Article July 11th, 2019

On the anniversary of the release of Childish Gambino’s Summerpack, Anna Toscano wrote an article about my work for Radio1088:

Art Sale! Spring 2019

I am holding a Spring Studio Sale. Email me for more information: You can read more about it here:[UNIQID]

Albee Foundation

I am thrilled to share that I have been invited to the Albee foundation as an artist in residence for 6 weeks starting in September

Window Installation “Inner Geographies” at Chashama’s Space to Present 2019

On view Jan 11th- Feb 8th, 2019 Monday-Friday 12-6pm

Album Artwork for Childish Gambino 2018

I had the tremendous honor of having created the artwork for Childish Gambino's two latest singles. 
You can listen here:…/hear-childish-gambinos-bree…/


Artist Residency at the Audubon Society on Governor's Island 2018

I am so happy to have the opportunity to work on my newest series of self-portrait silhouettes for one month in September at the Audobon Society on Governor's Island. My studio will be open to the public Wed-Sun 11-5.


Hell's Kitchen Foundation Grant 2018

I am so grateful to be a second-time recipient of a grant from the Hell's Kitchen Foundation

Spring Break Art Show 2018

Chashama invited me to work on my latest series live during the Spring Break Art Show.


Holocenter Residency June 2017

I am thrilled to have been granted studio space in June at the Holocenter on Governor's Island!


Lanterns for Peace at FIGMENT NYC June 3-4, 2017


Lanterns for Peace in the news again:


Puffin Foundation West Grant! February 2017

I am thrilled to be a 2017 recipient of a grant from Puffin Foundation West for Lanterns for Peace!


Lanterns for Peace at FiveMyles Gallery in Crown Heights during President's Week February 2016

The lanterns will stay alive! I will be exhibiting 100+ of them from 2/20-2/26 from 1-8 pm at 558 St. Johns Place in BK


Lanterns for Peace at 3-Squared Gallery in Chelsea, NY during Presidential Inauguration January 2017

I installed 250 lanterns in the gallery on which were written 150 people's response to the question What do we do now? 100 blank lanterns were left for people to write their thoughts as they passed through the installation. The exhibition was selected for NY1's "Your Weekend Starts Now" and inspired a blogpost at Last American Childhood:


Lanterns for Peace installed in Taos Town Plaza November 2016

I am delighted to share that I received permission from the Taos Town Hall to create an installation of lanterns at the Taos Plaza gazebo. In my heavy grief over the election results, I was inspired by a German children's song "Lantern lantern stay alive. It's dark outside but my light keeps shining." I compiled people's answers to the question "what do we do now?" and have made an installation of lanterns. I intend to bring the project to NY when I complete my artist residency. Here are a few links to articles about the project:


Accessible Art Fair New York November 2016

I am exhibiting several pencil drawings at this new fair at the National Arts Club on Gramercy Park South 11/1-11/25


Helene Wurlitzer Foundation Fall 2016

I am currently on residence in Taos, NM at the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation December 2016!


Multitude - A Two-Woman Exhibition of Drawings at Kenise Barnes Fine Art Gallery 9/17

OPENING: Saturday September 17th, 2016 6:30-8pm

New medium and large scale drawings in colored pencil and ink by New York artist Jessica Maffia and Oregon artist Sarah Morejohn at Kenise Barnes Fine Art


Hells Kitchen Foundation Grant June 17th, 2016

I am thrilled to announce I am among the very first recipients of a grant from the Hells Kitchen Foundation!


SUNDAY MAY 15th, 2016 6-9PM I will be exhibiting several drawings at the Gotham Arts Salon 

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DON'T BE LATE! Join Gotham Arts for a convivial private salon evening featuring drawings by Jessica Maffia along with musical performances by mezzo-soprano Catherine Leech.Kindly RSVP promptly so that headcount can be determined for refreshments.


SPRING 2016: I have painted a pair of sneakers for the Mississippi Museum of Art. They are being 

auctioned off here:         

Check out these articles written about the sneakers:


SPRING 2016: I have just partnered with VIDA

a new kind of fashion e-commerce company, to design a clothing line that is based on my artwork. For every product sold, VIDA hopes to provide the gift of literacy to the makers they work with. Below are some of my favorite items from this collection.


2016 I have 6 drawings on exhibition at the interior design showroom at 50 Riverside Blvd. through 

Bjorn Bjornsson


SUMMER 2015-SPRING 2016 I am exhibiting 5 drawings in Aloft Hotel 49-53 Ann Street · New York, New York, 10038 · United States  · Phone: 212- 513-0003


CHECK OUT THIS NEW VIDEO of my work from director Juan David Castilla with soundtrack by Tim Shipman:



My first solo exhibition at Denise Bibro Fine Art Gallery! I am exhibiting 19 pieces from my series of photo-realistic graphite and colored pencil drawings of cracks and residue on walls. 


Jessica Maffia
     September 10th- October 3rd, 2015
     Opening Reception: September 10th, 6-8pm

Denise Bibro Fine Art in Chelsea opens its Fall Season with a selected consortium of fresh talent chosen from our recent Art From the Boros III exhibition. Talents will run from September 10th- October 3rd, 2015.  In Gallery I, we have a solo exhibition of Brooklyn artist Whitney Wood Bailey and in Gallery II a solo exhibition of Brooklyn artist Linda Kamille Schmidt. In our Platform Gallery we have a solo exhibition of Manhattan artist Jessica Maffia and throughout all three galleries we are soloing Brooklyn sculptor London Tsai. Each emerging artist has developed cohesive bodies of work using different mediums. Each body of work is well crafted and conveys the distinct voice of their respective creator. 
JESSICA MAFFIA: Maffia’s works are inspired by the rich mark making of decay, residues and cracks on aging surfaces that she finds around her and in her travels. She considers these unintentional found art.  She sees beauty in their forms, color or lack of. Her works are tightly rendered wall markings in pencil on paper. Although the works appear obsessive, they yield haunting, exquisite worlds that compel her and the viewer. She savors the process of looking at things closely to uncover the splendors in the ordinary and the insignificant. 

For more information call (212) 647.7030, email, or visit


SEPTEMBER 2015 I am thrilled to return to the Vermont Studio Center for a month-long residency in the fall. 


JULY 2015 I will be exhibiting my newest large colored pencil drawings at Denise Bibro Fine Art gallery starting July 16th


MAY 15th - JUNE 15th 2015 My wall drawings were cited here in Hyperallergic during the exhibition "Dangerous Emotions" at The Local.


2014-2015 : Recent articles/ published work:


DECEMBER 2014 My drawing Nevermind was published on the cover of Fabio Gironi's book, "Naturalizing Badiou: Mathematical Ontology and Structural Realism"