Transartist Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo Receives BRIO Award
Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) provides direct support to individual Bronx artists who create works in the literary, media, visual, and performing arts. BCA awards grants of $5,000 to Bronx artists each year, based solely on artistic excellence. Winners complete a one-time public service activity known as Artists for Community Enrichment (ACE), an essential component required of all BRIO recipients to be completed within a year of receiving the award. ACE provides artists with additional visibility and demonstrates to the community the wealth of artistic talent.
About BRIO and all 2019 awardees:
Nicolas treads an elusive path that manifests itself performatively or through experiences where the quotidian and art overlap. He has exhibited and performed extensively in the U.S. as well as internationally, from Sao Paulo to Bosnia to Hong Kong. Venues include Madrid Abierto/ARCO, The IX Havana Biennial, PERFORMA 05/07, Princeton University, Anthology Film Archives, El Museo del Barrio, Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts, The Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Franklin Furnace, and Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, among others. Residencies attended include P.S. 1/MoMA, Yaddo, The Center for Book Arts, and MacDowell Colony. He holds an MFA from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, Philadelphia, PA, where he studied with Coco Fusco; and an MA from Union Theological Seminary. Publications include Pleased to Meet You, Life as Mate¬rial for Art and Vice Versa (editor), and For Art’s Sake. Born in the Dominican Republic, He was baptized as a Bronxite.