THE MFTA GALLERY
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 2021 Artist-in-Residence
About Elisa Insua
Elisa Insua was born in Buenos Aires in 1990. In 2011 she completed her degree in Economics and Business at Torcuato Di Tella University. At the age of sixteen, she started her practice as a self-taught artist, creating assemblages and sculptures with discarded materials. She gradually fused her artistic practice with concepts related to economics, overconsumption and human insatiability. In the following years, she studied sculpture with Miguel Harte and was part of group critiques with Fabiana Barreda, Diego Bianchi and Ernesto Ballesteros.
In 2014, she had her first solo show, “Stairway to Heaven” at Plataforma (Córdoba, Argentina), followed by “More is More” at Espacio Modos (Buenos Aires, 2016) and “Quid Pro Quo” at APPA (Madrid, 2018). In 2019 she had her largest show to date, “Virtual Vanitas” at Usina del Arte (Buenos Aires, Argentina). She was part of various group shows in South America and Europe, including “Ludica” at MACSur (Museo de Arte Contemporáneo del Sur, Buenos Aires, 2018), “Memento Mons” at Beaux Arts Mons Museum (Mons, Belgium, 2019), “Slight Omission” at Cerquone Projects (Madrid, 2018) and “Proyecto Vergel” at María Casado HG (Buenos Aires, 2016).
Visit MFTA Gallery for artist Elisa Insua's solo exhibition, "The Path of Least Resistance." As MFTA's Spring 2020 Artist-in-Residence, Insua has transformed buttons, beads, jewelry, electronics, and toys into elaborate large-scale assemblage works that examine excess and consumption in our society. Born in Buenos Aires, Elisa Insua started her practice as a self-taught artist, creating […]
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.
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.
- Private workspace and access to materials at the MFTA warehouse.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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