Maya Ciarrocchi, Chris Costan, Blinn Jacobs, Courtney Puckett, and Carol Warner are the featured contestants of Drawing Challenge XI which was inspired by words from bell hook's
Teaching Community: A Pedagogy of Hope (2003)

     "Dominator culture has tried to keep us all afraid, to make us choose safety instead of  risk, sameness instead of diversity. Moving through that fear, finding out what connects us, revelling in our differences; this is the process that brings us closer, that gives us a world of shared values, of meaningful community."   

                                                                             - bell hooks, 2003

The Weight, 2020, monotype

“After the murder of George Floyd and during the ensuing protests, I started working with a series of photographs I shot during a residency in Poland last year. I had never known exactly what to do with them but then during the protests, I channeled my grief into a series of trace monotypes using the photographs as a reference. Here I have chosen an image from the series that shows the outline of a figure with a drawing on her back. The drawing could be a tattoo or a cut. The figure is Katarzyna Pastuszak, a Polish dancer who was at the residency. The image on her back is a detail of the Flossenbürg concentration camp near the boarder of Germany and Czechoslovakia. Kasia is not a person of Jewish ancestry, nevertheless her mother was sent to the Ravensbrück concentration camp in Germany.

As a person of Ashkenazi descent, I left for the residency in Poland with feelings of dread. I knew by going there I would confront many unanswered questions and many ghosts. What I did not expect was that by confronting these fears I could see how we all, regardless of ancestry, carry their weight. We are connected in life and death, in anguish and in joy. As bell hooks tells us, "Moving through that fear, finding out what connects us, revelling in our differences; this is the process that brings us closer," It is indeed easier to sit in our silos of uniformity, but reaching out to difference and even strangeness can open up the world, if we only let it.”

                                                                                                              - Maya Ciarrocchi


February 18 - March 28, 2020

Wave Hill Winter Workspace 2020 Session Two

Glyndor Gallery

Maya Ciarrocchi is a 2020 Wave Hill Winter Workspace Artist in Residence. During her residency she will continue work on Mosholu, a drawing series that maps the rerouting of Tibbetts Brook, a near-by Bronx waterway


Friday, January 10, 2020 7:00 PM 

The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Block Gallery

80 White Street, 2nd Fl. New York, NY

Site: Yizkor Performance

Site: Yizkor is an ongoing work for sound and video created by visual artist Maya Ciarrocchi and composer Andrew Conklin.

The project explores the physical and emotional documentation of death and loss using drawings of demolished buildings, maps of vanished places, field recordings of folk music, and audience contributed writing as its source material. The performance includes live music with sung and spoken text in a projected environment.

The performance will be followed by a workshop where audience members are invited to create their own Yizkor pages as a way to mourn and commemorate lost people and places.

Performers include:

Maya Ciarrocchi, video

Andrew Conklin, guitar, vocals

Dana Lyn, violin

Ben Goldberg, clarinet

Sam Ospovat, percussion

Marques Hollie, vocals

Andrea Kleine, reader

Michelle Levy, reader

Jesús Lopez, reader

The Block Gallery is the Bronx Museum's artist incubator space dedicated to supporting the ongoing creative and professional advancement of AIM program artists.


December 12, 2019 - January 8, 2020 

MacDowell Colony

Peterborough, NH

Image: Lindsey Wolkowicz, Conceal Compose 1 (L), Maya Ciarrocchi, From Lithuania to Liverpool (Dov Bear) (C), Daniel Maidman, Saint Rebecca (R)


Nov 14 - Dec 7, 2019

Equity Gallery

245 Broome Street
New York, NY 10002

A Group Exhibition Juried by Hyeseung Marriage-Song, Beverly McNeil, and Patricia Watwood

Equity Gallery

Thurs., November 14th – Sat., December 7th

Opening Reception, Thurs. November 14th, 6 – 8 PM

Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Friday, 11 AM—6 PM and Saturday and Sunday, 12 PM—6 PM