Ten under-recognized local visual artists are set to receive $10,000 each– part of the Colene Brown Art Price, BRIC, the prize’s presenter, announced on Wednesday.
The inaugural prize, an unrestricted $100,000 will be awarded on October 1, 2019, and the winners will be celebrated at BRIC’s annual gala on November 7. The Colene Brown Art Prize is underwritten by artist and BRIC Board Member Deborah Brown in memory of her late mother, Colene Brown, and is funded through the Harold and Colene Brown Family Foundation.
“With the awards, I hope to aid an outstanding group of artists in the pursuit of their dreams and at the same time recognize the role of not-for-profit cultural institutions like BRIC that make a transformational difference in their communities,” said Deborah Brown.
To facilitate the award, ten leading New York City-based curators, critics, and artists have each nominated five artists of exceptional merit that have yet to receive substantial institutional support. Eligible artists for consideration could be at any stage of their career. A selection committee within BRIC chooses the final ten recipients.
“BRIC is grateful for the tireless support of Deborah Brown, a board member who reflects our ethos and understands firsthand the challenges facing contemporary artists,” said BRIC President Kristina Newman-Scott. “Her generosity will help support a diverse community of artists at key moments in their careers.