Beth Williams Garrett named artist-in-residence at Materials for the Arts

Garrett at work in her studio

Friends of MFTA is pleased to announce the appointment of Beth Williams Garrett as artist-in-residence at Materials for the Arts. During her two-month residency at the MFTA warehouse this fall, Garrett will create new sculpture for a solo exhibition at MFTA’s gallery.

Working in an open studio space accessible from the warehouse floor, she will inspire visitors to MFTA to make art with supplies from the warehouse and other easily found materials like plastic bags and bottles. In addition to her exhibition, Garrett will host a free hands-on workshop in MFTA’s studios from 6 – 8 pm on November 15, 2012.

Beth Williams Garrett lives and works as an artist and fashion designer in Long Island City, New York. For more than 30 years, she has shown her artwork in museums and galleries up and down the East Coast. Her most recent work, exhibited at Gotham Center in May 2012 for the LIC Arts Open, transforms recyclables and plastic bags into sculptures inspired by Buddhist temples and ancient ruins. Ms. Garrett studied painting at the Rhode Island School of Design. She lives with her husband, the photographer William Garrett, and their three daughters in LIC.

The Friends of MFTA Artist-in-Residence program provides an artist with workspace in the Materials for the Arts warehouse, as well as the opportunity to create and exhibit new work inspired by the ever-changing warehouse inventory and other found materials.

Exhibition Preview: Masked Marvelous Cocktail Party, 6 – 10 pm, Tuesday, October 23, 2012. Visit for tickets.

THE RECEPTION HAS BEEN CANCELED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. Opening Reception for the Artist: 6 – 8 pm, Thursday, November 8 (free, RSVP required)

Artist’s Workshop:  6 – 8 pm, Thursday, November 15, (free, RSVP required)

The exhibition will be on view in MFTA Gallery from November 8, 2012 through February 14, 2013.

The gallery is free and open to the public Monday through Friday from 10 am to 4 pm. Groups of more than nine visitors must arrange their visit at least 48 hours in advance by contacting the Education Center at 718-729-2165.


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