Nicole Awai, born in Trinidad, presently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York, and currently serves as a Critic for the Yale School of Art. Awai was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2011 and an Art Matters Grant in 2013. In 1996, she earned her Master’s Degree in Multimedia Art from the University of South Florida. 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 Biennale of Ceramic in Contemporary Art (2003); the 2008 Busan Biennale in Korea, Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art (2007); and Open House: Working in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Museum (2004). Awai was a featured artist in the 2005 I.P.O. series at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York.
Selected recent solo exhibitions of Awai’s include Asphaltum Glance, Alice Yard, Port of Spain, Trinidad (2013); Mi Papi, Dream On – Happy Ending…, 80wse Galleries, New York University (2012); Almost Undone, The Vilcek Foundation, New York, NY (2011).
Selected group exhibitions include Made in the USA, TSA NY, New York (2015); IN SITU: Women Artists in Place, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, NY (2015); FLOW: Economies of the Look and Creativity in Contemporary Art from the Caribbean, The Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center, Washington, D.C. (2014); Out To See, South Street Seaport Museum, Howeard Hughes Foundation, NY (2014); Art / Industry: Collaboration and Revelation, John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, WI (2014); American Beauty, Susan Inglett Gallery, New York, NY (2013); Be Inspired!, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art (2013); Friends with Benefits, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY (2012); Happy Islands, Biennale di Caribe Aruba (2012); Me Love You Long Time, Alijira, Newark, NJ (2012); Disillusions: Gendered Visions of the Caribbean and its Diasporas, Po Kim Art Gallery, New York, NY (2011); Wrestling with the Image: Caribbean Interventions, Art Museum of the Americas, Washington D.C. (2011); Global Caribbean, Museum of Contemporary Art, Puerto Rico (2011).