The Future Of NFTs 
Nancy Baker Cahill, Amani Lewis, Kelani Nichole, Sarah Conley Odenkirk
May 25, 2021 | 6:00 - 7:30pm EDT
If you’re anything like us, you’ve heard a lot, read a lot, and still have questions regarding how NFTs actually fit into the art market/world beyond a handful of high-profile sales. If NFT hype has the power to mainstream already occurring digital art sales and practices such as resale royalties that empower visual artists, we’re all ears. How do we all fit in moving forward? 
Anyone with questions about NFTs was encouraged to attend!
About the Speakers
Nancy Baker Cahill is a new media artist who examines power, selfhood, and embodied consciousness through drawing and shared immersive space. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of 4th Wall, a free Augmented Reality (AR) art platform exploring resistance and inclusive creative expression. Her recent AR public art project, Liberty Bell, commissioned by Art Production Fund, earned features in The New York Times, frieze Magazine, Artnet, Smithsonian Magazine and the Washington Post. The project, on view through 2021, spans six historic, culturally significant sites along the Eastern Seaboard of the U.S. and appeared in ARTnews’ list, The Defining Public Artworks of 2020. She was also included in ARTnews’ list of 2021 Deciders, is the Art and Creative Technologies Advisor for the XRSI Safety Initiative, and is a member of the Guild of Future Architects. In May 2021, she will receive the Williams College Bicentennial Medal of Honor. 
Amani Lewis is an artist based in Baltimore, Maryland. In 2016, they graduated from the Maryland Institute College of Art with a BFA in General Fine Arts and Illustration. In making their work, Lewis uses a continuous line technique to define the contours of the subjects’ faces and bodies, akin to the roads and pathways on a map. Lewis’s work explores physical connections to nature that have been lost through the processes of urbanization. In 2019, Lewis had a solo exhibition at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center in Pittsburgh, PA, and participated in a group show titled: Conjuring Wholeness at De Buck Gallery in New York City. Lewis was an Artist-in-Residence at Fountainhead Residency. The last year includes group shows at CFHILL Art Space in Stockholm, Sweden, and Deitch Projects in Los Angeles. Lewis will have an upcoming solo exhibition and Alma Lewis Gallery in Pittsburgh, PA.
Kelani Nichole is a technologist and exhibition maker based in Los Angeles. She works with agile product teams and startups, and founded an experimental media art gallery called TRANSFER which explores simulation and expanded practice. The purpose of the gallery is to elevate emerging techniques across media, agnostic of form but focused around a critical encounter with software. The gallery was founded in Brooklyn in 2013 to support artists making computer-based artworks by installing exhibitions of experimental media art. It evolved to include TRANSFER download: traveling, borderless exhibitions. Nichole and the gallery have been featured in publications including Artforum, The New York Times, and ARTnews, and placed works with prominent media art collections including the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Thoma Foundation.
Sarah Conley Odenkirk is based in Los Angeles and a partner in CDAS’s Entertainment group with a core practice in fine art. She advises clients on matters pertaining to intellectual property, business transactions, navigating the art market, public policy, and strategic planning. She provides advice to artists, collectors, dealers, and arts institutions in art world negotiations and transactions. She works with creative entrepreneurs to guide them in business development, sustainable growth, and the protection of intellectual property assets. From 2013-2017 Sarah was the Associate Director of the Art Business and Arts Management Masters Degree Programs at Claremont Graduate University.