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.

Free & open to the public: Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 5 PM

Planning a visit to the gallery?  MFTA recommends you contact us ahead of time to ensure there are no program conflicts. Gallery contact email:


Spring 2019 Artist-in-Residence
Roberto Visani

Residency: March – June 2019
Art Exhibit at MFTA Gallery – Opening June 20, 6:00-9:00pm

Roberto Visani is a multi-media artist residing in Brooklyn, New York, and a professor of art at John Jay College of Criminal Justice. Through his residency at MFTA, Visani works on computers to create designs for 3 Dimensional forms that he prints in large scale by assembling laser-cut pieces of reused plastic and cardboard. The final constructed forms are sometimes abstract slotted assemblages and sometimes reference familiar figurative statuary from the history of art.


On View at the MFTA Gallery: Contemporary Reuse 2019

April 18 @ 6:00 pm - June 14 @ 1:00 pm

Contemporary Reuse is a yearly exhibit that brings together the work of current and impactful artists who celebrate reusable materials in their art practice. On display are a wide variety of explorations into reuse in art.

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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