Maddie Martin graduated from Columbia University in 2017 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Visual Arts.
Prior to her studies at Columbia, Maddie attended the Lovett School in Atlanta, GA, as well as a number of pre-college programs at art schools across the country. In 2011, Maddie received a semester-long merit scholarship to attend The Oxbow School, a boarding school in Napa Valley, CA for high school students who qualify for intensive art studies. While studying at Oxbow, Maddie furthered her understanding of the arts in a creative learning environment with teachers and students from all over the US. Her interdisciplinary coursework ranged from art courses in advanced painting, video, photography, and sculpture, to academic curriculum such as, environmental science, creative writing, history of the world, cycling, gardening, and bookmaking.
In the summer of 2011, Maddie earned a merit scholarship to study academic figure painting at the Maryland Institute College of the Arts in Baltimore, MD. At the conclusion of the program, she won the Pre-College Scholarship, having scored in the top 1% of students. In the fall of 2011, Maddie earned a full merit scholarship to attend MICA based on her portfolio and application.
In 2014, Maddie won yet another merit scholarship to study abroad at The Aegean Center for Fine Arts in Paros, Greece. At the Aegean Center, Maddie learned the same historical, painterly techniques that were championed by the Old Masters. Her studies included classical oil painting, academic figure drawing, printmaking, art history, and photography. When Maddie was not painting, she was busy exploring the Greek islands. Cruising around in faulty Greek rental cars, walking barefoot along the sea, backpacking through the lush island, and riding on the back of a speeding Greek motorcycle.
While in college, Maddie worked in both the fashion and art worlds. In the summer of 2015, she returned to The Oxbow School as their first undergraduate art teacher. She collaborated with the summer art faculty in order to further each student’s creative development and artistic growth. In the summer of 2016, she worked as the Executive Assistant for the founding partner of Luxe Axcess, a group of Fashion Consultants and Stylists. She quickly adapted to the fast-paced, energetic environment of the fashion industry, collaborating with top management at designer boutiques, such as Prada and Gucci, and personal shopping divisions at Barneys, Bergdorfs, and Saks Fifth Avenue. In 2017, she worked as an Admissions Assistant at the Columbia University School of the Arts. In that role, she worked closely with the Admissions committee and Senior Visual Arts faculty. She oversaw interviews and helped review applicant portfolios, in order to select the perspective Columbia MFA candidates.
After graduation, Maddie worked as an Art Consultant at Georges Berges Gallery in New York City, advising her clients on the curation and development of their private art collections. After having initial success with sourcing and completing contemporary art sales in the gallery business, Maddie decided to start` selling her own artwork. From there, she grew her own brand and business.
Maddie documented her existing portfolio, created original artworks, facilitated client commissions, and developed an overall marketing and sales strategy. Through running her own business, Maddie learned firsthand the value of being a creative problem solver. After applying a number of research studies on content marketing and media strategy to her own business, her passion for marketing and the creative business model peaked.
Maddie now lives in Denver, Colorado, where she continues to explore her painting.