Art in The Lobby: Summer 2017

The Roger Smith Hotel is pleased to present new artwork in the Lobby at the Roger Smith Hotel for Summer 2017. Both artists, Maria Providencia and Miryana Todorova have participated in New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) programming and were brought to us by NYFA.

Maria Providencia is a visual artist living and working in New York City. She has participated in exhibitions in Barcelona, Madrid, New York, Chicago, Vermont, and Venice. Awarded residencies include MacDowell Colony, NH, and Frans Masereel Centrum, Belgium. She has been three times Art Grants recipient by Consell Nacional de la Cultura in Spain. She has also been awarded with the New York Foundation for the Arts NYFA fellowship. She received a BFA from Barcelona University, where she majored in Printmaking and an MFA in Photography from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Maria was a NYFA Fellow in Photography ’13

Miryana Todorova (b.1984 Sofia, Bulgaria) is a visual artist who lives and works between Sofia and NY. Her projects combine painting, performance, video, movable architecture and public interventions. Miryana holds a MFA Fine Arts degree from the School of Visual Arts, NY. She has participated in numerous exhibitions in Europe and the US among which: Movables at frosch&portmann gallery, NY, Being at the Storefront for Art & Architecture, NY, Movement of the Whole at INDA gallery, Budapest, Disconsent at the Center for Contemporary Art- the Ancient Bath, Plovdiv, and dissident desire at District, Berlin. Miryana is the recipient of the Gaudenz B. Ruf Award for Young Artist (2011) and was a resident and fellow at the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture (2012), ZK/U-Center for Art & Urbanistics (2013), District Berlin (2013), BRIC (2014), and Eileen S. Kaminsky Family Foundation (2016). She has been featured in publications such as Artforum, TimeOut NY, Blouin Artinfo, Le Monde Diplomatique, and Kultura.

Miryana was a participant in the NYFA Immigrant Artist Mentoring Program ’08. 

The Roger Smith is a family run hotel in Midtown Manhattan. For over 20 years the owners and employees have been committed to shaping and growing a diverse and organic cultural footprint both within the hotel and beyond. With a continued desire to converse and engage with guests within New York and in places further afield, The Roger Smith Hotel’s creative program seeks to create big opportunities, pleasurable experiences, inspiring happenings and intelligent dialogues.

The New York Foundation for the Arts (NYFA) was founded in 1971 to empower artists at critical stages in their creative lives. Each year we award $650,000 in cash grants to individual artists in all artistic disciplines. Our fiscal sponsorship program is one of the oldest and most reputable in the country and helps artists and organizations raise and manage an average of $4 million annually. Our Learning programs provide thousands of artists with professional development training and support, and our website,, received over 1.2 million visitors last year and has information about more than 12,000 opportunities and resources available to artists in all disciplines.

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Maria Providencia Casanovas, Inventory Objects IN, 2/10, 2012, Archival Inkjet Print

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