Isabelle Martin (she/her/hers) is the Manager of Filmmaker Funds at Kartemquin, where she oversees filmmaker funds and regranting initiatives and provides strategic support for Kartemquin operations and filmmaker programs. Isabelle came to Kartemquin from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where she supported a diverse portfolio of institutional donors for the Kennedy Center and National Symphony Orchestra.
Isabelle holds a M.A. in Art History from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a B.A. in Art History & Visual Studies with a minor in Music Performance (Cello) from the University of Kentucky. Her research interests include the politics of race, representation, and in/visibility in contemporary American art, as well as themes of photography, subjectivity, and memory in comics and graphic novels. Isabelle’s scholarship has been published in the International Journal of Comic Art; Trans-Scripts, the student-edited interdisciplinary humanities journal based at the University of California, Irvine; and the Pace University Press Journal of Comics and Culture.
Born in South Korea and raised in Louisville, Ky., Isabelle is a proud transracial adoptee. In her spare time, she enjoys watching hockey, knitting, reading, tending to her farm in Stardew Valley, and finding the city’s best spots to grab a beer or bubble tea.