“… being a process oriented artist she lets the piece come alive on its own. Although you will recognize her work as always unmistakably Awai’s, she keeps changing, evolving, she is in motion, constantly in transition; she keeps the audience on its toes. Awai, an easy going relaxed person to hang out with, is as meticulously precise and eloquent in her work as in talking about it.” – Africanah.org, April 4, 2014, Sasha Dees
Nicole Awai is a Brooklyn-based perceptual artist who explores social and material interactions as transformative experiences. Awai’s work creates a more acute awareness of our present and presence and navigates a path around, and beyond, identity. Her solo exhibitions include Almost Undone, The Vilcek Foundation, New York (2011). Her group exhibitions include American Beauty, Susan Inglett Gallery, New York (2013, 2014) and Open House: Working in Brooklyn, Brooklyn Museum (2004). Awai was awarded the Art Matter Grant (2013) and The Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant (2011). Her residencies include the Smack Mellon Studio Program (2010, 2011) and Arts and Industry AIR, John Michael Kohler Arts Center (2008). Awai received a B.A. from the University of South Florida (1991), an M.F.A. in Multimedia Art from the University of South Florida (1996), and she attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (1997).
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