In coming weeks the Hell’s Kitchen Flea will welcome exhibitions from local artists. Among the first to show her work will be Jessica Maffia, one of the latest winners of a Hell’s Kitchen Foundation visual artist grant. We recently talked to Jessica about her grant and what she’s working on now.
The Hell’s Kitchen Foundation recently announced the first winners of the Foundation’s visual artist grant program: Jessica Maffia, Judy Negron, and James Seffens—all local visual artists who live and work in Hell’s Kitchen.
We recently caught up with Jessica to ask her about her work and the award.
I am so honored to have been awarded a grant from the Hell’s Kitchen Foundation, and so humbled. Living and working in this city as an artist is not easy! I am a native New Yorker who has been a teaching artist for years until the fall of 2015 when I took the plunge and quit teaching so that I could pursue my dreams full-time. It has been a struggle, but so rewarding to dedicate myself to drawing. This grant will allow me to buy more paper, pencils, pens, and my first set of gouache. I will use these to continue working on my series of plankton and evaporated sea salt drawings as well as a new celestial series from the imagination. It will also allow me to participate in a new art fair in the fall. I am deeply grateful for this opportunity, it is my first grant and could not have come at a better time.
Established by Hell’s Kitchen Flea Market founder Alan Boss, the Foundation grants ranging from $500 - $5000 are awarded to provide financial assistance to Hell’s Kitchen’s resident visual artists. The Foundation seeks out new and under-recognized neighborhood artists to support, and encourages local artists to check the Website for more information.
“We are so pleased with the diversity of this year’s grant winners, who represent both up-and-coming and veteran artists in Hell’s Kitchen. These awards are a natural extension of our mission in this neighborhood to recognize and preserve the historical significance of the Hell’s Kitchen artist community,” said Foundation Chair Inge Ivchenko. “We know that living and working as an artist in New York City is increasingly difficult because of the rising cost of living and it is very moving to meet these artists and learn how dedicated they are to making their art. It is an honor to support them.”
We’re looking forward to seeing Jessica’s work at the Hell’s Kitchen Flea soon. #Inspired #NYCart #NYCartists