Colorful mural located in the hallway of the new Martin Building

Martin Building Mural

Denver-based artists Emily Hope Dobkin and Olive Moya were selected to create a new mural entitled I Invent It, My Hands Draw a Cloud, which will be prominently featured on the main level of the Martin Building when it reopens October 24, 2021.

The selection followed a request for proposals process calling for submissions to create a large-scale mural telling a story of the Denver metro area’s creative scene. The new piece will serve as a beacon of welcoming to students, families, and visitors of all ages.

About the Mural

According to the artists, the large idea behind the piece, nestled in a 12-foot by 28-foot space in the museum’s main Duncan Hall, is focused on the comfort of belonging under the same sky. The artists want the mural to evoke a sensation similar to astronauts viewing the earth from space and feeling united in humanity’s existence on this planet, with the clouds as a haven of acceptance and solidarity.

Photographs for I Invent It, My Hands Draw a Cloud will be sourced from the community to show differing perspectives of the shared sky. The bond of the collective will be demonstrated through these contributions of individual experience.

About the Artists

Emily Hope Dobkin describes herself as "a community organizer meets arts educator meets creative entrepreneur." Holding a master’s degree in arts management with a focus on community arts from the University of Oregon, as well as a bachelor’s in creative writing from Goucher College, Dobkin is the face behind BETTERISH. Through workshops, consulting, pop-up events and storytelling, BETTERISH aims to serve as a platform to encourage people to make better things, have better relationships and experience better daily life. Her work and collaborative projects have been visible at Anythink Libraries, 48 House/Redline Contemporary Art Center, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, and Zoom rooms worldwide via the Meet Cart.

Follow her on Instagram at @betterish.

Olive Moya is a visual artist living and working in Denver. Originally from Southern California, Moya received her bachelor of fine arts from Otis College of Art + Design in 2011. Her work’s bold, graphic colorscapes, defined edges, line work, and movement are referential to the artist’s background in illustration and lettering. She describes her paintings as "abstract storytelling," influenced in part by her early study of photography. Recent work and commissions in the metro Denver area include participation in the Golden Triangle Creative District’s Colorcon mural festival, as well as Babewalls, Streetwise Boulder, and Crush Walls. Her work has been exhibited at ReCreative Denver, Dateline Gallery, and The Gallery @ The Bus Stop Apartments in Boulder.

Follow her on Instagram at @oliviamoya.

The Martin Building

Designed by Italian architect Gio Ponti and Denver-based James Sudler Associates, the Martin Building first opened in 1971. For the building's 50th anniversary, it has been fully restored and renovated throughout, including expanded galleries, restaurants, and rooftop and outdoor spaces offering visitor access to stunning city and mountain views.

It will reopen to the public with a free general admission day on October 24, 2021.