Alison Collins | Installation Art

For twenty-six years Alison Collins has built sculptures in steel. She has found steel an interesting material because of its association with industry, masculinity, and permanence. She has explored steel’s metaphorical potential by using it in a variety of transformations. Wallpaper is often thought to be a decorative element that is intended to beautify not occupy the active areas of a space. The works pictured are all steel wallpaper installations exploring nature, culture, gender, decoration, time, decay, and memory. “Garden of Pleasure” is based on stylized plant forms and preposterous images of femininity. Alison appropriated these rococo motifs to question the relegation of femininity to the decorative. “Temps Perdu” was made with rust collected from my decaying sculptures then made into dye. She transcribed a la recherché du temps perdu by Marcel Proust onto muslin to cover a building at the Penland School and room at the Hudson River Museum.


Dominic Colon | Screenwriting

Dominic is an actor, director, writer, and producer from the Bronx, New York. Most recognized for his work on THE ELECTRIC COMPANY, and on the STARZ series, POWER. UNFORGETTABLE, THE BLACKLIST, ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK, and over 45 other TV shows and films. He was recently seen in SOUTHPAW and MONEY MONSTER directed by Jodie Foster starring George Clooney and Julia Roberts. As a playwright, his plays have been seen at the NYC Hip Hop Theater Festival, Rebel Verses at Center Stage New York, the Nuyorican Poets Café, and the Downtown Urban Theater Festival. Dominic won the 2011 BRIO award for excellence in playwriting for his play CRUSH. His screenplay for CRUSH, won the 2011 HBO/New York International Film Festival Short Film Script Competition. Dominic recently made his directorial debut for the short film SKIN, and has a web series, pilot and feature film currently in development.

Linda Cunningham | Mixed Media 

Recent one person exhibitions include Odetta Gallery, Bushwick, 2015 with installation, Abington Art Center, Philadelphia, the Fundacion Euroidiomas, Lima, Peru, StadtMuseum, Cologne Germany and the Bronx Museum Terrace. A recent interview in her studio was published on blog site and reviewed Linda’s “Urban Regeneration II” which exhibited in two locations in Westchester Square, Bronx. Recent installations include “Intersecting Imaginaries,” No Longer Empty, Grand Concourse, Bronx, 2015, Bronx Museum, 2014 in an exhibition sponsored by the Bronx Alliance of Arts Organizations, and ” No Longer Empty,” at the Andrew Freedman House. Both permanent and temporary monumental public sculptural installations & alternative memorials are permanently sited in Germany, & formerly at the CUNY Graduate Center on 42nd St across from Bryant Park, in Tribeca & at UN Plaza, New York. Linda has received grants from the Bronx Council on the Arts, PA Council on the Arts, Fulbright Senior Research fellowship, Berlin


Davi Davis | Choreographer

Artist + choreographer + dj, Daví (aka DeShaun Davis) creates music that seamlessly plays between the genres of electronic, soul and new wave. His sold-out show at the Brooklyn Museum, NYC (Feb. 2014) a tribute to visual artist Wangechi Mutu and music artist Santigold, thrilled audiences and demonstrated his unlimited talents of weaving music, choreography, animation and narrative into the wonderland that is any Daví stage. Daví was featured as part of the AtGoogle Talks 2015 series and promoted his new single “Clear” in collaboration with Turkish producers FAKEPAKT and Atilla. As a choreographer, Daví has done freelance choreography for stage, music videos and feature films; working with everyone from actors, Kerry Washington, Craig Robinson and Melvin Van Peebles (choreographer of Lionsgate film, Peeples) to hip-hop electronica group, Cubic Zirconia (Fool's Gold Records).


Donna Diamond | Drawing

Donna Diamond was born and raised in New York City. She attended Boston University School of Art and received a BFA in Sculpture. Encouraged by Robert Blackburn, she pursued printmaking at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop. Creating drawings and prints, Ms. Diamond went on to make art for books, where her work met with critical success. The books in which her art appears have won numerous awards including The Newbery Medal and Irma Simonton Black Award. Ms. Diamond's work is currently being exhibited in galleries and museums across the United States, as well as internationally. In 2012, she was the subject of the Bronx Council on the Arts 'Artist Spotlight'. Ms. Diamond has received the BRIO Award from the Bronx Council on the Arts for Printmaking, Book Arts, and Drawing. Ms. Diamond is currently creating drawings, prints, and books in her studio and at the Robert Blackburn Printmaking Workshop.


Martine Fougeron | Photography 

Martine focuses on communities; she gravitates towards long-term homegrown projects, which she can intensely observe, over time.  Martine’s’ first project ‘Teen Tribe’ (2005-2010) are intimate portraits of the lives of her two adolescent sons and their friends. Martine’s’ second project ‘South Bronx Trades’ (2010-on-going) is an artistic document on the factories and workers of Hunts Point and Port Morris where her studio is located. She became obsessed at knowing what was crafted inside the factories, some of them a century old. She has completed 23 Trades to date. The industries in The South Bronx have never been shown. Martine is very proud to be able to put these vital trades on the map at a time when they might suddenly be threatened by the same gentrification fate as Williamsburg. The power of photography is to show us what is not necessarily visible and what might be vanishing from our communities.


Ivan Gaete | Mixed Media 2D

Ivan Gaete is an interdisciplinary Bronx-based artist​. His drawings, paper constructions, photographs, videos and installations are multi-layered surveys that deploy architecture and sewing practices to expose the structures that define form and permeate meaning. He explores the tangible and formal qualities of paper, ink and thread through systematic and labor intensive manual processes that combine repetition, mark making and embrace chance. Often monochromatic, geometric and ethereal, his works connect mapping, cosmology and metaphysics. Earlier this year he completed the AIM program at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. He is a recipient of a 2016 Create Change Fellow at the Laundromat Project, a resident at Residency Unlimited and at the Artist Alliance / LES Studio Program (NYC). Past residencies include Expressiones Cultural Center (New London, CT) and Ace Hotel (NYC). His work has been exhibited at Bronx Art Space, Bronx River Art Center, NurtureArt, Kentler Drawing Center, Manhattan Graphics and other galleries throughout the city. He is a BX200 featured artist.​


Richard Grunn | Experimental Film/Video 

Richard Grunn (director, creator) is an actor, artist and puppeteer who has performed and toured original shows at many festivals in Ireland and the U. K. including the West Cork Literary Festival, Schull Arts Festival, Arundel Festival and The Edinburgh Fringe. He was awarded the Pennsylvania Council of the Arts Fellowship in Theatre in 2003. Some of his original shows that he performs on a regular basis include: 'Urbano's Circus'-a trash constructed puppet circus and 'Father Joiner's Purgative Poetry Project'-a poetry reading of several winsome yet unlikely poets. He is also a company member of Up Theater in NYC. As an educator, Mr. Grunn has created a unique radio theatre program for blind and cognitively impaired children at the Lighthouse Guild. He is a teaching artist for Sundog Theatre where he organizes, develops, and teaches theatre and art programs in the NYC Schools.


Jocelyne Jeannot | Photography

Jocelyne’s parents met in NYC as artists selling their work on the street. Growing up, she explored various mediums with the scrap supplies around her including painting, drawing, sculpture, millinery and photography. While her interests are diverse, artistic expression has remained as a stable force in her life; one that continuously inspires and challenges her to push the limits of her imagination. Jocelyne’s’ photography series, Defying Gravity is a collaboration with dancers interacting with locations in all five boroughs of NYC. The title Defying Gravity emerged from how she witnessed their bodies not only leap, but balance off the ground in ways that seem to defy what’s possible. In Defying Gravity, dancers transport their audience into a dreamland. Jocelyne’s’ challenge and obligation as a photographer, is to transform their bodies, the medium for their art form from a three dimensional movement into a two dimensional image that conveys their personal expression.


Laura Kaminsky | Music Composition

LAURA KAMINSKY is a composer with “an ear for the new and interesting” (New York Times), whose music is “full of fire as well as ice, contrasting dissonance and violence with tonal beauty and meditative reflection. It is strong stuff.” (American Record Guide) Her chamber opera, As One, (2014; co-librettists Mark Campbell and Kimberly Reed) received its world premiere at BAM to critical acclaim with productions in 2015 in Utah; California; and Washington, DC. GRANTS AND AWARDS: NEA, Koussevitzky Music Foundation, Opera America, NYSCA, Bronx Council on the Arts-BRIO, Aaron Copland Fund, Chamber Music America, American Music Center, USArtists International, CEC ArtsLink International Partnerships, Likhachev Foundation, Kenan Institute for the Arts, Artist Trust, Seattle Arts Commission, North Carolina Arts Council, and others. She is Composer-in-Residence at American Opera Projects, a professor at Purchase College/SUNY and music host and curator of the New York Botanical Gardens’ Winter Harmonies Concert Series.


Alison Koffler | Poetry

Alison Koffler’s poems often arise from where the human world and the wilderness intersect. A three time winner of the Bronx Council on the Arts’ BRIO Award for poetry in 1993, 2000 and 2006, Alison was the recipient of the Poetry Teacher of the Year Award from Poets’ House and McGraw-Hill in 2003, and the Green Heron Poetry Award in 2011. Her poems have appeared in such publications as Iris: A Journal for Women, Heliotrope, and Home Planet News, and were included in the anthologies lifeblood: The Woodstock Poetry Society anthology, Chickaree Press, 2011 and A Slant of Light: Contemporary Women Writers of the Hudson Valley, SUNY Press, 2013. She lives in the Bronx and Woodstock, NY with her husband, the poet Dayl Wise, their dogs, Molly and Cole, and Maurice the cat. She works as an on-site teacher-consultant for the New York City Writing Project at Lehman College.


Jessica Lagunas | Artist Book

Jessica Lagunas is a New York-based Guatemalan artist. She has exhibited internationally including biennials in Pontevedra, Spain; El Museo del Barrio, New York; Tirana, Albania; Cuenca, Ecuador; Caribbean, Dominican Republic. Her work has been in group shows at the Art Museum of the Americas, Washington, D.C.; the Bronx Museum of the Arts, New York; Jersey City Museum, New Jersey; International Festival of Contemporary Arts–City of Women, Slovenia; and in venues in the US, UK, Italy, Spain, and Latin America.
She has received grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation 2014 Painters & Sculptors Grant; a 2008 Fellowship from the Urban Artist Initiative/New York City; and from the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance, NY, 2008-11. She has been awarded residencies in NYC from Lower Manhattan Cultural Council at Governors Island, The Center for Book Arts, Wave Hill’s Winter Workspace Program, and an upcoming residency at El Museo del Barrio.


Gregory Lathan | Music Composition 

Gregory found his love for singing and songwriting at a very early age. In high school he founded, The Ellingtones, an A Cappella sextet group, who won numerous area competitions and had the honor of performing at the inauguration of President Bill Clinton. Shortly after graduating from the Duke Ellington School of the Arts High School, Gregory landed in New York City. He participated in musical theater performances such as Hair (Hud), Godspell (Lamar), and Jesus Christ Superstar (Judas), but all along his love of composing and arranging continued to rhythmically tap his soul. Gregory is now a full-time musician, working as director of choirs in area churches and schools, as well as the director/composer of a local vocal quartet, LATHAN'S WAY.


Ursula Liang | Documentary Film/Video 

URSULA LIANG (director, producer, and cinematographer) is a journalist who has told stories in a wide range of media. She has worked for The New York Times Op-Docs, T: The New York Times Style Magazine, ESPN The Magazine, Asia Pacific Forum on WBAI, StirTV, T Magazine,

The Jax Show, Hyphen Magazine and currently freelances as a film and television producer (“Tough Love,” “Wo Ai Ni Mommy,” “UFC Countdown,” “UFC Primetime”) and story consultant. Liang also works for the film publicity company, The 2050 Group; she is also a founding member of the Filipino American Museum, and sits on the advisory board of the Dynasty Project. In 2014, she also co-produced an interview with Barack Obama, The New York Times' first with a sitting president. Liang grew up in Newton, Mass. and has lived in the Bronx for 20 years. “9-Man” is her debut as a director.


Aristides Logothetis | Sculpture

Aristides Logothetis lives and works in The Bronx. In 2015, Logothetis had a solo show at the Bronx Museum, Main Window in Dumbo, Brooklyn, while also participating in the 2015 Mykonos Bienalle. Logothetis has also exhibited at the Metropolitan Museum, Duke University, Cue Art Foundation, Longwood Arts Project, and Lehman College among others. Logothetis was Resident Artist at the Cue Art Foundation, Schloss Buchsenhausen in Innsbruck, Austria, and Fort George, Jamaica. In 2016, he will be resident artist in re(create) Italy. He is a recipient of the 2005 BRIO award, an LEQSF fellowship, and his work resides in collections around the world. By challenging notions of art versus craft, masculine versus feminine, and humor versus phobia or rigidity, Logothetis soft sculptures invite the viewer to enter a complex web of meaning, and visually explore and imagine the creation of perceptual networks and the possibilities of their expansion.


Alethea Pace | Dance

Alethea Pace, a native New Yorker, has worked with a variety of choreographers including Karl Anderson/ Slam Fest, Arthur Aviles/Arthur Aviles Typical Theatre, Doug Elkins/And Friends, Sita Frederick/ Areytos Performance Works, Maia Claire Garrison/M’zawa Dance, Joanna Haigood, Erick Montes, Marta Renzi, Richard Rivera/ Physual and Marlies Yearby. She has presented her own work for No Longer Empty and at the Bronx Bards Series. Alethea has received the Bronx Recognizes Its Own Award (BRIO) in 2004, 2008 and 2012 from the Bronx Council on the Arts for excellence in dance.


Jonathan Santiago | Photography

Jon Santiago is a Bronx based photographer and filmmaker. His work deals with themes relating to identity, inequality, and religion. He is currently a freelance photographer, curator of the Instagram feed EverydayBronx, and a volunteer at the Bronx Documentary Center (BDC).


Roy Secord | Painting 

Roy Secord is a NYC-based artist whose primary mediums includes large-scale, contemporary abstract paintings on canvas, smaller paintings on paper, collages, assemblages, and carved, cast-stone sculptures. He is a social reformer through the transformative vehicle of the arts and the founder/president of Project YEAH (Young Empowered Artists 4 Humanity) which serves community at-risk youth and youth offenders. He is also an arts educator, an instructor, and a master artist/facilitator for public artworks projects. 
The artist’s stylistic approach towards painting is inherently ultra-modern, hard-edged, colorist, and Concrete. He derives inspiration from primitive art & decoration, esoteric symbolism & device, and technologically-advanced structure & system. The artist premises that, “All three influences share common geometric expression, common truth, and common mystery. My work is much about those shared commonalities.”


Sarah Stern | Poetry| 

Sarah Stern is the author of But Today Is Different (Wipf and Stock, 2014) and Another Word for Love (Finishing Line Press, 2011). Her poems have appeared in numerous publications, recently in The American Dream, The Man Who Ate His Book: The Best of, Epiphany, Freefall, and Verse Daily. She is a four-time winner of the Bronx Council on the Arts' Poetry Award. She graduated from Barnard College and Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. She is the Acting Director of Communications at the EastWest Institute and lives in New York City. You can see more of her work at


Emmitt Thrower | Documentary Film/Video

Emmitt Thrower, filmmaker, writer, producer, actor and member of AEA, is the Founder of Wabi Sabi Productions Inc. a small not for profit company located in the South Bronx. Emmitt has produced five documentaries on social issues. A disabled retired NYC Police Officer, he produced over 250 videos and musical videos available on YouTube.  He is the Chairman of the Otto Awards for political theater and an award nominated actor.  Emmitt has been involved in film and video for nearly 15 years.


Jennifer Tomaiolo | Painting 

From her studio in the Bronx, Jennifer studies and experiments with the interposition of patterns and the landscape, natural rhythms that have been perceived and explored by artists in cultural patterns throughout art history. Her work explores the interrelation of the chaotic, but discernible fractal nature of life, and investigates the way artists have perceived and represented this nature in art. Outside her studio, Jennifer travels to ancient, cultural and natural places and museums of the Mediterranean, Near East and America to research art history and uncover patterns in the cultural and natural landscape. She researches and engages the iconography of art history with an emphasis on the role of women, piecing together a story that is not in the written record, a story that has been downplayed and distorted, but of which traces remain in imagery.


Misra Walker | Photography

Misra graduated from Cooper Union in 2015. She helps manages a gallery founded four years ago with three friends in Hunts Point, The Bronx, called The House of Spoof. THOS hosts gallery shows for emerging artists and provides free art classes for the community in honor of their friend Glenn “Spoof” Wright who passed away in 2009. Misra Walker has presented at TEDxMidAtlantic 2013 on the collectives work in their community. She is interested in exploring ideas of a diaspora identity as a first generation American growing up in the South Bronx. Her work deals with her Afro-Latina roots with western influences, exploring themes of black culture, gendered spaces, stereotypes, myths and Santeria. She is interested in exploring how identities are created by the influence of environmental and social factors she faces in the Bronx. Her process borrows strategies from activism to reclaim her community’s positive image back.


Court Wayne | Fiction

Court Wayne is a Bronx native currently living in the North Bronx. A student and labor activist and union member, he has worked as a taxi driver, truck driver, teacher, bachata musician and line cook, and is currently an interpreter in Bronx Housing Court. His work experience and the analytical tools he has picked up along the way have given him a privileged view into many of the issues that are affecting the modern urban world. In turn, many of these issues, including gentrification, inequality, racism, migration, exploitation, sexism and climate change, have become the themes that inform his fiction. It is his hope that his work will be one small part of a political and social movement that will make it possible for his two daughters, 5 and 2 years old, to have a habitable planet to live on when they are older.


Alan aka Rock Wilk | Actor

Rock WILK, playwright, poet, musician and performance artist, recently appeared in his first feature film, Jamesy Boy, which stars James Woods, Mary Louise Parker and Ving Rhames, in early 2014. His first play, BROKE WIDE OPEN was presented in August of 2011 as part of The Camden Fringe Festival in London, England, and had a sold out performance a few months later at The United Solo Theatre Festival on Theatre ROW in New York City. BROKE WIDE OPEN was also a part of the 2012 main stage season at The Passage Theatre in Trenton, NJ, and ultimately had it's opening Off Broadway, in October of 2012, and ran for over 3 months at The New Theatre at 45th Street, to great reviews. Rock is looking forward to the debut of his new play, Brooklyn Quartet, directed by Reg E. Gaines, at Pregones Theatre in The Bronx, in May of 2016.


Maryrose Wood | Fiction 

Maryrose Wood has been a resident of the Bronx for over ten years. She made her Broadway debut in 1981 in the original cast of Merrily We Roll Along, and spent a decade acting, directing, and improvising before finding her voice as a writer. She has written screenplays, stage plays, musicals, and has over a dozen published novels to her credit. She’s best known for her Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place series (published by HarperCollins Children’s Books), which will conclude in 2017 with its sixth and final installment. Maryrose teaches fiction writing at NYU’s Gallatin School and the SUNY Stony Brook Children’s Lit Fellows program, and is a frequent speaker at schools, libraries, book festivals and writing conferences. She’s also three-time winner of the Richard Rodgers Award, and moderates the New Works Lab in residence at the Riverdale Y, supporting the work of Bronx playwrights.




2016 BRIO Award Winners


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Honorable mentions

Literary Arts

Christian Cato – Playwriting

George Colon Fiction

Stacey Ellis Screenwriting

Amy Gottlieb Poetry

Swati Kurahana Poetry

Hannah Leshaw Screenwriting

Anna Purves Poetry

Emma Suarez-Baez Poetry

Elisabeth von Uhl – Poetry

Media Arts

Bryan Christian – Narrative Film/ video

Hyunok Kim – Experimental Film/ Video

Performing Arts

Ricardo Nigaglioni – Vocal Music Performance

Albert Rivera – Instrumental Music Performance

Visual Arts

Manuel Acevedo – Mixed Media 3D

Shelly Bahl – Mixed Media 2D

Ernesto Comacho Painting

Walter Cruz Painting

Sharon de la Cruz Painting

Donald Daedalus Sculpture

Frank Leslie Hampton Painting

Shelly Haven Painting

Daniel Kingery Painting

Alexis Mendoza – Mixed Media 3D

Katherine Perez Painting

Yelanie Rodriguez – Mixed Media 2D

Anthony Smith Painting


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This program is made possible with public funds from the NYC Department of Cultural Affairs; NYS Council on the Arts; the Lambent Foundation; the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.; Hostos Center for the Arts & Culture; the Bronx Delegation of the NYC Council - including Council Member James Vacca, Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Council Member Rafael Salamanca Jr., and Council Members Fernando Cabrera and Andrew Cohen.




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