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Exterior of BRIC. Photo: Liz Ligo.
Exterior of BRIC. Photo: Liz Ligo.

BRIC Launches Prize to Support Underrecognized New York Artists

BRIC​, a Brooklyn-based arts organization, has established the $100,000 ​Colene Brown Art Prize​ to help advance the careers of New York–based artists. Underwritten by Deborah Brown—a BRIC board member and the founder of Storefront, an artist-run gallery in Bushwick—in memory of her late mother, the unrestricted grant will be divided between ten creatives, who will each receive $10,000.

“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.”

To facilitate the award, curators, critics, and artists working in New York City have each nominated five artists that have yet to receive substantial institutional support. A selection committee comprising BRIC staffers will choose the final awardees​. The inaugural recipients will be announced on October 1.