Maya Freelon Assante
Maya is an award-winning visual artist. Exploring the boundaries of mixed-media, Maya infuses vibrant tissue paper with printmaking, photography, collage and sculpture to create an array of color saturated imagery, which has been praised by Philadelphia City Paper as “joyous and spectacular”. Maya’s bold designs utilize tissue ink in order to accentuate her emotive subjects, which often include strength, unity, growth, and ancestral reverence. Awarded a residency at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in the summer of 2006, Maya’s artwork has also received acclaim from the Boston News Network television station, and international poet laureate, Maya Angelou, who stated, “She observes and visualizes the truth about the vulnerability and power of the human being”. In 2007, she graduated from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with a Master’s of Fine Art and began teaching at Morgan State University and Towson University in Baltimore, MD. She has helped coordinate the second African and African American Art and Film Conference, entitled “Here and Now”, which was held at New York University. Maya was also invited to Ghana by Renee Neblett, founder of the Kokrobitey Institute, as an artist-in-residence for their International Printmaking Workshop. Philadelphia’s historic Brandywine Workshop hosted Maya as a Young Artist Fellow in the Fall of 2008. In the Spring of 2009 she was the Visiting Artist Fellow for the Sonja Haynes Stone Center at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Maya is an advocate for social activism and creative expression; she founded the community arts collaborative, Make Your Mark Art, in 2005 and has conducted workshops in the US and abroad.
“The Landfillart project is an innovative artistic initiative created with the simultaneous goal of recycling unwanted material and creating beautiful, meaningful artwork. I knew I wanted to be part of this collaborative effort after reading about the mission and other artists involved. As a mixed media artist I strive to find ways to reuse materials and create found object sculptures because I believe the richest materials to work with are all around us. Recycled objects have more power, history and relevance. So the Landfillart project fit perfectly into my aesthetic and creative goals as an artist.Maya Freelon Assante