SPARC Spotlight: Anna Adler’s Action Painting

SPARC Spotlight: Anna Adler’s Action Painting

Posted on June 25, 2014 by

Multimedia artist Anna Adler’s action painting workshops during her SPARC (Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide) residency at MRHS (Morningside Retirement and Housing Services) in Upper Manhattan used canvases found in the warehouse, as well as fabric, trim, artificial flowers, and other unique …

Around the City: Little Lost Project

Around the City: Little Lost Project

Posted on February 26, 2014 by

The Little Lost Project by NYC-based graphic designer Zoonzin (Yoonjin Lee) tells the story of small, forgotten objects throughout the streets of New York. Zoonzin tells Materials for the Arts: “I thought it would be interesting to personify the small …

Know an Artist: Mary Valverde

Know an Artist: Mary Valverde

Posted on February 18, 2014 by

Mary Valverde’s work examines both the theory and aesthetics of diaspora, migration, and cultural resilience. She approaches art-making as creative research, exploring how objects are systemically arranged and collected, as well as how these materials can evoke memories in individuals and in …

Know an Artist: Molly Dilworth

Know an Artist: Molly Dilworth

Posted on December 5, 2013 by

Brooklyn-based artist Molly Dilworth is one of the artists-in-residence in the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council’s nine-month studio program Workspace. The program provides artists with studio space in some of New York City’s most notable landmarks.  Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Molly’s …

Happy Halloween: 20,000 Screams Under the Sea

Happy Halloween: 20,000 Screams Under the Sea

Posted on October 30, 2013 by

Get ready to scream this Halloween, New York! Janna Kennedy Hyten, known as the ‘Halloween Lady,’ transforms her 5-story tall mansion at 313 Clinton Avenue in Brooklyn into a free theatrical extravaganza known as Halloween 313 for all ages. This …

Design for a Fluctuating Space

Design for a Fluctuating Space

Posted on September 5, 2013 by

Strange Loop Gallery is an artist-run gallery in the Lower East Side, a space for emerging and underrepresented artists to showcase new work in solo and group exhibitions.  Co-founders and partners Claire Fleury and Alesia Exum are the artistic and …

Investigating the Grade

Investigating the Grade

Posted on August 27, 2013 by

The Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP) reused materials from the warehouse for for “Making the Grade“, one of their Urban Investigations with New York City public high school students. Students from Lyons Community School in Brooklyn and CUP teaching artist Leigh Davis worked together …

Costumes of Oz

Costumes of Oz

Posted on August 13, 2013 by

One of our newest recipients, Haberdasher Theatre, celebrates their eighth season by bringing back The Wonderful Remix of Oz. Their modern-day metropolitan update on the cult-classic takes Dorothy on an adventure through the big city of Oz to find the Wizard, …

Summer Weekend: Baubles, Buckles, and Bugs

Summer Weekend: Baubles, Buckles, and Bugs

Posted on August 7, 2013 by

Long-legged creepy crawlies, adorable big-eyed bugs, and fancy winged insects. Made from reusing buttons, jewelry, trim, fabric, wire and other items found in our warehouse, buckle bugs are all the buzz during August at Materials for the Arts. Buckle bugs …

Fantastic Reuse at FIGMENT NYC

Fantastic Reuse at FIGMENT NYC

Posted on July 17, 2013 by

FIGMENT NYC is an annual free participatory art festival that takes place on Governors Island with artworks incorporating a diverse and eclectic range of mediums. This year, the festival took place in June, and 200,000 plus visitors interacted with over 400 installations, …