“There are inescapable narratives embedded in all materiality… This is the oozing materiality in my work, the inextricable union of narrative and matter.”
Nicole Awai is a multimedia artist who earned her Master of Fine Arts Degree from the University of South Florida in 1996. Awai was a featured artist in the 2005 Initial Public Offerings at the Whitney Museum. Awai was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Grant in 2011 and an Art Matters Grant in 2012. Her work has been included in major exhibitions such as Greater New York at P.S.1/MOMA (2000), the Biennale of Ceramic in Contemporary Art (2003), Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art at the Brooklyn Museum (2007), the 2008 Busan Biennale in Korea, Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago at the Museum of Latin American Art and Circles and Circuits I: Art and History of the Chinese Caribbean Diaspora at the California African American Museum. Awai’s work is currently included in the Pacific Standard Time LA/LA, a Getty Initiative (2017-2018). Awai was a Critic at the Yale School of Art from 2009 to 2015 and is currently faculty in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin.