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 a about 5 gallery shows per year.


Spring 2020 Artist-in-Residence
Tijay Mohammed

About Tijay Mohammed
Ghanaian-born artist Tijay Mohammed has exhibited his work national and internationally, including features at the Longwood Art Gallery, Green Drake Art Gallery, Katonah Museum of Art, Hudson River Museum, The National Museum of Ghana, and Ravel D’Art (Côte d’Ivoire).

Tijay has also organized workshops and community based projects with numerous organizations including the Studio Museum in Harlem, Wallach Art Gallery, University of Ghana Performance Art Center, Brooklyn Museum, Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, and Pinto Road Community Centre (Arima, Trinidad and Tobago). He also participated in the Global Crit Clinic, Asiko Artist Residency (Ghana), Harmattan Workshop (Nigeria), and Community Workers Training (NY). Tijay currently lives in the Bronx.


There are no upcoming events at this time.

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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