Department of Art and Art History People

Nicole Awai

Assistant Professor

Studio Art: Painting + Drawing


Nicole Awai

Awai was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2011 and an Art Matters Grant in 2013. She earned her Master’s Degree in Multimedia Art from the University of South Florida. She lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. 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 (2004), the latter two held at the Brooklyn Museum. Ms. Awai was a featured artist in the 2005 I.P.O. series at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York. Recent exhibitions include her Washington Square Windows installation Mi Papi, Dream On – Happy Ending… at 80wse Galleries NYU, Be Inspired! at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, the Biennale of the Caribbean in Aruba, American Beauty at Susan Inglett Gallery and FLOW: Economies of the Look and Creativity in Contemporary Art from the Caribbean at the Inter-American Development Bank Cultural Center in Washington, D.C.