Maya Freelon is an award-winning visual artist whose work was described by the late poet Maya Angelou as “visualizing the truth about the vulnerability and power of the human being.”
Cosmopolitan magazine featured her in June 2015 in “Art Stars,” calling her one “of the most badass female artists in the biz.”
She was commissioned by Google to design original art for their OnHub router, by Cadillac to create a live-sculpture for their Dare Greatly creative campaign, by the North Carolina Museum of Art to create a collaborative tissue paper sculpture celebrating the opening of their African Art wing and by Halcyon to create a monumental sculpture for the First Annual By the People Festival at the Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building.
Her unique tissue paper art, praised by the International Review of African American Art as “a vibrant, beating assemblage of color,” has been exhibited internationally, including shows in Paris, Jamaica, Madagascar, and Italy.
She was selected by Modern Luxury Magazine as Best of the City; by Huffington Post as “Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know”; and by Complex magazine as “15 Young Black Artists Making Waves in the Art World.”
Maya has completed residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine, the Korobitey Institute in Ghana, and the Brandywine Workshop in Philadelphia. She earned a BA from Lafayette College and an MFA from the School of Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
M.F.A. School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
B.A. in Art, Cum Laude, Lafayette College, Easton, PA
The American University in Paris, France
Queenspace Residency, NYC
University of Maryland Eastern Shore Mosley Gallery
University of Wilmington – Clothesline Muse
University of Maryland Inaugural Stamp Gallery
C. Sylvia and Eddie C. Brown Studio at the Bromo
Seltzer Arts Tower, Baltimore, MD
Sonja Haynes Stone Center, University of North
Carolina at Chapel Hill, NC
The Brandywine Workshop, Philadelphia, PA
The Kokrobitey Institute, Accra, GHANA
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture,
The Feeling is Mutual, Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts, Kalamazoo, MI
Color-pop, Hem+Spire & Carrack, Durham, NC
Threads Celebration: UBUNTU (site-specific installation) North Carolina Museum of Art
The Weightlessness of Forgiveness, Cary Arts Center
Impermanence, Morton Fine Art, Washington, DC
Scattered to the Wind, Bromo Seltzer Arts Tower,
Gantt Center for African-American Arts + Culture,
The Beauty of Now, Reginald Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture, Baltimore, MD
Free, Stone Center: Robert and Sallie Brown Gallery and Museum, UNC Chapel Hill, NC
Art & Soul, Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture, Duke University, Durham, NC
EnterACTION, Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists, Boston, MA
Independence, Lyda Moore Merrick Gallery, Durham, NC
Across County Lines: Contemporary Photography from the Piedmont, Nasher Museum of Art at
Duke University, Durham, NC
By The People, Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building, Washington, D.C.
Prizm Art Fair, Morton Fine Art (Art Basel Week), Miami, FL
Radical Intimacy, Durham Arts Movement Gallery, Durham, NC
Aqua Art Miami, Morton Fine Art, Miami, FL
Timeless Remnants, Morton Fine Art, Washington, DC
Aqua Art Miami, Morton Fine Art, Miami, FL
Fair Focus, Morton Fine Art, Washington, DC
Art Hamptons, Morton Fine Art, Bridgehampton, NY
DC NOW, Morton Fine Art, Washington, DC
AQUA Art Miami, Morton Fine Art, Miami, FL
Houston Art Fair, Morton Fine Art, Houston, TX
Material Girls, Reginald Lewis Museum of African American History and Culture, Baltimore, MD
Stories that Breathe, Morton Fine Art, Washington, DC
Art in Embassies, U.S. Embassy, Antananarivo, MADAGASCAR
Art in Embassies, U.S. Embassy, Rome, ITALY
Pulp, Sande Webster Gallery, Philadelphia, PA
Mind Body & Spirit, University of Maryland University College, Adelphi, MD
Funktified. Staller Center for the Arts, Stony Brook University, NY
Stars and Stripes: Pride and Hope, Smith Farm Center for Healing and the Arts, Washington, D.C.
Passion, Anyone Can Fly Foundation ACA Gallery, New York, NY
Double Exposure, Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco, CA
She’s So Articulate: Black Women Artists Reclaim the Narrative, Arlington Art Center, Arlington, VA
From Taboo to Icon: Africanist Turnabout, Ice Box Project Space, Philadelphia, PA
Ubuntu, Kokrobitey Institute, Kokrobitey, GHANA
Memory and Place, IAAA Gallery: New York University, New York, NY
Transparency, Tufts University, Medford, MA
Seeds, Piano Factory Gallery, Boston, MA
Access: A Feminist Perspective, Rhonda Schaller Studio, New York, NY
What is Freedom?, Gallery of Social and Political Art, Boston, MA
And then there were 3, Combes Gallery, The American University of Paris, France
Emerging Artist Mentorships, Bromo Arts Tower & Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
Faculty, Design and Art History, Towson University, Baltimore, MD
Faculty, Mixed Media and Art History, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD
Instructor, Mixed Media Collage, The Community College of Baltimore County, Baltimore, MD
Founder & Instructor, Make Your Mark Art, Philadelphia, PA
Co-Teaching, Public Art Public Action Youth
Art In Action, SMFA Boston, MA
SPIKE DBB + Cadillac, Artists Who Dare, Harlem, NY
GOOGLE OnHub featured artist and designer, Mountain View, CA
Director of Photography, ‘Conversation Between Elizabeth Catlett and Maya Angelou’ Delta Fine
Arts Center, Winston-Salem, NC (Film)
Coordinator, 2nd African and African American Art and Film Conference, New York, NY
Curator/ Moderator, Panel Discussion ‘Racing Yourself’, invited artists: Senga Nengudi, Dread Scott
and Aisha Bell, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA
HONORS AND AWARDS
Cosmopolitan Magazine (Featured Artist)
National Performance Network (Participating Artist)
New England Foundation for the Arts – National Theater Project: Grant Winner
Best of D.C., Modern Luxury Magazine
30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know, Huffington Post
Style Maker “Maya Freelon Asante”, Luxe Magazine
C. Sylvia and Eddie C. Brown Studio Award
Hometown Hero Award – Chapel Hill, NC
The Brandywine Workshop Young Artist Fellowship
City of Boston, City Council Official Recognition and Resolution (Enter-ACTION Exhibition)
Tufts University AS&E Diversity Fund Award
The School of the Museum of Fine Arts Presidential Funding (‘Racing-Yourself’ Panel)
Camille Hanks Cosby Fellowship (Skowhegan Residency)
Lafayette Honors Thesis Award
Outstanding Leadership Award (Philadelphia FIGHT)
Riley Temple Creative and Artistic Citizenship Award
EXCEL Research Scholar
LECTURES AND WORKSHOPS
The Clothesline Muse, University of Wilmington, NC
Art of Cool, Mother/Daughter Mashup, Durham, NC
The Hayti Heritage Center Durham, NC (Lecture)
Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, MD (Lecture)
The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC (Lecture)
Maryland Institute College of Art, ‘Beyond the Imagination’ Baltimore, MD (Guest Critic)
Duke University, Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture ‘Art & Soul’, Durham, NC (Lecture)
Crane Arts Ice Box Gallery, ‘From Taboo to Icon’, Philadelphia, PA (Panel Discussion)
The Museum of the National Center of AfroAmerican Art, Boston, MA (Lecture and Workshop)
College Art Association Conference, New York, NY Arts Exchange (Participating Artist)
Manchester Community College, Manchester, CT (Featured Artist)
Woodmere Art Museum, ‘Allan Freelon: Pioneer African American Impressionist’, Philadelphia, PA
“Maya Freelon’s Immersive and Interactive Sculptures Bring Tissue Paper to Life”, by Jacoba Urist,
“Our City, Through the Lens of 13 Photographers”, Oct/Nov issue, Durham Magazine
“Bleeding Art”, Issue 87, by Shelley Rose, American Lifestyle
“Fine Art Focus: Maya Freelon Asante”, by: Grace Bonney, Design Sponge
“Clothesline Connects Culture to Community”, Lumia News, March
“Muse weaves tales told by the threads”, Start News, March
“Scattered to the Wind” (Cover Art), Signs Journal, Winter
“Maya Freelon Asante: Volume” Washington Post, Jan
“Remarkable Women” Durham Magazine (Feature Cover), June
“Style Makers: Maya Freelon Asante” Luxe Magazine, Fall
“Black Artists: 30 Contemporary Art Makers Under 40 You Should Know” Huffington Post, Feb
“Material Girl: Maya Freelon Asante”, Modern Luxury – DC Magazine: Best of DC, Jan
“Material Girls: Contemporary Black Women Artists At Reginald F. Lewis Museum.”
“Critics Pick” Time Lapse – Material Girls, Art Forum online
Lamb, Evelyn,“Bridging the Gap Between Math and Art” Scientific American (web slideshow)
Anderson, John “Take it to the Bridge: Week 1 – Maya Freelon Asante”, Washington Post
Rabil, Evelyn “Maya Freelon Asante: Morton Fine Arts”, Bethesda Patch: Art
Colleen, Dorsey. “Baltimore artist Maya Freelon Asante shares with ‘Like/Dislike’.”
Lewis, John. “What to Do? What to Do?.” Baltimore Magazine.
“Color Muse: Maya Freelon Asante .” The Audacity Of Color. WordPress, 09 13 Dec
Phillip, Karin-Beate. “Material Girls.” African and African-Caribbean Design Diaspora (AACDD) . The
London Design Festival
“Beyond Bearden: Creative Responses ” Charlotte Culture Guide: A Project of the Arts & Science
“On Time: Maya Freelon Asante”, TV Episode “Sunday July 31, 2011.” CBS Baltimore
“ANTANANARIVO.” Art In Embassies. Department of State
Swift, Tim. “10 things not to miss this week.” The Baltimore Sun [Baltimore] 27 July
Shareef, Shaharzad. “An Artist to Watch.” The International Review of African American Art v.22 n.3
Amoss, Marianne K. “The Scene.” The Urbanite June
Johnson, S.Ann. “Talk, listen, and create with Baltimore based visual artist Maya Freelon Asante.”
Examiner.com Baltimore 22 July
Riley, Stephen. “Maya Freelon Asante: The Beauty of Now.” The Afro [Baltimore] 29 July
Meadows, Jessica. “Water-stained tissue paper” My NC. NBC17. North Carolina. 1 Feb.
“Tissue becomes art.” The Triangle Tribune [Durham] 28 Jan.
Riley, Cheryl R. “Art: Family Portrait.” Uptown Magazine Feb. & March: 28-29.
“Maya Freelon Asante.” Marquis Who’s Who in American Art. 29th ed.
Rice, Robin. “Life in Turnabout.” Philadelphia City Paper 23 Jan: 1
Frederick, Helen. “She’s So Articulate: Black Women Reclaim the Narrative.” Art Papers Sept.: 54. –
Nnenna Freelon: Better Than Anything. Rec. 15 Jan Original album artwork created by Maya
Freelon Asante. “Better Than Anything”, Tissue Paper Collage, 24″x23″
Henry, Lisa. “Double Exposure” Nueva Luz: En Foco 13.
Kim, Jin-ah. “Maya Freelon is Unafraid.” The Boston-Bay State Banner 3 May.
“Maya Freelon.” The Callaloo Express. Cambridge Community Television. Cambridge, MA. Brittan,
David, ed. “Transparent Reconstruction.” Tufts Magazine Spring: 1.
Pough, Gwendolyn D., ed. Home Girls Make Some Noise! Hip-hop Feminism Anthology. Grand
Rapids: Parker, LLC.
Greenberg, Blue. “Freelon finds her political voice in visual arts.” The Herald Sun [Durham]
22 Jan: E2.
Stasio, Frank. “IN-Dependence.” The State of Things. – WUNC. Durham. 19 Jan.
Artists of Color. Boston News Network. Boston, MA. Sept.
Freeman, Sandi. “Celebrating Women.” TRIBES Mar: 14+.
Endamne, Alice N., ed. “In The Eye of the Hurricane: Reflections on Katrina.” Black Arts Quarterly.
“Accessing the past to understand the future.” The Daily Hampshire Gazette [Northampton]
Feeney, Leigh Anne. “Maya Freelon: Hybrid of Art & Soul.” Nommo Newsmagazine [Los Angeles].
“Human body is focus of exhibition.” The Herald Sun [Durham, NC] Oct.
Lewis, Louis St. “Modern and Timeless.” Metro Magazine Oct.
Rodgers, Kenneth G. “Allan Freelon: African American Impressionist.” North Carolina Central
University Art Museum March & April.
First Citizens Bank, U.S. State Department, U.S. Embassy in Madagascar; U.S. Embassy Swaziland; U.S.
Embassy Rome; Smithsonian; National Museum of African American History and Culture; The University of
Maryland (David C. Driskell Center); Johns Hopkins University; Rocketship Rise Academy; The Museum of the
National Center of Afro-American Artists; The Reginald F. Lewis Museum; The School of the Museum of Fine
Arts; The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Lafayette College; The Brandywine Workshop; The
Experimental Printmaking Institute; The Williston Northampton School; The Kokrobitey Institute; Lewis Tanner
Moore; Dr. Maya Angelou
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