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BRIC Announces BRIClab 2022 – 2023 Artists-in-Residence
Artists working in four tracks – Contemporary Art, Film + TV, Performing Arts, and Video Art – have been selected for BRIC’s residency program
(BROOKLYN, NY — September 13, 2022) — BRIC, a leading, multi-disciplinary arts and media institution anchored in downtown Brooklyn, is pleased to announce the 2022-2023 BRIClab artists-in-residence. BRIClab is a multi-disciplinary residency program created to offer emerging and mid-career artists essential resources, financial support, mentorship, and skills-based learning opportunities. In addition, it provides a chance to share their work with their peers and the public.
The residency aims to build a more robust and diverse artistic community in Brooklyn by fostering relationships, and supporting long-term growth and engagement with BRIC. The program supports artists to freely and diligently explore the possibilities of their practices. Each of the four creative tracks offers a unique set of resources tailored to meet the distinct needs of varied artistic expression.
This year marks the return of BRIClab: Video Art to in-person, and it is the second year BRIClab: Contemporary Art offers studio space to its residents for an entire year. In addition, BRIC House recently reopened its doors to the public, allowing the public to gather, freely explore contemporary art exhibitions, and access the media center’s tools and resources. BRIClab is part of a BRIC-wide effort to advance accessibility for disabled artists, audiences, and staff members, and this year’s program is supporting disabled artists and disability-focused projects in multiple tracks.
Wes Jackson, President of BRIC, said:
“Our BRIClab residency program provides an opportunity pipeline for some of the most dynamic and innovative artists working in Brooklyn. Many of these creators go on to showcase within other parts of BRIC, like our Contemporary Art Project Room or even the stage of BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn! BRIClab is at the heart of what we do here at BRIC, and I’m honored to welcome this new cohort of artists and makers into the BRIC community.”
BRIClab: Contemporary Art is a year-long residency program that offers emerging and mid-career artists studio space, mentorship, and curatorial support to develop their projects. The 2022-2023 cohort has shown a strong desire to work collaboratively and expand their practice through sound, installation, and new media. An open studio event will happen in Spring 2023.
BRIClab: Film + TV is a year-long residency track that incubates innovative and ambitious documentary filmmakers working on short-form and feature-length non-fiction films. This year’s cohort documentaries explore the immigrant experience from “within” through themes of identity, acceptance and belonging within one’s own community. A public screening will take place in Spring 2023.
BRIClab: Performing Arts is a 12 day intensive residency that provides space and resources to artists working across music, dance, theater, and multidisciplinary performance. Through the residency, individuals or collectives develop new work and present work-in-progress showings to a live audience. This year’s performances explore themes including ancestry and immigration, gender identity, climate change, and food sovereignty. Public performances will happen throughout 2022 and 2023. Check BRIC’s calendar for updates:
BRIClab: Video Art is a year-long residency that provides support through free courses, video and audio equipment, 80 hours of access to BRIC’s community media studios, editing suites and laptops, and mentorship. This year’s cohort plans on experimenting with sound, movement, and performance. A public screening of the work will take place in Spring 2023.
BRICLAB 2022-2023 COHORTS
BRIClab: Contemporary Art
Ezra Benus (he/they) Born and based in Brooklyn, NY
Naima Green (she/her) Born in Philadelphia, PA; based in Brooklyn, NY
Banyi Huang (they/them) Born in Beijing, China; based in New York, NY
Madjeen Isaac (she/her) Born and based in Brooklyn, NY
Jenny Polak (she/her) Born in London, England, UK; based in Brooklyn, NY
You can read more about the artists at: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/briclab-20222023-contemporary-art-artists
BRIClab: Film + TV
Ash Goh Hua (any pronouns), Born in Singapore, based in New York
ManSee Kong (she/her), Born in New York; based in New York, NY
Andrew Nadkarni (he/him), Born in Media, PA, based in Brooklyn, NY
Read more about the filmmakers at:
BRIClab: Performing Arts
J. Bouey (they/them), George Del Barrio (he/him), and RHETLAW (he/him) Born in Los Angeles, CA; based in Brooklyn, NY; Born in Queens, NY; based in New York City; Born in Atlantic City, NJ; based in Brooklyn, NY
James Clements (he/him) & John Maria Gutierrez (he/they); Born in Washington Heights, NY; based in Brooklyn,NY
EYIBRA (fka Abraham Brody) (he/they) Born in New York, NY; based between Brooklyn, NY and Mexico City.
Cleo Reed (they/them) Born in New York City; based in Brooklyn, NY.
David Samuel (he/him) Born in Plano, TX; based in Harlem, NY
Colm Summers (he/him) Born Cork, Ireland; based in Brooklyn, NY
Sugar Vendil (she/her) Born in Redwood City, CA; Based in Brooklyn, NY and Janelle Lawrence (they/them) Born in Queens, NY; based in Brooklyn and Hudson, NY
What Will The Neighbors Say? Sam Hood Adrain (he/him) Born in Rhode Island; based in New York; James Clements (he/him); Pablo Calderón-Santiago (he/him) Born in Puerto Rico; based between NY and San Juan
You can read more about the artists at:
BRIClab: Video Art
OlaRonke Akinmowo (she/her), Born and based in Brooklyn, NY
Tusia Dabrowska (she/her) Born in Warsaw, Poland; based in Brooklyn, NY and Berlin, Germany
Tatiana Florival (she/her), Born in Piscataway, NJ; based in New York, NY
Stephanie Powell (she/her), Born in Yokosuka, Japan; based in Brooklyn, NY
Linda Ryan (she/her), Born in Binghamton, NY; based in Brooklyn, NY
Isabella Vargas (she/her), Born in Portland, Oregon; based in Brooklyn, NY
You can read more about the artists at
Major support for BRIClab is provided by TD Charitable Foundation. Additional support for BRICLab: Performing Arts is provided by The Howard Gilman Foundation and Mertz Gilmore Foundation.
BRIC also benefits from generous private funding from Bloomberg Philanthropies, Con Edison, The Doris Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, The Harold and Colene Brown Family Foundation, Harpo Foundation, The Howard Gilman Foundation, Lily Auchincloss Foundation, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, M&T Charitable Foundation, The Robert Lehman Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, The Scherman Foundation, The Shubert Organization, Tiger Baron Foundation, and numerous individuals.
Public support for BRIC is provided by The Institute of Museum and Library Services, The National Endowment for the Arts, The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Assemblymember Robert Carroll, State Senator Roxanne Persaud, and New York City Councilmembers Alexa Avilés, Charles Barron, Justin Brannan, Robert Cornegy, Shahana Hanif, Crystal Hudson, Rita Joseph, Ari Kagan, Farah Louis, Darlene Mealy, Mercedes Narcisse, Sandy Nurse, Chi Ossé, and Lincoln Restler.
BRIC’s programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.
BRIC is a leading arts and media institution anchored in Downtown Brooklyn whose work spans contemporary visual and performing arts, media, and civic action. For over forty years, BRIC has shaped Brooklyn’s cultural and media landscape by presenting and incubating artists, creators, students, and media makers. As a creative catalyst for our community, we ignite learning in people of all ages and centralize diverse voices that take risks and drive culture forward. BRIC is building Brooklyn’s creative future. Learn more at bricartsmedia.org.
Commitment to Accessibility
BRIClab is part of a BRIC-wide effort to advance accessibility for disabled artists, audiences, and staff members. More information about accessibility at BRIC can be found here: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/accessibility-bric
BRIC Statement on Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
BRIC is committed to creating environments that honor, respect, and celebrate the humanity of all people. We support our artistic and creative communities in their efforts to affect positive social change in Brooklyn and beyond.
As a leading arts and culture institution anchored in Brooklyn, BRIC fosters an evolving workplace focused on the growth of our staff while developing arts, media, and cultural programs that reflect our core values. We embrace rigorous curiosity and collective wisdom to leverage the expertise of our diverse staff and community members and embody our commitment to diversity, equity, belonging, and social justice. Read the full statement here: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/about-bric