Adjunct Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Nicole Awai recently was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant
Adjunct Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Nicole Awai recently was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant. The Painters & Sculptors Grant Program was established in 1993 to assist individual artists. The grants are given to acknowledge painters and sculptors creating work of exceptional quality.
The Foundation selected nominators nationwide dedicated to supporting artists who are under-recognized for their artistic achievements and whose career would benefit from the grant. The candidates' images were viewed for consideration through an anonymous process by a jury panel that convened in November at the office of the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Nominators and jurors include prominent visual artists, curators, and arts educators.
Additional programs undertaken by the Foundation include free art classes for New York City youth, grants to MFA graduates to aid in their transition from academic to professional studio work, and grants to artists and arts communities in need of emergency support after a disaster.
The Joan Mitchell Foundation was established in April 1993 as a not-for-profit corporation following the death of Joan Mitchell in October 1992. The Foundation strives to fulfill the ambitions of Joan Mitchell to assist the needs of contemporary artists and to demonstrate that painting and sculpture are significant cultural necessities.
Professor Awai, a Trinidadian native, has been teaching at York College since the fall of 2005, except for the 2008-2009 academic year, when she was a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Illinois, Chicago. She also currently serves as an art critic for the Yale School of Art. In the fall of 2011 she had her first solo show in Manhattan at the Vilcek Foundation, entitled "Nicole Awai: Almost Undone." In all her works, Professor Awai draws upon multiple sources for inspiration⎯from popular media and design to the history of art and a curiosity about the human migratory experience. Her work has been included in several seminal exhibitions, including the first "Greater New York: New Art in New York Now," at P.S. 1/MoMA (2000), the 2008 Busan Biennale in Korea, "Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art" (2007), and "Open House: Working in Brooklyn," the latter two held at the Brooklyn Museum. Professor Awai was also a featured artist in the 2005 I.P.O. series at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
At York, Professor Awai teaches drawing, 2-dimensional design and 3-dimesional design.