Nicole Awai, born in Port of Spain-Trinidad and Tobago, creates multi-media works that infuse found objects and non-traditional mediums such as nail polish, melted vinyl, and found doll parts. Her process is often informed by social, historical, and economic issues in the Americas. Awai earned a Master’s in Multimedia Art from the University of South Florida in 1996 and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1997. She was the recipient of the Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant in 2011 and an Art Matters Grant in 2012. Awai’s installations, paintings, and sculptures have been exhibited at MoMA PS1, The Studio Museum in Harlem, Brooklyn Museum, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, Queens Museum, The Vilcek Foundation, Sperone Westwater, Lesley Heller Gallery, The High Line, ArtsWestchester, Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, and Busan Museum of Art in South Korea.