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.

Spring 2022 Artist-in-Residence
Nicole Awai

Nicole Awai, born in Port of Spain-Trinidad and Tobago, creates multi-media works that infuse found objects and non-traditional mediums such as nail polish, melted vinyl, and found doll parts. Her process often informed by social, historical, and economic issues in the Americas. Awai earned a Master’s in Multimedia Art from the University of South Florida in 1996 and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1997. She was the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant in 2011 and an Art Matters Grant in 2012.

Awai’s installations, paintings, and sculptures have been exhibited at MoMA PS1, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Brooklyn Museum, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Queens Museum, The Vilcek Foundation, Sperone Westwater, Lesley Heller Gallery, The High Line, ArtsWestchester, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and Busan Museum of Art in South Korea. From 2009 to 2015, Awai was a Critic at the Yale School of Art in the Department of Painting and Printmaking. She is currently faculty in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. Awai is represented by Barbara Davis Gallery in Houston, Texas.


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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