Each year NoMAA selects outstanding people and organizations from the community to honor during the Uptown Arts Stroll. In 2016 we are excited and pleased to recognize the remarkable contributions of artists Felipe Galindo and Wilhelmina Grant, art historian Carol S. Ward, and the non-profit housing development company Broadway Housing Communities.
Felipe Galindo (aka Feggo) creates humorous art in a variety of media, including cartoons, illustrations, animations, fine art and public art. His humorous drawings have appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Reader’s Digest, Mad, Nickelodeon, Newsday, Narrative, International Herald Tribune, NACLA, INXart and numerous European publications.
Born in Cuernavaca, Mexico, he resides in New York City. He has a BFA in Visual Arts from the National Autonomous University of Mexico. Galindo has held numerous individual exhibitions in the United States and abroad. He has received grants from the LMCC, NALAC, NYSCA, NoMAA, Puffin Foundation, US/Mexico Fund for Culture and Latino Public Broadcasting.
Recent awards for his cartoons include: Zagreb Cartoon; Turkey’s Ministry of Tourism, Antalya; Porto Cartoon Festival, Portugal; United Nations Correspondents Association; Knokke-Heist Humorfest, Belgium; Greek Ministry of Culture; Omiya Festival, Japan.
He is an arts educator for the School of Visual Arts, Community Word Project, Say Yes to Education and TED-Ed.
He is the creator of the celebrated project “Manhatitlan: Mexican and American Cultures Intertwined,” which includes a book (J. Pinto Books), works on paper exhibitions and animations. He has two cartoon collections: “Cats Will Be Cats” (Plume/Penguin) and “No Man Is a Desert Island” (J. Pinto Books.)
He designed “Magic Realism in Kingsbridge,” a series of four public artworks in faceted glass for the W 231st Street subway station of the #1 line in New York City, commissioned by the MTA Arts for Transit Program.
“Frida Khalo’s New York” was his most recent exhibition at Mark Miller Gallery, New York, a whimsical take on that artist’s visit to the city in the 1930s and ’40s and exhibited later at the Women’s Rights National Historical Park in Seneca Falls, NY.
Wilhelmina Grant is a self-taught visual artist and native New Yorker who uses found objects and mixed media, which she repurposes into assemblage art. Many of the ideas that stimulate the creation of her work reflect her passion for promoting women’s health matters with a focus on breast cancer awareness. Wilhelmina has mounted 25 solo exhibitions in Harlem, Texas and Alaska, and has participated in 46 group exhibitions at numerous venues throughout New York.
As an artist-in-residence through the Creative Center at University Settlement, she uses the arts to nurture the creativity of cancer patients, their families and staff in a healthcare setting. She also guides elder participants through arts projects at two senior centers in Harlem and Washington Heights.
Wilhelmina is the founder of SISTAAH, Inc. (Survivors Inspiring Sisters Through Art and Advocacy for Health), an arts-based non-profit organization which seeks to inform, encourage and facilitate access to early detection of breast cancer by connecting the medically underserved to free screening services.
She has self-published her first book, “A Feeling of Fullness: Insights of a Divinely Guided Journey Beyond Breast Cancer” (2016, Xlibris Publishing Company), which chronicles her experience from the nearly missed breast cancer diagnosis at age 37 through her present-day life as an artist/author/health awareness advocate. The book is filled with color photographs of visual art which relates to the topic of early detection, advocacy and cancer survivorship.
Carol S. Ward
Carol S. Ward is currently the Executive Director of the Morris-Jumel Mansion. She has been on staff there for eight years, first as the Director of Education and Public Programs beginning in 2008 and becoming Executive Director in the Fall of 2013.
Ms. Ward is an art historian with her BA from Mary Washington College, and two masters degrees, her first in Museum Education from the College of New Rochelle, and her second in Art History from Hunter College. She has presented at the annual NYCMER (New York City Museum Educators Roundtable) conferences on bringing contemporary art into an historic house museum and has also recently spoken at Mary Washington College about the future of careers in the museum field and Marymount College about nonprofit management.
She recently published a book containing the comprehensive photographic history of the Morris-Jumel Mansion, and articles she has written have been published in The Historic House Trust journal, the American Alliance of Museums Magazine and catalogs for the Bruce Museum, Morris-Jumel Mansion and Keno Auctions.
The proudest achievement in her career was leading Morris-Jumel through its 250th Anniversary celebration in 2015—including a benefit performance of “Hamilton” and the mounting of the critically acclaimed exhibition “Yinka Shonibare MBE: Colonial Arrangements.”
Broadway Housing Communities
Since 1983, Broadway Housing Communities (BHC) has been a leader in efforts to develop housing and other community revitalization initiatives in Upper Manhattan. Today, BHC’s innovative model leverages the synergies between housing, education and the arts to ignite meaningful, lasting change in West Harlem and Washington Heights.
Last fall, BHC celebrated the opening of the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art & Storytelling, the cultural capstone of the 191,000 square-foot Sugar Hill Project, an innovative mixed-use development on W 155th Street. With an iconic design by internationally renowned architect David Adjaye, BHC’s Sugar Hill Project brings affordable housing, an early childhood center, a community art gallery, and a new cultural institution to a single site in the heart of the Sugar Hill historic district.
Executive Director: Ellen Baxter