Above (left to right): The 2020 BRIClab: Contemporary Art finalists. Top row: Destiny Belgrave, Jasmine Murrell, Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira. Bottom row: Lizania Cruz, Sarah Nicholls.

Congratulations to Destiny Belgrave, Lizania Cruz, Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira, Jasmine Murrell, and Sarah Nicholls, our 2020 BRIClab: Contemporary Art residents!

BRIClab is a multi-disciplinary residency program created to advance opportunities for artists, performers, and media makers. The program's four tracks are Contemporary ArtFilm + TVPerforming Arts, and Video Art.

The BRIClab: Contemporary Art track offers visual artists technical support, space, feedback, and resources to develop and advance their innovative projects. Artist applications are received through an open call and chosen by a panel of prominent curators, artist alumni, and BRIClab program managers.



Destiny Belgrave was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY and nurtured with a Black Caribbean-American upbringing. She is a mixed media artist, pursuing what she desires while making the work that comes to her. Belgrave recently exhibited her work at SPRING/BREAK Art Show and is a recipient of the 2020-21 A.I.R. Fellowship. She received her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art.


Photo: Guarinex Rodriguez

Lizania Cruz is a Dominican artist, designer, and curator interested in how migration affects ways of being and belonging. Through research, oral history, and audience participation, she creates projects that highlight a pluralistic narrative on migration. Cruz is a recipient of the 2020-21 A.I.R. Fellowship. She has been an artist-in-residence and fellow at the Laundromat Project, Agora Collective Berlin, Design Trust for Public Space, Recess Session, among others. Her work has been exhibited at the Jenkins Johnson Project Space, Brooklyn; BronxArtSpace, NY; Project for Empty Space, Newark, NJ; and Arlington Arts Center, VA.


Karen Miranda-Rivadeneira is an Ecuadorian-American photographer who weaves personal and collective narratives using the language of symbolism, dreams, and oral stories. She has collaborated with native communities and relatives to create photo based projects. She has worked extensively with indigenous communities in the Ecuadorian Amazon, in the Andean Mountains and more recently in the American Southwest. She has exhibited widely at the Queens Museum, Queens, NY and The Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Museum, Washington, DC; among others. She is a master mentor for the Woman Photograph mentorship program and is a recipient of the WeWomen grant. She received her BFA from the School of Visual Arts.


Photo: Argenis Apolinario

Jasmine Murrell is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist born in Detroit, MI. Her works have been exhibited nationally and internationally for the past decade, at the Bronx Museum, the Whitney Museum, both NY; Museum Contemporary Art Chicago; among others. Her works have been included in MFON: Women Photographers of the African Diaspora, The New York Times, Time Magazine, Hyperallergic, The Detroit Times, and several other publications.


Sarah Nicholls is an artist, printmaker, and writer whose work combines language, image, visual narrative, and time. Her limited edition artist books are in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum; Columbia University; the Victoria & Albert Museum; among others. Her work has received support from LMCC, the Brooklyn Arts Council, and the Puffin Foundation. She has participated in residencies at the Chicago Center for Book and Paper Arts and Guttenberg Arts in NJ.