Experience the Art of Creative Reuse

In 2012, Friends of Materials for the Arts funded the creation of the MFTA gallery. This former hallway is now a dynamic exhibition space inspiring guests to see how artists integrate a wide variety of materials into their work and bring Creative Reuse to life.

MFTA hosts about 5 gallery shows per year.

The gallery is open Monday through Friday, 9AM to 5PM.

Fall 2022 Artist-in-Residence
Cecilia André

Cecilia André is an artist from a family of Lebanese immigrants to Brazil who has lived and worked in New York City since 1991 where she studied at Pratt Institute and School of Visual Arts. Her work has been exhibited widely in Brazil and New York City including at the Queens Botanical Gardens, Plaxall Gallery, and the Museum of Modern Art in Sãu Paulo. Recently Andre has worked creating light-capturing sculptures incorporating translucent pieces that filter sunlight to fill their environment with light and color. As the Fall 2022 Artist-in-Residence, Andre is re-using materials to create new art pieces for display in her solo show at MFTA Gallery opening on January 19, 2023.


MFTA Artist-in-Residence

Seeing Creative Reuse in action is an invaluable source of inspiration for the public. The bi-annual MFTA Artist-in-Residence program invites artists who incorporate reusable materials into their practice to share their work with visitors.

Program Overview
The residency lasts for three months and concludes with a solo exhibition at the MFTA Gallery.


  • Resident artist must already incorporate reusable materials or concepts of Creative Reuse into their practice.
  • Meet and work with students and visitors several times a month to give tours of the MFTA studio space, lead one art workshop on a Third Thursday.

Benefits include:

    • Private workspace and access to materials at the MFTA warehouse.
    • Stipend

Artists interested in submitting relevant work for the MFTA Gallery are welcome to email a letter of intent and artwork images or website links to

Please note that MFTA Gallery primarily shows artwork that is created from the transformation of reusable materials. The MFTA Gallery offers Group Shows, monthly artist showcases, performances, as well as our competitive Artist-in-Residence program.


Students Tour the Gallery Each Year


MFTA members see the Gallery each year


Artists-in-Residence Per Year

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