her family to the city of Savannah through sharing her collection of family heirlooms, travel mementos, and contemporary artwork with the recently-opened Perry Lane Hotel in Savannah.

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Not All Who Wander Are Lost: Inside an Art District’s First Hotel

The Ramble Hotel, the first hotel in Denver’s booming River North (RiNo) neighborhood, opened in May 2018 with a specific type of traveler in mind: those who like to wander without a destination (i.e. to ramble) and appreciate timeless elegance in a worldly yet contemporary setting. NINE dot ARTS curated the hotel’s art program for the Gravitas Development Group to entice this target clientele, as well as elevate the hotel’s setting as a gateway into the RiNo Art District.

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Creating a Place We Love to Work

Take a look inside our new headquarters, designed to better support our growth, work and artists.

At a Colorado Business Committee for the Arts luncheon our team attended earlier this year, Governor John Hickenlooper emphasized the concept of topophilia (from the Greek topos meaning “place” and –philia, meaning “love of”), and spoke of the important role a strong creative community – with a deep network of support – plays in creating the places people love. Colorado is lucky to have many such places, and at NINE dot ARTS, we are honored to facilitate the kind of connections that create a strong sense of place and grow the creative economy.

Now in our ninth year of curating inspiring art collections that allow people to experience art as they go about their daily lives – in alleys, offices, parks, hotels and more – our growing team of dots is connecting more artists, clients and communities than ever before.

To facilitate our growth and to better support artists, we recently moved into a new headquarters at 3734 Osage St. in Denver’s Lower Highlands neighborhood. And it’s no accident that the office exemplifies the important synergies Governor Hickenlooper highlighted: a showcase of artists, supported by a committed network, all housed within a space people love to work and visit. Read more

The Benefits of Early Art Integration

Michael Whiting deer

Michael Whiting’s pixelated deer at Jackson National Life’s headquarters. Photo by Paul Brokering.

We know (much to our chagrin) that art can sometimes be overlooked in the development of a new space. While we live, breathe and sleep art, we understand the rest of the world thinks differently. That is until you’re standing in the middle of an art-less space wondering why it feels so sterile/institutional/blah/sad/like something’s missing. Read more

Reconciling Art Wants with Budget Realities

green penguin sculpture by William Sweetlove

Green with art envy? “Cloned Penguin with Petbottle” by William Sweetlove, Visions West Gallery

When you spend your days and nights at gallery openings, visiting studios, reviewing portfolios and inventory sheets, lusting after art you personally can’t afford becomes a constant experience. Hello, Art Envy, my old friend. It’s more than “the-piece-that-got-away” syndrome because to let something go means you had to have it in the first place. Still, our clients provide us with the privilege and sanity-saving salve of vicarious art buying.

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