Immigrant Artist Program Benefit Exhibition, Curated by Kate Bellin

Immigrant Artist Program Benefit Exhibition, Curated by Kate Bellin

Exhibition raises awareness and funds for NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Program.

Kate Bellin, founder and principal at Kate Bellin Contemporary, advises clients in the procurement of art and in the cultivation of their art collections. Bellin has curated an exhibition of work by 16 Immigrant Artist Program (IAP) artists to raise awareness and funds for the program, and it is on view now through Friday, April 20, 2017 in the NYFA Gallery.

When I started Kate Bellin Contemporary six 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.

-Kate Bellin, March 2017


Title: Immigrant Artist Program Benefit Exhibition, Curated by Kate Bellin
When: Now – April 20, 2017
Where: NYFA Gallery, NYFA, 20 Jay Street, Suite 740, Brooklyn, NY 11201
Gallery Hours: Monday – Friday, 10 AM – 5:30 PM

Exhibiting Artists Include:
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. 

NYFA’s Immigrant Artist Program provides professional resources to immigrant artists working in the New York City metropolitan area, helping them navigate its cultural world and beyond while upholding their distinctive identities. IAP supports artists through the free, monthly Con Edison Immigrant Artist Newsletter; IAP Resource 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. 


The Immigrant Artist Program is made possible in part by the generous support of Deutsche Bank Americas Foundation, Shelley and Donald Rubin Foundation, The Vilcek Foundation, and Con Edison.

Images from top: Jen Mazza (IAP ’16), Security Blanket (blue), 2014, oil on canvas; Chemin Hsiao (IAP ‘16), Still, 2013, watercolor on paper.

Amy Aronoff
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