IMMIGRANT ARTIST PROGRAM BENEFIT EXHIBITION
Curated by Kate Bellin
The exhibition ran from March 14 – April 7, 2017 at New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) with the goal of raising awareness and funds for New York Foundation for the Arts’ Immigrant Artist Program (IAP).
Kate said, “When I started Kate Bellin Contemporary 6 years ago, one of my main objectives was to serve as a creative conduit between New York based collectors and New York based artists. That sense of local connection has generated within me a sense of responsibility to the programs that sustain the wonderful artists in our city.
A few weeks ago, Robin Pogrebin wrote in The New York Times that this is ‘a time of uncertainty for immigrant artists.’ That observation stuck with me – and it inspired me to revisit NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Program, which helps to build and serve precisely this diverse community. The fantastic IAP acts as the antidote to artists' insecurity, building a sense of confidence that their good work will be seen and that their practice will be supported.”
Participating artists: Priscila De Carvalho, Ye-seul Choi, Helen Dennis, Alessandra Exposito, Rosemarie Fiore, Hiroyuki Hamada, Chemin Hsiao, Kenro Izu, Jen Mazza, Maia Cruz Palileo, Natalia Primo, Maria Providencia Casanovas, Marco Scozzaro, Miryana Todorova, Denise Treizman, and Shihori Yamamoto.
The Immigrant Artist Program provides professional resources to immigrant artists working in the New York City metropolitan area, helping them navigate the cultural world of New York City and beyond while upholding their distinct identities. IAP supports artists through the free, monthly Con Edison Immigrant Artist Newsletter; IAP Directory; and the Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program that offers individual guidance, access to professionals, and peer community. Now celebrating its 10th anniversary, the program has served 200 mentees and has an engaged community of more than 300 alumni. For more information, visit www.nyfa.org.