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CAI is very pleased to have received many excellent proposals for artist residencies for the next academic year. We received proposals from artists from a wide variety of disciplines, from across the country and around the world. These proposals are currently under review. We will be annoucing our Artists-in-Residence for next year in early 2017.

Architecture is Art!  Fredrick Law Olmsted described Buffalo as “the best planned city in America”. Buffalo is a showcase for generations of the world’s best architects:

Buffalo’s snowy winters provide a unique artistic medium. On the shore of Lake Erie, above Niagara Falls, it would be hard to find a more beautiful place to stoke your creative fires. Discover why Buffalo is called the “City of Good Neighbors”.

Buffalo has long inspired great artists like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Mark Twain, both of whom called Buffalo home. Our literary legacy continues to thrive, through one of the nation’s top literary presenters, the Just Buffalo Literary Center:

The University at Buffalo has a tradition of nurturing pioneering spirits such as:

Arts One is a unique course offering UB students the chance to experience the wide range of art available in Buffalo by attending something new each week:

Buffalo’s arts community has deep roots, wide impact, and a unique regional sense of identity. The Creative Arts Initiative shares leadership and encourages partnership and collaboration with Buffalo’s leading artistic and cultural institutions.

Buffalo is blossoming and the energy is contagious. Once a hub for shipping across the Great Lakes, Buffalo is becoming a center for green energy, higher education, and culture. Historic spaces are being recycled, repurposed, and rennovated:

CAI Artist-in-Residence, Shantell Martin, shared her creative and career journey with UB students, faculty, and the public providing an opportunity learn about her work, philosophy, and creative process.
To celebrate of the opening of her exhibition Shantell Martin: Someday We Can, Martin held a live drawing demonstration in the Albright-Knox’s Sculpture Court.
During her CAI residency, Martin will tour the East Side neighborhood with Arts Management students to identify potential sites for the public mural installation that will be the culmination of her residency.
As part of M&T First Fridays @ the Gallery, Shantell Martin and the AK’s Curator of Public Art, Aaron Ott, will have a conversation in the AK’s auditoriam about Martin’s work and creative process. This talk is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Martin’s exhibition, “Someday We Can,” will also be free April 7, May 5, and June 2, 2017.
The culmination of Shantell Martin's residency will be the creation of a permanent public mural in the East Side neighborhood  in connection with the Albright-Knox Public Art Initiative’s Mural Program.

The Creative Arts Initiative is dedicated to the creation and production of new work of the highest artistic standards of excellence while fostering creative investigation and engagement among students, faculty, visiting artists, and the community.


The CAI accepts proposals for residencies for sessions from as short as a few days up to four months. All fields of creative art are eligible to participate. Both emerging artists and established artists are invited to participate. Companies and collaborating artists may apply.

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Arts One

Arts One is a unique academic experience, designed to introduce students to a wide range of artistic performance and creative activity and to connect them to the artistic resources in the Buffalo community. Over the course of a semester, students will attend a variety of artistic exhibitions and performances both on campus in in Buffalo.

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Creative Arts Initiative
610 Samuel Clemens Hall
Buffalo, NY  14260-7015

Phone: (716) 645-6073

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