“When we initially created the AIR program in association with the art gallery, we wanted to provide our guests and the local community with another answer to the question ‘Why The 9?’” explains Keith Halfman, Principal & Chief Operating Officer of Geis Hospitality Group. “Local art is an expression of the community, and Cleveland has a large pool of talent. Starting with Michelle, we look forward to the program and our resident artists helping establish The 9 as a destination in Cleveland.”Our own Josh Usmani, who covers the arts scene for Scene, was supposed to be the next artist-in-residence, with his work debuting in February. That's no longer happening, as The 9 canceled the program to instead use the space for other purposes.
Recently, the hotel announced local photographer Michelle Murphy as their first resident artist. Jessica Newell’s sky paintings and Herb Ascherman’s photography are the first Cleveland-based artists being exhibited in the nearby gallery space. Both the AIR program and the exhibiting artists will rotate every four months.