Advocating for Artists in Their Communities with Louise Martorano

You are not on your own.

It may well seem to be like you are at situations for the reason that you do so a lot do the job by oneself in the studio, but the art ecosystem is monumental. And you are not by yourself.

RedLine artist resident and alumni exhibition Chromatic Cogitations | on Art Biz Success
RedLine’s 2021-2022 Artist Resident Artist & Alumni exhibition Chromatic Cogitations: Rhythm Reboot. Impression courtesy of Wes Magyar.

There are so quite a few very good folks who are advocating on behalf of and supporting artists in their companies and careers. I want you to know about these sources so that you can faucet into them. They’re waiting for you.

My guest for this episode of The Artwork Biz is Louise Martorano, the Executive Director at RedLine Up to date Art Heart in Denver, Colorado.

RedLine is a nonprofit whose mission is to foster “education and engagement in between artists and communities to create beneficial social adjust.” In several techniques, RedLine behaves like a conventional arts council. But they’re much from it.

Louise and I explore their artist-in-residence software, inexpensive studio room, and how they collaborate with other art organizations in the U.S. and over and above.

There’s so substantially to glean from this dialogue, but I encourage you to spend shut interest in the vicinity of the finish when Louise talks about the worth of auditing your associations.

A rapid notice prior to you dive in.

When RedLine really significantly supports the regional local community of artists in Denver, there are equivalent corporations dotted close to the U.S. and the relaxation of the world. You need to know about the do the job that they’re undertaking. I hope this episode piques your interest ample to commence your search.

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Existing Resident Useful resource Artist Ana María Hernando functioning in her studio at RedLine. Picture courtesy of RedLine Modern day Artwork Centre.


  • The background and mission of RedLine Present-day Artwork Heart. (1:45)
  • The nearby and world wide have to have for artist occupation support. (7:46)
  • Visual arts coalitions fill in the gaps of an artist’s vocation. (11:23)
  • The employees, finances, and $22 million re-granting courses at RedLine. (19:15)
  • Facts on residencies, apps, and juried interviews. (25:18)
  • Open studio doorways increase options for artists. (32:03)
  • Fee chances, stipends, and other software added benefits. (33:58)
  • How to find artist assist systems in your community. (37:19)
  • Team conferences and other expectations of resident artists. (41:01)
  • Auditing associations and leveraging your neighborhood. (45:45)

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RedLine’s Artwork Instruction Coordinator Shaunie Berry engaging with artwork students at a community 5 Points university. Image courtesy of RedLine Present-day Artwork Centre.


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Artist Adri Norris talking at the opening reception for Chromatic Cogitations: Rhythm Reboot exhibition. Photograph by James Rowe with Snap Shots Photography. [ Listen to my episode with Adri ]

Louise Martorano Offers

  • “Artists are really expected to be all the departments in their occupation.”
  • “Artists’ occupations can live and die on the interactions they create and the opportunities they have.”
  • “We’re attempting to hyperlink arms with each other in Colorado to see if we can develop a extra seamless journey for artists as they obtain traction and possibility in their occupations.”
  • “Talking about your operate is like performing exercises a muscle. The extra you do it, the extra refined your language is.”
  • “Artists want to reevaluate who they know and who they are related to and see how they can use people arteries of prospect.”

About My Guest

Louise Martorano executive director RedLine Contemporary | on Art Biz SuccessLouise Martorano is the Government Director of RedLine, a non-income contemporary artwork middle and residency found in Denver, Colorado. RedLine’s mission is to foster training and engagement involving artists and communities to generate favourable social modify. Beneath Martorano’s leadership, RedLine has gained the Denver Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts (2014 and 2015), the Greenway Foundation’s “Partner in Change” award, has been acknowledged by Denver Public Educational facilities for excellence in group engagement, and has offered and structured more than 100 exhibitions around the past 10 yrs.

Martorano retains a B.A. from the College of Colorado, Boulder, and an M.H. from the College of Colorado, Denver with a concentration in Contemporary Artwork Heritage & Tunes. In 2017, she was awarded a Livingston Fellowship from the Bonfils-Stanton Basis for promising nonprofit leaders who keep sizeable leadership roles in Colorado.

Comply with RedLine on Instagram: @redlinedenver

Adhere to Louise on Instagram: @lmartorano