Bronx Recognizes Its Own 2014 BRIO Winners

25 winners of BCA's prestigious BRIO Award were recognized at the June 4th award presentation at

BCA's Longwood Art Gallery @ Hostos.

2014 Marks 25 Years of BRIO Fellowships supporting Bronx artists

About BRIO: Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) provides direct support to individual Bronx artists who create literary, media, visual, and performing works of art. 25 BRIO grants of $3,000 each are awarded to Bronx artists. BRIO award winners complete a one-time public service activity.

The awards are based solely on artistic excellence. Winners are selected by a panel of arts professionals representing the award disciplines.

BRIO awardees must complete a one-time public service activity to receive their complete cash award. Known as the ACE (Artists for Community Enrichment), this activity is an essential component for all BRIO recipients and must be performed within the one-year period of their award. The ACE provides artists with additional visibility and demonstrates to the community the wealth of artistic talent available in our borough.

Since its inception in 1989, BRIO has provided more than $875,000 to 310 artists. The selection of the awardees is based solely on the artistic excellence of the work submitted and judged anonymously by a panel of arts professionals (different panelists each year) from outside the Bronx and working in each respective field. Over its 25 years, BRIO has grown from ten annual awards of $1500 to 25 annual awards of $3,000. The Bronx has the unique distinction of being the only borough in New York City to have an ongoing fellowship award for artists.

Bronx Council on the Arts Congratulates the
2014 Winners of Bronx Recognizes Its Own.

Literary Arts (8)

Nahshon Anderson / Non-fiction

Mercedes Augusta / Fiction

Judith Baumel / Poetry

Paul Bulman / Poetry

Gina Clark / Fiction

Orlando Ferrand / Poetry

Bruce Tallerman / Fiction

Matthew Thorburn / Poetry

Media Arts (2)

Nigel Ho Sang / Narrative Film/Video

Macdara (Uibh Aille) Vallely / Narrative Film/Video

 Performing Arts (8)

Davalois Fearon / Dance

Larissa Gelman / Instrumental Music Performance

Diana Henry / Acting

Laura Kaminsky / Music Composition

Marlyn Matias / Acting

Sheila Reinhold / Instrumental Music Performance

Peggy Robles-Alvarado / Performance Poetry

Erik Maldonado / Spoken Word


Visual Arts (7):  

Sean Paul Gallegos / Installation

Borinquen Gallo / Mixed Media

Lisa Lebofsky / Painting

Agnes Murray / Printmaking

Ignacio Soltero / Photography

Yarisa Colón Torres / Crafts

Tammy Wofsey / Printmaking


Click here for extended information about this years winners.


Are you a performer, visual artist, arts critic, historian, art advisor, music producer, curator?

The Bronx Council on the Arts seeks nominations of arts professionals in all media (Literary, Media, Performing and Visual Arts) to serve on the Bronx Recognizes Its Own (BRIO) Awards panels.

Panelist Requirements: The ideal panelist in each category would be a generalist in the sub-categories listed below in that category or have a competency in two or three of the subcategories.

Panelists cannot live in the Bronx. All Panelists receive an honorarium. New panels are convened each year. Individuals selected to serve on a panel will receive an information packet, a letter of confirmation with the date,
location and time of the panel meeting.

Please complete application form below and send your Resume or CV to:; subject line: Panelist 2014

Grants Panelist Application Form

2014 BRIO Awards Ceremony
Video courtesy 2014 BRIO winner Erik “Advocate Of Wordz” Maldonado


Are you a performer, visual artist, arts critic, historian, art advisor, music producer, curator?

Grants Panelists Wanted!

BRIO Winners in the News!

7/24/14 The Riverdale Press

Agnus Murray

7/16/14 The Riverdale Press

Diana Henry

7/3/14 The Riverdale Press

Matthew Thorburn

06/25/14 The Riverdale Press

Bruce Tallerman

06/11/14 The Riverdale Press
Larisa Gelman


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