Introducing Maia Chao: The 2023 Stephen Pace Artist in Residence

Maia Chao. Work in progress, 2023. Still. HD video. Courtesy of Tyler Burdenski.


Art has a unique power to transcend boundaries, redefine perspectives, and incite transformative conversations. In the spirit of creativity and collaboration, we are thrilled to announce that Maia Chao has been selected as the 2023 Stephen Pace Artist in Residence. This year’s residency promises an exciting new chapter for the Hudson D. Walker Gallery, thanks to the generous support of the Stephen and Palmina Pace Foundation.

Maia Chao is an interdisciplinary artist, educator, and Visual Arts Fellow in 2017-2018. Her collaborative work explores performance, video, sculpture, and social practice. Chao is a Fulbright grantee with a BA in Anthropology from Brown University and an MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). Chao was named a 2022-23 Pew Fellow and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2023. She is a member of the Philadelphia art collective and DIY space, Vox Populi, and teaches at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) as a Professor of Social Practice. 

During her 8-week residency, Maia Chao will collaborate with artist henry bradley to develop a public artwork commissioned by the Times Square Alliance for 2024. The Hudson D. Walker Gallery will transform into an expansive workspace where Chao and Bradley will experiment with formal and conceptual research. Their exploration will focus on crowds, public safety, and theater.

This residency represents the Work Center’s focus on investing in our network of Fellows and engaging past Fellows as mentors and collaborators to our current cohort. Our inaugural Pace Artist in Residence was Sara Stern. We invite our community to arrange a studio visit at the Hudson D. Walker Gallery by contacting Maia Chao at

We sincerely thank the Stephen and Palmina Pace Foundation for their unwavering commitment to the arts. Join us in celebrating this exciting new chapter of artistic exploration. Stay tuned for updates, exhibition dates, and glimpses into the residency unfolding over the coming weeks.

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