2013-2014 BCA call artists


Born and raised in Seattle, Washington, Xenobia Bailey studied ethnomusicology at the University of Washington where she became fascinated by the craftsmanship and sounds of the cultures of Africa and Asia.

After designing and producing costumes and masks for Black Arts West, a local African-American community theater, she was accepted by Brooklyn’s Pratt Institute in 1974 where she received a BFA in industrial design. After learning to crochet under the guidance of Bernadette Sonona, a needle arts teacher at Greenpoint Cultural Society in Brooklyn, Xenobia began to create and sell colorful crocheted hats inspired by African-American hairstyles, textile patterns and African architecture. Her hats have been featured in Elle magazine, on The Cosby Show, and in the Spike Lee film Do the Right Thing. Bailey has been artist-in-residence at Pittsburgh's Society for Contemporary Craft, at Studio Museum of Harlem, and at New York City’s Marie Walsh Sharpe Art Foundation.

Ms. Bailey has exhibited at the Studio Museum of Harlem, the New Museum of Contemporary Art, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, and the Jersey City Museum. Her work is in the permanent collections at Harlem's Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Allentown Art Museum, and the Museum of Contemporary Arts and Design.

Xenobia Bailey Blog spot

The Etsy Blog: The Aesthic of Funk with Xenobia Bailey by Sabrina Gordon

Article about Xenobia Bailey

creative Time

Paradise Under Reconstruction
in the Aesthetic of Fun, 2000


Art Crowns Newly Opened Subway Station

Xenobia Bailey's “Funktional Vibratons” is a highlight of the new NYC subway station at 34 St. – Hudson Yards which opened on September 14th bringing New Yorkers to the Javits Center, the High Line and Chelsea via the 7 line’s extension. Majestic mosaics are suspended above the main entrance and feature overlapping mandala-like circles and patterns against a cobalt blue background. Starbursts and rays of light fill the space creating a vibrant and joyous attraction. Bailey is a fiber artist and her art for the station began as crocheted pieces, which were transferred to digital images, enlarged and interpreted into mosaic by Miotto Mosaic Art Studio. Take a ride and see it for yourself!



Honey Kassoy (1917-2013) of Burlington, New York was a sculptor and painter, whose artistic career has spanned 74 years. She graduated from Pratt Institute in 1936 and earned degrees from Columbia Teachers College in 1938 and 1939 with work featured in museums and commercial galleries since 1939. She and her husband, the late artist Bernard Kassoy (both pictured at right), explored all media in their studios in New York City and Burlington. Honey’s accolades include a scholarship to Parson’s School of Design in Paris and First Prize in Watercolor on Painter’s Day at the 1939 New York World’s Fair.

Throughout her career, she has received a number of awards for sculpture from the American Society of Contemporary Artists’ annual showcases and six fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts. Her outdoor sculpture “Maternal Force” is in the permanent collection of the Amalgamated Housing Corporation in New York City. Her work appears in several other permanent collections as well. Honey Kassoy was Corresponding Secretary of the United States Committee of the International Association of Artists (UNESCO) from 1979-1993, serving as a U.S. delegate to its 10th Congress in Finland in 1983. She has held executive positions with New York Artists Equity Association, Visual Arts of the Bronx Council on the Arts and the American Society of Contemporary Artists. She has also taught art at several educational institutions. Photo of Bernie and Honey: Robert Fass.

Interview with Honey Kassoy excerpted from the
American Society of Contemporary Artists documentary film

Articles about Honey Kassoy


The Riverdale Press


The Women



Olga Kitt’s interest in art began at the age of 13 when her brother took her to the Museum of Modern Art. She was astounded by what she saw and a few months later took the qualifying examination for the High School of Music and Art. The exam included a drawing exercise in which she used concepts that she took away from her experience at the art museum. It won her first place among the entrants. This young girl from the east Bronx was on her way to a career marked by salient events.

Olga was a scholarship student of Hans Hofmann in 1954-1955. During the 1950s, she was the assistant to Walter Pach when he lectured at the City College of New York. It was Pach who, in Paris, helped select and ship works for the 1913 New York Armory Show which brought Cubism to America. Later, with her Dewitt Clinton High School students, she produced the first comic books ever made by students for students. Copies of these books can be found at the New York Historical Society, the Bronx Historical Society and a number of other institutions. At the Museum of Modern Art during the 1978 Sol LeWitt  show, Ms. Kitt  coordinated her West Side High School students’ conceptual work with LeWitt. Her books include "Hofmann's Lessons" and "Clinton's Student Cartoonists" and her work has been exhibited in numerous solo and group shows.

View samples of Ms. Kitt's work here:

American Society of Contemporary Artists

Riverdale Art Association


Kingsbridge Riverdale Vancortlandt Development Corporation

Storm Entering Manhattan, 2012








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