Naomi Safran-Hon

2020 Colene Brown Art Price

Nov 11, 2020

We are pleased to announce that Naomi Safran-Hon has been awarded the 2020 Colene Brown Art Price.

BRIC, a leading educator, incubator, and presenter of arts and cultural programming in Brooklyn, is pleased to announce the 2020 recipients of the Colene Brown Art Prize, an unrestricted $100,000 grant awarded in amounts of $10,000 each to ten New York-based visual artists.

“Through this award, we are able to advance opportunities for brilliant visual artists, supporting them while they continue to create exceptional and necessary work,” said BRIC President, Kristina Newman-Scott. “We are honored to again be entrusted with the distribution of the Colene Brown Art Prize, which is so well aligned with our mission of incubating artists, and by Deborah Brown’s continued generosity.”

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This year’s recipients were selected from a pool of 50 nominations by a multidisciplinary cohort, including Gina Beavers, Artist; Rashida Bumbray, Director of Culture and Art, the Open Society Foundations; Andrianna Campbell-LaFleur, Curator and Art Historian; Chitra Ganesh, Artist; Marcela Guerrero, Assistant Curator, Whitney Museum of American Art; Miguel Luciano, Artist; Brooke Kamin Rapaport, Deputy Director and Martin Friedman Chief Curator at Madison Square Park Conservancy; Seph Rodney, Critic; Yvonne Force Villareal, Art Production Fund, Co-Founder and Culture Corps, Founding Partner; and Nicholas Weist, Founding Director, Shandaken Projects.

About Naomi Safran-Hon

Naomi Safran-Hon (born in Oxford, UK; based in New York, NY) describes her mixed-media paintings—which often combine print, fabric, canvas and cement—as a depiction of neglected architectural spaces with traces of both their former human inhabitants and the external forces that brought about their desolation. The artist embarks on a process of reconstructing domestic structures in her work to retell the human narratives embedded in the walls left by past dwellers. She has had solo exhibitions at Slag Gallery, NY; Shapiro Campus Centre Gallery, Brandeis, NY; and Marfa Gallery, TX; as well as group exhibitions at Brooklyn Museum; and Hearst Art Gallery, St. Mary’s College, Moraga, CA. She was awarded the Blanksteen Curatorial Fellowship from Yale University, the Robert Schoelkopf Memorial Traveling Fellowship, Paul Caine Memorial Award, Susan Mae Green Award, the Ellen Raskin ’75 Memorial Award, and the Remis Award in Creative Arts. Safran-Hon has been a teaching and visiting artist at Montclair State University, Pratt University, SUNY Purchase, Swarthmore College, Haverford College, and more. Safran-Hon has a BA from Brandeis University and an MFA from Yale University.