BRIC Announces Recipients of 2022 Colene Brown Art Prize


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BRIC Announces Recipients of 2022 Colene Brown Art Prize


Ten New York-based Artists To Receive $10,000 Unrestricted Grants Each

2022 Colene Brown Art Prize Recipients Row 1, L-R:  Aaron Gilbert, Anna Conway, Bernadette Despujols, Camille Hoffman, Emilie Louise Gossiaux, Row 2,  L-R: Jeff Sonhouse, L.J. Roberts, Rachelle Mozman Solano, Sara Jimenez, Valerie Hegarty Courtesy of BRIC

(BROOKLYN, August 30, 2022) — BRIC, a leading, multi-disciplinary arts and media institution anchored in downtown Brooklyn, is pleased to announce the recipients of the third edition of Colene Brown Art Prize, which awards ten under-recognized New York-based visual artists with $10,000 unrestricted grants. The third edition of the Colene Brown Art Prize is underwritten by artist and former BRIC Board Member Deborah Brown in memory of her late mother, Colene Brown, and is funded through the Harold and Colene Brown Family Foundation.

The recipients were selected from a pool of some 50 nominations which were made by a multidisciplinary panel composed of ten New York City-based curators, critics, and artists. The 2022 nominators include: Janine Antoni, Artist; Danny Báez, Curator, Founder, and Director, REGULARNORMAL Gallery; Regine Basha, Curator, Writer, Educator, and Radio Producer for “Tuning Baghdad”; Gabriel de Guzman, Director of Arts and Chief Curator, Wave Hill; Tom Finkelpearl, Author and former Commissioner of New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; Ashley James, Associate Curator, Contemporary Art, Guggenheim Museum; Baseera Khan, Artist; Christopher Y. Lew, Chief Artistic Director, Horizon Art Foundation and former Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art; Alison Elizabeth Taylor, Artist; Susanna V. Temkin, Curator, El Museo del Barrio. A selection committee within BRIC chose the final ten recipients of the award. Nominations were made based on each artist’s exceptional merit and absence of substantial institutional support.

Wes Jackson, BRIC President & Elizabeth Ferrer, BRIC Chief Curator, Contemporary Art said today:

“Supporting artists throughout their lifecycle is at the heart of BRIC’s mission, and the Colene Browne Art Prize is a tangible way that we’re able to directly impact the course of an artist’s creative pursuits. It’s a privilege to be able to offer this prize, now in its third year, and we look forward to seeing these artists continue to grow. BRIC thanks Deborah Brown Harold and the Colene Brown Family Foundation for their continued generosity.”


Anna Conway (she/her) Born in Durango, Colorado; based in New York City
Bernadette Despujols (she/her) Born in Barquisimeto, Venezuela; based in New York City and Miami, FL
Aaron Gilbert (he/him) Born in Brooklyn, NY; based in Brooklyn, NY
Emilie Louise Gossiaux (she/her) Born in New Orleans, LA; based in New York City
Valerie Hegarty (she/her) Born in Burlington, VT; based in Brooklyn, NY
Camille Hoffman (she/her) Born in, Chicago, IL; based in New York City
Sara Jimenez (she/her) Born in London, Ontario, Canada; based in Brooklyn, NY
L.J. Roberts (they/them) Born, Royal Oak, MI; based in New York City
Rachelle Mozman Solano (she/her) Born in New York City; based in New York City
Jeff Sonhouse (he/him) Born in New York City; based in New York City

Read more about the recipients here: https://www.bricartsmedia.org/2022-colene-brown-art-prize-recipients

Deborah Brown, Former BRIC Board Member, said:

“The Harold and Colene Brown Family Foundation has partnered with BRIC to administer the Colene Brown Art Prize, now in its third year, to acknowledge the achievement of under-recognized artists and encourage their future development. The mission of the Harold and Colene Brown Family Foundation is to fund initiatives in education, science research, public policy, and arts and culture. The Foundation congratulates this year’s winners and thanks BRIC for 40 years of support for arts for all.”

Established in 1981, BRIC’s multi-faceted contemporary art program presents rigorously curated exhibitions and programs focusing on emerging and mid-career artists whose work captures a rich cross-section of ideas, voices, and artistic media that reflect Brooklyn’s diversity. The Colene Brown Art Prize underscores BRIC’s commitment to the artistic community of New York adding to its already robust contemporary art offerings, which include residency programs and critically-acclaimed biennial exhibitions.

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.

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