Nicole Awai is a multi media artist who lives and works in New York City. Awai received a Masters degree in Multi-Media Art (Painting and Printmaking) from the University of South Florida and is a graduate of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Awai is also a former artist in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Artist in Residence in the ceramics department at Hunter College and the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning.
Awai has exhibited nationally and internationally in North America, Europe, the Caribbean and Asia. Awai's work has been included in such seminal exhibitions such as the first Greater New York: New Art in New York Now at PS1/Moma in 2000, Open House at the Brooklyn Museum in 2004. Prints and Processes at the Salvador Dali Museum in Florida in 1999 was survey exhibition of contemporary printmaking processes from the late 19th century to the present. Work from Awai's series "A Currency for the Americas" was included in the exhibition. In 1998 Awai received a Puffin Grant for this series in which the artist incorporated computer imaging in combination with printmaking and painting processes. In 2003, Awai was invited to create work in Albisola, Italy with a master ceramic factory for the Biennale of Ceramic in Contemporary Art. In 2005 Awai was invited to speak about her work at the Whitney Museum of American Art as featured artist in the Initial Public Offerings series.
Recent exhibitions included in "d’Asie d’Afrique" at Artist Commune in Kowloon, Hong Kong and Tropicalisms: Subversions of Paradise at the Jersey City Museum.
Awai’s drawings and photographs are currently included in Infinite Island:
Contemporary Caribbean Art at the Brooklyn Museum and concurrently her feature "E-mail from HERE" is in Small Axe: A Journal of Caribbean Criticism, volume 24, Winter 2007/2008 which inspired the recent panel discussion "Conversations from Here" at Dartmouth College. Panelist included Krista Thompson, Christopher Cozier, Jerry Philogene, Richard Fung and Nicole Awai.
Awai has been featured in such publications as the Nka, BOMB magazine, NY Arts, Review: Literature and Arts of the Americas, New York Times and the International Review of African American Art.
Awai will be artist in residence at the Kohler Center for Arts, summer 2008.
Local Ephemera, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Queens, NY
Nicole Awai: Backwards and Forwards, Akus Gallery, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT.
Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.
Emerge 8, Ajira, A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ.
TRANS, Queens Library Gallery, Queens, NY.
Tropicalism: Subversions of Paradise, Jersey City Museum, Jersey City, NJ.
"d’Asie d’Afrique", Artist Commune, Kowloon, Hong Kong Chimaera, Tenri Cultural Institute of New York, New York, NY.
Pilot: 2 International Art Forum, London, UK.
Open House: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY.
Biennial of Ceramics in Contemporary Art, Albisola, Italy.
Hope Box Tour, Morocco, Eritrea, Egypt Mexico, Brazil, Kosova , South Africa.
After Matisse/ Picasso, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY.
637 Running Feet: Black on White Wall Drawings by 14 Artists, Queens Museum of Art, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Queens, NY.
Divergence, Rush Arts, New York, NY.
Model Citizens, Nicole Awai, Lennon Jno Baptiste, Tony Gray, Wangechi Mutu, Roger Smith Gallery, New York, NY.
Panyard, Nicole Awai and Terry Boddie, Five Myles, Brooklyn, NY.
Between Lines, (traveling exhibition) Centro Cultural Cariforo, Palacio de Bellas Artes, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
New New York, Manuel Acevedo, Nicole Awai, Adam Baer , Ernest Jolicoeur, Akus Gallery, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, CT.
Hope Box Peep Show, Queensland College of Art Gallery, Griffith University, Queensland, Australia.
Big River 2 International Artists Workshop Exhibition, Caribbean Contemporary Arts, Trinidad, West Indies.
studio-visit.com - the show, 31 Grand, Brooklyn, NY.
Greater New York: New Art in New York Now, PS1 Contemporary Art Center, Long Island City, NY.
From the Studio: Artists-in-Residence 1999-2000, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY.
Good Art is the Best Business: 20 Years of Artists In The Market Place, The Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY Frere, The New York Independent Art Fair, Chelsea Hotel, New York, NY.
Weather Report, Weather Report Foundation, Den Haag, The Netherlands.
Ziggy and the Black Dinosaurs and Other Folktales, Longwood Arts Center, Bronx, NY.
The Pocket Project, Entitled and the Rainbow Artists, Broadway Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM.
Zone of Risibility, The Rotunda Gallery, Brooklyn, NY.
Artists in the Market Place Exhibition, The Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY.
Homelands, Nicole Awai, Sara Good, Karen Stinnett, St. Petersburg Center for the Arts, St. Petersburg, FL.
Prints and Processes, Raymond James Room, Salvador Dali Museum, St. Petersburg, FL.
Women in the Visual Arts,Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT.
Master of Fine Arts, Multi-media Art, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. (1996)
Bachelor of Arts, University of South Florida, Tampa, FL. (1991)
Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine / New York, NY. (1997)
AWARDS AND RESIDENCIES
Artist-in-Residence, John Michael Kohler, Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI (2008).
Caribbean Contemporary Arts, International Artist in Residence, Trinidad, (2007).
Emerge Program, Aljira, A Center for Contemporary Art, Newark, NJ
Art Omi International Artist’s Colony, Hudson / New York, NY. (2004)
Artist-in-Residence, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Queens, NY. (2004)
Big River 2 International Artists’ Workshop, Caribbean Contemporary Arts, Port-of-Spain,Trinidad (2001).
Artist-in-Residence, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY. (2000)
Artist-in-Residence, Hunter College, Art Department, New York, NY. (2000)
Artist-in-Residence, Art Center South Florida, Miami Beach, FL. (1998)
Puffin Foundation Grant, Puffin Foundation LTD, Teaneck, NJ. (1998)
Payson Fellowship, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine / New York, NY (1997).
DISCUSSIONS AND INTERVIEWS
Visiting Artist, Yale School of Art, Department of Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture (12/7/2007).
Conversation from ‘Here’, panel discussion, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH (10/8/07).
Whitney Museum of American Art, Initial Public Offering: New Artists, New Curators, Nicole Awai and Rocio Aranda-Alvarado. (3/23/05)
Local Ephemera, Nicole Awai in Discussion with Edwin Ramoran and Rosamond King, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning , Queens, NY (1/28/2005).
Small Axe,#24, Email from ‘HERE’, Nicole Awai, Fall 2007 Art Actuel, "L’Art Actuel Des Caraibes", September/October 2007, #52.
New York Times, Art Review, From Young Storytellers, A Playful Tone:
Contemporary Art Powerhouse’s Emerging Artists Show Promise, by Benjamin Genocchio, August 26, 2007.
New York Times, Art Review, Coloring a Tropical Paradise, by Benjamin Genocchio, December 3, 2006.
The International Review of African American Art, volume 20 no.2, "Inveterate Outsider", African American Women Artists Get Their Due (and Pay Them).
Smallaxe.net, Sxspace, "Nicole Awai", March 2005.
Flavorpill.net, Discussion: Art, Initial Public Offerings (I.P.O.): New Artists, New Curators, Nicole Awai and Rocio Aranda-Alvarado (3/22-3/28/05).
Small Axe, volume 8.2, "Resonance: The Essence of the Playing Field", by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, September 2004.
Review: Literature and Art of the Americas 68, Volume 37, number1, "The World of In-Between: An Interview with Nicole Awai", Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, May 2004.
Gallery & Studio, New York Notebook, "Open House: A Museum grows in Brooklyn", vol. 6 no. 5 June/July/August 2004.
New York Times, Art Guide,"Open House: Working in Brooklyn (w/repro), by Holland Cotter, April 30, 2004.
BOMB, Artists on Artists: Nicole Awai by Christopher Cozier, Winter 2003/2004.
The Biennial of Ceramic in Contemporary Art, (exhibition catalogue w/repro), Attese Onlus, Milan, Italy.
NY Arts, "Hot Shows from the Edge: Summer in the City", by Carl E. Hazlewood, September 2002.
New York Times, Art Guide, "Model Citizens", by Ken Johnson, July 5, 2002.
Nka: Journal of Contemporary African Art, Review "Culture and Memory" by Rocio Aranda-Alvarado, #13/14 spring/summer 2001.
New American Paintings, Sixth Open Studios Northeastern Competition, Volume # 32, March 2001.
New York Times, Art Review, "Picking Out Distinctive Voices in a Pluralistic Chorus", by Holland Cotter, August 18, 2000.
Good Morning New York, Fox Ch. 5 WNYW, August 10,2000.
studio-visit.com, "Nicole Awai", June 2000.
New York Times, Art Review, Good Art is the Best Business, Bronx Museum of Art, by Holland Cotter, May 12, 2000.
Harper's Bazaar, "United Artists", by Catherine Hong, May 2000.