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BRIC Awards $100,000 to 10 New York City-Based Visual Artists

The Brooklyn art institution has announced the winners of its Colene Brown Art Prize
Photo: Beyond My Ken for Wikimedia Commons.

BRIC has announced the ten winners of its second annual Colene Brown Art Prize, which awards $10,000 to New York-based artists yet to receive institutional support.

Of the 2020 recipients, Zachary Fabri, Christophe Roberts and Scherezade Garcia are based in Brooklyn. The other winners are: Caitlin Cherry, Nate Lewis, Joiri Minaya, Kambui Olujimi,  Erwin Redl, Naomi Safran-Hon and Michelle Segre.

Top Row: Caitlin Cherry, Zachary Fabri, Scherezade Garcia, Nate Lewis, Joiri Minaya. Bottom Row: Kambui Olujimi, Erwin Redl, Christophe Roberts, Naomi Safran-Hon, Michelle Segre. Photo: BRIC and the artists.

BRIC President Kristina Newman-Scott said through this award, BRIC was able to advance opportunities for "brilliant visual artists, supporting them while they continue to create exceptional and necessary work."

"We are honored to again be entrusted with the distribution of the Colene Brown Art Prize, which is so well aligned with our mission of incubating artists, and by Deborah Brown's continued generosity."

Now in its second year, the award is underwritten by artist and former BRIC Board Member Deborah Brown and her sister Ellen Brown in memory of their late mother, Colene Brown, and is funded through the Harold and Colene Brown Family Foundation. 

The process includes leading New York City-based curators, critics, and artists each nominating five artists at any stage of their careers who are yet to receive substantial institutional support. A selection committee within BRIC choses the final ten recipients of the award. 

The 2020 recipients will be celebrated with a virtual exhibition in BRIC's virtual gallery in December. Details and dates to be announced.