Interview: UofL alum & Sustainability Award Winner, Shauntrice Martin - We Don't Wither artist

Shauntrice is a UofL alum & winner of the UofL Sustainability Council's 2022 Josh Smith Memorial Award!

On this week’s Sustainability Now!, your host, Justin Mog, continues an exciting summer series of interviews with local women/fem artists who are all engaged in some form of struggle for social justice and are all featured in an exciting new exhibit called “We Don’t Wither,” on display at the Muhammad Ali Center April 1 - December 18, 2023. Created to engage our community, We Don’t Wither examines the intersection of art and activism.

The artists featured in this exhibit have created art or chosen from their art, pieces that respond to current socio-cultural and socio-political situations, lived experiences, and related current events—to see our world and our community through their unique perspectives. It is our objective to celebrate the often unheard experiences, opinions, feelings, and perspectives from those who work, create, and fight in our city; to share their artwork and views with our visitors; and to provide a space for conversation and reflection. This exhibit is included in the regular price of admission, but you can see the exhibit for free and meet the artists themselves during any of the upcoming ARTIST SHOWCASES:
Marlesha Woods June 24
Shauntrice Martin July 29
LaNia Roberts August 12
Joanne Weis August 26
Morgan McGill September 30
Nikki Douglas October 28
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This week, we interview Shauntrice Martin who is a mother, abolitionist, and artist. Her work explores longing, identity, and struggle through mixed media. She was born and raised in Louisville and currently serves as a lobbyist. Her artwork has reflected a tumultuous yet triumphant trajectory. The use of acrylics, textile, sculpture, and photography blend in her pieces to create sometimes haunting images of the lives Black and Indigenous people could have lived if white supremacy never existed. She created Chahta Noir as a resource & outlet for artists to develop, network, and BE.

Shauntrice is a Black/Choctaw contemporary artist & curator. She was the inaugural Speed Art Museum Artist-In-Residence and Louisville Visual Art (LVA) Curatorial Fellow. Shauntrice's museum solo exhibition "Something in the Water" was featured at the Speed Art Museum 2021-22. Most recently, she curated a permanent exhibit entitled "Sweet Fire" with Play Cousins Collective in the Historic Lyles Mall.

Shauntrice's "Gateway" Collection will debut at the Muhammad Ali Center in April 2023.
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As always, our feature is followed by your community action calendar for the week, so get your calendars out and get ready to take action for sustainability NOW!

Sustainability Now! is hosted by Dr. Justin Mog and airs on Forward Radio, 106.5fm, WFMP-LP Louisville, every Monday at 6pm and repeats Tuesdays at 12am and 10am. Find us at


Source: Interview: UofL alum & Sustainability Award Winner, Shauntrice Martin - We Don't Wither artist (Forward Radio 106.5fm, Sustainability Now!, June 19, 2023)